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Volunteer, Midwife

International Medical Corps
United States, California, Los Angeles
12400 Wilshire Boulevard (Show on map)
Aug 20, 2023
Job Title
Volunteer, Midwife
Location
Global - GO (Primary)
Category
Volunteer / Intern
Date Needed By
12/7/2021
Scope of Work (SOW)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (BACKGROUND)

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and healthcare to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care; offers needs-based response according to the context and type of sudden onset disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation; adopts a human rights-based approach to its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner.

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the clusters and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps, so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

This position will support International Medical Corps' emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster-affected populations.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for International Medical Corps' standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

JOB DESCRIPTION*

JOB SUMMARY:The primary responsibility of the Nurse Midwife is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting. The Nurse Midwife will be responsible for providing comprehensive antenatal care (ANC) and postnatal care (PNC) in a challenging setting, ensuring maximum access and utilization of services by affected populations; and setting up maternity care in new health centers, hospitals, and mobile clinic. In addition, he/she may also be requested to assist hospital staff as needed.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:

MAIN TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

* Provide comprehensive ANC and PNC in a challenging setting, ensuring maximum access and utilization of services by affected populations;

* Conduct and supervise deliveries and perinatal care where appropriate and manage referrals where necessary;

* Setting up maternity care in new health centers, hospitals, and mobile clinics;

* Training local midwives and working with community birth attendants to ensure safe community birthing practices;

* Offer support and advice following events such as miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and neonatal death;

* Provide advice and guidance on a safe and timely transfer home;

* Assist in development and delivery of educational sessions for staff and patients;

* Identify and care for survivors of Gender Based Violence in partnership with other team members;

* Collaborate with other departments as needed to ensure smooth implementation and integration of services;

* Adhere to administrative directives with regards to work schedules, record keeping, patient communications, re-stocking of necessary drugs, consumables and other items

General

* Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

Policy Adherence

* Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.

* Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

Perform other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

Job Description

Not Applicable

Job Requirements

Please refer to the Scope of Work Information to view this Volunteer detail opportunity.

Code of Conduct

As applicable to this position, an individual must promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout the organization and maintain a clear understanding of International Medical Corps and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.

Safeguarding

It is all staff shared responsibility and obligation to safeguard and protect populations with whom we work, including adults who may be particularly vulnerable and children. This includes safeguarding from the following conduct by our staff or partners: sexual exploitation and abuse; exploitation, neglect, or abuse of children, adults at risk, or LGBTI individuals; and any form of trafficking in persons. Staff are also responsible for preventing violations to our Code of Conduct and Ethics, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any violations to the Code of Conduct and Ethics or Safeguarding Policy, you have an obligation to report.

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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