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Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) Quality Improvement Coordinator

Organization Name: Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima
Location: Rwinkwavu, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwanda
Role Code: R05-Nat

Role Overview

The Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) is a novel program in Rwanda and the region. While efforts over the past several years have focused on building staff skills and increasing confidence in the delivery of PDC clinical care, more is needed for systems-focused quality improvement (QI) to ensure the best quality of care from the PDC.

The PDC Quality Improvement Coordinator will work closely with PDC teams at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) to identify opportunities for quality improvement and help to establish systems for the routine monitoring and use of data within the PDC clinic. They will be responsible for leading the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of PDC quality improvement projects at local health centers and district hospitals in order to improve the care provided to PDC patients. They will regularly disseminate findings to key stakeholders across PIH/IMB and district-level MOH staff. The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the PDC Program Manager and collaborate closely with members of the Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Integrated Non-Communicable Disease (INCD), Mentorship and Quality Improvement (MESH-QI), and Health Information System (HIS) teams at PIH/IMB, as well as Ministry of Health (MOH) staff.

Responsibilities

  • Collect, summarize, and interpret data related to QI projects currently under implementation
  • Leverage findings from QI projects to support program enhancements and a larger growth strategy for the PDCs
  • Support the PDC program in any required duty around QI and the use of routine monitoring and evaluation data from paper files and electronic medical records
  • Regularly travel to health centers and the two district hospitals for QI coaching visits and monitoring QI data
  • Participate in PDC Task Force meetings in both districts for discussion and dissemination of QI efforts; attend other coordination meetings where PDC is discussed

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
 
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Strong skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis*
  • Demonstrated experience with quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and/or research projects, ideally for at least one year*
  • Experience with data visualization using a tool like Microsoft Excel or Tableau*
  • Working proficiency in Kinyarwanda*
  • Working proficiency in French
  • Prior experience working with children or families in the areas of health, nutrition, education, or early childhood development
  • Prior experience in developing and implementing data collection tools for quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, or research
  • Experience delivering presentations, facilitating groups, or otherwise speaking publicly
  •  Skilled in the use of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Good attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated maturity and good judgment
  • Experience working with a multidisciplinary team to achieve shared goals and objectives
  • Flexibility for regular travel to remote health centers in rural communities, which require overnight stays at different PIH sites and shared living spaces

About the Organization

Partners In Health, headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy, and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH operates sites for clinical care, research, and training in 10 countries (Haiti, Peru, Russia, Boston, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic).

In 2005, PIH was invited by the Rwandan Government to begin working in Rwanda, and PIH’s local sister organization Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB) was created. Today, PIH/IMB works with the Ministry of Health (MOH) in three rural districts (Kayonza, Kirehe, and Burera), with a total catchment area of 900,000 people, to deliver high quality healthcare at three district hospitals and 43 health centers, and at the community level through more than 4,000 community health workers. PIH/IMB partners with the Government of Rwanda (GOR) to deliver dramatic gains in population health, equity, and prosperity in previously underserved rural communities.

Since 2014, we have delivered a medical home model of follow-up services for high-risk newborns discharged from hospital neonatal units, known as the Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC). The PDC is the only structured follow-up model in Rwanda for children born premature, at low birth weight, with perinatal brain injury, or other conditions requiring routine check-ups to identify and prevent medical, nutritional, and developmental issues through early intervention. The PDC clinics are currently established at two district hospitals and six health centers in Kayonza and Kirehe Districts, and are embedded into the Ministry of Health’s Non-Communicable Diseases clinics which provide a structure for chronic care. The PDC is run by an interdisciplinary team of nurses and social workers, with regular support from a supervising general practitioner and PIH/IMB technical staff including nutritionists, pediatricians, and early childhood development specialists. Care is delivered using structured protocols to assess a child’s medical, nutritional, and developmental status during routine visits.

Role Function: Data Analysis / Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation / Quality Improvement
Issue Area: Maternal and Child Health, Primary Health Care

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