Sierra Leone, Uganda, Tanzania or Ethiopia 

Application closing date

Flexibele/ not applicable/ any time

Start date



12 or 24 months

Talented health professionals doing extraordinary things are at the heart of what we do at VSO. We enable you to share your passion for improving the lives of millions. Together we can strengthen the delivery of health services and healthcare systems in some of the world’s poorest communities. VSO health programs target the whole continuum of care from adolescence, pregnancy and newborn care. We focus on the most vulnerable people, who have limited access to care through lack of information or resources and who face physical or cultural barriers to access quality Sexual Reproductive Healthcare and obstetric services.

As a VSO volunteer, you will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your expertise, and often also management skills while doing something truly fulfilling. The local office or partner’s need will decide your exact job description.

Role Overview

You will work in a District Hospital and will use your experience as a trainer and coach. You work together with local midwives, neonatal/ pediatric nurses, gynaecologists and medical- and clinical officers, but also with other VSO professionals, like for instance a pediatrician or a gynaecologist. You will be working in a clinical role providing direct patient care, working alongside local colleagues.  While doing so you will work towards sustainable improvements:

  • Improve the quality of Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH) services in the region by strengthening the capacity of midwives, health care workers, community health workers and establishment of systems and referral mechanisms essential for maternal and newborn care both at faculty and community level.
  • Support the roll-out of the national Nursing and Midwifery Curriculum by coaching tutors in the implementation and advising on additional adolescent-friendly service provision and early essential newborn care.
  • Provide technical capacity-building support to health workers in conducting ultrasound scans of pregnant women and provide day to day support at a health facility, planning and organizing outreach MNH services with the help of health care workers and DHMTs (applicable for Sierra Leone)

Essential skills, qualifications and experience:

  • Registered Midwife (BSc), fully accredited by the relevant professional body
  • At least 5 years’ experience as a midwife
  • Experience in mentoring/training
  • Current knowledge in the field of maternal and child health, including some or all of the following: infection, prevention, antenatal care, family planning, PMTCT, essential and
  • emergency maternal and newborn care
  • Demonstrated self-management (i.e. motivation, dealing with pressure, adaptability)
  • Teamwork, the ability to work collaboratively in diverse multi-cultural groups. Ability to work in an institutional environment (hospital and health facility) as well as in the community setting


  • Additional specialization in areas like neonatal care or ultrasound
  • Previous developing country work experience
  • Experience of community engagement approaches
  • Interest/experience in social and gender inclusion; social accountability

Besides these skills, you need to be openminded, respectful, resilient and adaptive to new situations. It is important that you can facilitate positive change, build sustainable working relationships and are willing to seek and share knowledge.

Read more information about Maternal and Neonatal Health in our Capability Statement.

For further information about this job, download here the detailed job description.

Terms & conditions

VSO will cover and support you in all preparations: training, visa, work permit, registration in-country, flights, vaccinations, anti-malarial treatment, PEP treatment, medical and security clearance. In-country VSO will provide induction and support in placement, arrange secure accommodation (often shared with another VSO professional), full medical insurance (including repatriation cover), medical indemnity insurance, work-related travel costs and a living allowance which will enable you to live a basic but healthy lifestyle, but which is not sufficient to cover ongoing commitments at home.

What we do at VSO

Our programs focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organizations, from local and national governments to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programs. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

The experience of a placement is a one-of-a-life-time experience and will benefit you in multiple ways. You will have the chance to learn to work with people from different cultural backgrounds. There is often the opportunity to develop your teamwork-, leadership- and management skills. This can be helpful for career opportunities after your placement.


The world currently faces challenges on a scale not seen in a century. As a global organization, efforts to control COVID-19 will certainly result in changes to VSO’s activities and operations in the coming months. At this moment we are not sending international professional volunteers abroad. We have dedicated teams monitoring the situation, working across locations, programmes and projects to ensure we respond appropriately and responsibly – and that no one is left behind. We’ll continue to recruit professional volunteers and maintain a talent pool, to be prepared to work with them in the face of this uncertainty to plan for the future and build a fair world for everyone. If you have any questions about our current programs and where we currently operate, don’t hesitate to contact our recruiter Hans.

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