2 Job Positions at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): (Deadline 10 September 2021)
Technical Advisor, Curricula and Quality Assurance at Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI): (Deadline 10 September 2021)
TITLE: Technical Advisor, Curricula and Quality Assurance
Program: Human Resource for Health, HRH
Job Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Start date: August 2021
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI Health Workforce Background:
A skilled health workforce is the backbone of every health system and therefore an essential precondition for progress toward universal health coverage (UHC). However, the WHO estimates that there is a global shortage of 17 million health workers. The gap is most acute in Africa (with a shortage of 4.2 million), which bears 24% of the global burden of disease yet has only 4% of the world’s health workforce. CHAI assists governments to develop their health workforces by enhancing their capacity to train highly qualified health workers and by strengthening national systems to finance, deploy, and manage those health workers.
CHAI’s approach to national heath workforce strengthening emphasizes three strategies:
(i) improving the quality and strategically increasing the scale of education for health workers,
(ii) expanding and optimizing health workforce financing, and (iii) providing technical assistance to governments to strengthen their overall health workforce planning and management systems.
Two key principles guide CHAI’s approach to workforce development. The first is focusing on the right kind of health workers—from community health workers to midwives, nurses, health managers, general physicians, and medical specialists—based on national need and service delivery objectives. CHAI’s approach also emphasizes sustainability by building the institutional capacity of the schools and universities where health workers are trained, training new generations of health professions educators, and developing systems and individual capabilities within governments to better plan and manage their own health workforces.
CHAI’s health workforce programs vary by country, as they reflect the major barriers and opportunities to workforce development in that specific context, as well as the priorities of the host government. Currently, CHAI is focused on health workforce programming in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The government of Rwanda has developed the National Strategy for Health Professions Development (NSHPD) 2020-2030, a 10-year plan to strengthen and expand the Rwandan health workforce though improved and expanded pre-service training. The strategy outlines national health workforce targets for 37 cadres of providers, and the necessary inputs to training institutions to scale up enrollment and graduation to meet those targets. The government has created a Human Resources for Health Secretariat (HRH Secretariat) to manage implementation of the strategy. The HRH Secretariat has requested CHAI’s support implementation of the NSHPD.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding technical skills to assist the Dean of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy (SMP) with curricula development, implementation, and teaching quality assurance. The Technical Advisor in charge of the curricula and quality assurance will oversee curriculum development and implementation at the School of Medicine and Pharmacy (SMP) at the University of Rwanda (UR). The Technical Advisor will serve as a key strategic thought partner and in-house pedagogy expert in the quality assurance and roll-out of curriculum at SMP. S/he will direct the review and approval of curricula for SMP’s academic programs and will oversee monitoring and evaluation of teaching at SMP. The Technical Advisor will work hand in hand with the Dean of the SMP to provide guidance to a team of professionals engaged in all aspects of curriculum and syllabus development, educational strategy, teaching and learning, student assessment, and educational innovations.
The desired candidate must be able to multi-task effectively and have experience managing multiple work streams. Candidates should also have experience managing relationships with government stakeholders and ideally will have worked in the field of health professional education. Successful candidates must have a passion for results, a commitment to excellence, and a demonstrated capacity to work in high-stress environments.
This position will report to the Dean of the School of Medicine and Health Science and will coordinate with CHAI Rwanda Program Manager -Health Workforce. This position is based at the office of the Dean SMP in Kigali, Rwanda.
- Provide effective academic and scholarly teaching and learning direction for the school.
- Ensure the achievement of the mission of all programs within the school, with the focus on teaching, learning and quality assurance, and within the broader university context.
- Serve as the key point-person for all pedagogy at SMP, ensuring cutting-edge, innovative, and evidence-based approaches are used in the development and implementation of courses.
- Participate in and advocate for the allocation of necessary resources to ensure effective implementation of the school’s programs.
- Provide a continuous academic leadership support to the Department Chairs/Heads and program coordinators/directors for the development of innovative approaches to education.
- Design, implement, and solicit funding for cutting edge educational research programs at SMP.
- Manage the implementation and ongoing refinement of curricula of undergraduate and postgraduate programs within the school.
- Manage enrollment planning.
- Develop semi-annual plans, reports, and budgets to sustain curriculum development and implementation activities at the SMP.
- Work closely with the teaching teams, including faculty and staff members, to improve educational outcomes at the SMP.
- Develop standards, guidelines, and policies related to teaching, learning, and student assessment at the SMP, including e-Learning, student data protections, and electronic educational records management.
- Participate in curriculum and teaching/learning committees and meetings at both school and college levels, and specifically serve as the facilitator for the School’s Curriculum committees.
- Maintain liaison in matters related to teaching, learning and quality assurance with appropriate offices, departments, and programs within the SMP, UR, the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), and external partners including the Ministry of Health, the HRHS, Teaching Hospitals and others.
- Perform other duties related to the position as deemed relevant by the dean.
- Assist faculty and leadership with the development of innovative and standards-aligned curricula and academic programs.
- Develop a toolkit of innovative pedagogical methods to be used by faculty at SMP.
- Assist the academic and clinical faculty in the development of quality teaching materials for both face to face and distance learning.
- Drive continuous quality improvement initiatives and programs within the school and ensure maintenance of standards in accordance with all accreditation requirements applicable to each of the program.
- Oversee all academic quality assurance activities at the SMP, including the design of faculty reviews and assessments to be included in evaluations for reappointment and promotion.
- Oversee the development and implementation of appropriate evaluation methods for students, faculty, and academic programs.
- Play a leading role in quality assurance for internal and external accreditation of the SMP in general and each of its specific academic programs.
- Develop a comprehensive agenda for Continuous Professional Development for the academic and clinical faculty to ensure all faculty members are competent and confident in teaching, learning, assessment, curriculum design and academic leadership.
- At least a postgraduate diploma in health professions education. Primary degree in any health profession and preferably in Medicine with a Msc or specialist degree in Medicine or related disciplines.
- A minimum of three (3) years of relevant experience in health professions education and leadership.
- Experience developing and executing health science academic education and trainings (including online and blended learning academic experiences) in higher education settings and executive education audiences.
- Experience teaching, developing curricula, and implementing programs for students and adult learners.
- Record of success in instructor development and pedagogical improvement.
- A track-record of funded proposals in education research or educational programs.
- Experience applying research to curricular innovations and instructor development.
- Experience working in Rwanda or in other relevant contexts.
Skills and Competencies
- Knowledge of best practices in teaching and learning and emerging technologies.
- Exemplary interpersonal skills: ability to effectively collaborate with culturally diverse staff across departments and countries.
- Availability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
- Ability to cope with a frequently changing environment and adapt to evolving situations.
- Ability to be reliable, responsible, dependable and to fulfil obligations.
- Ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration and working with close supervision.
- Established leadership and team building capacity.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate, collaborate, communicate, and facilitate in complex environments.
- Fluent in English
- Fluency in French strongly desired
Interested candidates should send their application through:https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/11383/technical-advisor%2c-curricula-and-quality-assurance/job not later than September 10, 2021.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Senior Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Specialist at IntraHealth: (Deadline 3 September 2021)
GOLDEN PLAZA, 3rd Floor
KG 546 Street 1
P.O. Box 6639-Kigali
Tel.: + (250) 738795924
Job Opportunity – Senior Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Specialist
WHY CHOOSE INTRAHEALTH
At IntraHealth, we are a global team of creative, committed humanitarians on a mission. We are advocates, technologists, health workers, communicators, program officers, finance experts, and technical leaders. We are passionate and diverse. And we’re united in our belief that everyone everywhere should have the health care they need to thrive. That’s why we work every day to improve the performance of health workers around the world and strengthen the systems in which they work.
For almost 40 years in over 100 countries, IntraHealth has partnered with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work.
Our programs are designed with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the context of human rights, gender equality and discrimination, economic empowerment, and changing populations. And the longstanding relationships we’ve built with government agencies, private-sector partners, and members of civil society make our efforts stronger and more effective.
Join us and together we can make lasting changes in global health—for all of us.
The Ingobyi Activity is a five-year project funded by USAID and designed to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and malaria services, in a sustainable manner with the goal of reducing neonatal, child and maternal mortality in Rwanda. The Ingobyi Activity builds upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made in the health sector as well as previous USAID investments to provide a healthier, more productive future for all Rwandans.
SUMMARY OF ROLE
The Senior Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) Specialist is a senior position within Ingobyi Activity’s management structure. The position holder supports the implementation of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health activities by providing training and mentorship, as well as other technical support and supervision to health providers in Ingobyi supported health facilities to deliver high quality services. S/he plans, coordinates and delivers project activities in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), district health management teams, Ingobyi zonal teams, health facilities and other partners. S/he works with Ingobyi technical team, medical professional associations, districts and health facilities to expand access to, and quality of, maternal, newborn and child health care, scale up of essential and high impact reproductive, maternal, newborn and child care interventions across supported districts and health facilities. She/he actively participates in key global and national technical consultations, including technical working groups, to keep abreast with advances in RMNCH and to disseminate learning from Ingobyi Activity. S/he leads rapid response teams to respond to facility needs in maternal, newborn and child health. The position reports to the Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP)/Technical Director.
The incumbent is responsible for the following key tasks.
Technical oversight and quality improvement
- Provides technical leadership to ensure integration of maternal, newborn and child health priorities in both demand and supply sides of project activities;
- Provides technical leadership in design, development, planning, implementation, and capacity-building of specific reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health technical components of the project;
- Leads the design and implementation of innovative capacity building approaches, including on-the-job training and mentorship to build competencies, positive attitudes and motivation to optimize the performance of front-line health workers (nurses, midwifes and doctors) for quality maternal, newborn and child health services;
- Maintains a constructive dialogue and technical exchange with other technical counterparts to effectively support health workers for appropriate integration of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health services with other services at all levels of care;
- Provides mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level and oversight of work delivered by medical professional associations, namely Rwanda Pediatric Association (RPA), Rwanda Association of Midwives (RAM), and Rwanda Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RSOG);
- Develops and maintains collaborative relationships with donors, district-level officials/District Health Management Teams (DHMT), implementing partners, MOH, RBC, public and private sector entities;
- Ensures that implementation of the Activity’s reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health activities adhere to appropriate national, and international strategies and standards;
- Provides technical support to MoH and DHMTs to prioritize newborn and child health services in primary health care programs and optimizes the performance of health workers through integrated RMNCH service delivery;
- Provides technical assistance to the development or adaptation of evidence-based tools to support delivery of quality newborn and child health services;
- Provides supportive supervision for Ingobyi zonal staff and professional associations, particularly RPA, to ensure delivery of high-quality mentorship at supported health facilities;
- In collaboration with the MEL and other technical teams, fosters data use to continuously improve access and quality RMNCH services; and
- Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the effectiveness of RMNCH activities and uses the data to lead design of improvements in service delivery at all levels.
Planning and reporting
- Supports the preparation of implementation plans, particularly activities related to RMNCH;
- Responsible for planning and scheduling workflow and timetables related to RMNCH activities;
- Supports preparation of progress and periodic reports; and
- Participates and provides logistical support in the planning and implementation of assessments, operations research, and knowledge management activities.
Supervision and management
- Supervises six technical staff, including: Newborn and Child Health Advisor; Maternal Health Advisor; FP/ASRH Advisor; FP Quality of Care Specialist; MNCH Advisor; and SBC Officer.
- Oversees the team implementing RMNCH activities, including those working at the zonal and central office levels; and
- Manages technical contributions of the three professional associations (RPA, RAM and RSOG), including providing scopes of work, regular supervision of field activities, and participation in their joint coordination meetings.
- Advanced degree in clinical medicine and a master’s degree in public health.
- Candidate must have a valid license issued by Rwanda Medical and Dental Council
KNOWLEDGE (FUNCTIONAL AND/OR TECHNICAL)
- Minimum of 8 years’ experience implementing RMNCH programs in Rwanda;
- Experience in training and mentorship of health care workers in RMNCH programs;
- Experience with USAID-funded projects as Senior Technical Advisor preferred.
- Previous work with development agencies, INGOs – experience working with USAID-funded projects is preferred;
- Proficiency in Kinyarwanda and English – French language skills will be an advantage;
- Strong writing and presentation skills particularly for case studies, documentation of lessons learned and reporting of program results;
- Previous experience in organizing and providing training for health care providers or peers at project level;
- Basic knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, program learning, and quality improvement;
- Conversant with office regulations and of financial and administration systems in an international NGO setting, preferably with USAID funding;
- In depth understanding of RMNCH priorities in the Rwandan context;
- Solid understanding of Rwanda’s health system, including the decentralized structures and coordination of health activities at district level; and
- Advanced computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
- At least 8 years of experience implementing and managing large public health programs focusing on RMNCH in Rwanda;
- Proven leadership and negotiation skills;
- Strong analytical and presentation skills, including ability to use health and population data to make program and management decisions;
- Ability to manage and coordinate integrated health programs at district or provincial level;
- Extensive knowledge of the Government of Rwanda’s health interventions and priorities;
- Excellent interpersonal, writing and oral presentation skills in English, French and Kinyarwanda;
- Very clear understanding of USAID rules and regulations;
- A strong sense of team work, coordination and accountability;
- Ability to communicate effectively; and
- Ability to travel nationally.
Managing Performance: Ability to plan and design practices, processes and procedures that allow for effective management of people, resources and processes to optimize overall organizational performance. Managing for performance includes the ability to delegate and encourage growth and leadership across the team(s) as part of maximizing performance and productivity.
Strategic Thinking: Applies organizational knowledge to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for IntraHealth while recognizing, anticipating and resolving organizational challenges. Ability to develop organization- and industry-specific expertise and apply sound decision-making processes to reach productive resolutions that translates strategy into actionable business plans.
Effective communication (oral & written): Understands effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, explain complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience; and receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
Risk management: Knowledge of processes, tools and techniques for assessing and controlling the organization’s exposure to risks of various kinds; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
Innovation: Develops new, better or significantly different ideas, methods, solutions or initiatives within assigned role that result in improvement of IntraHealth’s performance and meeting objectives, results and global commitments.
Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for all work activities, research and personal actions and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high-quality results for IntraHealth’s success. Exercises ethical practices, respectful words and behaviors, and equitable treatment of others in all activities.
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS
IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.
IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.
HOW TO APPLY:
Learn more about IntraHealth Careers @:http://www.intrahealth.org/section/careers
Learn more about “Who We Are” @:http://www.intrahealth.org/section/about-us1
Note: Interested candidates are requested to apply for this opportunity before or by September 3, 2021