From carrying out ante-natal checks in remote clinics to training birth attendants in busy maternity departments in big hospital settings, MSF midwives are a vital part of most project teams.
As a midwife with Doctors Without Border/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), you will be involved in coordinating mother and child health departments in rural clinics, providing reproductive healthcare from mobile clinics or treating patients in a hospital. Your role is to implement and coordinate maternal health programs, supervise and train staff and support with policy development
You will mainly supervise birth attendants and provide training as needed. You may be involved in hands-on assessment and treatment of women in areas where formal health systems are lacking. Midwives are in charge of prenatal and postnatal consultations including counselling for family planning, as well as data collection, analysis and reporting.
- Full and current registration
- Minimum two years of post-qualification work experience
- Experience in medical and surgical termination of pregnancy, management of sexually transmitted infections, management of complicated deliveries in hospital settings, family planning
- At least six months of clinical experience within the last two years
- Experience in managing staff in a multicultural team (supervision and training)
- Excellent command of English
- Relevant travel or work experience in contexts similar to where MSF works (armed conflicts, disasters, public health emergencies or situations of healthcare exclusion)
- Available to work six to 12 months
- Relevant experience in HIV, prevention of mother-to-child transmission, neonatal resuscitation, care for survivors of sexual assault, repair of third- and fourth-degree lacerations
- Knowledge of French or another language (Arabic, Spanish)
- Course in tropical medicine
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office software (especially Excel)
MSF Core Competencies
- Behaviour flexibility: Level 2
- Adapts behaviour to the needs of the situation
- Teamwork and cooperation: Level 2
- Shares information and coordinates with team and others
- Result and quality orientation: Level 2
- Works towards objectives, preserving established standards
- Commitment to MSF principles: Level 1
- Demonstrates knowledge of and accepts MSF’s principles
- People management: Level 2
- Gives feedback and sets limits
- Cross-cultural awareness: Level 3
- Demonstrates an integrating attitude
- Stress management: Level 2
- Manages own stress
- Understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI): Level 1
- Familiarity with EDI concepts and their application in a humanitarian context
Familiarity with EDI concepts and their application in a humanitarian context
To find out more about MSF core competencies, please look here.
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Before you apply
As you consider applying to undertake an MSF assignment, it is essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.
Security and Safety
Because Doctors Without Borders’ purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. MSF acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.
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International staff will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential assignment before accepting a particular posting. Working for MSF is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the assignment, all MSF staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.
Terms of Employment
MSF staff are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.
MSF favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time international staff complete 2 to 4 assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with MSF, see our FAQ.
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As you consider applying to undertake an MSF assignment, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.
Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with MSF over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being an MSF international worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: “You are not forgotten.”
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