- Job category: Health/WASH
- Post date:23 Nov 2019
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Category: Health Care
Location: Gerbo Woreda – Nogob zone, Somali
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)
Salary: According to MdM salary scale
Context of the mission
Médecins du Monde (MDM) is an International Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) involved in humanitarian interventions, operating in Ethiopia since 1986 in different types of health projects from long-term interventions to emergency response.
In January – February 2019, MdM France (MdM-F) and MdM Germany (MdM- Ge) conducted a joint-Fact Finding Mission in the Somali region. The goal of this mission was to assess the humanitarian needs caused by ongoing drought and conflict and evaluate intervention options for MdM. The assessment covered three zones: Gerbo, Qubi and Lagahida. After successful submission of the project proposal to the German Federal Foreign Office (GFFO), the 24-month project has been launched 1 July 2019.
The project aims primarily to improve access to and the quality of health services with a focus on life-saving Mother and Child Health (MCH) interventions. The proposed activities include ensuring high-quality basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (BEmONC) at the Gerbo health centre; improving MCH services at Molayko health centre. The focus will be on capacity-building, training and mentoring, equipment and medical supplies, and community sensitization. In relation to improving prevention, monitoring and control of epidemics in this region, such as acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) and measles, the focus is also on support of infection prevention and control (IPC)/medical waste management in the 2 health centres (HC) and capacity-building in vaccination routine/outreach, cold chain management for staff at the healthcare facilities (both the 2 health centres and the 7 health posts). The screening, identification, management and treatment of acute malnutrition (moderate and severe) will also be improved, using community management of acute malnutrition (CMAM) approach, both at healthcare facilities and through targeted outreach activities in communities. WASH activities will be integrated into the health and nutrition activities, e.g. by ensuring availability of hand-washing stations and drinking water supplies in the 2 supported health centres. MdM F and MdM Ge will implement this new project jointly, with MdM F being the lead in the first year and a coordinated handover to MdM Ge during the project period.
The Midwife will be responsible for the implementation of Basic Emergency Obstetric and New Born Care (BEmONC) services and MCH strengthening of Gerbo Health Centre (HC) in Gerbo town.
Ensure the provision of the seven signal function of BEmONC
Coordinate all the activities with the Head of the HC and relevant departments (e.g. Pharmacy, EPI, etc)
Build the capacity of Gerbo HC health staff to deal with obstetric emergencies and complications;
Key activities areas will include:
Support the management of obstetric emergencies and complications and timely referral at Gerbo HC;
Mentor and coach health staff on seven signal functions of BEmONC;
Conduct need assessment of the MCH department to identify gaps in equipment, drugs and supplies;
Conduct training assessment needs and develop a training plan;
Ensure that practices are aligned with evidence-based clinical practice in line with the national guidelines and protocols;
Provide compassionate and respectful care at the HC;
Demonstrate behavior that upholds the public trust in the service.
Compile monthly project activities report and submit to the Program Coordinator;
Ensure recordings and completeness of data related to MCH services at Gerbo HC;
Conduct immediate analysis and reporting on maternal and neonatal deaths.
This job description covers the main tasks that are anticipated. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary.
Hierarchical & Functional links
The midwife will be based in Gerbo town, Nogob zone, Somali region. S/he will be under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator based in Gerbo, Somali region. For technical advice, s/he will consult with the Program Coordinator and the MedCo. S/he will be the line manager for one Midwife and one Community Mobilizer.
Mentoring and coaching:
Conduct need assessment of the HC regarding equipment, drugs and supplies;
In close collaboration with the HC Head and Pharmacist, work on adequate pharmacy management system to ensure that the drugs provided by the Project are appropriately stored and managed;
Support the implementation of infection and prevention control;
Mentor and coach health staff of the HC on seven signal functions of BEmONC/use of partograph and other MCH good practices and plan/deliver quality training and follow up;
Implement standards and protocols for MCH services in Gerbo HC;
In close collaboration with the HC Head, develop a referral system for the use of MdM donated ambulance
Monitoring and Reporting:
Introduce a partograph register for follow up
Participate to weekly physical inventory of the pharmacy;
Prepare a monthly report, including on drug/consumables consumption and submit to Project coordinator.
Gerbo Woreda – Nogob zone, Somali region
6 months with possibility of extension, start immediatel
English and Somali language is mandatory (speaking and writing)
At least 5 years’ experience of BEmONC/MCH in the clinical setting
Flexibility, reactivity, anticipation, adaptability
Good organizational skills in day to day and crisis situation
Excellent computer and reporting skills
Good communication skills
Ability to classify and manage priorities – High autonomous is required
Interest and ability to work in a team
Capacity to work and to live remote area with intense conditions
Experience/knowledge of the area
Previous experience in mentoring and coaching
Trained on compassionate and respectful care
How to Apply
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to send in their application letters including updated curriculum vitae with day-time telephone number and contact details of three work-related referees through email firstname.lastname@example.org or by PoBOX : 2339 – Addis Ababa – Ethiopia. If possible, please send all the above in one document – MS Word or PDF. And also, write the job title and your name on the subject line.
Deadline for submission: 25th of November 2019
We are unable to accept phone calls.
NB: only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please notice that if you have not heard from MdM within 2 weeks, you should presume you were not short listed for this position. However, MdM thanks you for your interest and encourages you to apply for other openings where your skills and experience match.
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