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Position: Consultants (2), Obstetrician and Gynaecologiest
Closing date: 13 Apr 2010
Location: Sierra Leone
OPENING FOR CONSULTANCIES
Job ID 1553
Closing date: 13 April 2010
Job Title: Obstetrician and Gynaecologist (2)
Organizational Unit: Sierra Leone Country Office, Africa Regional Office
Duty Station: Freetown
Duration: 11 months
Sierra Leone is now in its development phase following a protracted civil war that ended eight years ago and left the country bereft of health human resource. As a result the only national referral and training centre for obstetrics and gynaecology has the highest institutional maternal deaths in the country.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Maternal mortality is estimated at 857 per 100,000 live births , while infant and under five mortality are estimated at 158 and 267 per 1000 live births respectively. These high rates are attributable to a number of factors including limited access to comprehensive reproductive health services to tackle major problems such as anaemia, obstructed labour, infections, eclampsia, and all forms of ante- intra and postpartum haemorrhage. Conditions related to blood loss contribute to over 50% all maternal deaths.
To increase access to emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC) the government has introduced free health care in the country with effect from 27 April 2010, despite a critical shortage of midwives, paediatric nurses and specialist obstetricians and gynaecologists. These are not only essential for effective delivery of quality maternal and neonatal services but also necessary to train other midwives and obstetricians and gynaecologists. In order to address this government has requested health development partners to assist in it to cascade the training of these cadres in adequate numbers to meet the pressing needs of the country.
In response to this request UNFPA is recruiting two experienced consultant obstetricians and gynaecologists to support clinical services and training programme at the Princes Christian Maternity hospital.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNFPA Representative the Consultant Specialist Obstetrician/gynaecologist(s) will work under the office of the Chief Medical Officer Ministry of Health and Sanitation and a will provide clinical services and training at the Princes Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH). He/she will collaborate closely with the UNFPA/MOHS Technical Specialist on Reproductive Health and the MOHS Manager for Reproductive Health.
Specifically the consultant(s) will carry out the following
•The consultant specialist(s) will be required to provide clinical services on daily basis at the Princes Christian Maternity Hospital.
•Design and develop a Post graduate training programme in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in collaboration with the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and prepare candidates for their Primary and Final Examinations to College of Surgeons of West Africa or other recognized national and international institutions.
•Undertake classroom lectures, tutorials and practical sessions on the labour ward, clinics.
•Conduct operations and other clinical manoeuvres in theatres and on the wards, especially for high-risk patients as part of practical work for the trainees
•The consultant(s) will also participate in teaching ward rounds for all clinical staff including medical and midwifery students.
•Assist in developing continuing professional development (CPD) training materials to upgrade skills of obstetric care providers as may be required by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS).
•Organize, participate and contribute to weekly clinical meetings and the monthly maternal death audits at PCMH.
•Assist in the standardisation of reproductive health commodities (drugs, equipment and consumables and participate in development of protocols for management of common obstetrics and gynaecology emergencies
•Contribute to any other duties relevant to reduction of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity as may be assigned by UNFPA Representative and/ or of benefit to Ministry of health and Sanitation.
•Produce monthly and quarterly reports to be submitted to the UNFPA representative and CMO.
•Produce end of consultancy report and submit it to the UNFPA Representative and the CMO.
Experience and qualifications:
•a primary medical university degree
Obtained specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from a recognized institution
Relevant clinical experience of at least 7 years after post graduate specialist qualification in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Teaching experience in the specialty of Obstetrics and gynaecology is particularly is essential.
Familiarity with health systems in African countries is an advantage
Good communication skills and excellent English language proficiency
Good computer skills such as in word processing, PowerPoint presentation and Excel
•Developing People/Fostering Innovation and Empowerment;
•Working in Teams;
•Communication information and ideas/Knowledge Sharing;
•Self-Management/Emotional Intelligence and Conflict management/Negotiating and resolving disagreements;
•Analytical and Strategic Thinking/Results Orientation/Commitment to Excellence.
•Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda ;
•Innovation and marketing of new approaches ;
•Job knowledge/Technical expertise;
•Organizational leadership and direction;
•Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/building strategic alliances and partnerships;
•Results-based programme development and management.
Duration and Place
The duration of the contract shall be for 11 months initially followed by one month contract break. Successful candidates are expected to assume duty in June 2010. There is a possibility of renewal of contract for another 11 months period.
The duty station shall be Freetown, Sierra Leone, but she/he will be required to travel to district hospitals from time to time.
How to apply:
UNFPA has established an electronic application management system. This allows applicants to create a candidate profile, which can be updated regularly and submitted for more than one vacancy. Download the Step by Step Guide to Applying in the E-Recruit System of UNFPA at http://www.unfpa.org/employment/vacancy.htm
Please print out the Guide for your reference during the registration and application process
Notice: There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. UNFPA does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
Reference Code: RW_83WQ54-8
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