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State Enrolled Community Health Nurse (Maternity)

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State Enrolled Community Health Nurse (Maternity) 

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RMNCH Program Manager/Director and Director of Nursing

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 centre and to referral hospitals.

Position Overview

The State Enrolled Community Health Nurse (SECHN) for Maternity is a critical member of the PIH staff. SECHNs work collaboratively alongside physicians, SCMs, SRN’s, CHOs, MCH Aides and TBAs to provide high quality care to pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women, their infants, and their families. Because KGH Maternity department is a growing, busy unit built on teamwork, you will also be expected to assist in other clinic areas including Triage, Outpatient ANC/PNC/Gynecological clinic, Family planning, theatre and delivery room as needed under the direction of the RMNH program Manager/Director and the Director of Nursing, as well as the MOHS Sister in charge.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Provide antenatal, and postnatal care services including performing patient assessments, screenings, and treatment of common conditions in pregnant and lactating mothers admitted in the Maternity ward or seen in the outpatient gynecological, antenatal or postnatal clinics. 

  • Provide labor & delivery nursing care, including basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care to mothers and babies as needed.

  • Provide clinical assessment, initial treatment according to the protocols and standard of care established in the Maternity Unit, Sierra Leone National Protocols and Guidelines for Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care and according to the responsibilities of the position.

  • Provide acute nursing care to sick pregnant and lactating mothers and newborn’s admitted/born in the department. 

  • Provide family planning counseling and services including contraceptive pills, injectable, implants and IUCD’s. 

  • Correctly complete registers, other unit documentation, and reports. 

  • Adhere to national and locally agreed health & safety, and infection control protocols. 

  • Assist with the cleaning and maintenance of the Maternity department space and supplies.

  • Assist with ordering and restocking of supplies at the Maternity department to ensure all necessary medications and medical consumables are available for patients at all times.

  • Ensure proper sterilization and maintenance of instruments and equipment for the Maternity department.

  • Give health promotion talks to in and out patients accessing services at the Maternity department.

  • Provide counseling including PMTCT, bereavement to pregnant, laboring, and postpartum women and their families.

  • Work rotating morning, afternoon, and night shifts as required and adhering to the monthly allocated duties.

  • Provide supervision and support to other Maternity Center staff including MCH Aides and TBAs with oversight from the RMNH program manager and physicians. 

  • Provide compassionate and respectful maternity care to patients and their significant others.

Education and Work Experience Requirements: 

  • Diploma or Certificate in Nursing or (2-3) year’s course in related field and registered member of Nurses and Midwife board of Sierra Leone with a valid license to practice. 

  • 2-4 years of clinical experience in maternal/neonatal care and family planning needed.

  • Knowledgeable and competent in the provision of basic emergency obstetric and neonatal care is needed. ETAT competency is desirable.

  • Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, problem solver, creative thinker, and good English verbal and written skills required.

  • Ability to work well within a team, be dependable, committed, hard- working and time conscious.

  • Ability to be flexible and effective in a busy work environment and to work independently.

  • Good sense of humor.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment

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.

Method of Application 

Interested candidates are required to apply through our website:   In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) refereesnot later than 12:00pm GMT (Midnight) on Tuesday, 7th December, 2021.