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Midwife Advisor

Assosa Town Ethiopia

9 Months | Start Date between May - Jul 2019

Location Assosa, Ethiopia

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 9 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Due to funder restrictions, support for accompanying partners/dependents is not available for this placement.

The Volunteer’s Role


Overall purpose: to support the capacity building of faculty, students and hospital staff in midwifery practice as part of the “Midwives Save Lives” project, that is being implemented in Ethiopia by Cuso International in partnership with the Canadian Association of Midwives. Ultimately, this position will work to reduce maternal and child morbidity and mortality rates, strengthen the quality of Reproductive, Maternal, New born and Child Health (RMNCH) services and to build institutional capacity to deliver these services.


-            Capacity development of staff, faculty and students in midwifery

-            Co-facilitating experience sharing initiatives (trainings, workshops, seminars)

-            Conducting collaborative research related to midwifery, Nurse and the RMNCH sector

-            Supporting the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion technical advisor in further developing their placement goals as it relates to the scope of the placement

-            Strengthening community outreach, uptake in services and promotion of midwifery services

-            To improve the quality of antenatal, delivery and postnatal care through the development of skilled professionals

-            To increase the mentorship of health care units and professionals

-            To decrease maternal and neonatal mortalities.

-            To design community engagement strategy and train nurses and community health care workers to create demand for health care and also advocate for preventive care on RMNCH.

As a volunteer, you will:

-Support the midwifery department and Teach University staff on Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) specifically on Family Planning, ANC and Post-natal care, breastfeeding and child nutrition among others.

-Responsible for ensuring all community members especially men are included in planning and management for RMNCH service delivery points to increase demand for RMNCH.

-Conduct training need assessments and conduct capacity building sessions to the University tutors and Mentor students while they are in clinical attachment

-Provide consultancy for the hospital in relation to maternal and child health programs & considering gender mainstreaming  

-Plan and deliver coaching and mentoring to improve routine works as per the required standard practices

-Develop tools to improve identified gaps in provision of quality care and services

-Plan and deliver coaching and mentoring to improve routine works as per the required standard practices

Essential Academic Qualifications:

-Degree in Midwife with at least 2 and above years of experience in hospital settings

-Experience in training need assessment, in-service training design and implementation

-Experience in conducting workshops, training and seminars

Essential Professional Background:

-Experience in capacity building, training and mentoring;

-Strong observation and analytical skills;

-Excellent verbal and communication skills;

-Experience in program monitoring and evaluation, ideally using a results-based management system

-Strong ability and experience in project design, strategic planning, business management and capacity building

-Strong experience in field visits and community work


About Our Partner


Assosa University

Mission: Assosa University is dedicated to contributing graduates who are competent in Knowledge, Skill and Attitude; undertaking problem-based research and rendering significant services to the community.

Vision: Assosa University aspires to be one of the top ten universities in Ethiopia by 2025.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months



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, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.

- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.