Volunteer Doctors required in response to the tsunami disaster in the Maldives - 25/1/2005

I. Background:-
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking to recruit a team of volunteer health and medical professionals under the Commonwealth Service Abroad Programme (CSAP). They are therefore being identified for immediate mobilisation to be based at tsunami affected areas providing medical care to women, children and others who have been displaced. Volunteers will contribute in the delivery and coordination of medical assistance to aid disaster relief efforts.

II. Required Specialists:-
Suitably qualified and experienced professionals are being recruited in the following specialist areas: General / Internal Medicine; Paediatrics; Anaesthetics; General Surgery; Obstetrics / gynaecology; Orthopaedics. In addition, volunteers will have the personal qualities and experience that ensure they are able to: Communicate and liaise effectively in a multi-cultural setting and Demonstrate sensitivity to different cultures and traditions they may encounter in the work-place and beyond and Adapt and cope to living in very basic conditions.

III. Duties:-
Key tasks and responsibilities are mainly to assist the Maldives Government and on the ground Health Professionals in the delivery and coordination of medical assistance to aid the disaster relief efforts and return to normalcy.

Duties may include:
1. Assist with the assessment of needs.
2. Provide medical care and assistance for women, children and others affected.
3. Work with other Health Professionals in identifying additional medical needs and ensuring referral as appropriate.
4. Identify training needs within the volunteer specialist area.
5. Advise on the planning of training and where necessary assist in delivery.
6. Work as part of a team with local staff to support the development of medium / long term care and rehabilitation health programmes.
7. To undertake duties in the field at different locations as affected by the tragedy.
8. Maintain and complete reports for CSAP and the relevant Government Ministry as advised before departure.

IV. Conditions of Service:-
The assignment is expected to last between 3 and 12 months, unaccompanied.
All travel expenses will be paid including a return economy class air ticket.
An allowance will be paid to cover all day to day living costs.
Accommodation will be provided or an agreed additional allowance made to cover costs.
Medical and personal accident insurance will be provided.
An additional grant may be paid to cover incidental expenses (visas, immunisation etc.).
Medical packs and protective clothing will be provided if necessary.

Apply with CV and contact details of three referees to;

Julius N. Kaberere,
Programme Advisor, CSAP
Governance and Institutional Development Division
Commonwealth Secretariat
Marlborough House, Pall Mall Street
London SW1Y 5HX
Fax: +44 207 747 6335/6515;
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