JOB : Director of Pediatrics at PIH/IMB, Kayonza, Rwanda
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Position : Director of Pediatrics, IMB
Reporting to : Chief Medical Officer
Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) is a health and social justice organization that works to comprehensively support the Rwanda public health system in three rural districts, and create service delivery models that can influence national policy and scale-up.
The IMB Director of Pediatrics is responsible for the development, management, and execution of all pediatric activities at IMB. These areas include : newborn health, specialized neonatal care for sick and small infants, early childhood development, child and adolescent health, and malnutrition services at rural health centers and district hospitals in PIH-supported districts. The Director will work closely with the Rwanda Ministry of Health at all system levels to develop innovative solutions to key care delivery gaps, monitor and evaluate the impact of these services, and support national policy and scale-up for successful interventions in line with national strategies.
The ideal candidate will be trained in Pediatrics with some subspecialty training for infectious diseases, will have experience conducting research and will have extensive experience working in East Africa. Academic rank as Instructor or Assistant Professor (full-time or part-time) at Harvard Medical School will be commensurate with experience, training and academic achievements.
Specific responsibilities :
Program Management :
• Development of strategic vision for Child and Newborn Health Program including identifying emerging quality and service delivery gaps and rigorous intervention design to address needs.
• Management of pediatric program workplan and budget execution in collaboration with IMB and MOH district leadership.
• Supervision and mentorship of program team.
• Coordination with IMB programs working along the maternal newborn child health spectrum and supporting programs including training and research.
• Coordination with Boston-based PIH programs including Clinical Program leadership, Monitoring/Evaluation and Quality, and Development.
• Coordination with IMB district team in the design and implementation of district interventions.
Technical (clinical, quality improvement, and operational research) :
• Technical review and support for national standards and development of new clinical guidelines as requested by MOH
• Clinical support for pediatric and neonatal patients at hospitals and health centers to support high quality care for children at all PIH-supported sites
• Rigorous design of public health interventions in pediatric care as needs arise
• Development and management of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and operational research platforms for key interventions
Teaching and Mentorship :
• Teaching and training in key newborn and child health protocols for health care providers (specialists, general practitioners, and nurses)
• Mentorship of program team members in clinical care, quality improvement activities and operational research projects
• Investigation, dissemination of knowledge and best practices, and capacity strengthening and training of local researchers.
• Supervision and mentorship of trainees from partner institutions including Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital
Policy and Partners :
• Manage partnerships with MOH and key partners at district and national level, participation in relevant technical working groups for dissemination, coordination and alignment with and advising of national strategies
• Technical support to MOH/RBC in scaling up innovative approaches to care.
• Leverage partnerships with key academic institutions to support high quality care delivery and innovation locally
• Participation in international conferences, meetings, and policy advocacy for bidirectional information sharing
• Support IMB in identification, development, and execution of grant opportunities in pediatrics
• Medical doctor with pediatric specialty training with at least 5 years of global public health experience (clinical, program design and development and team management)
• Masters-level degree in health related field (public health or research-related field) is preferred
• Technical expertise in pediatrics, neonatology, nutrition, early childhood development, adolescent health, quality improvement/improvement science, monitoring and evaluation, teaching/training, and operational research
• Significant knowledge and understanding of the field of Maternal, Neonatal, and Child Health globally, including international policy and research
• Exceptional written and oral communication skills with experience in working in diverse professional contexts
• Demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects with attention to detail
• Demonstrated ability to work well with culturally diverse team and exhibit high diplomacy and interrelation skills
• Ability to live and work in a rural African setting
• Fluency in English is required ; French and Kinyarwanda are preferred
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