Paediatricians

Paediatricians are responsible for all medical care and guidance in the field of paediatrics, excluding surgery. Those in this position mainly deal with acute cases such as malaria, acute respiratory infections, malnutrition, tuberculosis, and HIV. Diagnosis and treatment are based on the guidelines of MSF. Paediatricians conduct clinical training for and work together with locally hired staff to provide on-call support within their assigned project. For complex cases, they may also work with a specialist through telemedicine.                     

With testing, treatment, and personnel resources limited, paediatricians can sometimes experience high mortality when working on their own, therefore, a strong mind as well as high leadership and management skills are required. They must respond flexibly to the changing needs and problems that arise.     

Activities

  • Provide treatment and guidance for malnourished patients, resuscitation of newborns and low birth weight infants, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, nephrotic syndrome, and heart disease
  • Guide outpatient care for paediatric patients with various infectious diseases
  • Practice and supervise MSF guidelines, create in-hospital protocols (such as nosocomial infection prevention measures), and conduct planning and guidance as necessary
  • Submit activity reports, manage data (patient files, forms, statistics, databases, cause of death investigations, etc.), prepare materials for M&M conferences, etc.
  • Guide vaccination and communication between patients, their families, and healthcare professionals
  • Manage and order pharmaceutical supplies, test reagents, and other supplies necessary for paediatric care
  • Cooperate with surgeons as needed to carry out perioperative management (preoperative and postoperative)

REQUIREMENTS

  • Compliance with all of the essential requirements for all potential candidates
  • Minimum of five years experience post-qualification (have started PGY 6)
  • Paediatrics specialisation or ongoing specialisation, with a minimum of three years professional experience in paediatrics, including experience in neonatal care
  • Available for assignment for a minimum of six months
  • Current practising certificate and must display no recent gap in clinical experience greater than two years
  • Willingness to abide by Médecins Sans Frontières medical protocols

DESIRABLE

  • Additional clinical experience in areas such as paediatric ICU, NICU, nutrition, emergency, infectious diseases (HIV/AIDS, TB), public health, minor surgery, obstetrics/gynaecology, anaesthesia
  • Post graduate study in international public health, refugee health, infectious diseases (especially TB and HIV/AIDS) or tropical medicine
  • Current certification in Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) and/or Helping Babies Breathe (HBB)

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SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION 

Please apply if your skills and experience match the profile requirements and essential criteria above. Note: all Australian and New Zealand applications are processed through our Sydney office. Allow approximately 1 hour to complete to application. 

Before starting the application, please prepare the following:

  1. CV 
  2. Motivation letter 
  3. Skills checklist (below) 

Use our guide on how to write a CV (below) to help you prepare your application.