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Background

The Fernandez Hospital’s Educational and Research Foundation’s Promise Program, in partnership with the Government of Telangana (India) and UNICEF-Hyderabad (India), is piloting the first of it’s kind training and incorporation of professional midwives into the Government health sector!  This is an exciting partnership that hopes to enhance principles of compassionate, respectful, quality care in the public health system.  Please click on this link to view the inauguration of the program.

An exciting opportunity!

In order to further enhance the training of Telanganan’s first professional  midwives, who will be taught as per the Indian Nursing Council’s Nurse Practioner-Midwifery curriculum and global standards and competencies for Professional Midwifery, the Fernandez Hospital’s Educational and Research Foundation is looking for trained, registered Professional Midwives to take up positions as Professional Midwifery Education Fellows, supported with Unicef funding, for a period of 12-24 months.  This position will be based in Hyderabad and will entail providing instruction on midwifery provision of woman-centered care and birthing techniques in government hospitals, which serve the most vulnerable members of the community.  (No actual practice of midwifery would be permitted, unless you are currently licensed to practice as a midwife in India).

Roles and responsibilities

Your main role in the program would be to help provide instruction to registered Indian GNM/BSc nurses on the techniques of professional midwifery care and ICM’s globally recognized competencies, philosophies and concepts of respectful, quality, woman-centered maternity care. Support is also sought in strengthening the education/training program through your input on lectures, curriculum and course structuring to bring participants further in line with global standards.  Additional on-and-off assistance may be requested in advancing the shared mission of increasing awareness of professional midwifery and respectful maternity care practices amoung the wider health community in India.  The training sites are expected to be located in Hyderabad, Telangana (India) at tertiary care government health facilities and Fernandez Hospital locations (private hospital group).  There is the possibility of also providing training and mentorship services to more remote government facilities, which Fellows would need to take a lead in.   The team works the standard Indian working week, which runs Monday to Saturday, with 30 days  vacation, 12 sick days, and 9 organizational holidays each year.

 

Required qualifications

  • Must be a professional midwife, with proof of an active registration to provide midwifery care in country of practice that is outside of India (preferably from countries with developed professional midwifery cadres like the United Kingdom or Sweden)
  • Skilled at communicating the values of midwifery, instruction of practices (eg. facilitating different birthing positions of a woman’s choice, natural pain relieving techniques/exercises, counseling) and providing guidance on how to deliver full-spectrum support to women through the life-cycle.
  • At least 3 years (5 years preferred) of clinical/teaching experience providing midwifery care and supporting women through the antenatal, intrapartum, post-partum experience.The more clinical and/or teaching experience the better!
  • A very high emotional quotient, with the ability to find constructive ways to approach issues that may be encountered with regard to the ability/resources to provide respectful quality care during service.
  • A level of curiosity and openness to understand possible cultural and systemic differences that can effect care and the ability to work through them.

Desired qualifications

If you have experience working as an instructor/lecturer/trainer in midwifery or have additional  experience or education/training in midwifery education (i.e. a Masters or PhD focused in midwifery education, or currently part of a PhD program focused in midwifery education), we would LOVE to hear from you! We would also be thrilled to hear from any professional midwife retirees interested in working on this initiative! Experience working in South Asian or low-middle income countries, would also be a great asset. Whether you are earlier in your career, retired or looking to add a new chapter, we would love to connect with you and see if we are a good fit!

Expected compensation

  • 1,35,000 INR per month stipend (about $2000 USD per month, as per INR to USD conversion rates in March 2018).Stipend would be in Indian Rupees.
  • Accommodation arrangements will be offered for your stay throughout the duration of the program.

How to apply

If interested, please email telanganamidwives@gmail.com and CC to amina.z@fernandezhospital.com with:

  1.  Your current resume
  2. A 1-2 page statement explaining why you are interested in the Fellowship position and what you feel you can bring to the program.   Please also be sure to put “Professional Midwifery Education Fellow” as the subject line of your email.  In your resume, please be sure to note the country you are currently registered to practice, and your registration details.

 

Promising candidates will be contacted for a Skype interview.

Closing date:

Monday, June 15th2018  (Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviewed in batches, so it is better to apply early.)

Program to begin in August 2018.

Do feel free to be in touch if you have any questions, and we look forward to hearing from you!

 

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