University of Washington School of Public Health
Program Manager - Brigham and Women’s Hospital - Division of Global Health Equity
Closing Date: July 31, 2017
Posted: March 9, 2017
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PROGRAM MANAGER / 40 HOURS / DAY / BWH - GLOBAL HEALTH EQUITY - (3034892)
The Division of Global Health Equity (DGHE) fosters the support and coordination of training, research, and service to reduce disparities in disease burden and to improve treatment outcomes both at home and abroad. The Division focuses on infectious diseases (e.g., HIV and tuberculosis) as well as non-infectious diseases (e.g., coronary artery disease, diabetes, addiction) and other health problems (that disproportionately affect populations in the developing world) of major importance to society.
The Resilient and Responsive Health Systems Initiative: Liberia (RRHS) is part of the Government of Liberia’s National Health Workforce Program (HWP) – a seven year initiative designed to increase the quantity and diversity of the national health workforce and improve access to safe and quality health services by 2022. Brigham and Women’s Hospital leads a consortium of partners—New York University, Yale University, and Partners In Health—to support the successful implementation of Liberia’s HWP by recruiting visiting faculty to support the development of the country’s health education system as local educators are produced and mentored.
To help Liberia build a skilled fit-for-purpose-and-practice health workforce, this consortium will lead activities that support the development of sustainable, high-quality training programs for physicians, nurses, midwives, and health managers. In line with Liberia’s HWP, the aim of this program is to scale up and improve the quality of targeted training programs. Activities will target key Liberia academic institutions and teaching hospitals and will build upon and expand the activities initiated by the HWP.
In Liberia, BWH will support the HWP’s Visiting Faculty Secretariat (VFS), a governance body housed within the Liberia College of Physicians Surgeons (LCPS) that has been tasked with overseeing HWP visiting faculty recruitment and management, to develop critical recruitment and logistics policies and procedures, contracting practices, and orientation materials. Through the provision of targeted technical assistance to the Visiting Faculty Secretariat, BWH will ensure that:
- a robust faculty selection criteria is developed and implemented;
- a high-quality annual orientations on the country context, roles, and responsibilities, effective mentorship, safety and security issues, and research considerations are provided to visiting faculty;
- a monitoring and reporting mechanism within the Visiting Faculty Secretariat is developed and institutionalized to assess the impact of visiting faculty on the overall goals of the HWP;
- a yearly sustainability meeting is organized each year in Liberia and a Sustainability Committee is established (with Liberian academic leaders, as well as coordinators from the US academic institutions participating in the HWP) to ensure that the resources and expertise of the US academic institutions are leveraged to achieve sustainability; and
- Liberia is enabled to leverage ongoing lessons learned from Rwanda, as well as across the academic institutions recruiting faculty to Liberia.
The Program Manager will be deployed to Liberia to work closely with the LCPS leadership to improve management of the Health Workforce Program. The Program Manager will be responsible for organizing a yearly orientation for the US faculty deployed to Liberia, establishing twinning programs between Liberia and US faculty that foster mutual career development and catalyze new academic collaborations, for streamlining communication across a large number of Liberia and US partners, for organizing a yearly evaluation and strategic planning workshop for the Health Workforce Program and for the RRHS grant, tracking progress and implementing quality improvement projects, and for writing yearly reports. The Program Manager will be based full-time in Liberia for the first two years, then move back to United States, participate at 50% effort in Year 3 and Year 4, and at 20% effort in Year 5. When based in the United States, the Program manager will travel up to two times per year back to Liberia.
The Program Manager will work under the supervision of Dr. Corrado Cancedda and will be seconded to the VFS in Liberia.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Program Manager will be responsible for the following activities:
- Work closely with the LCPS leadership to improve management of the Health Workforce Program
- Organize a yearly orientation for the US faculty deployed to Liberia
- Establish twinning programs between Liberia and US faculty that foster mutual career development and catalyze new academic collaborations
- Streamline communication across a large number of Liberia and US partners
- Organize a yearly evaluation and strategic planning workshop for the Health Workforce Program and for the RRHS grant
- Tracking progress and implementing quality improvement projects, and for writing yearly reports
- Organizing and coordinating the activities of the RRHS partners in Liberia including: contracting and administrative requirements of the grant agreement; substantive grant operations, analytics and oversight, reporting on grant results and status, coordinating the dissemination of program information to program partners and/or stakeholders
- Twinning with the LCPS VFS Program Manager with the goal of building local management capacity and infrastructure including providing direct supervision of the seconded BWH M&E manager and the LCPS M&E manager while building a supportive team environment; responsible for performance evaluation and discipline of staff in collaboration with Academic Consortium Coordinator
- Independently coordinating qualitative and quantitative data collection with M&E Managers in a timely and ethical manner, and ensuring quality control over program data
- Participate in and support the technical working groups for the health professional cadres in the HWP including disseminating meetings materials, and drafting correspondence to relevant stakeholders that result from the discussions held at these meetings
- Coordinating communications and collaboration with all partners and other stakeholders engaged in the HWP to ensure strong engagement as well as synergy. This includes facilitating and participating in meetings and calls routinely throughout the course of the program to ensure communication of program progress and outcomes with local and external stakeholders.
- Participate in monthly coordination meetings with the RRHS team and produce reports and updates on program progress.
- Assisting with finance and accounting oversight of RRHS funds. Monitoring program funds and ensuring accurate reporting and invoicing in coordination with BWH Administrative Staff
- Ensuring transparency, ethical conduct, and timely execution of all program activities working closely with managers and diverse stakeholders
- Overseeing and ensuring timely implementation of the RRHS work plan and activities
- Ensuring a robust faculty selection criterion is developed and implemented
- Managing high-quality annual orientations for visiting faculty about the country context,