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Recruiting Indigenous-identified Midwife Assessors

September 23, 2022

The College is looking to recruit an Indigenous-identified midwife registered with the College to join our assessor team.

The College of Midwives of Ontario is currently seeking assessors to conduct Peer and Practice Assessments.

Peer and Practice Assessments are part of the College’s Quality Assurance Program.  More information about assessments and what they entail can be found on the College’s website

The College is also responsible for oversight of Ontario birth centres, including assessment of facilities.  Assessors contracted to the Quality Assurance Assessment program may also be trained and requested to conduct birth centre assessments. 

At the College, we are striving to ensure that peer assessors are as representative as possible of members of the profession.  At this time, we are specifically looking to recruit an Indigenous-identified midwife registered with the College to join our assessor team.

Many practices in Ontario, including the Toronto Birth Centre, are Indigenous-led organizations. It is important to the College to have Indigenous assessors who can conduct assessments in accordance with the requirements of the College while ensuring their approach is appropriate and considers the specific history and contexts that connect Indigenous peoples to this land and midwifery practice. 

You can click here to read the full job description, and read on for more information on our recruitment process. 

What is the role of an Assessor? 

Assessors are registered midwives with the knowledge and expertise to evaluate whether a practicing midwife is meeting an acceptable standard of care and working within the legislation and regulations that govern their profession. Assessors also apply their knowledge to provide peer support to members during the assessment process. 

What is involved? 

Assessments include pre-assessment preparation, a review of the midwife’s practice, and a written report. 

The time commitment will depend on the type of assessment, but most will be completed in less than one day. Some assessments will require travel to midwifery practices and other assessments will be conducted remotely, using computer technology. 

All assessors must be willing to make a commitment to a schedule of initial and ongoing training. Selected assessors must also be willing to pilot the new assessment tools. 

Assessors are independent contractors and not employees. 


Qualifications: 

In order to work as an assessor, an applicant must have the following qualifications: 

  • Be committed to self-regulation and uphold the College’s public protection mandate 
  • Have knowledge of and practise in accordance with evidence-based medicine 
  • Have knowledge of and adhere to regulations, legislation, policies, and standards that govern the profession 
  • Demonstrate commitment to the Quality Assurance Program (QAP) 
  • Be able to organize their workload and conduct assessments independently 
  • Be able to objectively review and assess verbal and written information 
  • Possess strong communication skills, in order to share information in an objective way 
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills for creating a positive learning environment 
  • Possess computer skills necessary for performing assessments at a distance and writing reports 

Eligibility: 

In order to work as an assessor, an applicant must meet the following criteria at the time of application: 

  • Be a member in good standing with the College 
  • Be registered in the General or Inactive Class 
  • Not currently be an elected member of Council or non-Council committee member 
  • Not have been a board member or employee of the provincial or national midwifery association in the preceding 12 months 

All interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and CV/resumé. 

Select candidates will be interviewed, and successful applicants will then be offered a contract with the College. Interviews will be conducted remotely, usually by videoconference. 

Questions?

For more specific inquiries about the being an assessor and/or accommodation requests, please contact Zahra Grant, QAP coordinator at z.grant@cmo.on.ca by email or at 416.640.2252 ext 227 by phone. 

Please share with any contacts that may be eligible and interested.