Rwanda: Academic Librarian

Organization: University of Global Health Equity
Country: Rwanda
Closing date: 18 Oct 2018

The Academic Librarian is responsible for strategically developing, implementing, and running the UGHE virtual and physical library. S/he will be responsible for the overall administration, policy development, and resource acquisition and execution of the library. S/he will be responsible for setting up UGHE’s library at its Butaro campus, overseeing the development of a core collection of medical and public health texts, and managing e-library partnerships. Additionally, s/he will be a key resource for student and faculty support regarding library use and information management.


  • Develop and implement the library’s strategic plan and policies
  • Identify, acquire, track, and promote the library’s physical and electronic resources in alignment with UGHE’s programmatic needs
  • Engage with UGHE faculty, staff, and leadership to ensure library alignment with accreditation standards, teaching and learning practices, and research goals
  • Develop and deliver student and faculty training sessions related to library use, finding sources, citing sources, and integrating sources into student assignments
  • Engage with students individually, and assist them with source selection, searching for sources, citations, writing skills, and library use
  • Identify, procure, and manage an integrated library system (ILS)
  • Contribute to writing grants and pursuing funding related to libraries
  • Manage and track all finances and budget allocations related to the library


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in library science, library information science, literature, language, or equivalent preferred
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in an academic or related library setting
  • Experience working with library management systems/integrated library systems
  • Medical library experience preferred
  • Experience with academic library accreditation standards in East Africa
  • Experience with strategic development and design in similar educational, academic, or global health settings
  • Ability to effectively work on a team in a complex, fast-paced yet often ambiguous environment
  • Exceptional academic library search skills, familiarity with major databases and search strategies, and experience teaching others how to search for sources
  • Computer skills in word processing, database, reference management, and spreadsheet programs; proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse staff, partners, and clients
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda preferred
  • Passion for social justice and desire to contribute to global health education

How to apply:

The University of Global Health Equity (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 a decade.

The University launched in Rwanda in September 2015 with its flagship degree program, the Master of Science in Global Health Delivery (MGHD). Further degrees are planned to launch in the coming years, including an undergraduate joint medical-MGHD program. These degrees align closely with UGHE’s vision of training future leaders with expertise in health care delivery. UGHE also offers executive education programs to train expert practitioners from around the world.

Members of the UGHE community are tenacious and resolute in our 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 we 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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