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Tue, 19/10/2021 - 17:00

 Vacancy Announcement

Job title:   

Surgical Community Health Officer

Work Location:

Kono District



Reports to: 

RMNCH Manager & OBGYN’s in the Unit

Line Management 


Organisation Profile 

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Our delivered services in the field are based in our partnership with the Governments and Ministries of Health and the support to education, training and mentorship to Health care workers and students is one of our pillars for the Health care system strengthening.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Our Work In Sierra Leone:

Partners In Health (PIH) began supporting the government of Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in October 2014. Recognizing the large need for continued investments in the health system after Ebola, PIH is committed to long-term health system strengthening in support of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), guided by the same principles as our emergency response and our work around the world: public sector accompaniment, integrated and comprehensive services, social justice, nimbleness and flexibility, partnership, community ownership, and evidence-based interventions. In the aftermath of the epidemic, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral hospitals.

Position Overview

Partners in Health helped to lead the effort to combat the Ebola outbreak and now is focusing to rebuild the health systems in West Africa, while maintaining Ebola preparedness through infection and prevention control. Established in Sierra Leone in October 2015, we are now fully integrated with our long-term Partner the Well body alliance, who has been working to serve the poorest patients in the country since 2007. The Ebola epidemic further devastated an already weakened Health System. As the epidemic wanes, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral Hospitals.

As a Surgical Assistant CHO in Sierra Leone, you will work collaboratively with the OBGYN’s and specialist surgeon, the local district health authorities at the Koidu Government Hospital (KGH), and our surrounding health centers and community, in order to provide clinical care and to strengthen the health system for surgical care. You will advance PIH’s current Health systems strengthening efforts by managing and actively supporting clinical will provide training on infection disease control and will develop clinical learning programs for hospital staff, focusing on safe patient care to meet national and international standards. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Work in collaboration with the OBGYN’s, Specialist Surgeon and MoHS Surgical MO to provide comprehensive Obstetric and Gynecological care for KGH and Wellbody Clinic, according to current guidelines.

  • Provide non/surgical clinical care for patients throughout their maternity episode: from referral to diagnosis, outpatient and inpatient management. Including antenatal, intrapartum, postnatal, family planning and gynecological care.

  • Carry out daily rounds in all the maternity wards with the clinical team, midwives and nurses.

  • Perform weekly on call duties in collaborations with others clinicians assigned to the maternity department, in order to ensure continuous 24 hour’s coverage

  • Perform clinical teaching, mentorship and capacity building of theatre staff, midwives, CHO’s nurses and students working within and supporting the maternity department

  • Support, teach and mentor the maternity theatre teams and others surgical teams in different aspects of daily surgical care

  • Support, implement and maintain the Infection Prevention Control protocols by directly supervising care the care in all the maternity departments, and supporting with the same in minor, main theatres and wound care clinic if called upon to do so

  • Work in collaboration with the MoHS staff to provide the best obstetric and gynae care to all the patients within your remit as a SACHO

  • Ensure and maintain the maternity theatre database in collaboration with the MEQ team.

  • Ensure that all documentation in relation to patient care in the maternity department is completed to the highest standard

  • Maintain high standards of care for all patients and escalate potential problems to your supervisor

Any additional duties indicated by your supervisor/Director that fall within the remit of a SACHO


PIH is committed to the principles of diversity, equality and inclusion. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment. PIH is committed to safeguarding staff, children and communities with whom we work, therefore any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of applicable background checks, including a criminal records checks.

At Partners in Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partner in Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner in Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.

By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.


Trained as Surgical Community Health Officer. 

At least two years of clinical experience in a low-resource health care setting. 

Ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges. 

Proven ability to exercise good judgement, demonstrate political astuteness, and tact.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to effectively communicate with internally and externally. 

Excellent computer proficiency (MS Office – Word, Excel and Outlook) 

Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines, while maintaining a positive attitude and providing exemplary customer service.

Ability to work independently and to carry out assignments to completion within parameters of instructions given, prescribed routines, and standard accepted practices 

Must not hold a PIN code or receive salary from consolidated funds.

Ability to live full-time in Kono required.  

Method of application

Application with detailed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) including names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of two (2) referees including one from your most recent employer, photocopies of all certificates and attestations should be addressed to the Human Resources Department: 27 Sahr Lebbie Street Kono or by email to:  pihslrecruitment@pih.orgnot later 5:00pm on Tuesday  26th  October,2021. Please indicate in the email subject line: “Application for PIH-SL- 0017 – Surgical Community Health Officer”

PIH is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate applicants on the basis of sex, religion, tribe or region. Female applicants are encouraged to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.