Midwife Advisor – Clinical Practice

Location Bale Robe, Ethiopia

Start Date May - Jul 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

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

Language Scale: http://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 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 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

As a volunteer, you will:

-Assessing current midwifery practice (both preservice and in-service) and co-identifying priorities

-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 analyzing data, writing journal articles, etc.).

-Perform other duties as assigned.

-Integrating gender mainstreaming and social inclusion priorities into all work conducted.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

- Licensed 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:

-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.


About Our Partner


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.


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.