German Doctors e. V. is looking for experienced paediatricians to supervise and train students during their first clinical rotation in hospitals in the north of Sierra Leone.

Duration: 6 weeks

Application: Submit now for starting date summer 2022


Project background:

Sierra Leone, a country of around 7 million people, has a high infant mortality rate and a relatively low number of doctors. Medical care in the West African country is mainly provided by community health officers and nurses, especially outside the capital Freetown.

Together with the Ministry of Health, a training programme was launched in Sierra Leone in autumn 2021 to train graduates of the School of Clinical Sciences in Makeni in a 2-year programme in various specialities. A total of 3 NGOs, all of which have already been working in Sierra Leone for years, accompany training programmes with recognised bachelor’s degrees in surgery, internal medicine or paediatrics.

German Doctors e.V. has been active in the training of health care workers in Sierra Leone for over 10 years and is co-responsible for the 2-year paediatric training course.


Mission description:

Experienced paediatricians are needed to supervise and train students during their first clinical rotation in hospitals in northern Sierra Leone for 6-week assignments.

The hospitals are located in remote regions of the country and provide medical care that is typical for the country. The work in the hospitals is done in close cooperation with local doctors, often tropical doctors from Europe. The professional basis of the training is the national guidelines as well as the ETAT+ guidelines and recommendations of MSF and the WHO. Two programme coordinators (medical and administrative) responsible for the paediatric programme work on site and are direct contacts for medical and organisational questions.



  • Supervision of students during their patient care according to their competences
  • Participation in hospital services together with the students
  • Regular evaluation and training of students, but also of nurses and community health workers in the clinical area.



  • Paediatrician with completed specialist training and experience in clinical work in low resource settings
  • Willingness to work in a country with clearly limited resources and in a remote location
  • Experience with teaching
  • The mission doctors can expect a stimulating environment and an interesting task.


Payment / accommodation::

For this volunteer placement, part of the flight costs will be reimbursed; board and lodging on site are free. More informationen to be found here.

Sierra Leone is a politically stable country, which makes excursions in the vicinity of the hospitals or on the Western Peninsula possible.



German Doctors e.V. mission planning
Mrs. Carola Walter (