Women's Health Clinical Advisor
Reports to: Director of Women’s Health, District Clinical Director
Number of openings: 1-2
Partners In Health is seeking outstanding obstetrician-gynecologists for an exciting global women’s health opportunity in Rwanda. The Women’s Health Program Officer will serve as a clinician educator and technical expert to devise innovative solutions for some most intractable health problems affecting the poor, working in one of the most dynamic global health settings in the world today.
Partners In Health (PIH), headquartered in Boston, MA, is a Harvard-affiliated global health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. Working in partnership with local governments, we deliver high quality, comprehensive health care that saves lives while strengthening health systems and helping our patients overcome socioeconomic barriers to good health. By leveraging the services we provide with rigorous evaluation and academic research, PIH develops innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most intractable health problems. We work side by side with patients, health professionals, and public officials, support local organizations, and hire and train local people who provide care, design innovative strategies, build infrastructure, and manage projects. Ninety-four percent of the funds we raise go to our programs, which employ 15,000 people in the countries where we work, the majority of whom are people living in poverty.
PIH began working in Rwanda in 2005, where today we serve a catchment area of 800,000 through 37 public health centers and three hospitals in partnership with our sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB). Taking the lessons learned and expertise honed in Haiti, our efforts in Rwanda have achieved rapid success, gaining the attention of both the highest levels of the Government of Rwanda and the international community. Since 2005, Rwanda has achieved some of the most dramatic improvements in population health and poverty reduction in the world.
Despite these substantial gains, maternal mortality remains unacceptably high. PIH/IMB is working closely with the Ministry of Health to improve maternal and reproductive health care at all levels of the health system, with the goal of eliminating preventable maternal deaths. In addition, we are a lead partner in pioneering services for prevention, screening and treatment of cancers affecting women, including gynecologic malignancies, through the Butaro Hospital Center of Excellence in Cancer Care. In this area, we work in close partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, both in Boston.
Clinical teaching and mentorship at the District Hospital and Health Center levels:
• Clinical mentorship of district hospital-based general practitioners and nurses in routine and emergency obstetric care;
• Clinical mentorship of district hospital-based doctors in gynecologic surgery, including hysterectomy and gynecologic oncological surgery and post-operative care;
• Regular didactic teaching of medical staff;
• Assess training needs at District Hospitals and develop teaching curricula;
• Serve as Technical Advisor for the MESH Quality Improvement program, supporting nurse mentors in their work at health centers.
Partnership with District Hospital and PIH staff in quality improvement (QI) initiatives in women’s health:
• Help lead an effort to reach zero preventable maternal deaths in PIH-supported districts;
• Partnership with district hospital staff and the PIH Quality Improvement Program in QI initiatives in women’s health at the district hospitals;
• Partner with the PIH QI program and nurse mentors in developing QI initiatives in women’s health at health centers.
Contribute to national policy and capacity-building activities
• Serve as a national trainer for activities such as cervical cancer screening and treatment, tubal ligation, and post-abortion care;
• Opportunity to serve as an advisor at national technical working groups for women’s health, as needed;
• Help to develop clinical protocols and training curricula, in partnership with the medical education and training team.
• Board certification or board eligibility in obstetrics/gynecology;
• A talent for teaching and an interest in medical education;
• Clinical and public health experience in a developing country preferred;
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, humility, and a commitment to social justice;
• French language skills are a plus
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