Midwife

at Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (view profile)
Location International, Ireland
Date Posted June 15, 2017
Category Nursing
Job Type Permanent

Description

JOB DESCRIPTION
Job Title: Midwife
Location: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Background

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international independent humanitarian aid organisation dedicated to providing expert medical relief to vulnerable populations at times of conflict or disaster. In over 65 countries worldwide, MSF provides both life-saving emergency relief and longer-term assistance to make basic healthcare services available to the most vulnerable or excluded communities.

MSF's aim is to provide impartial assistance on the basis of need alone, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, creed or political affiliation. To maintain its independence from political interference, MSF relies on donations from individuals around the world for over 92% of its income. Unrestricted private funding allows MSF to respond swiftly during an emergency, treating those most in need quickly, whilst also adhering to our principles of impartiality, neutrality and independence.

MSF Ireland

MSF exists to save lives, alleviate suffering and protect human dignity among populations in crisis throughout the world. MSF Ireland aims to contribute directly to that mission, by effectively and efficiently contributing to the resource requirements, financial, human and programmatic of the MSF movement.

MSF Ireland is an entity which is merged strategically, sectionally and associatively with MSF-UK. MSF will continue to build upon its presence in Ireland to become a more widely recognised, accepted and respected humanitarian organisation among Irish audiences, and within the Irish humanitarian and political sector. This will enable the Irish office to continue contributing operationally to the MSF movement
As a midwife with MSF your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential.
From visiting expectant mothers deep in the jungle to carry out ante-natal checks, to training birth attendants in busy maternity departments in big hospital settings, MSF midwives are a vital part of most project teams.

Responsibilities
Midwives are based in the projects where we work, and often work both in health centres and do some 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.
It's a challenging and rewarding role and you will be responsible for some or all of the following:
Pre and post-delivery care
Deliveries, often complicated
Care of survivors of sexual violence
Setting up maternity departments in new health centres/hospitals
Working with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices
Running awareness programs in the community
Training local midwives
On-call care, often 24 hours

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 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.
Requirements ROLE REQUIREMENTS
Irish Nursing Board or Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration
Significant post-qualification experience as a midwife
Experience in supervising, managing and training others
Experience in supervising and management
Willingness to be regularly on call for difficult and complicated deliveries
Available for a minimum of nine months
Minimum of three months' work, volunteering or travel experience in developing countries
Willingness to work in unstable areas
Adaptable and able to work in a multi-cultural team
Flexible and able to manage stress

Please note that in order to work with MSF as a midwife, it is not necessary to also be qualified as a nurse.
Assets
Strong French skills
Tropical nursing diploma
Knowledge of STDs/HIV/AIDS
Family planning experience
Community midwifery experience

We are currently looking for midwives with good French and Arabic Skills.
If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register
Candidates must already have the right to work in Ireland or hold a European passport-
-Two references will be required-
For enquiries, please call 01 660 3337 and ask for Niamh Blake.
 All applications must be submitted through the MSF website at https://www.msf.ie/working-overseas
Applications received by email will not be processed

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