O&G Clinical Lecturer, University of Papua New Guinea

  • Papua New Guinea
Full time Yr 5 (Advanced) FRANZCOG Trainee Positions Yr 6 (Advanced) FRANZCOG Trainee Positions Specialist Position Volunteer Opportunity

Job Description

Volunteer opportunity


The Australian Volunteers Program (AVP) matches skilled Australians from all walks of life with organisations in 26 countries predominantly in the Indo-Pacific regions to help these organisations to deliver on their own objectives. The program uses international volunteering as a people-centered approach to capacity development.

The AVP is recruiting an O&G Clinical Lecturer in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG). This volunteer assignment is for up to 12 months with a negotiable start date.

This assignment could suit a FRANZCOG Advanced Trainee seeking to gain experience working in a low- to middle-income country or a Fellow transitioning to retirement.

Only Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply for AVP assignments.



The UPNG SMHS delivers undergraduate programs to train health practitioners and support staff, including medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, pharmacists, dentists, medical technicians and technologists. The SMHS also delivers postgraduate education in specialist clinical practice, including the Master of Medicine for a variety of disciplines: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Anaesthesia and Public Health.



The O&G Clinical Lecturer is a volunteer assignment in the SMHS that aims to assist with the training of 60 MBBS students in O&G as well as 20 postgraduate O&G trainees.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Teach obstetrics, gynaecology, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the undergraduate (MBBS) and postgraduate (Diploma of O&G, Master of Medicine – O&G) programs at Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH)
  • Support O&G trainees develop research proposals and undertake research
  • Supervise trainee doctors and O&G trainees at PMGH
  • Deliver care to patients at PMGH in the context of providing bedside and clinical care training in O&G to trainee doctors and O&G trainees
  • Develop and/or maintain partnerships with local, regional and international organisations, local and national government, and professional and peer networks


Selection criteria include:

  • Undergraduate medical degree (MBBS)
  • At least four years of postgraduate training in obstetrics and gynaecology, preferably in the FRANZCOG training program
  • Eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner with the Medical Board of Papua New Guinea
  • Keenness to teach health workers


Additional information:

This assignment:

  • reports to the SMHS Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • does not involve staff supervision
  • involves working with O&G registrars of the SMHS and PMGH, as well as O&G consultants, nurses, midwives and other auxiliary staff of the PMGH O&G Department
  • works from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday and after hours work according to the PMGH O&G Department duty roster, likely to be a 1 in 4 roster
  • allows 20 days leave per 12 months, unless advised otherwise. The same terms and conditions as local colleagues apply, including national holidays
  • is deemed to require professional indemnity insurance



The Australian Volunteers Program supports volunteers from preparing to go on assignment through to returning home. For a full breakdown of support provided, please visit: https://www.australianvolunteers.com/volunteering/support/

A living allowance is paid for all AVP assignments. Allowance levels are based on the cost of living in the host country location. Allowances will be reviewed periodically and may increase or decrease.

Language support is provided during the in-country orientation period. Most often, additional resources for further development later in the assignment will be available if required.

Learn more about the host country location by reading the country profile: https://www.australianvolunteers.com/about/countries/papua-new-guinea/



All applications must be submitted to RANZCOG. Interested applicants are required to submit:

  • Brief Curriculum Vitae
  • A cover letter with responses to the key selection criteria and the following questions:

1.     Why are you interested in this role?

2.     What do you think are the key factors to successfully adapting to working in a cross-cultural context?

3.     What is your experience/approach to capacity building and training colleagues?

4.     What personal and professional challenges do you anticipate facing on this assignment?

5.     What is your preferred start date?


A RANZCOG panel will review applications as they are received. RANZCOG will submit a preferred candidate for the position to AVI for consideration. RANZCOG will inform applicants on the outcome of their application.

This is a continuing assignment, so the application period is open. Applications for the assignment in 2023 and beyond are welcome.


For further information please contact:

RANZCOG Global Health Unit

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +61 3 9412 2926

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