Health Advisors And Medical Doctors / Specialists

Location Ethiopia

Start Dates  Flexible

Length of Placement 6-12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale:

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

The Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health project in Ethiopia focuses on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Curative and Rehabilitative Services, Improving Human Capital and leadership through pre-service education, with an element of in-service training for faculty members and other health professionals in Benishangul Gumz Regional State, Bale Zone of Oromia Regional State, and Ministry of health and Ethiopian Midwifery Association.

The planned activities shall support the government initiatives through capacity building of actors from the ministry of health to the regional bureaus, universities, hospitals, health science colleges and civil society organization (Ethiopian Midwifery Association). Volunteers will also support the direct curative and rehabilitation services of the health institutions and this will contribute to the increment of the health-seeking behaviour of the community.

The Ethiopia program will require a broad range of skills, including clinical health care, public health, health research, monitoring & evaluation, program development, communications, strategic planning, Information Communication Technology, medical equipment maintenance, and mentors.

Placements will be of varying length, but generally, placements will be between three months and one year. There will also be possibilities for volunteers to contribute to the program remotely as e-volunteers. E-volunteers can be those who volunteer their time before or after a placement in-country, but also for those who are unable to travel overseas but would like to contribute.

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct further baseline survey on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health services, research and need assessment and develop partnership plan with respective sectors.

- Support local partner capacity development (mentorship, in clinical skills, promotion of institutional based in-service training, promotion of professional ethics, support in the development of innovative health education materials, etc.).

- Provide technical advice in delivering institutionalized activities for Midwives, and public health officers (1st phase-need assignment and 2nd phase-activity design and implementation).

- Build the capacity of Medawalabo University and Pawe health science college faculty members and technical support staffs to improve the quality of the teaching-learning process through the use of Information Communication Technology and running effective skill labs.

- Strengthening of capacity of partner organizations (Ethiopian midwifery association and ministry of health and/or their networks) and support further development of monitoring and evaluation systems for partners.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Relevant qualification to field applied for and/or relevant experience

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 2 years’ experience in one's field, specialty or sector

- Knowledge of development of operational plans, policy briefs, and health strategies, health research, monitoring and evaluation are assets


About Cuso International  


Cuso International

Cuso International is a development organization that works to eradicate poverty and inequality through the efforts of highly skilled volunteers, collaborative partnerships, and compassionate donors. We mobilize hundreds of skilled volunteer professionals every year to work with local partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada to create positive, lasting change. Established in 1961, Cuso International is dedicated to tackling today’s most important development issues.


Cuso International Ethiopia

Cuso International has been supporting Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, and Child Health programming in Ethiopia since 2009 through strategic alliance with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Research and partnership scoping activities throughout the Program Planning Phase have confirmed Cuso International to be well positioned to support the Government of Ethiopia’s Human Resources for Health Strategy, with a particular focus on Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, and Child Health. This project aims to encompass all of the elements of Cuso International ‘theory of change’ for health programming to varying degrees but its real focus is on the quality element of AQHS, which are:

-Strengthen the quality of health care service and training institutions,

-The quality of care provided by medical practitioners, and

-The quality of service provided by government offices who manage these professionals and facilities.

The overall goal of the project is, one the one hand, to strengthen the functional level of health facilities, build the capacity of the health system, especially at regional and district level, to plan and execute needs-based services, with a particular emphasis on fledgling Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, and Child Health program. On the other hand, we aim to build the capacity of health workers at district and health facilities level, to mobilize community demand and ownership over Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, and Child Health care interventions. In return, the project aims to decrease the prevalence of maternal and child morbidity and mortality in the targeted locations of our program.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation (more details below)

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months


Pre-departure Training and Briefing

We commit to helping you prepare as best as possible for your placement. As a volunteer you will have an advisor to support you through the pre-departure process and you will receive essential training as part of your preparation. This training is designed to maximize your understanding of your placement country and culture, help you identify and plan your own learning, and help you stay safe and healthy during your placement.

Overview of pre-departure training:

1.Self-directed briefing with documents and online training provided by your volunteer advisor and external resources

2.Online health briefing

3.Fundraising 101 Webinar

4.Pre-departure Training -Skills and Knowledge for Working in Development (SKWID) course


In-Country Training and Learning

As a volunteer, you will receive an In-Country Orientation (ICO) that builds upon pre-departure training. This will be conducted by either the country program office or the supporting partner organization. This normally lasts for 2-10 days (depending on language learning requirements and other factors). In some countries, volunteers will be able to access ongoing language training opportunities. In-Country Orientation equips you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and country-specific information to be successful in your placement. Furthermore, our Country Program Office or local partner will provide you with continuous in-country support throughout the duration of your placement.



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or to Cuso International before or after their field placement. Volunteers can also request e-volunteer support to help them with their work, or any other partner-requested task while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to pre-departure training, an international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.

- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.