Monday, February 15, 2016

Medical Doctor as Teaching Coordinator for Clinical Practitioners in Zambia

SolidarMed is an established yet innovative Swiss NGO focusing on health in Africa. The aim of our work is to improve health in rural areas of the poorest countries in Africa. As a response to the shortage of doctors in rural areas of Zambia, SolidarMed has, since 2009, supported the Zambian National training program for Clinical Practitioners, who are called “Medical Licentiates (ML)” in Zambia.
Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka is SolidarMed’s main partner for this programme.
In 2013/14, the training for Medical Licentiates was upgraded and accredited as a Bachelor level programme (BSc CS) under the auspices of the University of Zambia – School of Medicine. Training cycles are divided into on-site theoretical courses and extensive clinical rotations at accredited General Hospitals, mostly in rural areas of Zambia. An e-learning platform is under development to support the practical training.
To achieve its aim of delivering high quality training, Chainama College of Health Sciences seeks to further strengthen the learning infrastructure by expanding the e-learning component as well as the teaching and coordinating capacity of the Medical Licentiate Department with support from SolidarMed. This position is an exciting opportunity for an experienced medical doctor/ clinical lecturer with an interest in capacity-building and teaching both at the college and the practical training sites.
Ideally the position should be filled by a medical specialist in Paediatrics or Obstetrics & Gynaecology.
Key tasks and responsibilities will be:
· Strengthening the teaching capacity at Chainama College of Health Sciences, especially in view of e-learning tools
· Support the consultants at practical training sites to plan, structure and improve their teaching
· Support the Medical Licentiate Department in developing and using quality assurance tools
· Professional use of Project-Cycle-Management tools (planning, reporting etc.)
· Contribute to the development of an operational research agenda
To best fit into our team with flat hierarchies, we are looking for a candidate with the following qualifications:
· Medical Doctor, preferably specialized in Paediatrics or Obstetrics & Gynaecology
· Teaching experience in degree level courses and e-based learning
· Clinical work experience in Africa would be an asset
· Competence, experience and interest in supervision and interaction with students and clinical instructors
· Intercultural sensitivity, good communication skills and a high degree of social competence
· Hands-on, pro-active personality, able to develop initiatives
· Fluency in English (good writing skills necessary)
Place of assignment: Chainama College of Health Sciences, Lusaka, Zambia – with expected extensive travel to practical training sites
We offer: A state of the art project with exciting implementation possibilities, an attractive benefit package according to Swiss standards, free housing, professional development opportunities and stimulating linkages with National and International competence networks. Family posting possible.
Employment: 100% (full-time).
Contract duration: Until end of 2018
Starting date: As soon as possible
Further information: contact Martina Weber at

· Send a CV with three references and a short covering letter to
· Please mention “Teaching Coordinator CCHS” as reference in the subject-line of the email and on your application documents.
· SolidarMed accepts electronic applications only; we kindly ask to not send duplicate hard-copies by post.
· Please note that SolidarMed will only contact shortlisted candidates.
· As an equal opportunities employer, SolidarMed encourages applications from women.


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