Distance and E-learning Programs 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 Distance Education and E-learning Programs 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 Distance and E-learning Programs advisor will be a resource for all nursing and midwifery faculty, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, currently practicing nurses and midwives, and nursing and midwifery students throughout Rwanda.

The Distance and E-learning Programs Advisor will provide support to the faculty of nursing sciences (FNS) and the five schools of nursing and midwifery nationally.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising FNS, the five schools of nursing/midwifery, and the National Department of Nursing and Midwifery on the effective use of distance-learning in all programs
  • Assisting with the creation of online or distance educational modules
  • Training faculty to optimize the effectiveness of e-learning materials
  • Assisting with the integration of e-learning into all future nursing education curricula
  • Working with faculty at Kigali Health Institute and the five schools of nursing and midwifery to create in-service advanced nursing and midwifery education e-learning opportunities
  • Connecting Rwandan and U.S. faculty to develop collaborative nursing and midwifery research related to the role of e-learning in nursing and midwifery education

The education/experience requirements for the Distance and E-learning Programs Advisor position include:

  • At least three years of experience in teaching at an accredited college of nursing
  • Teaching experience including the use of distance or e-learning modalities in nursing/midwifery education
  • A proven track record as a leader and teacher with e-learning expertise
  • A PhD or equivalent from an accredited institution is preferred; master’s degree with at least three years teaching experience and proven track record of e-learning course development will be considered
  • Former position that included planning for purchases and setting up computer lab/studio with e-learning equipment is preferred
  • International development experience is preferred

Other qualifications:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Willingness to live in Rwanda for a minimum of 11 months
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of Rwandan colleagues
  • Commitment to the goals of the Rwanda Ministry of Health and Rwandan nursing leadership as it relates to strengthening nursing and midwifery education
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills preferred but not required

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