Simulation/Skills Lab 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 Simulation/Skills Lab 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 Simulation/Skills Lab 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 Simulation/Skills Lab Advisor will provide support at Kigali Health Institute (KHI) and at the five schools of nursing and midwifery.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Advising the faculty of nursing sciences (FNS) at KHI and the five schools of nursing/midwifery on the most effective ways to integrate skills lab sessions into the existing curriculum
  • Advising on the appropriate equipment to be purchased at KHI and the five schools
  • Advising and training simulation/skills lab directors at KHI and the five schools
  • Working with faculty at KHI and the five schools of nursing and midwifery to create advanced in-service education opportunities using simulation
  • Connecting Rwandan and U.S. faculty to develop collaborative nursing and midwifery research related to incorporating simulation into skills labs for clinical education

The education/experience requirements for the Simulation/Skills Lab Advisor position include:

  • At least three years of experience in teaching at an accredited college of nursing
  • Experience overseeing skills labs that includes the use of simulation in nursing/midwifery clinical education
  • Proven track record as a leader and teacher with simulation/skills lab 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 curriculum development to integrate simulation into clinical nursing and midwifery education will be considered
  • Former position that included planning for purchases and setting up and supervising skills lab with simulation 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 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

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