Midwife Assistant – Maternity Section
Health & Medicine
MSF Hangha Hospital, Kenema
10 April 2022
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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. MSF is therefore guided by the principles of neutrality and impartiality. These principles must apply to all MSF staff.
Required Criteria Education MCH-Aid trained Language Mende, Krio and English Experience Two years of work experience in maternity and or neonatal ward desired Application Details Applicants should submit: Application letter, CV, copy of certificates/diplomas, copy of labour card, copy of work certificates from previous employment. – no original documents to be submitted Applications can be submitted to: MSF Kenema Hospital (Hangha), & MSF-Belgium office in Freetown Application deadline: 10th April 2022 – no late applications will be accepted Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for further recruitment process. Please note that MSF does not reimburse transportation cost if applicants are asked for a test or interview. Please indicate “Midwife Assistant – Maternity Section” on the envelope
About the Role
Assist the midwife or nurse during labour, all sexual and reproductive health activities and neonatal unite according to his/her instructions and MSF protocols, in order to ensure hygiene, care and comfort of all patients. Main responsibilities • Assisting the midwife or nurse in organizing and providing care during delivery and antenatal; postnatal and family planning consultations and other nursing care in the NICU unite, in order to receive and install the patient, providing them the information required, helping in taking, monitoring and interpreting the parameters, etc. • Following hygiene and safety protocols at all times, during delivery, consultations, etc., ensuring the cleanliness and tidiness of all areas in the facility, material, linen, equipment, and carrying out the sorting and waste disposal. • Respecting at all times, the rules of safety, comfort, dignity, medical secret and patient confidentiality • Giving response to midwife’s/nurse’s requirements in case of an emergency • Setting up health education sessions, according to needs. • Ensuring comfort of bed-ridden patients: washing, installation for eating meals, changing position, etc • Supporting mothers on breastfeeding and Kangaroo mother care • Ensuring good transfer and transport of patients between the different services and departments. • Transporting samples to the laboratory and collect the results. • Participating in the surveillance and monitoring of the patient (e.g.: vital signs) and reporting to the midwife or nurse any relevant information. • Ensuring any relevant information is transferred into the patient file and during handover between shift. Reporting any problem arising in the care unit, especially the loss, robbery or damage of equipment or medicines. • Respecting IPC-standards & transmission-based precautions always and help maintaining cleanness in ward (correct waste management, cleaning of biomed equipment, changing bed linens, ensure correct flow of soiled equipment, etc.) • Be accountable, respectful and responsible for all equipment and consumable provided by the organization on the workplace • Working together with other health care workers (midwives, nurses, hygiene agents, stretchers bearers), with other departments (Laboratory, sterilization, Laundry, kitchen) and caretakers. • Participating actively in the hospital platform (meetings, committee,.), trainings and in the basic health education sessions • Participating in any other related activities as requested by the line manager • Performing minor maintenance and cleaning of the biomedical equipment following user manual and protocols. Alerting the supervisor in case of malfunctioning of any device. • Considering the nature of the identified midwife-aid responsibilities as well as the set-up of the hospital and activities (several buildings within the same unit, high patient flow, night shift, internal transfer of staff if operationnal need, support in referrals) ; a subsequent level of flexibility and mobility will be expected for each staff occupying this position. MSF does not charge fees for receiving any applications or participating in any recruitment process • To establish a safe work environment and adequate team interaction where the voice of everyone can be heard, regular ward meetings are organized (at least on monthly basis) with date, time and venue communicated in prior by the supervisors. A mandatory presence as well as an active participation in these meetings and in the follow up of the actions points will be expected from each staff occupying this position. • As Kenema is an endemic area for Lassa fever, all staff is expected to handle lassa suspect patients respecting enhanced transmission based precautions. Therefore, a strong and proactive committment will be expected in all trainings and surveillance activities related to Lassa