Internal Medicine & NCD Lead

Liberia Maryland, Liberia


Description

 

Job title:                                Internal Medicine and NCD Lead

Reports to:                           Director of Clinical Services, Maryland County

Location:                               Harper, Maryland County Liberia 

 

 Organizational Profile:

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with ministries of health to build local and national clinical capacity, and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality healthcare, address the root causes of disease, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global healthcare policy change. 

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we also support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Partners In Health/Liberia (PIH-LIB) is a Harvard-affiliated international NGO that has partnered with the Government of Liberia to strengthen health systems since 2014. PIH/LIB works in close collaboration with the Government of Liberia to strengthen the public-sector health systems and to scale up innovative health care delivery models at community, district and national level.

Partners In Health (PIH) is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee. It is the policy of PIH not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. PIH works in and with a number of governments in and outside the U.S., and to the extent applicable, this statement is intended to incorporate the prohibition of any unlawful discrimination covered by applicable laws in such countries, states and municipalities. 

Position Overview and General Responsibilities:

The Internal Medicine and NCD Lead will be responsible for leading and managing PIH’s NCD Program and Department of Internal Medicine. PIH has been working closely with the Ministry of Health’s NCD division since its inception in 2016. PIH, along with the public-sector facility, JJ Dossen Hospital, is piloting Liberia’s first official NCD clinic in Harper City. The NCD Lead is responsible for managing the strategic planning, trainings, and delivery of NCD care in Maryland County. S/he will also work closely with the Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission in Liberia which was launched in early 2017. In addition to NCD work,  S/he will oversee and lead the strategic planning of PIH’s internal medicine department which includes but not limited to leading medical education programs for IM residents and medical students, providing direct patient care alongside the Ministry of Health clinical staff at JJ Dossen Hospital and Pleebo Health Center, conduct trainings and educational seminars on IM diseases, and assisting with writing and management of grants related to NCD and internal medicine programs. S/he will be responsible for working in close coordination with the Ministry of Health and Maryland County Health Team, specially the medical director of JJD as well as PIH’s Monitoring and Evaluation, Community Health, Research, and Nursing Departments.
 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategic planning for the Department of Internal Medicine
  • Manage and carry out the work plans for the Department of Internal Medicine
  • Attend morning clinical rounds at JJ Dossen Hospital with site visits to Pleebo Health Center and eventually Karloken Health Center
  • Mentor MOH clinicians, internal/family medicine residents, medical students, physician assistants and nurses during morning rounds
  • Create internal medicine medical education seminars for MOH staff, residents, medical students and nurses and physician assistants
  • Provide technical assistance with grant writing and grant management on IM and NCD related grant opportunities and projects
  • Provide clinical expertise both local and central level MOH meetings and technical working groups related to Internal Medicine topics and NCDs.
  • Work in close coordination with the Ministry of Health staff who work on the adult medical and surgical wards to create and follow internal medicine protocols and perform quality improvement projects
  • Provide management and strategic planning on NCD programming
  • Oversee all NCD related grants
  • Attend and provide direct mentorship to NCD staff during NCD clinic
  • Create NCD lectures to provide to MOH and PIH staff at JJ Dossen and Pleebo Health Center
  • Represent PIH-Liberia as co-chair of the Liberia NCDI Commission, attending all meetings
  • Work with pharmacy and clinical ops in the forecasting and procurement of essential NCD drugs
  • Work with M&E team to track, monitor, and analyze key indicators of NCD program
  • Attend NCD national and local working group meetings
  • Represent PIH-Liberia with the NCDI Lancet Commission
  • Track and manage NCD project milestones and deliverables, ensuring that goals and deliverables are met.
  • Effectively communicate NCD and Internal Medicine project expectations to team members and senior management.
  • Coordinate Internal Medicine and NCD academic conferences, lecture series, and journal clubs
  • Assist the clinical team in developing CME program at JJ Dossen Hospital and Pleebo Health Center.
  • Perform guest lectures and clinical education classes at Tubman University.
  • Assist M&E program with data analysis and dissemination of information.

Qualifications:

Mandatory

  • Medical Doctor Degree required with Board Certification in Internal Medicine.
  • At least 4 years experience of practice of internal medicine or 2 years managing an internal medicine service as a preceptor.
  • 3-5 years of experience in medical education mentoring, and training healthcare providers (including residents, interns, PAs and Nurses)
  • Proof of background in implementation research including quality improvement and programmatic M&E monitoring
  • Willingness to work and live in a rural setting in Liberia.
  • Professional fluency in English required.
  • Ability to work in multi-cultural setting

Additionnal

  • Background in leadership and management .
  • Experience in grant writing and management.
  • Masters of Public Health preferred.
  • Experience working in public health system, Ministry of Health systems
  • Substantive experience in global health.
  • Self-driven, confident and articulate with the ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with professionals at all levels in diverse settings; must be flexible, reliable, responsive, and resourceful.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks, work under pressure, and meet deadlines.
  • Comfort working in teams as well as acting independently.

Commitment to Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Sexual Harassment:

At Partners in Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partner in Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner in Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.