Hospital Kitchen Management Adviser

Closing Date: 14 February 2023

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all.

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 

About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

Our Partner Organisation

The National Referral Hospital (NRH) provides secondary to tertiary health care services to the people and visitors of Solomon Islands. The catchment of the hospital is the total population of the country. The NRH function is designated as secondary care with some tertiary health care services. The NRH has 49 departments and units with 5 proposed new subspecialists (ICU, cardiac unit, renal, ENT & dermatology). Whilst most departments are direct patient care, some are for corporate services and non-clinical public health services. The Solomon Islands Government’s overall goal is to meet the minimum standards for Universal Health Coverage in the next decades.
 In 2019, the estimated population was 721,000 that is expected to reach 740,934 people in 2020. With around 300 beds available at the NRH, it is estimated to be lower than the national average bed per 1,000 populations of 0.4 and far lower than WHO standard of 5/ 1000 population.
The National Referral Hospital is the major hospital in the country. It admits the largest number of patients around 14,000 per year. It employs about 823 staff, and runs a budget of $28-29 Million, and yet the systems used in management, operations and services delivery are mostly manual and very traditional.
The NRH Business Plan 2021+ envisages some modernisation of the hospital kitchen services, systems and process to ensure better patient outcomes.

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Explore islands with natural white sandy beaches, a rich culture, and history. Spend time on the water with endless opportunities to experience the incredibly diverse marine wildlife. 

The Assignment

A volunteer with skills in kitchen management is being sought to assist the NRH to review its current systems and procedures and recommend changes that will result in better patient outcomes. The volunteer is required to have skills that will result in the efficient running of the kitchen leading to less wastage and better waste management. The role involves review of current kitchen management systems at NRH and recommending management systems and procedures that would work in the Solomon Islands context.
The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community.  You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community.

We are looking for a volunteer with the following:
  • Qualification in restaurant management or related field.
  • A minimum of three years of experience in a kitchen management role.
  • In depth knowledge of kitchen health and safety rules and regulations.
  • Experience in developing and reviewing policies related to kitchen operations
Apply Now!

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time volunteering opportunity in Solomon Islands
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Improve health outcomes for the people of the Solomon Islands

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.