Clinical Midwife – Emergency Health Unit

Employer:  Save the Children UK
Location: International
Closing date: 18 Aug 2016
£32,748 + £2,500 Hardship Allowance


East Africa Team - Internationally Mobile with 75%-80% travel required

Fixed term contract

Save the Children are seeking an experienced Midwife to join our Emergency Health Unit (EHU) and establish quality reproductive, maternal and neonatal health services for women and girls in humanitarian crisis.

Save the Children is present in 120 countries and operational in 54 countries supporting childrens’ rights in development and humanitarian contexts. Save the Children’s origins lie in emergency response with expertise in public health, protection, education, nutrition food security and shelter.

Save the Children has a strong commitment to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality as part of our global strategy. Therefore the midwife will play a key role to ensure the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health is implemented through direct services as a member of the Emergency Health unit or through supporting local MOH health facilities and pre-existing health programs of Save the Children in the area of deployment. Within this technical area Save the Children has a focus to integrate comprehensive Family Planning (FP) and Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) services in order to tackle some of the major reasons related to maternal mortality and unmet need for FP. The midwife, supported by a team of FP and CAC technical advisors will lead the integration of such services.

The Emergency Health Unit (EHU) is a programme to support a pre-standing emergency health capacity, including medical supplies, logistics and skilled medical personnel, to deploy anywhere in the world in the event of a major disaster or conflict. The midwife will join a six member team of team leader, doctor, nurse WASH manager, medical logistician and logistician. This team is one of three teams that are home based and will deploy anywhere in the world as one team but between emergencies focus on preparedness and capacity building, this team will focus on East Africa. Additional deployment opportunities might occur for the midwife in relation to the integration of the FP and CAC programing globally. Some of the core countries for this technical program include DRC, Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, CAR, Syria response countries and other new emergencies.

Therefore in this role you
Provide direct clinical reproductive and neonatal health services as part of the EHU outpatients integrated package of primary health services. The services should include Antenatal Care (ANC), managing Basic-Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (B-EmONC), establishing referrals for Comprehensive- EmONC (C-EmONC) and CAC where possible, provision of Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) counselling, Postnatal Care (PNC), comprehensive FP services of all modern methods with a focus on Long Acting Reversible Methods (LARC) and others based on the most updated MISP and international guidelines.
Promote the sexual and reproductive health rights of adolescents, ensuring access of this vulnerable group to such services within the EHU based on the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Tookit developed by Save the Children. Universal access of women and girls to FP and CAC services should also be included.
In coordination with the clinical lead and nurse ensure prevention and treatment for sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) is available and meets international standards.
Contribute to emergency preparedness plans and simulation/scenario exercises with the SCI country offices of the priority countries. This includes understanding and analysing health systems of priority countries as per geographical focus of each team
Promote Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) best practices as per international and Save the Children minimum standards to women and girls that receive services from the EHU
Support community health workers to provide outreach services including outbreak surveillance, recording births, stillbirths, neonatal deaths and maternal deaths.
When not deployed with the EHU global team, the midwife in collaboration with SCUS technical advisors will work on integrating FP and CAC programming in humanitarian health programs globally or in focused countries as per Save the Children FP CAC protocols and standards

To be successful you will be a registered Clinical Midwife with proven experience working internationally in humanitarian programmes in resource poor settings, including both emergency and longer term experience. In addition you will have:
Previous first phase emergency response experience.
Experience in development and application of community-based health strategies with a focus on reproductive health messages and services.
Proven capacity to supervise, train and coach clinical staff
Achieving results effectively, with the ability to work independently as well as supervise, train and coach clinical staff
Maintaining and developing collaborative relationships. A strong communicator.
Operating safely and securely, with an understanding of wider UN/NGO security coordination and how the organisation can benefit from, and contribute to, those mechanisms
The capacity and willingness to be extremely flexible and accommodating in difficult and sometimes insecure working circumstances.

The role will be internationally mobile with 75%-80% travel required. Fluency in Arabic or Swahili is desirable.

At Save the Children our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.

Closing date: 18th August 2016