Midwifery Advisor

Location: Bale Robe , Ethiopia
Partner name: Madawalabu University
Length of placement (months): 6
Deadline for application: 01 September 2015
Start date: October 2015
Funding Eligibility requirements: Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents
Language Requirements: English reading=4, writing=4, oral=4

About Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to reduce poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships and compassionate donors. Cuso International’s work is driven by authentic engagement with and accountability to the people and communities involved.

About Madawalabu University

Mission: MWU is devoted to the sustainable socio-economic development of the country through provision of quality education, understanding community based research and delivering needs based community services.

Vision: MWU aspires to be one of the leading national universities and to be recognized internationally for providing quality education, problem solving research and community services.

The volunteer’s role

The overall purpose of this placement is to support the capacity building of faculty, students and hospital staff in midwifery practice as part of a 5-year Ethiopia RMNCH Program Plan. Ultimately, this position will work to reduce maternal and child mortality, strengthen the quality of RMNCH services and to build institutional capacity to deliver these services.

The volunteer will have to conduct the following activities:

  • Assessing current midwifery practice (both pre-service and in-service) and co-identifying priorities for the institution and for community outreach.
  • Coaching/mentoring of faculty/staff/students in clinical practice (i.e. d/t procedures) at skill lab and at health facility sites.
  • Preparing, co-facilitating/leading, and conducting follow-up to experience sharing initiatives rooted in evidence-based research.
  • Conducting/advising research on RMNCH (literature reviews, collecting and analysing data, writing journal articles, etc.).
  • Integrating gender mainstreaming and social inclusion priorities into all work conducted.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

  • Licenced midwife with experience in clinical practice
  • Experience in conducting workshops, trainings and seminars on RMNCH specific topics (i.e. family planning, HIV/AIDS, etc.).

Essential Professional Background/Competencies:

  • Teamwork, with the ability to work collaboratively in diverse groups.
  • Ability to work in an institutional environment, hospital and health facility settings and in the community.
  • Cross-cultural experience in coaching/mentoring and training.

Desirable Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s in related field
  • Experience with collaborative research and advising on research in RMNCH sector

Desirable Professional Background/Competencies:

  • Experience with community outreach.
  • Experience working in remote regions in Canada or abroad.
  • Previous working experience in developing country context.

Important information for candidates

  • Training and Financial Support: Our training and support package covers the costs of being an overseas volunteer, allowing you to enjoy a modest but healthy lifestyle while you volunteer abroad.

This includes:

  • Attendance at a Cuso International assessment day (candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and accommodation costs)
  • Travel and accommodation costs associated with pre-departure training
  • Return airfare and visa/permit (this includes a return flight in the case of a family emergency)
  • Coverage for required vaccinations, medications and comprehensive health insurance
  • Accommodation while overseas
  • A modest living allowance, which varies depending on the country where you are placed
  • For placements requiring Spanish language, substantive in-country language training is provided for those who already have intermediate knowledge.


We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.


Depending on the nature of the placement, the volunteer might be required to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement.

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