Biomedical Technician and Procurement Mentor

Closing Date: 09 March 2021

Location: Bougainville

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Use your biomedical engineering experience to support the Arawa District Hospital and enable better health outcomes in rural Bougainville.
 
The district hospital has recently been upgraded from a Level 3 to a Level 4 health facility, meaning an increase in staff, equipment and expected capability. ADH requested assistance with implementing processes and strategies that will ensure best maintenance and procurement of biomedical assets. Working closely with ADH staff, you will review biomedical engineering systems and processes. Based on this review you will provide recommendations and a work plan as well as design and execute a training programme.
 
This rewarding assignment offers an opportunity to share your skills and support healthy communities through improved biomedical assets management.
 
We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Qualifications in biomedical engineering, logistics or other related field
  • Experience as a biomedical engineer or performing repair and/or preventative maintenance on hospital or medical equipment
  • Knowledge of procurement in a health setting
 
 
VSA volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.


VSA’s response to COVID-19
  
Although we have temporarily put our deployment of volunteers on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainties both within New Zealand and across the wider Pacific, we’re continuing to recruit and build our talent pool of prospective volunteers so we can return to supporting our partner organisations and communities in the wider Pacific as soon as we can.
  
The Volunteer Recruitment team is continuing to work through all our current applications and keep in touch with applicants.

Recruitment will continue although our usual processes will be amended where necessary to ensure social distancing requirements are maintained, such as a greater emphasis on carrying out interviews remotely.
  
Meanwhile, Programme Managers are working with partner organisations and on updating assignment descriptions. This work will help us determine which skills and experience our volunteers will need once we begin to redeploy people in the Pacific.

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.