28 Nov 2019

Paediatrician at VSO

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Talented health professionals doing extraordinary things are at the heart of what we do at VSO. We enable you to share your passion for improving the lives of millions. Together we can strengthen the delivery of health services and healthcare systems in some of the world’s poorest communities.

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll find yourself working alongside local partners and health professionals. Together, you will develop sustainable solutions that last beyond the experience of a lifetime.

Volunteering with VSO is your opportunity to give something back while gaining unforgettable experiences. You will immerse yourself in a new culture, face fresh challenges and develop your medical expertise while doing something truly fulfilling.

Role overview

This is a volunteer role. The objectives of the volunteer placement include but are not limited to:
· Build the capacity of health workers and clinical senior staff in management of essential newborn and maternal care through training, coaching and mentoring to improve the quality of health services.
· Support development of manuals and protocols for Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Advising, where needed, on the NICU refurbishment and set-up process.
· Take the lead in the design of all specialist paediatric medical services (specifically for newborns) working together with hospital/health facility staff
· Strengthen the VSO established NICU to ensure consistent, quality care, including the referral system.

Skills, qualifications and experience

· Qualified medical professional (MD) specialised in pediatrics and preferable further specialisation in neonatology.
· Medical degree (MBBS or equivalent)
· A minimum of 3-5 years of proven specialist experience and training in paediatrics within a hospital setting of which at least 2 years in neonatal care and department management
· In the UK you need to have completed ST5 prior to departure for most roles, however doctors at ST3 and ST4 level might be accepted for some placements.
· Prior experience in clinical teaching and mentoring in the area of paediatric care is desirable.
· For roles in Ethiopia please note we require fully qualified paediatricians

· Work experience as paediatrician in Africa.
· Experience of department management
· Excellent team management and leadership skills
· Resource management: optimisation of specialist medical

Countries where VSO is currently running Health programmes needing Pediatricians are Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Sierraleon.


As a VSO volunteer, you will be sharing your skills with local communities on a full time basis. VSO will cover your travel, vaccinations, accommodation, and medical insurance costs, along with a local living allowance which will be paid in local currency. This allowance meets reasonable living expenses in country, but will not be enough to send money home. You will also receive some financial support to contribute to your on-going expenses at home.


VSO works with some of the poorest communities in the world which means accommodation varies and will be basic.

Some background about VSO

Much has changed since VSO started 60 years ago. We’ve gone from being a UK charity to a truly global development organisation. In 2016/2017 alone, we worked with over 7,000 volunteers from all over the world and from all backgrounds to deliver services that had an impact on the lives of almost 2.6 million people in the 24 countries where we work. Our programmes focus on the areas of health, education and livelihoods, with an increasing emphasis on resilience building, social accountability, gender and social inclusion. We believe progress is only possible when we work together and that strong partnerships are crucial to delivering positive change. That’s why we work with over 500 partner organisations, from local and national governments, to businesses, NGOs, funders, charities and community groups. Currently, over 30% of our people are recruited from within the country in which they work, and we continue to grow the share of community and national volunteers involved in our programmes. We also send increasing numbers of volunteers from one developing country to another. However, our vision has remained the same; to build a world without poverty.

If you’re interested in applying for this role, please download the job description for more information.

To submit your application, click on ‘Make an application’ and complete all relevant fields on the online application form.

Application Closing Date: 30 Jun 2020

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