Infection Control Nurse 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 Control Nurse Educator 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 Infection Control Nurse Educator will be assigned to the referral and provincial hospitals that serve as clinical placement sites for the majority of Rwandan nursing and midwifery students.

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a shared resource and developing a training course for infection control nurses at each institution
  • Consulting on developing/updating and implementing written infection control protocols at clinical care sites
  • Consulting with faculty members at Kigali Health Institute and the five schools of nursing and midwifery to incorporate updated infection control protocols into skills lab and clinical curricula
  • Working with the newly developed infection control nurses to develop in-service training courses for all institutional staff whose responsibilities include patient contact
  • Collaborating with hospital administrators in the area of infection control in an effort to attain hospital accreditation

The education/experience requirements for the Infection Control Nurse Educator position include:

  • At least 3 years of experience in infection control
  • A proven track record as a leader and expert clinician
  • Knowledge and experience of public health and tropical disease conditions
  • A master’s degree or post-master’s certificate in a clinical specialty from an accredited institution
  • Former position that included staff training and infection control program development
  • 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 of 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