EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior, EU Aid Volunteer, Medical and paramedical services, Ghana (6 months)

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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Assignment

The EU Aid volunteer will work as a junior midwife, in the health clinics in Kongo village in Ghana. The volunteer should be confident to take responsibility and action in basic working conditions and limited facilities. The previous volunteers have reported following issues at the clinics: hygiene, communication (or lack of it) with the patients, limitations with the available facilities and need of further training of other staff members. There can also be a lack of no midwives or medical staff present in case of emergency, and also general drug handling and prescribing is an issue. The volunteer midwife will continue the work which has been started by the previous volunteers.

Expected results/objectives:

  • To build the resilience of the local community regarding the maternal health issues
  • To increase the quality of maternal health services in Kongo village to reduce the mortality of children under 5 years

 

Kongo Community Development Association [KoCDA] is a community based organization in West Africa, Ghana, precisely in Kongo of the Upper East region. The Organization seeks an active individual to play an integral role in various stages of the organizations journey towards helping to leverage existing partnership projects already being implemented in close collaboration with European partners, particularly, Mondo of Estonia. 

Kongo community is in the Upper East region of Ghana, countryside, hilly and valley-like surroundings that can be easy to adapt to for Europeans although some differences are found in the tropical weather and environment. Ghana is a secular country. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion (5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). Kongo village is predominantly a Christian/catholic community but very opened to people of different faiths. There is good inter-ethnic/racial relationship. Community members are very open to visitors and Kongo Village has a good reputation of hosting Europeans in the last two decades without any single incidence of security threat. The people are generally welcoming people. There are no tensions between settler and non-settler Communities. There are local police officers that volunteers can reach out to should they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can help with minor health issues but there is also a regional referral Hospital, reasonably resourced with well trained medical staff and equipment as well as medication. It is possible to be evacuated within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other related matter on emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.
The hosting organisation has developed security management plan, health and safety policy and a security briefing that are updated regularly. These documents and briefing will be shared with the volunteer at the beginning of the project.

Tasks
Health supporting tasks:

- Supporting the local team to know modern methods of performing deliveries,
- Supporting the local team monitoring and examining women during pregnancy,
- Supporting the local local team for developing, assessing and evaluating individual programmes of care,
- Supporting the local team who are providing antenatal care,
- Supporting the local team for supervising and assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and using knowledge of drugs and pain
management,
- Perform any other official duties that may be assigned.

Health Capacity building tasks:

- Supporting the senior volunteer and local team in organizing training to know modern methods of performing deliveries,
- Supporting the senior volunteer and local team in organizing training for monitoring and examining women during
pregnancy,
- Supporting the senior volunteer and local team in organizing training for developing, assessing and evaluating individual programmes of care,
- Supporting the senior volunteer and local team in organizing training for midwife who are providing antenatal care,
- Supporting the senior volunteer and local team in organizing training about supervising and assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and using knowledge of drugs and pain management,
- Perform any other official duties that may be assigned.

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Required competences
  • Ability to monitor patient’s condition and assess their needs to provide the best possible care and advice
  • Ability to observe and interpret patient’s symptoms and communicate them to physicians
  • Ability to collaborate with Physicians/Physician Assistants and Nurses to devise individualized care plans for patients
  • Perform routine procedures (blood pressure measurements, administering injections etc.) and fill in patients’ charts
  • Adjust and administer patient’s medication and provide treatments according to physician’s orders
  • Inspect the facilities and act to maintain excellent hygiene and safety (decontaminating equipment, sanitizing surfaces, preparing beds etc.)
  • Provide instant medical care in emergencies
Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The selection will be based on non discriminatory and equal treatment criterias.

• Should possess at least a Diploma in Registered General Nursing. A degree in nursing will be ideal/ and or an added advantage,
• Should have at least 2 years working experience in a recognized health facility in his or her home country,
• Should be of good character, diligent, a team player and able to instil new ideas to improve quality,
• Experience of working in the environment with limited facilities,
• Autonomy, flexibility, good relational.

Condition of service

Through this volunteering project, the volunteer will have the opportunity to get new learnings and skills such as:
- Opportunity to actively learn about the healthcare system in Africa and Ghana and to be engaged in direct community healthcare delivery.
- Learn how health governance system operates and a possibility to make a contribution.
- Learn new medical and health systems and practices
- Intercultural learning
- Local language learnings
- New skills to work autonomously, to adapt to new context

The volunteers work in Northern Ghana, where the climate conditions can be difficult, as it is very hot and windy. Volunteers have access to the office with computer and printer, however the main problem might be power cuts and very slow and non-reliable internet. Therefore, there is a possibility to go to the neighbouring town, Bolgatanga, where volunteers could use internet café.

The volunteers will be hosted in a local guesthouse, the volunteers have their own lockable room, toilet and shower in the room. Food can be pre-ordered (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for an additional cost, as there is a chef working in the guest house.

Selection process

The candidate has to sent the following documents to vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee
- his/her application form SuD HAV
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV europass

Between the 06/07 and the 31/07/2018: the pre-selected candidates will have a
Skype interview with MONDO and KoCDA.

Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days).

The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in October 2018.

Once selected, the volunteer will participate to a 5 days pre-departure training with the sending organization in October / November 2018.

Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace the candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection takes places following the training.

Timetable
Date of training
From August to the begining of October 2018
Apprenticeship Placement
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Pre-deployment preparation and induction
October or November 2018
Deployment
from December 2018 to May 2019
Post-deployment activities
Summer 2019
Self assessment questionnaire
File 4.euav_self_assessment_questionnaire_en.xlsx
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