Job Title: Nursing Center of Excellence & GAIN Africa Lead
Reports to: Director of Nursing Education, Research, Professional Development and GAIN Primary Investigator
Location: PIH Liberia, Maryland County, Liberia (with approximate 35% travel)
Employee Type: Full Time
The Nursing Center of Excellence (NCOE) Africa Lead, based in Liberia, is a regional nurse leader who will support Partners In Health (PIH) Africa sites to systematically strengthen nursing and midwifery clinical practice and education, leadership, and research to improve health care delivery. The NCOE at PIH Liberia is a model for excellence in nursing and midwifery practice focused on developing clinical education, establishing strong foundational competencies, expanding specialty expertise, modeling best practices in patient care, and promoting innovative care delivery.
A core element of the NCOE is the Global Action in Nursing (GAIN) program, a partnership between PIH and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), in Liberia, Malawi and Sierra Leone. The GAIN program objectives are: 1) expand the nursing workforce; 2) implement an educational career ladder for nurses; and, 3) create a cadre of in-country nurse leaders who are expert midwifery care providers in these three countries.
This position will lead NCOE-Africa efforts, collaborating closely with the PIH Sierra Leone team to create a strong pipeline of West African nurse and midwifery clinicians and leaders. Core to this work will be GAIN program activities with shared oversight with UCSF, PIH, and PIH sites. The activities include convening local and national stakeholders, assisting with the identification of Schools of Nursing for scholarship programs, and expanding existing GAIN training and mentoring activities in Malawi, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. This position will liaise with Ministry of Health officials, nursing faculty and NGO leaders to obtain vital support to ensure program success. The position is based in Africa with travel intercontinentally and to the US.
Nursing Center of Excellence-Africa Lead – 25%
- Contribute to NCOE strategic plan, vision, and development
- Support and maintain national and global partnership relationships
- Integrate activities across the broader One PIH community (e.g. Development, Marketing & Communications, Clinical and Clinical Operations departments)
- Identify opportunities for cross-site knowledge sharing and clinical exchange
- Provide mentorship, technical guidance and leadership to nursing staff, clinical leadership, and education teams
- Develop protocols, curricula, clinical guidelines, quality improvement initiatives, and implementation plans of NCOE-related projects
- Liaise with Ministries of Health and academic partners (Tubman University; Phebe)
- Ensure integration of nurse training activities across clinical areas and facilities, as well as alignment of GAIN and NCOE programmatic efforts
- Work collaboratively with Zanmi Lasante’s NCOE team, Sierra Leone’s Maternal Center of Excellence team, and other identified cross-site nursing leads to strengthen nursing and midwifery practice as well as overall maternal and child health programs
GAIN Program Operations – 40%
- Recruit, liaise and meet regularly with Nursing Education Advisory Boards composed of nursing faculty leaders and Ministry of Health personnel in project countries (Sierra Leone and Liberia).
- Assess national curricula to determine essential competencies for each tier of nursing personnel. Develop and implement educational/bridge career ladder to advance nurses that responds to the needs of each country (Sierra Leone and Liberia).
- Work with in-country partners to expand and adapt GAIN training and mentoring project to reach grant deliverables.
- Deliver leadership and clinical content during GAIN training as appropriate.
- Create and oversee monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track program outputs and outcomes on all activities.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with nongovernmental organizations to collaborate on delivery of program deliverables.
- Draft and/or review Affiliation Agreements with partner organizations with assistance from the PI and Project Administrator, to quantify and document institutional partnerships. Develop norms to guide when these are required over and above subcontracts.
- Ensure that project activities are appropriately and adequately resourced (funding, infrastructure and staffing). Identify gaps, and work with PI to address them.
- Provide guidance and expertise to all in-country mentor leads
- Integrate GAIN into broader MCH strategy
Development of core curriculum for GAIN trainings – 20%
- Updating of training presentations to ensure consistency, quality, and evidence basis
- Update pre-post tests and other evaluation materials per site as relevant
- Provide a selection of topics for new sites to choose from to provide individualized curriculum
- Develop modules for low-dose/high-frequency clinical simulation and teaching
- Ensure complete training materials are shared with GAIN Program Manager for filing
National and regional dissemination lead – 5%
- Manuscript development, under guidance of PI
- Abstracts and conference attendance
- Provide advice and technical assistance to site teams for submission to local conferences and events
- Lead dissemination plan for national and regional conferences
- Provide technical/clinical expertise for communications efforts including media, social media, and fundraising
Support for Monitoring & Evaluation – 10%
- Provide clinical insight and expertise to UCSF Data Scientist and Project Administrator for M&E and reporting efforts
- Coordinate between PIH clinical and M&E teams to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of data collection
- Assist in coordinating between PIH and GAIN M&E teams -as needed- for the successful tracking of relevant indicators within and between sites
- Assist in the production and review of country and site reports
- Able to lead cross functional teams that will include physicians, nurses, nurse-midwives and administrative staff
- Demonstrated knowledge of healthcare-related operations, management practices and principles, human resources management trends, and education/training best practices
- Demonstrated competency in project management, with proven ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities that are highly collaborative and time-sensitive
- In-depth knowledge of maternal/newborn health clinical policies, practices and systems. Has experience developing new policies and procedures
- Frequently contribute to the development of new approaches and methods, and has ability to bridge classroom didactics with clinical practice
- Excellent interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Ability to effectively collaborate with culturally diverse staff across departments and countries
- Over 5 years of clinical experience as a nurse/midwife, including experience teaching or mentoring
- Demonstrated experience working with country teams in sub-Saharan Africa to develop program strategies, work plans and deliverables
- Deep understanding of current general health and development concepts and norms in resource-limited settings, including the institutions and organizations actively involved.
- Computer skills in word processing and spreadsheet programs including Microsoft Office applications
- A commitment to health and social justice
- Ability to travel internationally at least 30% time throughout the year
- Experience promoting adoption of evidence-based practices
- Master’s degree in global health, public health or related field
- Licensed Registered Nurse
- Experience monitoring and evaluating training/curricula and program activities
- Experience developing and leading global health programs, mentorship activities, education and training in international setting
- Experience in developing and managing successful grant/contract proposals and reports to foundations, corporations and/or government agencies in global health.
- Experience living and/or working in Liberia, Malawi and/or Sierra Leone.
- Experience preparing, negotiating and managing institutional partnerships and strategies
- Master’s degree in midwifery
- Certified nurse midwife
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.
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