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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Junior EU Aid Volunteer, Midwife, Ghana

Junior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

Assignment

This position provides a fulfilling opportunity for a mission-driven person who would
like to save lives and make an invaluable contribution to a rural community in West
Africa. Someone who is not afraid of challenges and very basic living and working
conditions. Someone with excellent cooperation and teamwork skills to work closely
together with local medical staff and administration in the clinics to share skills and
find ways to improve maternal health care in Nabdam district.
The hosting organization KoCDA is a non-faith based non-political community
organization which has cooperated with NGO Mondo from Estonia since 2008 in the
field of education, income generation for vulnerable families and health. NGO Mondo
is the largest Estonian non-profit organisation devoted to development cooperation,
global education and humanitarian aid.
KoCDA has an office in the village center. The organization is lead by director Mr
Victor More and volunteers are supported by mentors from among the community
members. KoCDA is affiliated to several small women cooperatives active in basket
weaving, shea butter production and tree nursery development involving more than a
100 women. The community has hosted EU Aid Volunteers since 2018 and other
NGO Mondo volunteers since 2010 in the areas of health, education and livelihood.
There will be several other long-term volunteers staying for the same period, some of
them also in field of health.
This vacancy is an interesting position in a grassroot organisation in rural Africa,
which enables the volunteer to learn about skills development and development
cooperation as hands on as possible.
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 and
surrounding areas and contribute to the long term goal of reducing the
mortality of children under 5 years.

Volunteers will find the majority of people in the community practising the Catholic
faith, but the community is very open to people of different faiths. Ghana as a
country is a secular. Three main religions are practiced: African Traditional Religion
(5.2%), Christianity (71.2%), and Islam (17.6%). There is good inter-ethnic/racial
relationship.
Kongo community is located in the Upper East region of Ghana, close to the border
of Burkina Faso. The region is hilly and rural, majority of the population are
subsistence farmers living in traditional mud-clay households. Kongo community has
around 7000 inhabitants on quite a large area with a more densely populated market center.
Kongo lies in tropical savanna climate of rainy season from May to October and dry
season from November to April when temperatures can reach up to 43C. Malaria risk
is high especially during rainy season.
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 incident
of security threat. There are local police officers volunteers can reach out to should
they be in an insecure situation. There are a number of local health facilities that can
handle well minor health issues and common illnesses. In 30-45 min drive there is a
regional referral hospital in Bolgatanga, reasonably resourced with well trained
medical staff and equipment. If needed, there is an opportunity to be evacuated
within 3 to 4 hours to the National Capital, Accra for serious health or any other
related matter of emergency. There is a national ambulance system that works up to
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 EU Aid Volunteer at the beginning of the project.

Tasks
Educate patients, nurses and community members

Educate patients and community members on health, nutrition, and family planning. Train nurses in clinics that do not have a midwife.

Perform gynecological exams

Perform gynecological exams.

Counseling mothers

Counsel expectant mothers on birthing plans, including hospital care, birthing centers, and other options; arrange prenatal planning and care for mothers.

Perform deliveries, assist caesareans and provide emotional support

Perform deliveries and assist caesareans, assist surgeons and physicians in caring for the mother during complicated births, provide emotional care for mothers during birth.

Antenatal support

Antenatal support and counselling for mother and baby.

Research participation

Participate in research and further educational opportunities.

No apprenticeship.

Required competences
  • Must be a qualified and duly registered midwife with a minimum 2 year experience in the field.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently.
  • Excellent communication skills, good spoken English.
  • Compassionate and caring of patients.
  • Able to work in an intense, concentrated environment, calm with a positive attitude.
  • Able to work in culturally different environment.
  • Good leadership skills; ability to mentor and educate.
  • Ideally, experience in working in less developed countries, especially those with conditions and circumstances comparable to rural Africa.
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.

No candidate will be discriminated based on his/her race, religion or financial status during the selection.

- A minimum of first degree in Midwifery or General Nursing.
- Has certification as a professional midwife.
- At least 2 years of practicing as a Midwife in reputable Hospital in the applicant’s home country

Condition of service

Opportunity to actively learn about the healthcare system in Africa and Ghana and to be engaged in direct community healthcare delivery at Ayamfooya Memorial Clinic and other local clinics. Learn how health governance system operates and a possibility to make a contribution. Possibility to cooperate with health care specialists in mutual learning and exchange of good practices.

The volunteer has an opportunity to experience the daily life in a traditional rural Ghanaian village, which is proud of its history and culture. Volunteer can be part of the festivals that the locals celebrate, learn the local crafts, music and ways of farming and experience the life untouched by tourism.

The volunteers work in Northern Ghana, where the climate conditions can be difficult, as it is very hot and windy. Mobile phone service is reliable, there is good mobile internet access and Kongo market even has an internet café with high-speed internet. Regular local buses travel to Bolgatanga (30 to 45 min drive), the region’s capital where more services are available.

Village has a market square where mostly food items and other necessities can be bought every third day. There are small kiosks also open daily. Bolgatanga has bigger food shops and a large outdoor market, where more variety of food, especially fruits are available.

The volunteers will be hosted at the guesthouse of the Catholic Mission; the volunteers have their own lockable room, toilet and shower in the room. There is no AC in the room, but each room has ceiling fans. A communal kitchen to share with the other volunteers is available, but food can also be pre-ordered (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for an additional cost, as there is a chef working in the guest house. Guest house is surrounded by a park and is a few minute walk from the village center.

Power cuts can be a daily issue in the community.
The programme covers the following costs:
- Pre-departure training with the European Commission: transport, food and accommodation covered by the programme
- Pre-departure training with the sending organisation: transport, food and accommodation covered by the programme
- International travel, visa, vaccinations and malaria pills covered
- Insurance during the duration of the project
- Accommodation
- Monthly allowance: 640.94 euros will be paid to the volunteer to cover subsistence (food, any other personal items) in addition to a local transportation reimbursement (up to 40€ per month).
- In addition, after the return, 100€ of post deployment resettlement allowance per month of deployment done, will be foreseen.
The volunteer will work full time (max 40h per week). The working calendar will be corresponding to the agenda and system established in the field. Some flexibility may be asked to implement some activities during the evening or the weekend if it is necessary.
Days off
According to the Ghanean and European Regulations the volunteer has days off on Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays and 2 days of holidays per month.

Selection process

The candidate has to send the following documents to vabatahtlikud@mondo.org.ee no later than 20/01/2019:
- his/her application form SuD HAV 2
- his/her self assessment questionnaire
- his/her CV in Europass format

In January 2020: the pre-selected candidates will have a Skype
interview with Mondo and KoCDA.
February 17-29 2020: The pre-selected candidates will participate at an
online training (around 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training.
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings in March 2020.

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 after the
training.

Timetable
Date of training
February 19-29 2020
Apprenticeship Placement
N/a
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
March 24-27 2020
Deployment
April to September 2020
Post-deployment activities
October 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav_saq_ghana.xlsx
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