Obstetricians and gynaecologists

We urgently need experienced obstetricians and gynaecologists to help make motherhood safer for disadvantaged women and their babies.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short-term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll need to be a registered obstetrician or gynaecologist with at least three years’ post-registration experience (usually five years' experience in the case of short-term roles).

  • Example role

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Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone

Although remarkable progress has been made in rebuilding Sierra Leone since the end of the conflict in 2002, the decade-long civil war caused extensive damage. The health system was decimated by the conflict, with structures destroyed and staff lost. Sierra Leone’s maternal mortality and morbidity rates indicate that it is one of the most dangerous places for a woman to be pregnant and give birth. Lack of access to affordable and good quality basic healthcare is one of the major contributors to maternal death and disease.

Princess Christian Maternity Hospital in Freetown, the only Government tertiary referral hospital, has requested help to improve the quality of services it can provide. You’ll support the current Consultant Gynaecologist to strengthen in-patient and out-patient care, and provide on-the-job training and support to staff at the hospital.

What you'll be doing

Designing and delivering training to support the continuing education of colleagues, midwives, and newly trained medical staff

Supporting the Consultant Gynaecologist to train a team of midwife trainers, to set up a sustainable education programme for midwives

Conducting clinical work to support service delivery for outpatients

Contributing to stronger clinical governance and management systems, such as the design of protocols and policies and practical coaching and mentoring

What you'll need

You’ll be a registered obstetrician with MRCOG and at least 3-4 years’ experience at registrar level (ST5/6 and above). You’ll need to be confident acting as lead clinician in a challenging clinical environment. You’ll be competent in antenatal, intrapartum and post-partum care and the management of common gynaecological problems. Experience of managing and training others is essential. Members of RCOG in higher specialist training can take this role as a VSO/RCOG Fellowship.

And the rest...

We’ll ask you to commit to 12 months to make a sustainable contribution to maternity services at Princess Christian Maternity Hospital. In return, we’ll give you financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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How long will the process take?

Once you have applied for a placement, the process will take approximately five months.