JOB : Psychotherapy Technical Advisor seconded to RBC at PIH, Kigali, Rwanda


Position Title : Psychotherapy Technical Advisor seconded to Rwanda Biomedical Center
Reports To : District Clinical Director for Burera ; ‎National Director of Mental Health at Rwanda Biomedical Center/Ministry of Health - ‎Ministry of Health
Location : Rwanda

Organizational Profile :
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Position Overview :
A full-time expert psychotherapist and research advisor, seconded from IMB/PIH to the RBC/MOH Mental Health team to support Dr. Yvonne Kayiteshonga, Director of the RBC Mental Health team, and the RBC Mental Health Team.

The Government of Rwanda has made a significant commitment to addressing mental health concerns, and innovating community-based approaches to decentralized mental health care. However, given the small size of the RBC mental health team, a critical aspect of PIH/IMB support to the Ministry of Health is embodied in building the capacity of the RBC Mental Health Division to lead and carry out the RBC vision for mental health-related research and implementation science.

This position is one of two that will be seconded from PIH/IMB to the Mental Health team at the Rwanda Biomedical Center from 2016 to 2018. The purpose of these roles is : 1. to build RBC capacity in training on, disseminating, and evaluating evidence-based, culturally adapted psychotherapeutic and psychosocial treatments, with a particular emphasis on trauma, and 2. to foster research capacity within the RBC. The Psychotherapy Technical Advisor, working closely with the RBC Psychotherapy Expert, will be responsible for supporting RBC management in the development of evidence-based psychotherapies for scale in Rwanda and support the RBC’s plans to develop research that is informed by Rwandan knowledge, priorities and expertise.

Specific Responsibilities :

• Develop strong and productive relationships with RBC colleagues as part of a multidisciplinary team (10%)

• Ensure that the RBC team has access to the training, tools, and resources necessary to develop and carry out research of national concern, optimizing in-country capacity (20%).

o Research training capacity will include :

 Training in qualitative and quantitative methods

 Proposal development

 Ethics review document preparation

 Support in study execution and data analysis

 Collaborative drafting of publications describing work

 Additional academic support

• Accompany and provide clinical expertise to RBC team in developing evidence-based psychotherapy interventions for the Rwandan context (30%)

• Accompany RBC and IMB teams in integrating pilot psychotherapy intervention package into IMB system of care as demonstration case (20%)

• Provide technical expertise to RBC team in the development, implementation and evaluation of the Rwanda National Strategic Plan for Mental Health (10%)

• Liaise with other RBC divisions to ensure proper collaboration and integration of mental health care (10 %)

Qualifications :

• A PhD, PsyD in clinical psychology from an APA accredited institution, or LICSW/MSW with significant experience in mental health research and adapting evidence-based treatments ;

• A clinical focus and/or experience in treating and training depression and trauma-related problems highly desirable, with working knowledge and experience in supervision in evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and/or interpersonal therapy (IPT) ;

• Minimum of 2-3 years significant experience in research design, implementation data analysis, manuscript development, and mixed-methods research ;

• At least 5 years’ experience adapting, training/teaching, implementing and supervising evidence-based and/or culturally adapted psychotherapies ;

• Some experience in collaborative learning and interdisciplinary care teams, hospital and community-based mental health in low resource settings globally and/or domestically and integration of mental health care services into primary care ;

• Experience in public sector health care systems, health psychology (particularly in relation to infectious disease, HIV, surgery, general medicine), community psychology, health systems strengthening, and quality improvement preferred ;

• Superb writing skills ;

• Exemplary interpersonal skills ; ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across departments and country.

• Ability to work independently, think ahead, and prioritize among competing demands ;

• Interest in social justice strongly desirable ;

• English required, French fluency preferred.

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Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and 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.

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