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In the past ten years THET has reached over 100,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in partnership with over 130 UK institutions.

THET offers a range of benefits including hybrid working (with access to a Liverpool Street coworking space in London), 25 days annual leave (pro-rata) plus 3 days winter closure between Christmas and New Year; 5% pension contribution when Employee contributes 3%; Cycle to work scheme; and a Child Care voucher scheme.

THET is an exceptionally friendly place to work, and we have maintained this reputation throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Current opportunities

Voluntary placements for O&G specialists in Zambia




Bursary of £40 per day provided

Reporting To:

To be assigned

Key Responsibilities:

About the role 

We are seeking applications for volunteer placements in Zambia for appropriately qualified senior trainees (ST4+)* and consultants in Obstetrics and Gynaecology currently working in the NHS in the UK. This project is in partnership with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) and the Zambia College of Medicine and Surgery (ZACOMS).     

Volunteer placements will focus on providing mentorship and guidance to Zambian Obstetrics and Gynaecology specialist trainees in health facilities in a range of rural and urban locations across Zambia and to work with local and national teams to deliver health system strengthening activities. 

Placements will be voluntary with in-country and travel costs covered for placements of between three and six months. Volunteers will be based in Teaching, Provincial or District level hospitals in Zambia with existing Zambian specialists and trainees, with the exact location determined by the need of trainees at the time the placements begins.  


  • Provide mentorship for trainees in their development as specialists, including; support with exam preparation, providing tailored teaching sessions and workshops, supporting self-reflective learning an accompanying them on theatre lists on a weekly basis.
  • Providing one to one mentorship assistance to trainees as required.
  • Assist local specialists and trainees with clinical service provision when required to support schedules of work.
  • Through liaison with senior leadership, prepare to lead specific education related initiatives, such as Case Reviews and Journal Clubs as required.
  • In consultation with local specialists and trainees, identify and undertake quality improvement initiative(s) within the placement site and more widely as the opportunity arises, pertinent to the training and development of local trainees.
  • Take part in regional and potentially national meetings to discuss health system strengthening
  • Consciously considering and reflecting upon learning points relevant to bring back to NHS practice in the UK
  • Taking part in regular feedback meetings with THET on how the placement is progressing
  • Submission of a final report at the end of placement and a further report 3 months post-placement demonstrating the benefits brought back to NHS practice.
  • Other potential areas:
  • Training of non-specialist health workers if/when required and agreed with local specialist(s).
  • Site visits to other facilities in the Province alongside trainees or as required by local specialists/trainees.
  • Training quality assessment work alongside ZACOMS/RCOG as required.

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How to apply:

Please submit an expression of interest with your CV and supporting letter by Monday 31st October 2022 to jobs@rcog.org.uk

The placements will be open to individuals to travel between October 2022 and July 2023, depending on availability and the time required for approval at your hospital. Interviews for the placements will be organised on a rolling basis and will be conducted virtually by the RCOG.

For any questions regarding the placement, please contact the RCOG Centre for Women’s Global Health at cfwgh@rcog.org.uk.

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