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Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Educators

May 19th, 2015

Terms of Reference for Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Educators

The Department of Biomedical Laboratory Sciences (BLS) at University of Rwanda (UR), College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS), School of Health Sciences (SHS) will train medical laboratory students working towards a Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. Currently, the BLS Department is in the process of introducing a Master’s degree program in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. The School of Health Sciences is recruiting three faculty members to serve as Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Educators (BLSE), whose main focus will be to assist the BLS faculty with curriculum development and delivery.

The main responsibilities of the Biomedical Laboratory Sciences Educators include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist BLS faculty in developing course materials (including lectures and assessment tools) for modules for the Master in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences program
  • Assist the BLS faculty in delivering theoretical, practical, and clinical instruction to students within different programs in the BLS Department (Advanced Diploma, Bachelors, and Masters programs) and via various teaching environments (in person classroom and online settings)
  • Deliver faculty development courses in SHS as needed
  • Mentor faculty members at the SHS in Advanced Diploma, Bachelors and Master’s degree programs as needed
  • Advise on the development of clear educational pathways for the BLS program
  • Promote research activities in BLS department
  • Promote evidence-based practices in collaboration with the Rwandan faculty
  • In particular assist in delivering the following modules: Hematology, Parasitology
    Histotechnology & Cytopathology, Integrated Pathophysiology, Clinical Lab Practice, and Dissertation Research
  • Collaborate with the Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council to ensure that the BLS curriculum supports the approved scope of practice
  • Provide any other technical assistance to colleagues at the CMHS and at the Ministry of Health in implementing innovation in medical laboratory services
    Any other tasks as may be required by the Dean of SHS or the Principal of CMHS
  • Provide a monthly and quarterly progress report on goals set with his/her twin(s). Each BLSE will be assigned a Rwandan counterpart who will work alongside the BLSE in fulfilling the responsibilities outlined above. Goals will be co-developed with the BLSE’s twin and the BLSE’s Rwandan supervisor (the Dean of the SHS).

Essential qualifications:

  • PhD in one or more of the biomedical laboratory sciences areas: Clinical Chemistry, Cytopathology and Histotechnology, Hematology and Immunohematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Parasitology, and other related fields
  • Minimum of three years teaching experience
  • Experience in curriculum development and applying for scholarships and grants
  • Team player and leader with expertise in BLS higher education
  • Management style that is inclusive and collaborative
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willing and able to live in Rwanda for one year (with a minimum stay of six consecutive months)
  • Respect for the experience and expertise of colleagues working in Rwanda
    Commitment to the goals of the Rwanda Ministry of Health and the CMHS
  • Fluent in English

Preferred qualifications:

  • International development experience
  • French or Kinyarwanda language skills

 

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