Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders – Midwife Activity Manager.

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Midwife Activity Manager

Deadline for application:  3rd January 2021

Work Location: Dagahaley

Start date: January 2022

Contract: 12 months fixed term contract (with 3 months probation period) renewable based on performance)

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent international medical humanitarian organization providing assistance to people affected by armed conflicts, epidemics, natural or non-natural disasters or persons excluded from access to health care. The organisation has health projects in more than 70 countries.

The selected candidate will be reporting to the Project Medical Referent

Main Purpose

Defining, coordinating, monitoring all midwife and maternity related activities in a project area, according to MSF policies, protocols and standards in order to provide a high quality Mother and Child Health (MCH) care to the population.


  • Planning, organizing and ensuring the implementation and supervision, in close collaboration with other medical staff, all Sexual and Reproductive health activities. Participating in the definition and update of annual project planning and budget, and if needed, in any emergency activity or exploratory visit in or out of the project area
  • Informing other medical managers or doctors about any possible serious problem or complication (i.e. worsening of state of patients, problems in medicines, etc.). Coordinating with Hospital Director and assessing the feasibility for referral of pregnant women to receive further medical evaluation, in order to manage efficiently the resources needed for delivering MCH care while keeping good quality levels.
  • Assisting and collaborating with the field doctors and nurses when required (normal or complicated deliveries, SV cases, etc.), to complement the existing human resources and contribute to the resolution of complicated cases. Ensuring the new-born babies are followed up correctly since delivery and until discharge and that all pregnant women and newborn children are referred to the Extended Program on Immunization (EPI).
  • Managing the midwife and maternity staff in the project. Planning and supervising the associated HR processes (recruitment, training, motivation, internal/external communication, etc.) in order to improve staff capabilities and to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required
  • Ensuring and supervising the implementation of protocols by all staff under his/her responsibility in order to improve the quality of the healthcare given to population and to prevent any infection due to staff malpractices
  • In coordination with the project biomedical service supervising the appropriate use of medical devices and anticipating and communicating future needs.
  • Supervising administrative procedures and documents, analysing routine data for monitoring purposes, and being responsible for the collection and analysis of medical statistics and reporting of SRH activities (participation in epidemiological reports and monthly reports according to guidelines) in order to have updated and correct information about the day-today activity in the project and to provide support in the decision-making
  • Responsible for the quality of care in the maternity ward, antenatal care, post-natal care, family planning department and in the newborn unit including the maternal/mortality audit, CMEs, implementation and monitoring of protocols.
  • Supervising, supporting and evaluating the team under his/her responsibility particularly midwife supervisor and other related staff in his/her team and coaching them in their work with special focus in following all appropriate protocols and procedures.
  • Responsible of drafting the report of his/ her department (monthly, Quarterly, annually) to be shared with the hospital director.
  • In collaboration with the hospital director and head nurse ensure the implementation of all sexual and reproductive health activities.
  • In collaboration with the pharmacist and the team under his/her responsibility supervise the distribution of drugs, keep track of consumption patterns, supply orders, monitor inventories and train staff to ensure that there are sufficient levels of stock to carry out the activities in the department and material resources are used rationally and appropriately. • Defining job descriptions, capacity-building, briefing/debriefing of his / her team.
  • Is in charge of the rosters and leave plans of the team under his/her supervision.
  • Responsible for sharing departmental data with partners on monthly basis.
  • Supervise administrative procedures and documents, analysing routine data for monitoring purposes so as to have updated and correct information about the day-to-day activity in the department and to assist with decision-making
  • Participate in the drafting of patient incidents (PSI) in collaboration with the team.
  • Note: 1. SRH Activities include: antenatal and postnatal care, family planning, obstetrical care (BEmONC 1 and CEmONC 2), neonatal and comprehensive abortion care, management of victims of sexual violence, female genital mutilation, reproductive tract infections and Fistula care.
  • Note: 2. BEmONC = basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care = Administration of antibiotics, oxytocics, anticonvulsants, manual removal of the placenta, removal of retained products following abortion, assisted vaginal delivery, preferably with vacuum extractor and newborn care including neonatal resuscitation.
  • Note :3. CEmONC = comprehensive obstetric and neonatal care = the full package of BEmONC Plus; surgery (caesarean section, hysterectomy, laparatomy), safe blood transfusion and care to sick and low birth weight new-borns.



  • Essential: Midwifery recognized qualification/ Recognized Nurse diploma & Registration Licence Tropical medicine training is desirable


  • Essential: Three years experience as a midwife and at least one-year experience as midwife supervisor.
  • Having worked in MSF or other NGO’s and in developing countries is desirable


  • Essential: Mission working language (English)
  • local language desirable(Swahili & Somali)


  • Essential: computer literacy (word, excel and internet)


  • People Management and Development
  • Commitment to MSF Principles
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • Results and Quality Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation

If you meet the above requirements, please submit your application through the link below on or before the 3rd January 2021.


We apologize that due to the volume of application we receive,only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Incomplete applications will not be considered

(MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/recruitment or training fee)




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