Medical Officer, Mbereshi Mission Hospital, Zambia

Medical Officer, Mbereshi Mission Hospital, Zambia

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May 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017

The People in Partnership program enables United Church people and global partners to encounter each other, accompany each other in God’s mission, and learn more about each other’s contexts. The program provides a framework for the exchange of people (from Canada to global partners, and from global partners to Canada).

This position is a cross-cultural embodiment of the mission relationship between The United Church of Canada and United Church of Zambia (UCZ). The UCZ implements healthcare programs that build the capacity of local health systems to provide quality services, without discrimination, to people in need. These programs are focused on providing a more effective impact on the lives of children and mothers in a long-term, strategic manner to address the leading causes of maternal and child death, disability, and illness. The candidate will be appointed to serve the UCZ, assigned to the Mbereshi Mission Hospital near Kawambwa, Zambia.

The UCZ is seeking an OB-GYN to work under the supervision of the Medical Officer in Charge (MOIC) and Health Secretary Synod at the UCZ Mbereshi Mission Hospital. The hospital delivers health and spiritual care in the Mwansabombwe District in Luapula Province. This staff person will work in a close, collaborative way with other members of the staff. Primary responsibilities include providing clinical care to patients; prescribing or administering therapy, medication, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury; care for and treat women during prenatal, natal, and postnatal periods; perform C-sections or other surgical procedures as needed to preserve patients’ health; monitor patient conditions and progress; plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals or communities; and oversee the timely development and implementation of capacity-building interventions in order to impart appropriate skills and knowledge. The incumbent must have a willingness to learn and accompany the mission and ministry of the UCZ.

The United Church affirms a vision of an intercultural church that is welcoming, relational, adaptive, justice-seeking, intentional, and mission-centred. The church affirms that right relations are at the heart of God’s mission, and that global partnerships are opportunities for expressions of relationships that are respectful, equitable, just, and mutually accountable. As a denomination, the United Church understands that for transformation, love, and justice to happen we need to understand each other’s contexts more deeply, and understand how those contexts impact each other for good or harm.


Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Active commitment to, and articulation of, the gospel of Jesus Christ and participation The United Church of Canada with solid knowledge of the mission and ministry of The United Church of Canada, its partnership in mission policy and practice, and support of the ecumenical movement;
  • Medical degree from an accredited school of medicine and current licence to practice medicine;
  • Completion of an approved Graduate Medical Education internship, with experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology Medicine;
  • Knowledge of professional and ethical standard of health care delivery and practice;
  • Capacity to administer treatment to patients while dealing with them in a sympathetic and tactful manner;
  • Excellent English language verbal, written, and electronic communication and networking skills. Ability to read, analyse, and interpret large amounts of complex information;
  • Ability to exercise self-awareness, sensitivity, and compassion often working within areas of cultural difference. Personal integrity, maturity, and respect for others essential;
  • Lived cross-cultural experience an asset, preferably in church or church-related work;
  • Intellectual discipline and alertness. Good physical condition, mental and emotional stability and maturity; good self-esteem; in touch with one’s own needs, strength, and limitations; and
  • Willingness and ability to move to Zambia and to work under the direction of the partners; ability to live a simple lifestyle.

This position works from the UCZ Mbereshi Mission Hospital in Zambia with limited resources and facilities and high demand. Working hours may be extended depending on the needs of the patients presenting for treatment. The appointment will include a home assignment at the midway mark.

This appointment is subject to the following conditions:

  • a positive recommendation for overseas service from the Church in Mission Unit’s medical consultant based on a thorough medical examination, and approval of application for insurance from the overseas medical insurance carrier;
  • a satisfactory outcome from a police records check through the Canadian Police Information Centre via the RCMP;
  • global partner approval; and
  • registration with the Health Professions Council of Zambia.

This is considered a Companion in Mission position. Compensation is an annual base “stipend” intended to reflect a living allowance rather than a market-based salary and as such takes into account cost of living and housing. The annual stipend and allowances are divided into equal monthly payments. For more information on compensation, please contact pip [at] .

To Apply

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume, quoting the job number, to pip [at]