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Distance and E-learning Educator 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 Educator will work within the College of Medicine and Health Sciences in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Research to increase the capacity of all of the schools within the college to provide distance learning opportunities. He/she will report to  the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM).

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the College of Medicine and Health Sciences to ensure the most appropriate and 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 curricula
  • Working with college faculty members to develop distance learning opportunities for practicing health professionals
  • Connecting faculty members to develop collaborative research related to the role of e-learning in health professions’ education
  • Provide a monthly activity report co-signed by the Rwandan supervisor (the Dean of SoNM)

Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 3+ years of experience in teaching at an accredited university or college
  • Teaching experience that includes the use of distance and e-learning modalities
  • A proven track record as a leader and teacher, with e-learning expertise
  • Master's degree with at least three years teaching experience and proven track record of e-learning course development
  • 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
  • Willingness to travel to all teaching sites in Rwanda as requested

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Former position that included planning and setting up computer lab/studio with e-learning equipment
  • A PhD or equivalent from an accredited institution
  • 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

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