GENERAL DESCRIPTION: Under general supervision of the Medical Director of The Aslan Project and in collaboration with the Executive Director of The Aslan Project and the management team at Jimma University Medical Center (JUMC), the Clinical Director will: (a) oversee the provision of clinical care for the pediatric hematology/oncology unit at JUMC; (b) coordinate and assist with the provision of academic instruction for a fellowship training program in pediatric hematology/oncology offered through the Jimma University College of Health Sciences; (c) share in the administrative functions that directly impact medical services on the pediatric hematology/oncology unit; and (d) collaborate with The Aslan Project and JUMC management teams in overall planning and budget activities. The Clinical Director will ensure the on-going development and implementation of the pediatric hematology/oncology program and delivery of medical care meet appropriate standards of clinical, supportive, and palliative care in consideration of the sub-Saharan context.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Jimma is located 352km southwest of Addis Ababa and serves a catchment population of approximately 15 million. The local population is 207,000. The pediatric hematology/oncology program began May 2016 and is sited in a newly constructed hospital on the grounds of Jimma University (42,000 students), among the highest-rated universities in Ethiopia. The pediatric hematology/oncology unit has 24 beds, modern outpatient facilities, and pediatric oncology nurses and pharmacists trained in care of children with cancer.
The program is supported and directed by The Aslan Project, a US-based non-profit organization that promotes equitable pediatric and adolescent cancer treatment by building sustainable and locally supported health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). To address inequalities of care, it collaborates with national governments and partners with major hospitals and academic institutions within LMICs to train local medical professionals to recognize pediatric and adolescent cancers early, diagnose them accurately, and treat them effectively using affordable drugs and internationally recognized treatment guidelines for resource-constrained settings. The Aslan Project Medical Advisory Board consists of five US/Canada-based pediatric hematologist/oncologists and a senior nurse educator with extensive experience in international pediatric hematology/oncology nursing and pharmacy training, who advise and assist in all aspects of the program. In addition to the onsite staff, training is conducted by the six Medical Advisory Board members and short-term visiting international pediatric hematology/oncologists, nurses, and pharmacists who provide on-site academic and clinical instruction, as well as a tele-lecture series, based on approved curricula. A twice-monthly online tumor board is also in place with cases prepared and presented by the fellows.
PAY AND BENEFITS: This is a salaried position and includes yearly airfare to and from Ethiopia, local housing, and four weeks paid leave per annum. Attendance at one mutually agreed upon international conference per annum also provided. Salary available upon request.
TERM/START DATE: Preferred minimum term of one year (renewable) to begin January 15, 2018.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Applicants should submit a 1-page letter describing their experience and interest in the position, a CV, and names and contact information of two professional references to Julie Broas, Executive Director of The Aslan Project, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: English-speaking Board-eligible or Board-certified pediatric hematologist/oncologist with an interest in teaching and mentorship and a commitment to social justice and global health. Clinical teaching and experience working in an LMIC is desirable.
Our program, which incorporates elements from models that have had success in the developing world, is designed by our world-class Medical Advisory Team. We ensure that local caregivers in developing countries have the training and tools they need to heal children with cancer. We provide for doctors in low-income countries to be trained at their home hospital, online, and abroad in centers of exc...ellence by some of the world’s leading pediatric cancer experts. Beyond the physicians, we make sure that the other people that are key to effective cancer care—pathologists, pharmacists, nurses, etc.—all receive the training they need to care for children with cancer. The tools we provide are medical supplies, medications, and family support. We work together with local partners to ensure that these essential components can be sustained into the future.