Terms of Reference

Vacancy: Gynaecologist/Obstetrician (Gyn/Obs)

I. General Information

Post/Title: Gynaecologist/Obstetrician (Gyn/Obs)

Position Type: Local professional

Duty Station: De Martino Hospital, Mogadishu

Duration of Assignment: 12 months

Deadline for applications: 8th August 2023

II. Background Information

About the MIDA FINNSOM III, Health and Education Project

The past decades have seen continued migration from various African countries, causing a “brain drain” that has debilitated various public sector systems across the continent. Through the IOM Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, Somali diaspora professionals have supported institutional capacity building, service delivery, and policy development of health and education institutions across Somalia since 2015.

The MIDA FINNSOM PHASE III – Health & Education project – contributes to strengthening the Health and Education sectors in Somalia towards achieving specific priorities in the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) and the Essential Package for Health Services (EPHS), as prioritized and outlined by the government. The project aims to do so by engaging and enhancing the role of qualified Somali diaspora experts willing to temporarily return to their country of origin. In particular, through assignments within key ministries and public institutions (including hospitals and universities), Somali diaspora experts contribute addressing gaps and enhancing strengths in the planning and delivery of health and education services, coherently with the needs identified through the dedicated baseline assessment conducted during the inception phase of the project. Furthermore, a component of the project is devoted toward contributing to the creation of stable and sustainable access to employment opportunities in the health and education sectors for local experts and interns, who will work in close coordination with the Somali diaspora experts - therefore reaping long-terms benefits of knowledge transfer, competencies sharing and skills development.

III. Duties and Responsibilities

The Federal Government of Somalia’s Ministry of Health and Human services (MoHHS), through the technical assistance provided by the IOM MIDA FINNSOM III Health and education project, seeks to build the skills of its health workforce, including Gynaecologists/obstetricians.

Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the director of the hospital and in close cooperation with the gynecologist/obstetric diaspora experts, the local professional will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

  1. Perform his/her professional duties, according to the Ministry of Health and local Hospital guidelines, ensure national standards are maintained and adhere to universal precautions.
  2. To support the management of the Maternity and Post-delivery wards in cooperation with the nursing staff.
  3. Interpret test results, discuss treatment and medication, and advise patients and the general public on issues pertaining to reproductive and maternal health, according to the Hospital guidelines.
  4. Educate local medical students and interns attached to the host institution, as well as patients on diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention.
  5. To perform pre-operative assessments for gynaecological and obstetric patients, emergency triage and resuscitation (when appropriate).
  6. To perform caesarian sections and other types of gynecological surgeries according to good clinical practice.
  7. Provide patients with information on family planning methods, conduct STI screenings on female patients, and recommend and deliver therapy or other medical care.
  8. Provide obstetric care including antenatal and postnatal care.
  9. To conduct ward rounds and out-patient consultations according to good clinical practice.
  10. To discharge patients with appropriate instructions for further follow up and out-patient care.
  11. To liaise as requested with local health authorities and other health providers.
  12. To supervise and provide training for local personnel, where appropriate.
  13. To develop further skills where possible.
  14. To ensure all documentation meets local medico-legal requirements and that statistical data is collected, using the health monitoring system, and to incorporate information in regular reports.

IV: Requirements:

Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section III, the MIDA FINNSOM III Heath and Education project is requiring the following deliverables to be submitted throughout the assignment. These are the standard requirements for all assignments under this project:

  1. Work plan: A work plan must be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of the assignment to provide clear and time-bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the supervisor, MoHHS coordinator, MoHHS M&E Specialist and IOM project team. This work plan can be revised during the assignment to reflect on new developments or changes.
  2. Quarterly and Final Reports: Quarterly progress reports will be submitted by the expert to the supervisor, MoHHS Coordinator, MoHHS M&E Specialist and IOM project team. At the end of the assignment, the participant must also provide a final report covering the duration of his/her assignment.
  3. Exit interview: An exit interview will be conducted to ensure that a proper exit plan has been put in place to sustain the achievements, upon completion of the assignment.

V: Qualifications

Level of Education: Master’s degree, with gynaecology/obstetric specialization

Area of Study: Gynaecology/obstetrics

Years of work experience in what area(s): More than 3 years

Languages needed:

  • Fluent in Somali
  • Good verbal and written command of English

General Skills / Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work long hours, often under pressure.
  • Have excellent practical and management skills.
  • Capacities to communicate with colleagues and staff in a clear and concise manner.
  • Have compassion and a good bedside manner.
  • Have a drive to teach and learn throughout their career.
  • Good interpersonal and cross-cultural skills.

VI: Subsistence Allowance

The monthly stipend amount will be determined by the MIDA FINNSOM III, Health and Education project, based on degree and years of relevant experience.

VII: How to apply

All applications must be sent via email to: midasomvacancy@iom.int with the following reference as a subject in your e-mail: Application - Obs-Gyno Local Expert De Martino Hospital

To be considered, applicants must provide a cover letter, CV, and the contact information (email and phone number) of two professional references by the closing date of this vacancy. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The closing date of this application is 08.08.2023, at 12.00 PM EAT.

VII: Security and insurance modalities

Health insurance will be covered by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically fit for the job.

Please note that IOM, according to the contract, will not be responsible for the security of the local professional. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.

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