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.
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