Tanganyika, DRC - July 2017
Jobs in the Field

Midwife

As a midwife with MSF your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential.

From visiting expectant mums deep in the jungle to carry out ante-natal checks, to training birth attendants in busy maternity departments in hospital, MSF midwives are a vital part of our project teams.

Our midwives often work both in health centres and conduct outreach work in the community. No matter what the context - whether working in natural disasters, conflicts or poverty-affected communities - babies will continue to be born and midwives will always be needed.

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This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:

Responsibilities

  • Plan, organise and implement all sexual and reproductive health activities
  • Assist the field doctors and nurses when needed (normal or complicated deliveries)
  • Pre- and post-delivery care for mums and babies
  • Manage, train and supervise local midwives and the maternity team
  • Ensure all pregnant women and newborns are referred to the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI)
  • Set up maternity departments in new health centres/hospitals
  • Care of survivors of sexual violence
  • Work with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices
  • Supervise the distribution of drugs, keep track of consumption patterns, supply orders and monitor inventories
  • Supervise administrative procedures and documents, analysing routine data for monitoring purposes

Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve according to the specific projects.

You will not face these challenges alone; other MSF team members (both international and locally hired staff) will provide technical support, including comprehensive guidelines and protocols.

Requirements

  • Qualification as a registered midwife
  • At least two years of professional experience as a midwife
  • Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)
  • Experience of labour wards and difficult case management
  • If working as an independent midwife, previous experience must include extensive numbers of deliveries as well as pre- and post-natal care and relevant experience in hospital settings
  • Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide, including unstable areas
  • IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Fluency in English and/or French
  • Commitment to MSF’s work and values
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
  • Flexible and able to manage stress
  • Available for a minimum of six months

Assets

  • Experience or diploma in tropical medicine
  • Training in emergency obstetrics (e.g. Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics)
  • Experience working in developing countries
  • People management experience
  • Fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic or Russian

As an MSF midwife, your training skills will be crucial because you may be assigned to help traditional birth attendants develop new skills. At the same time, you will need to learn from the women you treat to understand cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.

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