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Infection Prevention and Control 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 an Infection Control Nurse Educator 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 Infection Prevention and Control Educator will be assigned to the Ministry of Health (30%) and the University of Rwanda (70%) to support Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) systems development at a national level and IPC education in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences.

He/she will report to the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with faculty at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, and Dentistry to ensure that IPC is embedded in the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula
  • Supporting the development of essential knowledge and skills in IPC for academic staff including lecturers and clinical instructors
  • Contributing to teaching in IPC across all disciplines as requested
  • Collaborating with hospital management in university hospitals to set up IPC programs that are required for hospital accreditation
  • Building the knowledge and skills of IPC officers in referral hospitals to support their day to day management of hospital wide IPC programs.
  • Provide a monthly activity report co-signed by the Rwandan supervisor (the Dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery)

Essential Qualifications:

  • At least 3+ years of experience in infection control
  • A proven track record as a leader and expert clinician
  • Knowledge and experience in public health and tropical disease conditions
  • Bachelors degree in nursing or related field
  • Former position that included staff training and infection control program development
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
  • 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 School of Nursing and Midwifery

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with University-based teaching and learning plus curriculum development
  • International development experience
  • A master’s degree or post-master’s certificate in a clinical specialty from an accredited institution
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills
  • International experience

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

AA/EOE/ADA