Sierra Leone: Quality Improvement Advisor

Organization: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 24 Feb 2017

POSITION SUMMARY

The Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor will work closely with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and other implementing partners to support health facilities in Sierra Leone to institutionalize improvement programming using the Model for Improvement and its Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycles. The QI Advisor will support QI training and coaching, implementation and supportive supervision of QI projects, and evaluation of QI initiatives, and will liaise closely with the Quality Improvement team at ICAP headquarters in New York City.

MAJOR ACCOUNTABILITIES

The Quality Improvement Advisor will:

  • Develop and update QI-related training and technical assistance activities, including but not limited to: assisting with the design, delivery and management of QI training and capacity building initiatives.
  • Provide hands-on support for both face-to-face training and distance education projects, including but not limited to designing, conducting, and evaluating training sessions, workshops, webinars, and other QI training projects.
  • Lead and facilitate facility site supportive supervision*,* QI coaching, mentoring and implementation support for QI projects (including QI Collaboratives and other QI initiatives) in specific health program areas.
  • Facilitate the development of innovative program approaches and interventions
  • Liaise with M&E staff for data quality assurance policies and procedures, data review and analysis. Prepare QI related data for presentation for a diverse range of audiences.
  • Assist in strategic planning and work plan development, including the development and implementation of QI training needs assessments, as well as ongoing reviews and evaluation of training activities.
  • Document QI training and technical assistance activities and help to produce and disseminate technical reports, guides, manuals, success stories, and other written materials.
  • Support the Ministry of Health to develop and pilot national QI guidelines, policies, and tools as needed, in alignment with existing national guidelines and strategies. Participate in relevant national technical working groups.

The Quality Improvement Advisor will:

EDUCATION

An advanced degree (MD, RN, MPH) in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health or related field including experience in low-resource settings is required;

· Demonstrated success in leading formal quality improvement projects using the Model for Improvement or similar methods is strongly preferred;

· Expertise in education, training, curriculum development, training evaluation, and/or institutional capacity building would be a plus.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

· Minimum 5 years of relevant experience and demonstrated expertise in the implementation of health programs in low-resource international settings

· Minimum 3 years of relevant QI activities in low-resource settings

· Minimum 3 years of relevant adult education and/or training experience

· Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis and presentation skills

· Demonstrated experience in synthesizing and disseminating best practices and lessons learned to government officials, implementers and key stakeholders

· Fluency in written and spoken English

· Excellent verbal and written communications skills

· Demonstrated talent in writing technical content and training materials

· Experience working with complex programs involving short deadlines and multiple tasks, in coordination with multiple partners to achieve program results

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS & PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

· Experience working in the health sector in Sierra Leone is preferred but not required.

· Demonstrated proficiency in quality improvement using the Model for Improvement is strongly preferred;

· Demonstrated proficiency in the design, delivery and evaluation of competency-based training would be a plus.

How to apply:

Application Instructions

Please send an application letter and CV by email with a subject title “Quality Improvement Advisor” to icap-jobs-sierraleone@columbia.edu. Closing date, Friday 24th February 2017

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