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ER-052: Midwife
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Program Background
When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Summary
**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for.  This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

The Midwife is part of a team providing care delivered on the basis of need in times of crisis due to natural or man-made disasters. This would include work in community care, mobile team, primary care and complex care settings. The role would include establishing of new services, including mobilizing of community and establishing networks with local communities and government.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

  • Provide comprehensive ANC and PNC in a challenging setting, ensuring maximum access and utilization of services by affected populations;
  • Conduct and supervise deliveries and perinatal care where appropriate and manage referrals where necessary;
  • Setting up maternity care in new health centers, hospitals, and mobile clinics;
  • Training local midwives and working with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices;
  • Offer support and advice following events such as miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death;
  • Provide advice and guidance on a safe and timely transfer home ;
  • Assist in development and delivery of educational sessions for staff and patients ;
  • Identify and care for survivors of Gender Based Violence in partnership with other team members;
  • Collaborate with other departments as needed to ensure smooth implementation and integration of services ;
  • Adhere to administrative directives with regards to work schedules, record keeping, patient communications, re-stocking of necessary drugs, consumables and other items.

Compliance & Ethics
Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.

Qualifications:
  • Graduate degree or midwife certification and registration required;  tropical nursing diploma desirable;
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a midwife in public or private health facilities including experience working and living in developing countries or limited resource area; or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • At least 3 years of experience in a hospital setting and 1 year in community or outpatient setting;
  • Ability to provide and counsel on basic STI treatment and family planning preferred;
  • Working knowledge HIV/AIDs/ PMTCT/TB preferred;
  • Capacity to evaluate complex ethical situations and work with team on decision making;
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas;
  • Adaptable and able to work in a multi-cultural team and understand cross-cultural issues surrounding childbirth;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required; working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic skills desirable;
  • Must be able to demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and maintain a positive working relationship with clients and colleagues with professionalism and integrity;
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving particularly in limited resource settings;
  • Experience in managing, training and motivating multiethnic and multicultural teams.

International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations.  The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security.  Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with a high degree of resilience, sound judgment, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.