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Volunteer role: Obstetrician/Gynaecologist


Type of role:Healthcare
Location:Uganda, Tanzania and Sierraleon, Various Countries
Application Closing Date:25 Jan 2020
Interview date:As soon as possible
Start date:As soon as possible

VSO is the world's leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Role overview

To deliver our Maternal and Neonatal Health programs, we are seeking qualified Obstetrics/Gynaecology specialists with at least 3 years post qualification experience. You will work in a dual role delivering obstetrics services and building the capacity of resident health care professionals. You will work closely with resident medical officers, medical students and pre-medical personnel; support patient management and provide advice to hospital management on policy matters on standards of care and improvement of programmes. The emphasis of your position will depend on the key objectives of VSO's local partner.

Skills, qualifications and experience

You have a Medical Degree (MBBS or equivalent) and certification of specialty or post graduate training in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. You'll have a minimum of 3 years practical experience in Gynaecology and Obstetrics. Prior experience in clinical teaching and mentoring in the area of emergency obstetric care is desirable. VSO will assess all candidates against the following competencies, which make up VSO's volunteer competency framework. You're open minded and respectful. You're resilient and adapt well to new situations. You're able to facilitate positive change and build sustainable working relationships. But most of all, as this is the vision of VSO, you're competent to seek and share knowledge.

Countries where VSO is currently running Health programmes with Obstetrics and Gynaecology positions are Uganda, Tanzania and Sierraleon.

Allowance

As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.

Accommodation

VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

Please note that this is a generic advert. Please apply and when a specific position arises that matches your skills and availability, we'll contact you directly.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

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