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6-8 Month | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2018

Location: Calgary

City  Pawe, Ethiopia

Start Date Jun - Aug 2018 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6-8 Months

Language Requirements English

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

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role


The objective of this placement is to improve the quality of antenatal and postnatal care through the development of skilled professionals, increase the mentorship of health care units and professionals and decrease maternal and neonatal deaths

As a volunteer, you will:

- Conduct need assessments and build the capacity of teachers and students

- In collaboration with Pawe hospital management, design and deliver in-service trainings for the midwives and other relevant colleagues

- Plan and deliver coaching and mentoring to improve routine works as per the required standard practices

- Develop tools to improve identified gaps in provision of quality care and services; support promotion of professional ethics and devoted working culture in provision of quality care and services

- Participate in the planning and implementation of need based changes that brings improvement at the college system level

Essential Academic Qualifications:

MSc in Midwifery

Essential Professional Background:

- Minimum two years’ experience in teaching, mentoring, maternal and neonatal services

About Our Partner


Pawe Health Science College

Established in 1992, the Pawe Health Science College operates as the only health institution in the region and is aimed at reducing mobility, mortality and disability in Ethiopia. They also hope to improve the health status of the region by providing a comprehensive package of preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and basic curative health services via a decentralized and democratized health system in collaboration with all stakeholders.

The college has been under the management of the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Health Bureau since 1995 and their vision is to ensure a healthy, productive and prosperous regional population.

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

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation



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 Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work 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 assessment and 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 an assessment day, training course, 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.