Rwanda: Faculty positions at an equity-focused medical school

Organization: University of Global Health Equity
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 31 Aug 2018

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) is a new university, based in Rwanda, that aims to train a new generation of clinician-leaders to tackle the toughest problems in global health. UGHE is seeking multiple full-time faculty members to teach in its new medical degree program.

Founding faculty in the UGHE medical program will be responsible for working as part of a team to develop and teach courses using cutting-edge pedagogical methods. UGHE seeks faculty with expertise in one of any of the following areas:

Visit the UGHE employment page at to see all open positions at UGHE.

Academic Responsibilities

  • Work on a team to develop longitudinal, integrated courses and lead the development of some of these courses

  • Develop learning objectives for full courses and individual lessons, align instruction with learning objectives, and assess student learning against objectives

  • Create excellent and engaging classroom exercises, assessments, case studies, discussions, simulations, and problem-solving activities

  • Develop, or research and source, course materials to be integrated into student assignments, including readings and teaching videos

  • Deliver interactive and engaging classroom instruction

  • Organize all course materials in a clear, presentable way on the UGHE learning management system

  • Teach laboratory classes, community-based clinical classes, simulation classes, or small-group seminars

  • Implement evidence-based continuous improvement of teaching and courses

  • Contribute to research at UGHE and to the development of a UGHE research agenda

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Mentor and advise students and supervise student research projects

  • Manage course supplies including ordering, stocking, preparation, and distribution

  • Manage student records and grades

  • Serve on university committees and represent the university on external committees as assigned

  • Perform additional duties as required


  • Advanced degree (MD / MBBS-equivalent degree, or a doctoral degree in a related field). Exceptional candidates with Master’s-level degrees will be considered.

  • Experience with teaching and curriculum development in higher education

  • Familiarity and experience with innovative teaching methods, such as team-based learning and problem-based learning, blended learning, formative assessment, peer instruction, or online learning

  • Track record of excellence in teaching and a passion for learning new material and teaching methods

  • Track record of research productivity with peer-reviewed publications

  • Experience with new and rapidly-growing organizations, initiatives, or departments, with an entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Fluency in English required; French or Kinyarwanda language skills desired

Benefits of Working at UGHE

UGHE faculty will be based at our campus in Butaro, Northern Rwanda. The campus is situated in a scenic area with a mild climate year-round. New, on-campus housing is available for full-time faculty. UGHE also offers a competitive salary and health care benefits. Faculty moving to UGHE from outside of Rwanda for this position will receive a relocation allotment and an annual stipend for travel to their home countries for themselves and eligible dependents.

Organizational Profile

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. The university launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program: the Master of Science in Global Health 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 in health care.

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. Over 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 (IMB) – PIH’s sister organization – and our government partners have driven innovation for a decade.

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 health care delivery, MBBS students will also be granted the MGHD degree. 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.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in their drive to attain social justice, make common cause with those in needed, listen to and learn from others, and operate with honesty and humility as they uphold academic integrity and intellectual curiosity. The University of Global Health Equity seeks individuals committed to these values to join the team.

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Please visit the UGHE employment page to view full position descriptions and see instructions for application.

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