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

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Deployment dates: 


The EU Aid volunteer will work as a senior 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, therefore minimum of 5 years of experience is required. 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 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 and during the last month of deployment will train a new Junior midwife to proceed with the work in clinics. 

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, in the countryside, with hilly and valley-like surroundings to which Europeans can easily adapt 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 nonsettler 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 issues or any other related matter on emergency. There is a national ambulance system that can reach rural areas.

Health Capacity building support tasks:

- Supporting and training the local midwives to know modern methods of performing deliveries
- Supporting and training the local midwives monitoring and examining women during pregnancy
- Supporting and training the local midwives for developing, assessing and evaluating individual programmes of care
- Supporting and training the local midwives who are providing antenatal care
- Supporting and training the local midwives for supervising and assisting mothers in labour, monitoring the condition of the foetus and using knowledge of drugs and pain management
- Supporting and training the local midwives for supervising and assisting mothers and children in postnatal care
- Providing sexual health trainings at schools in cooperation with the local community nurses and/or midwives

Health and medical support tasks:

- Perform any other official duties that may be assigned
- Support the local team in their daily medical activities


Required competences

- Ability to provide counseling and advice before and after
screening and tests
- Ability to offer support and advice following events such as
miscarriage, termination, stillbirth, neonatal abnormality and
neonatal death
- Ability to give support and advice on the daily care of the baby,
including breastfeeding, bathing and making up feeds
- Experience of working in the environment with limited facilities,
as the conditions at the local clinics are very basic and sometimes
the volunteer midwife is the only midwife in the hospital who has
to take the action in any situation
- Autonomy, flexibility, adaptation

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.

During the selection all candidates will be treated equally and without any discrimination.

- A minimum of first degree in Midwifery or General Nursing and has certification as a midwife
- At least 5 years and more practicing as a Midwife
- 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

Selection process:
The candidate has to send the following documents to
- 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 ADICE and UPA.
Between August and October 2018: The pre-selected candidates will participate to an online training (about 25 hours) and face-to-face pre-departure training (10 to 12 days at the end of September 2018).
The final selection will be done after the pre-departure trainings at the end of October 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.

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