Quality Improvement Coordinator, Newborn Essential Solutions & Technologies (NEST360)

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Job Description

The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, at Rice University, through its innovative research and education programs develops highly effective, low-cost technology solutions that address critical healthcare challenges in low-resource communities, as well as a cadre of future leaders to continue to innovate and implement solutions. The Neonatal Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) initiative led by Rice 360° has developed a program model to sustainably deploy a bundle of technologies to enable quality, comprehensive newborn care in hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa. In partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa, Rice 360° has launched the NEST program Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

Rice 360° is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of  NEST central quality improvement (QI) coordinator.   The NEST central QI coordinator, under the supervision of the NEST international programs director and Rice 360° faculty co-directors and NEST360 co-PIs Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, will provide high-level coordination and tracking of the implementation of NEST360 program QI tools. The NEST central QI coordinator, to be based in Malawi or Tanzania, will: coordinate refinement of QI tools; liaise with NEST360 partner London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and NEST360 country teams for scheduling and needed preparations prior to each QI site visit; facilitate prompt QI data entry and feedback to country teams; assist with tracking progress against timelines and milestones; and contribute to periodic technical reporting to granting agencies and sponsors. She/he will provide NEST360 Co-PIs and country teams in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria the project management support and guidance they need to ensure accomplishment of all NEST360 QI activities in line with critical timelines and deadlines.

The ideal candidate has significant project management experience—preferably within global health and international development in Africa and/or maternal, neonatal and child health programs—, with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in successfully managing a multi-sector project with academic, government and private sector partners and is willing and able to travel within and across NEST implementation countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

About the Organization

The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, at Rice University, offers innovative research & education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve real global health challenges. Through a Global Health Technologies curriculum, international summer internships, and post-baccalaureate fellowships, these early stage technologies are prototyped, evaluated, refined, deployed and scaled across the world. Rice 360° has become a leader in global health and technology education, research and implementation, focused on experiential and problem-based learning, and recognized as a model of excellence by Science magazine and the US National Academy of Engineering. Rice 360° works closely with research project and educational program partners in the developing world, collaborators within Rice, the Texas Medical Center and other educational and medical institutions in the U.S. and across the globe. Rice 360° is headquartered in Houston, TX, and has staff permanently located in Blantyre, Malawi to support partnerships with the Malawi Polytechnic, the Malawi College of Medicine and a long-standing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital. The Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies (NEST360) program led by Rice 360° is an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff, in partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa. The first phase of the project will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

To apply for this job please visit www.rice360.rice.edu .

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