IOM the Netherlands has started the second phase of its Connecting Diaspora for Development (CD4D) programme.
Through the transfer of knowledge and expertise, CD4D2 engages diaspora to support the development of their countries of origin.


General Information

Name of host institution: Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health (GDCM, MoPH)

Background Information about Host Institution

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is committed to ensuring all citizens reach their full potential in terms of health, contributing to peace, stability and sustainable development in Afghanistan. The core values of the Ministry of Public Health include equity, integrity, right to health, accountability and trust.
The Ministry of Public Health is also willing to reform tertiary hospital care. Considering the significant skilled human resources gap in the health sector, particularly a scarcity of highly skilled medical professionals, and presence of a substantial number of highly educated medical diaspora living abroad, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) recognizes the key role that Afghan health professionals abroad play in strengthening the health system and the provision of health services to our nation. However, this huge potential remains largely untapped. To successfully harness this potential, the MoPH is committed to facilitate an environment in which to involve Afghan health professionals abroad in health system strengthening, healthcare delivery and the research field to improve availability and enhance the quality of healthcare provision in Afghanistan. Specifically, this initiative aims to utilize the Afghan diaspora skills and knowledge to creatively overcome the medical human resource gaps especially in tertiary care level by building on existing good practice, using established and effective networks and relationships where possible, and ensuring longer term sustainability through policy engagement.

Position Information

Organizational Unit/Department: Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Ward of Indira Gandhi Child Health Institute

Duration of assignment: 2-3 months

Objectives of Assignment

The overall objective of the assignment is to provide clinical assistance is to improve quality of services in the tertiary and specialty hospitals and enabling the clinical staff to provide quality and up to date healthcare services.


  • Treatment protocols for congenital heart disease in children
  • List of the surgical instruments, medical equipment and consumables with specifications for the pediatric cardiac surgery.
  • Package patient medical records including administrative forms and documents e.g. patient files, Patient OT files etc
  • SOPs on the In-Patient care including ICU, wards, nursing care, shifting of patients
  • On the job training for 15 staff of the IGICH hospital

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Assisting medical team on evaluation of patients with congenital heart disease
  • Development of the protocols for the pediatric cardiac surgery related subjects
  • Development the list of surgical instruments, medical equipment and consumables with specifications for the needs of the pediatric cardiac surgery wards.
  • Development of Package for patient medical records including administrative forms and documents e.g. patient files, Patient OT files etc
  • Conducting academic sessions and workshop for hospital medical team
  • Developing SOPs and treatment protocols for congenital heart problems
  • Providing technical assistance to hospital clinical team on patients follow up and how to educate the patient and patients’ family of patient progress, treatment, and future goals
  • Providing technical assistance to hospital clinical team how to conduct clinical research to better serve patients



  • Strong desire to help people and improve their daily lives
  • Compassionate and sensitive to patients’ needs and concerns
  • Exhibits patience and understanding
  • Great interpersonal relations and communications skills


  • Experience and skills in effective teaching skills is advantage
  • Have good report writing and computer skills.
  • Excellent team management and communication skills.
  • Proficiency with a computer and healthcare applications
  • Excellent presentation skills

Education and Experience

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree; Post Graduate degree in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Certification by The Medical Council of residing country
  • Have at least 5 years post-graduate clinical work experience
  • Participation in further medical education and/or professional organization memberships are preferred

Language Requirements

Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and local languages (Dari/Pashtu).


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