Volunteer, Faculty Recruitment & US Institutions, HRH, Rwanda

In Rwanda, CHAI is supporting the development and early implementation of the novel Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program.  This Program seeks to develop the health workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable healthcare system in Rwanda. The HRH Program aims to significantly increase the quantity and quality of Rwandan clinicians and health sciences educators including: medical doctors, nurses and midwives, and health managers. This unprecedented substantial scale-up will be achieved with the assistance of an unprecedented consortium of 23 highly ranked US academic institutions. Each US school is sending full-time faculty members to Rwanda to help improve teaching, research, curriculum development, and mentorship over a 7-year period. Rwanda’s HRH Program is currently the largest global health training endeavor that engages university level professors working abroad for year-long positions in a developing country. For further details about the HRH Program, please refer to the program’s website.

The Government of Rwanda has already established a strong record of success in leading donor-funded health projects of a similar scale and complexity. CHAI is supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) to manage the HRH Program during the critical planning and early implementation phases. Please see President Clinton’s speech about the HRH Program here:

Responsibilities:

The Faculty Recruitment and US Institutions Volunteer will be working closely with, and supporting the Manager of Faculty Recruitment and US Institutions on the HRH Program.  The volunteer will be responsible for supporting high-level relationships with 23 leading US medical, nursing & midwifery, and public health institutions participating in the Rwanda HRH Program. The position requires supporting and interfacing with multiple clinical departments and individuals across each US institution. This role requires a high degree of communication management and facilitation between stakeholders. Specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • Support high-level relationships with 23 US institutions in the Rwanda HRH academic consortium of US schools;
  • Support interfacing with administration, legal, administrative, clinical coordinators, and faculty mentors;
  • Supports the recruitment of over 100 US faculty members to live and work in Rwanda;
  • Support communication channels between Rwanda's Ministry of Health and US institutions;
  • Support monthly conference calls with each specialty group of physicians at US schools to discuss key issues, including: recruitment, challenges facing US faculty in Rwanda, and ongoing improvements for the program;
  • Support the recruitment of new institutions into the consortium for specialty areas as needed by the Ministry of Health;
  • Support the development of the recruitment and relationship management information system to improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the program. Responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of faculty records.

Qualifications:

  • Hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field such as business administration, public health, medical anthropology, development studies or international relations
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience, preferably in public health, personnel coordination, management consulting or other related fields;
  • Exceptional communication, writing, and problem solving skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation;
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint & Excel).
  • Ability to build relationships with Rwanda and US stakeholders, US academic institutions and development partners;
  • Adept interpersonal skills; strength in developing and maintaining client management relationships
  • Ability to work effectively in a challenging political and multicultural environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and responsibilities;
  • Team-oriented but also highly self-sufficient and self-motivated;
  • Strong interest in global health equity and development issues in Africa or other resource-poor settings;

Advantages:

  • Experience working with the public sector
  • Working knowledge of French or Kinyarwanda

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