World Health Organization (WHO)

Quality Midwifery Education Officer

World Health Organization (WHO)

Job Description

TITLE Quality Midwifery Education Officer Contract Type Special Service Agreement (SSA) GRADE NOB Step-1 CONTRACT DURATION

3 months

PURPOSE OF THE POST The National SSA will provide Coordination and Technical Support to the Directorate of Nursing & Midwifery and the National Task Force for Strengthening Midwifery Education to effectively plan, organize, coordinate and engage key stakeholders in the operationalization of the Framework for Action: Strengthening Quality Midwifery Education for UHC 2030 in Sierra Leone. This includes all processes leading up to a new harmonized revised national midwifery education curriculum, in close coordination and consultation with international resource persons and the WHO Country Office.

Background The World Health Organization Sierra Leone Country Office (WCO) is responsible for providing technical advice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) in guiding overall efforts to improve the health and well-being of the population. Updating of the curriculum for midwifery education is part of the Government of Sierra Leone's commitment to invest in high-quality education and training for midwives thereby improving the quality of sexual, reproductive, maternal, neonatal and adolescent health.

The aim for this curriculum review & development is to build a nationally uniform midwifery education which in the long term a prerequisite for a united midwifery workforce. All midwifery students will receive the same education in line with ICM Essential Competencies for Midwifery Practice, so that the needs of women and newborns are met. The curriculum will be reviewed based on the midwife's role, responsibilities and function, which is described under the international definition of midwife.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES The responsibility of the national SSA will be to: i. Support the Directorate of Nursing & Midwifery to be an effective Secretariat for the operationalization of the Framework for Action: Strengthening Quality Midwifery Education for UHC 2030 in Sierra Leone ii. Work with the national task force and Directorates of Nursing & Midwifery and of Training and Research to develop a workplan iii. Ensure that all meetings are minuted, and follow up actions are implemented by responsible parties iv. Conduct a Mapping of Midwifery Education Stakeholders to ensure these are systematically involved in all processes v. Collate all relevant documents including but not limited to; existing Sierra Leonean and regional (WAHO) Midwifery curricula, CPD framework, service scheme, scope of practice, and all the most recent national guidelines related to midwifery care and sexual and reproductive health rights, quality improvement; ensure these are available and appropriately referenced in the Curriculum Development process vi. Support the development of tools for all related assessments vii. Participate in all Data Collection exercises viii. Provide technical leadership to increase awareness of the cultural context, specificities and implications ix. Participate in relevant technical working groups in areas of quality management / improvement and information sharing x. Support the development and review of all products and deliverables, including documentation of the process xi. Regularly monitor and provide progress reports against the workplan xii. Work alongside and mentor counterparts in programme management xiii. Any other duties related to needs identified during the revision of the curriculum Deliverables: Monthly Activity Reports Technical supervision Under the overall guidance of the WHO Representative to the Sierra Leone Country Office and direct supervision of the WHO Basic Package of Essential Services Coordinator, day to day guidance of the Technical Officer Midwifery/SRHR at the WHO’s Sierra Leone country office ,the incumbent will work closely with the Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) at the Government of Sierra Leone.

The ultimate responsibility for ensuring key stakeholders are engaged and contribute to the development of a plan and operationalization of the Framework for Action: Strengthening Quality Midwifery Education for UHC 2030 in Sierra Leone lies with the MoHS of the Government of Sierra Leone ED QUALIFICATIONS Education: Essential: A University Degree in Public Health or other Health-related Sciences Desirable: • A Diploma in Midwifery • Formal qualification in Project Management WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution. The list can be accessed through this link: Experience: Essential: • At least 2 years’ clinical working experience in the area of Midwifery • At least 2 years of experience delivering public Health Programmes Desirable: • Familiarity with the midwifery education system in Sierra Leone • Demonstrable experience as a trainer in any recognized national SRHR course • Experience managing public health programmes or other Development Projects Functional Skills Essential: • Planning and organizing • Report writing skills • Facilitation skills Competencies: • Teamwork • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences • Communication • Producing results • Ensuring the effective use of resources Use of Language Skills Essential: Excellent knowledge of English language.

Other Skills: •Proficiency in Microsoft Office REMUNERATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Remuneration NOB Level (SLL 21,130,083.33 Monthly rate) Place of Assignment Freetown, Sierra Leone
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