Curriculum Development Advisor in Rwanda

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is currently working with a consortium of schools of nursing in the U.S., including New York University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Texas, Howard University, and Duke University, to recruit several faculty members for the Rwanda Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. One of these faculty members to be recruited is a Curriculum Development Advisor to build the health education infrastructure faculty and health workforce necessary to create a high quality, sustainable health care system in Rwanda.  

Rwanda currently faces a severe lack of highly qualified physicians, nurses, midwives, and other health care workers. The key obstacle to building the health workforce in Rwanda is the inability of Rwandan schools and clinical teaching hospitals to offer adequate levels of teaching, clinical training, mentorship, research experience, and opportunities for advanced/specialized study.

The U.S. Nursing Academic Consortium for the Rwanda HRH Program has been invited by the Rwanda Ministry of Health to assist in strengthening nursing education, faculty development, and professionalization of Rwandan nursing. The primary goal is to support nursing and midwifery faculty in Rwanda and strengthen clinical teaching programs for nursing and midwifery students. As part of this program, U.S. universities will hire nursing and midwifery educators and clinical mentors and deploy them to Rwandan schools of nursing and teaching facilities. These educators will fill a number of roles at Rwandan academic institutions and in teaching hospitals and clinics, including Curriculum Development Advisor, E-learning Advisor, Simulation Lab Advisor, Educational and Professional Standards Advisor, Advisor to the Directors of Rwandan School of Nursing and Midwifery.

The Curriculum Consultant will provide support to the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM) in matters related to curriculum development, revision, and implementation. He/she will report to the Dean of SoNM.

Responsibilities:

  • Advising on program and curriculum development for SoNM
  • Advising on revisions of curriculum at SoNM
  • Advising on the development of clear educational pathways for nurses and midwives to advance from basic nursing to academic degrees and/or specialization
  • Providing expert advice on distance learning curricula
  • Ensuring the appropriate integration of simulation training and clinical instruction into all curricula
  • Connecting faculty members to develop collaborative research related to education and curriculum development
  • Collaborating with the National Council of Nurses and Midwives to ensure that nursing and midwifery curricula support the approved scope of practice
  • Participating in high-level committees of the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program as requested by the Minister of Health, the Principal, or the Dean of SoNM
  • Provide a monthly activity report co-signed by the Rwandan supervisor (the Dean of SoNM)

Essential Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Nursing
  • At least 3+ years of experience in teaching at an accredited college of nursing
  • Experience in curriculum development and revision in nursing/midwifery education
  • A proven track record as a leader and teacher, with program and curriculum development expertise 
  • Willingness to travel to all teaching sites in Rwanda
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Willingness to live in Rwanda for a minimum of one year
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of colleagues working in Rwanda
  • Commitment to the goals of the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A PhD or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • International experience
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills

Instruction to Applicants:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and CV to:

Marik Moen, MSN, MPH, ACRN
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Health
c/o Katherine Simmons
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street, Room 502
Baltimore, MD 21201

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.