Safe Surgery 

Project Facilitator

Medical Capacity Building activities are a key component to helping each of our host nations build their capacity to provide healthcare to their own people.


Medical Capacity Building


Min. 4 Weeks


Medical Capacity Building


Min. 4 Weeks

About this Role

The Safe Surgery Project Facilitator is responsible for the clinical component of the Mercy Ships Safe Surgery course at sites remote from the ship, often throughout the host country.

The project covers training on topics such as teamwork and communication, implementation of the World Health Organization Surgical Safety Checklist, the use of pulse oximetry and surgical counting, amongst others, and will take place in hospitals selected for training by Mercy Ships in collaboration with the Ministry of Health.

This position involves traveling throughout the host country being away from the ship for multiple weeks, staying in local guesthouses and/or hotels.

What You Will Contribute

• Using Mercy Ships designed Safe Surgery curriculum and materials, responsible for teaching local health professionals, with topics including: safety in the Operating Room; fluid management; teamwork and communication; pain management; implementation of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist; and Lifebox pulse oximetry training

• Responsible for updating, adjusting and developing curriculum and materials

• Responsible for training two local doctors how to use the training materials so they can successfully train others

• Responsible for collecting data in each training hospital, performing baseline assessments using standardized questionnaires on facility data, staff attitudes and course feedback

• Assist Medical Capacity Building Safe Surgery Project Coordinator to ensure organization of resources for successful outcome of training objectives, and logistics where necessary

For This Role, You Will Need

• 2 years of Surgical or Anesthesia experience essential

• Experience in using the World Health Organization Safe Surgical Checklist or similar tool and a desire to teach others

• Experience working cross-culturally is preferred

• Able to lead, work and live intensively with an international team, have a desire to teach others, and be flexible and able to cope with stressful situations

• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

• Must be comfortable living and working in non-Western environment and possess cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity

• French language skills – International B1 Level (or equivalent) preferred when serving in Francophone countries

Full job description available upon request.