Midwives

As a midwife working for Médecins Sans Frontières your ability to deal with women at risk and to respond to emergency situations will be utilised on a regular basis. Your experience in both complicated and normal deliveries will be essential.

As part of Médecins Sans Frontières' commitment to reducing mortality, morbidity and suffering, your role may vary from setting up a maternal and child health department in a small rural clinic, to establishing a program to respond to sexual violence within a refugee population, to treating patients in an urban hospital. Your role will also include ensuring access to safe abortion care.

Community outreach forms an integral part of our maternity programs. Understanding how Traditional Birth Attendants work and building effective relationships with them is important for the development and acceptance of our programs within the communities they support.

PROFILE REQUIREMENTS

  • At least two years of experience as a midwife
  • Experience in antenatal and postnatal care as well as delivery and newborn care
  • Demonstrated experience managing high-risk pregnancies and complicated deliveries
  • Experience in family planning and mother-child health care
  • Willingness to provide care in line with Médecins Sans Frontières policy and protocols in relation to women's health
  • Available to work infield for a minimum of 6 months
  • People with a medical background must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years

DESIRABLE

  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics course (ALSO)
  • Work experience or study in tropical medicine, refugee health or international public health
  • Knowledge of STDS and HIV/AIDS
  • Available to work infield for 9+ months

ESSENTIAL CRITERIA

The essential criteria is an overview of the minimum requirements for international staff (in addition to the profile requirements above). Please note, these can change without prior notice in response to organisational needs. To work overseas with MSF, every applicant must meet the following requirements:

Work and live in a diverse team

The ability to work and live in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams in contexts that are often complex, unstable and isolated, requiring strict respect for the local culture, teams and security rules in force.

Experience working in remote, low resource and low tech settings

Clinical/working experience in environments with limited human resources, materials and equipment.  Access to electricity can be unreliable, running water may not be available, medical and other equipment may be in short supply and computer systems may be basic.

Management experience

Most assignments will involve supervision or management of teams and will require experience in: capacity building, training, planning and administration and performance management.

Commitment to the goals and values of MSF

Adhere to the MSF Charter and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment.

Commitment to a career with MSF

Committment for 2+ assignments. We are looking for people that want to commit to multiple assignments and a long-term career in humanitarian aid. Hiring and training an employee is a major investment for MSF and we want to hire international staff who want to grow within the organisation.

Ability to cope with stress

Many MSF projects are located in or near conflict areas. The environment is often chaotic and you will face various challenges. International staff must be able to cope with stress in a difficult and unpredictable environment. 

Flexibility and adaptability

Contexts, environments, team composition can change quickly. Flexibility and adaptability are critical for a successful MSF assignment.

Work independently and use initiative

MSF assignments are demanding and every staff member must be able to manage their responsibilities and workload in a professional manner, with minimum direction.

DESIRABLE

Language skills

Knowledge of French or Spanish, or willing to learn. 
Other languages including Portuguese, Russian or Arabic are an asset.

SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

Please apply if your skills and experience match the requirements above and the essential criteria for working overseas. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application.

Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV (use template attached)
  2. Motivation letter 

If you’re not yet ready to apply, use the link below to register to receive updates from our Field Human Resources team including information on upcoming recruitment events.

 

Meet some of our midwives