Whether a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project is a response to an emergency or longer-term, provision of reproductive health care will very often be a component.
Among other reproductive health activities, MSF teams conduct antenatal consultations, assist in deliveries (including Caesarean section), provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women, and care for patients suffering from sexual violence-related injuries. Additionally, a number of MSF programs offer specialist obstetric repair surgery for women with vaginal fistula.
As a midwife with MSF, your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential. You could be involved in setting up a mother-child health department in a rural clinic, providing reproductive health care from mobile clinics, or treating patients in an urban hospital. Your training abilities are crucial because you may be assigned to help local midwives develop new skills. At the same time, you will need to learn cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth.
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- Compliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
- Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
- Appropriate diploma, degree, and current valid license (CNM, CPM, CM, LM)
- Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
- Minimum of two years relevant professional experience post training
- At least 6 months of practical experience within the last two years
- Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff
- Experience in antenatal and postnatal care as well as delivery and newborn care
- Demonstrated experience managing high-risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries
- Experience working in a hospital setting
- Willingness to provide care in line with MSF policy and protocols in relation to women's health
- French or Arabic languag (B2 or above)
- Advance Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course
- Experience in obstetric emergencies/complicated deliveries, termination of pregnancy, sexual violence
- Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) certification and license
- Knowledge of STDs, HIV/AIDS, and/or PMTCT protocols