Rwanda: Director, Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership

Organization: University of Global Health Equity
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 25 May 2018

Job Title: Director, Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership
Reports to: Dean, Health Sciences
Group/Department: University of Global Health Equity (UGHE)
Location: Butaro, Rwanda

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new kind of university focused on training the next generation of global leaders in health care delivery. Through an academic experience uniquely rooted in the values of equity, students are empowered to both ease suffering at the bedside and drive transformational, systemic changes to the health system.

UGHE is an initiative of Partners In Health (PIH), an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. In over nearly three decades of operating alongside public sectors in countries around the world, PIH has developed a model to deliver high quality health care to some of the world’s most marginalized communities. Nowhere has this impact been more profound than in Rwanda, where Inshuti Mu Buzima—PIH’s sister organization—and our government partners have driven innovation for over a decade.

The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD). The Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery (MBBS) program, to be launched in July 2019, aims to improve individual and population health by training diverse clinician leaders with the skills, attitudes, and commitment to promote wellness, to ease suffering, and to develop more effective and equitable health care delivery systems. Consistent with UGHE’s vision of training future leaders with expertise in healthcare delivery, the MBBS will be designed as joint degrees incorporating the MGHD. In 2017, the Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership (CNML) was developed to address the gaps in nursing and midwifery education and to meet the needs of the health care system and most vulnerable patients around the globe. The Center integrates with current PIH nursing and midwifery training initiatives to advance the professions through education, advocacy, and community building.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in need, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as we uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity.
Position Overview**

The Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership at the University of Global Health Equity was recently established to address gaps in nursing and midwifery education as well as build a platform to develop nurse and midwife leaders and advance the professions. The CNML is seeking its founding Director to build this new Center that promotes the highest quality and standards for research, clinical, and educational programs aligned with the value, mission, and vision of UGHE. As a dynamic leader, strategic and entrepreneurial thinker, and exceptional communicator, the Director will be responsible for strategic development for the CNML as well as developing curriculum for targeted professional development trainings, short courses, and fellowship programs. The Director will also be responsible for building partnerships locally and globally with other academic institutions, professional associations, and accreditation bodies.

The ideal candidate will be a certified nurse or midwife with at least ten years of experience in clinical service, health sciences curriculum development, teaching, and leadership experience. S/he will have experience in managing complex, large scale projects in a diverse cultural environment and working with an interdisciplinary team to build a program from the ground up. The Director must demonstrate grace and poise under pressure and work with humility. S/he will interact with staff and external partners at all levels, across time zones and cultures, and must be exceedingly well organized, diplomatic, action-oriented, and resourceful.


Strategic Development

  • Develop and implement the overall CNML programmatic plan, working closely with the Project Team and Partners In Health nurse leaders
  • Manage and oversee program deliverables to ensure milestones are met and services are provided by implementing strategies, policies, and processes
  • Hire, onboard, and supervise selected staff as the CNML team grows
  • Attend conferences to build a network of nursing and midwifery advocates, partners, and future students
  • Work closely with the Development Team to develop a fundraising plan, steward the grant application process, seek additional funding, and build relationships with donors

Partnership Building

  • Steward partnerships with academic institutions, professional institutions, clinical teaching sites, and other organizations to recruit students and partners for CNML trainings and courses, advance the mission, and grow the impact of the CNML
  • Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders through regular communication and by addressing needs and concerns

Curriculum Development and Teaching

  • Develop content for clinical, management, and leadership courses to be taught in a variety of mediums
  • Oversee and manage curriculum for short-course and longer term courses
  • Facilitate in-person trainings in Rwanda and internationally as well as online
  • Lead research and innovation around new learning technologies

Simulation Management

  • Contribute to the establishment of the simulation center, contributing to equipment procurement, management, and initial set-up for nursing education
  • Develop simulation-based curriculum

Financial Oversight

  • Manage the Center planning budget
  • Contribute to a multi-year financial model projecting the operating budget and sustainability
  • Ensure that program efforts, deliverables, and finances are well-managed and regularly reviewed


  • Registered Nurse or Certified Midwife with minimum 10 – 15 years clinical and teaching experience, advanced degree preferred
  • 10 years of relevant experience leading and teaching in an academic healthcare environment
  • Experience with simulation based trainings
  • Experience working in an international setting and demonstrated cultural sensitivity and interprofessional collaboration required
  • Organization skills and superior attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills, ability to effectively collaborate with diverse staff across departments and countries
  • Commitment to social justice and health care equity
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite programs, Google products, and project management software

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