Position: Pediatric Development Clinic Manager
Reports to: Director of Maternal and Child Health
Site: Rwinkwavu, with frequent travel to Kirehe
The Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) that provides medical, nutritional, and developmental care to high-risk infants, primarily those born preterm, low birth weight, or with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy who are referred from hospital neonatal units to the PDC for follow-up. The PDC is run by nurses and social workers and there are currently PDCs operating at 2 hospitals and 6 health centers in Kayonza and Kirehe Districts. The PDC Manager will work under the supervision of the Director of Maternal and Child Health Program and will oversee the management of the PDC program in Kayonza and Kirehe Districts.
The PDC Manager will have responsibility for overseeing all aspects of PDC implementation and supporting the clinic to continuously improve the quality of care provided to children and their families. The PDC Manager will work closely with the MCH and Nutrition teams, including working closely with pediatricians, PDC advisors, and other staff at IMB for the successful implementation of PDC activities.
The PDC Manager will oversee PDC activities in the following areas:
Program Management and Leadership
Work closely with IMB District Clinical Director and IMB District Program Directors to liaise with Director Generals of hospitals, titulaires from health centers, and the district authorities on all high-level aspects of the PDC including plans for decentralization, expansion, staffing issues, etc.
Collaborate with the MCH Director to provide routine updates about the PDC to the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and MOH to inform national strategies for follow-up of high-risk newborns, and support dissemination of PDC activities to other relevant groups such as the National Early Childhood Development Program (NECDP)
Manage budget for PDC-related activities to avoid over and under spending
Provide key reports and plans quarterly including training plans, procurement plans, and M&E indicator reporting for the PDC
Draft reports as required such as progress reports for donors, training reports, district update reports, and reports as requested by the MCH Director
Maintain PDC program records, including updated clinical protocols, medical record forms, job aids, training materials, programmatic updates.
Collaborate with IMB supporting programs such as HIS (M&E and EMR), Procurement and Supply Chain, Finance, Department of Medical Education and Training, and others PDC related activities.
Coordinate routine calls among PDC advisors in Rwanda and Boston
Quality of PDC Care
Routinely visit all health center and hospital PDCs to provide mentorship and monitoring quality of care provision to inform programmatic interventions and continuous improvement of the overall PDC program to meet the needs of patients
Hold regular PDC Task Force meetings with hospital teams to discuss cross-cutting issues identified during mentorship and care delivery
Develop and conduct trainings for PDC teams as needed on PDC protocol or related topics, collaborating closely with the PDC advisory team
Support PDC teams to develop, implement and monitor QI projects
Coordinate with other IMB teams (such as Nutrition, Right to Health Care, Program on Social and Economic Rights, Pharmacy and Supply Chain, etc.) to ensure well coordinated care and referrals for additional treatment or social support for children as needed
Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
Work closely with the EMR team to best leverage the EMR to support quality care delivery including routine data monitoring and feedback to PDC Mentors, improvements in EMR alert and appointment systems, periodic assessments of data quality, and changes to the EMR overtime based on changing clinic forms and processes
Oversee all routine and research data collection activities for PDC including permissions from hospital leadership, coordination of data collection, collaboration with data analysts, and ensure that all research is within the approved RNEC protocol
Manage all amendments and annual renewals for the PDC protocol under RNEC
A0/Bachelor level clinical degree required (strong preference for nursing or midwifery)
Master’s in public health or related field a plus
Clinical experience in neonatal/newborn care either through maternity or pediatric/neonatal ward assignments
Experience with data interpretation, collection and usage either through academic, quality improvement, or research experience
Experience with facilitation, training, and mentorship (rather than direct clinical practice only)
Some prior management experience is desirable (ie. leadership in hospital/health center staff, project management experience, etc)
Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English required
Passion for working with infants and children, and their families
Willingness to live and work in rural areas, with frequent travel to health facilities
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