Medical advisor (Midwife) (M/F)

Employer: Médecins du Monde
Location : Ethiopia
Closing date: 13 Jun 2016

For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. MdM currently works in 40 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.

In 2014, Medecins du Monde launched a 3-year project focusing on preventing genital mutilation and its harmful consequences. It concerns newborn girls and women of childbearing age in Ethiopia in the Afar region (zone 5) with a local partner ACISDA. Female Gential Mutilation (FMG) has severe consequences in neonatal and maternal mortality especially in this region where FMG are carried out within the 24 hours following the birth of the girl. The aim of the project is to implement a comprehensive and integrated approach in order to raise awareness around this issue, to support and train health workers and teachers, to introduce materials and protocols according to WHO recommendations as well as to facilitate community dialogue.


Under the responsibility of the General Coordinator you have the responsibility to train, support and reinforce the local capacities on the medical consequences of FGM on the woman health.

Regarding the program activities you will collaborate with the local partner ACISDA on preparing the work plan, designing educational materials, and designing the different trainings. You will also participate in training ACISDA’s staff, as well as health workers and you will implement a specific training for midwives on “safe conditions of deinfibulation”. You will speak in local communities and schools to raise awareness around the FGM issue. You will also be in charge of ensuring the correct implementation of the project, evaluating the needs, and monitoring activities.

Furthermore, you will participate in relevant meetings organized by local authorities, NGOs, UN agencies, etc. In that regard, you will represent Medecins du Monde in the region and develop good relations with government officials and bodies.

You will also have administrative, financial and logistics duties such as monthly advance request, field expenditures payment, checking of ACISDA quarterly request, ensuring the implementation of the memory of understanding with ACISDA in terms of finance and administration. Will fall under you responsibility the identification of logistic needs and the HR management of local staff.

You will write monthly reports on the progress of the activities to the general coordinator and give him/her weekly reports by phone. Amongst your duties you will also have to write donor reports including compilation of ACISDA activities.

The monitoring entails reports on the social, economic and security context in zone 5 and the Afar region as well as communication of this information to the General coordinator and the Logistics manager.


Status : Volunteer - VSI

Contract : Volunteer - VSI (French status)

Duration : 6 months

915 euros / month + perdiem

The Medical Advisor is based in Dawe and in ACISDA office and one week per month is in Addis Ababa office.

Single posting


Midwife or midwife-nurse with competencies in deinfibulation and child-delivering assistance
Knowledge in capacity reinforcement
Experience in training and project management
Good communication skills and ability to negotiate and create good partnership relations
Able to live in isolated areas
Fluent English.
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


Médecins du Monde reserves the right to fill the vacancy before the closing date for applications.

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