Internal Medicine in a West African Hospital

Join a team of dedicated healthcare professionals in providing much-needed, quality care to patients in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Posted on April 17, 2019

Africa

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Position Type

  • International worker (IW)—vocational track
  • Medical
  • Creative access
  • Funded
  • Single or couple

A dedicated physician is needed to reinforce our capacity to treat adults with acute and chronic illness.

Required Qualifications:

  • Board certified Internist or Family Medicine
  • Study and experience within field of Family Medicine
  • Demonstrated positive ministry involvement in local church
  • Completion of Alliance Polity course
  • Completion of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course or equivalent
  • A minimum Modern Language Aptitude Test (MLAT) score of 45

Biblical Characteristics Desired:

  • Christ-centered character
  • Spirit-empowered ministry
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Commitment to a healthy lifestyle
  • Biblical alignment
  • Dependence on Prayer
  • Resilience
  • Compassion
  • Love
  • Humility

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum two (2) years experience in a clinical setting
  • Experience treating infectious diseases
  • Tropical medicine studies

Responsibilities:

  • Provide clinical care to hospitalized and outpatients.
  • Teach and train local staff.
  • Actively engage in evangelizing and discipling patients and staff.
  • Work with broader team efforts to reach surrounding villages with the gospel.

Timeline for Deployment:

Summer/Fall 2020. All appointees are required to attend a cross-cultural and language acquisition program and Pre-Field Orientation prior to deploying.

General Information:

Less than 2 percent of the population is evangelical in this West African nation that is consistently ranked as one of the world’s poorest.

Work and Living Environment:

This town has a population of 200,000 people and is approximately six hours from the capital. Private homes with electricity and water supply are available throughout the community and internet and phone service are also readily available. Small grocery stores supplement supplies found in the local market and in the capital city. A multifaceted team offers opportunities for many types of ministry. Missions organizations in the area provide additional avenues for friendship and work with other westerners. The hospital, along with its staff of international workers (IWs), provides more than adequate medical care.

Status of Christian Witness:

Despite a well-established national church, the evangelical population is less than 2 percent. However, we are excited that several areas of the country are now showing increasing openness to the gospel.

Language Expectations:

Language is an essential part of ministry. For those who do not have the language, they will attend language study. International workers (IWs) receive two years of intensive language and cultural study. The goal will be to speak, read, and write the language at a functional level in order to mentor, teach, and train others.

IWs will receive one year of intensive French language study in an immersion environment (France) followed by basic in-country local language study. French is the national language; most professional and education environments use French. The local language is the region’s most commonly spoken language. The goal will be to communicate effectively in both languages in order to perform responsibilities and maintain relationships.

Health Considerations:

Candidates must be in good physical health to endure the climate and challenging work conditions. Hot, dry weather is the norm; hot, humid weather prevails in the rainy season. Malaria and other tropical diseases are concerns, but precautions can be taken to prevent these illnesses. Village ministry requires travel on rough roads and can be difficult, especially if a candidate has back problems. Health infrastructure is poor, however, an in-town hospital staffed by western doctors, and other medical facilities in the capital, offer quality care. If you have health questions or concerns, you may consult with Alliance medical professionals on the field.

Expectations for Spouse:

Spousal roles vary based on the spouse’s gifts, training, and abilities, as well as the needs of the team. It is expected that both spouses will be meaningfully involved in meeting ministry objectives, depending on the nature of family roles, children, etc.

Children’s Educational Plan and Options:

The team operates a homeschool co-op through which children of all ages can learn and study together. Although some families participate in just a portion of the co-op experience, a professional teacher with a masters’ degree in education is available to teach during the morning school sessions. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) administers a French-speaking school in town in which several families have enrolled their pre-school and/or elementary-aged students. Some international workers send their high school aged children to live in the dorm and attend Dakar Academy in Senegal. We will work with you to find the option(s) that best suit your family. 

Compensation:

This position is designated to be funded through the Great Commission Fund (GCF). The Alliance compensates for this position, covering costs related to a monthly living allowance, housing, travel, children’s education, and full benefits. Please visit the compensation page for details on how U.S. Alliance IWs are supported. GCF-funded workers share responsibility for raising GCF dollars from Alliance churches and other sources.

Whole-Life Health:

The C&MA is an evangelical denomination committed to planting churches both in the United States and internationally. Due to the nature of this ministry opportunity, part of the required qualifications include optimal emotional, spiritual, and physical health. These are assessed during the application process.

Important Clarification:

Applicants should be aware that serving in the international world often requires a higher degree of grace and flexibility. For example, overseas teams can be suddenly and unexpectedly impacted by illness, government decisions, financial realities, team changes, or other factors beyond the team’s control. The challenge for applicants is that these factors can sometimes necessitate the sudden redefining of a position, which may take place before, during, or after the application/interview process has begun or is completed.

Questions?

Please email Stacy Douglas at douglass@cmalliance.org.

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