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Nurses

We need hospital and community nurses to help improve the quality of care in some of the poorest countries of the world.

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 be a registered nurse with a minimum two years’ practical experience, ideally with experience of training and managing others. Ward management experience is also useful. We have very occasional short-term assignments for up to six months, for which you’ll need more extensive experience.

What you’ll be doing

Your responsibilities will depend on your particular placement, but all tend to involve a strong teaching component.

You could be helping train more qualified nurses, combining classroom teaching with clinical supervision. Or you might be providing on-the-job support to nurse colleagues, helping improve ward management and professional development.

Example placement

Placement for: Health professional - nurse

Country: Papua New Guinea

Papa New Guinea has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world for a country not at war. Recognising the urgent need to address this issue, the Government of PNG has established Family Support Centres (FSCs) to provide medical and psycho-social care for women and children affected by violence.

What does the role involve?:

Papa New Guinea (PNG) has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the world for a country not at war. Violence is deeply embedded within family structures and traditions and on many levels is culturally acceptable and commonly practised.  Recognising the urgent need to address this issue, the Government of PNG has established Family Support Centres (FSCs) to provide medical and psycho-social care for women and children affected by violence. Unfortunately, many of these FSCs are struggling to operate effectively because there are no standard operational and staffing practices, which have created uncertainly about their purpose.  In this challenging role as a health professional nurse, you’ll help address this uncertainly by establishing standards and procedures for FSCs to adopt in relation to provision of care, referral systems and data collection and management. Key responsibilities will include:

• Working closely with the community development volunteers to identify, establish and maintain effective referral networks with different sectors such as the police, justice systems, safe house and community-based groups
• Assessing the functionality and current level of service being provided by the FSCs
• Mentoring and training staff on a day-to-day basis in order to translate knowledge they have gained from their four-week training into delivering appropriate and quality treatment
• Coaching FSC staff to incorporate prevention messages throughout the continuum of contact with survivors of violence
• Visiting outreach support staff in district hospitals to provide quality and appropriate services to survivors of gender-based violence
• Supporting the VSO Program Office to carry out external impact assessment and end-of-placement evaluation of the service provided by FSCs
 

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll need a medical degree with a strong nursing element with at least 3-5 years experience working in hospitals/clinics.  An understanding of issues related to gender inequality and sexual reproductive health issues would be an advantage. Due to the nature of the role, it would also be an advantage to have experience of training/mentoring other staff. As a self-starter, you will have the confidence to create positive professional relationships working in diverse cultures and working environments. You should be a good communicator with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to handle a variety of different situations, challenges and relationships.

And the rest...

Papua New Guinea, located in the Southwestern Pacific Ocean, is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. You’ll be based in Mendi, in the Southern Highlands province. We’ll ask you to commit to 24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support.  We’ll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. When you return to your home country, we'll support you to resettle.  

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