May 11, 2021

Newborn Essential Solutions & Technologies (NEST360) Quality Improvement Coordinator

$44,000 - $55,000 yearly
  • Rice University
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania or Blantyre, Malawi
Full-Time Administration/Operations Data/Analysis Sustainability

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 NEST360 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 Tanzania or Malawi, 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.

Hiring Organization

Rice University, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health


Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree

Concentration / Degree Type: Any

Substitution for Education Requirement: Experience may not be substituted for education requirement

Education Preferred:  A Master’s degree or higher in international development, public health, engineering, science, business or other relevant field of study.

Experience Required: 3 years

Type of Experience: Three (3) years or more of project management experience, with progressively responsible work experience and demonstrated strong project management and coordinating skills

Substitution for Education Requirement: Education may not be substituted for years of experience

Experience Preferred:

  • Experience with multi-sector international development programs/projects
  • Experience in support of grant-funded programs/projects
  • Experience in support of large-scale integrated programs/projects in the areas of maternal and neonatal health and/or medical technologies for low resource settings
  • Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, preferably in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and/or Nigeria

Skills Required:

  • Ability to develop and initiate new strategies
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and manage projects simultaneously
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines and schedules
  • Adept at problem solving, creating contingency plans and handling issues when necessary
  • Strong client service orientation and attention to detail
  • Ability to develop complex or multiple program partnerships and funding sources
  • Ability to oversee and direct staff
  • Knowledge of managing budgets and developing financial plans

Skills Preferred

  • High proficiency and comprehensive knowledge of project management, including the proven ability to predict and evaluate potential risks and to create solutions before they arise
  • Ability to effectively work in a team environment, with active participation, follow-through and excellent interpersonal, collaboration, and negotiation skills
  • Excellent coordination skills, with proven ability to motivate and coordinate effectively with diverse individuals and stakeholders to achieve results
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and high comfort level making independent decisions
  • Ability to work under deadline with flexibility, tact, good judgment, discretion, and take initiative
  • Excellent cross-cultural skills, with demonstrated sensitivity to low resource settings
  • Knowledge of Smartsheet, project management software
  • Fluency in English
  • Must demonstrate support for Rice 360° Core Values: Innovation, Equity, Community, Integrity, Accountability, Empowerment and Transformation

Industry/Service Area

Healthcare, Research, Science/Technology



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