La Chaîne de l’Espoir is active in Afghanistan since 2003. Its objective is to foster access to health care for the most vulnerable populations of women and children. In 2005, La Chaîne de l’Espoir built and equipped the French Medical Institute for Children and Women in Kabul (FMIC).
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is responsible for the general operations of the hospital. La Chaîne de l’Espoir brings its medical expertise and supports the care of disadvantaged people via the “Patient Welfare” programme.
The French hospital is now a 161-bed reference hospital in child, woman and neonate’s care.
2016 was a landmark for the FMIC with the commissioning of a 3-floor building dedicated to gynaecology-obstetrics and neonatology. It is a maternity unit-level 3. The teams have strong coaching and training needs.
Since its opening, specialists travel to FMIC during short-term missions (gynaecologists obstetricians, anaesthetists, paediatricians, midwives). Today, a long-term presence (6 months, renewable) is required to provide continuous support to the team composed of 6 full-time gynaecologists-obstetricians and 40 midwives.
The gynaecology-obstetrics department includes:
- A consultation unit with an ultrasound room
- 54 inpatient beds
- 6 delivery rooms
- 2 operating theatres
- 1 recovery room with 4 beds
Activity is currently in a growth phase with 120 births every month and 20 gynaecological surgeries. There are 1,200 external consultations in gynaecology-obstetrics and 60 admissions in the neonatal resuscitation unit every month.
The hospital includes a medical imaging department with state-of-the-art equipment, a laboratory, a blood bank and a pharmacy.
Since 2013, the FMIC also boasts a university department providing education in the following specialties: cardiology, paediatric surgery, imaging, paediatrics, etc. The teaching of gynaecology-obstetrics is scheduled for 2019.
Furthermore, the FMIC organises congresses and conferences on a regular basis, including video-conferencing for the medical Afghan community.
FMIC’s gynaecology-obstetrics department is looking for a full-time female doctor specialised in gynaecology and obstetrics to fill in the position of deputy head of department.
Strengthen the medical and surgical skills of the team, assist the head of department in the management of the teams and activities.
- Obstetrics activities (staff, consultation, visits, on-call duty, etc.).
- Gynaecology and senology activities.
- Management of emergencies.
- Teaching activities.
Duration: 6-month fixed-term contract, with possible renewal.
Full time with rest and recovery periods of 2 weeks in France every 8 weeks.
Remuneration: attractive + expatriation allowance.
Accommodation: locally, in a house located on the hospital premises, Meals: costs borne by La Chaîne de l’Espoir.
Field coordination: a team of 2 expatriates present locally on a full-time basis.
- Good command of English, written and spoken.
- Proficiency in surgical obstetrical and gynaecological techniques.
- Good expertise in gynaecological-obstetrical ultrasound.
- Participation in the implementation of good professional practices: protocols, care network, evaluation of professional practices, quality indicator monitoring, morbimortality review.
- Interdisciplinary team work.
- Team management.
- Willingness to teach.
- Adaptability and flexibility.
- Social integration.
CV and covering letter to be sent to:
- Agnès Simon, maternity medical coordinator for La Chaîne de l’Espoir - firstname.lastname@example.org