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Development of a Global Midwifery Accreditation Programme Consultancy: Project Manager

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) exists to strengthen midwives and midwifery globally to enhance the reproductive health of women, and the health of their newborns and families.

A brief review of literature shows that, whilst nursing and medical education are highly regulated in many countries, midwifery education remains far less regulated and therefore the quality varies considerably. Accreditation has been shown in many instances to have a positive impact on the quality of education.

ICM established Global Standards for Midwifery Education, Essential Competencies for Basic Midwifery Practice and Model Curriculum Outlines for Midwifery Education. These documents have proved very popular and are referred to extensively in national, regional and international dialogues and processes. However, there is currently no assessment or accreditation process to confirm that an education program meets these Standards. Such a programme will provide an independent assessment of midwifery education programs, certifying that they meet the ICM Standards, and to what extent. As such ICM will take the lead in putting in place such a mechanism which will serve as a guideline for education programmes that aim to meet global standards.

To achieve this, ICM is looking for a results driven, experienced and motivated consultant (individual or organisation) to take the responsibility of Project Manager and coordinate the activities of this project. The overall responsibilities include:

  • the development of a set of accreditation criteria
  • design of an accreditation process (scheme)
  • development of an online system to support accreditation of a programme, including a registerof accredited programmes
  • training a group of experts to carry out the assessments when required
  • testing of the criteria, process and system by conducting pilot accreditation and evaluation of 2-3 midwifery education programmes


Key deliverables

  • A set of accreditation criteria with clear accreditation process guidelines (accreditation scheme)
  • An online system to support accreditation of a programme
  • A group of 4-6 experts trained to implement the process
  • An accreditation package to be disseminated to ICM member associations


Who can apply?

  • Accreditation organisations or individual experts with a track record of developing or improving accreditation systems
  • Experienced regulators with expertise in accreditation
  • Applicants must have experience in project management


Duration of task:

  • Up to 100 days within a period of approximately 1 year which may include some travel.


How to apply: Send a motivation letter and a curriculum vitae in English, highlighting relevant experience to the Project Officer: Closing date is 2nd September 2016.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 




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