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 (NEST 360°) 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 NEST program in Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.
Rice 360° is currently seeking a qualified candidate for the position of NEST international programs director. The NEST international programs director, under the supervision of the Rice 360° executive director and the faculty directors Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Dr. Maria Oden, will serve as a team leader for the NEST360° international research project and in-country implementation program efforts being implemented in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. The NEST international programs director, based in Blantyre, Malawi, will: serve as the primary representative of Rice 360° for NEST360° in sub-Saharan Africa; work in tandem with NEST360° initiative leadership and in-country partners to ensure successful execution of the NEST360° research project; provide high-level oversight and tracking of the implementation of the NEST programs in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria against timelines and milestones; provide Rice 360° country directors, who serve as NEST360° country liaisons, guidance to ensure accomplishment of all NEST360° activities in line with critical timelines and deadlines; contribute to periodic technical and financial reporting to granting agencies and sponsors; and ensure that all activities are in line with the Rice University and Rice 360° mission, policies, principles and operating practices. She/he will have extensive interaction with external stakeholders, including NEST partner organization representatives in each country of work, non-governmental organizations, private industry partners, the U.S. government and African government agencies.
The ideal candidate has extensive experience managing large-scale integrated programs for healthcare in the developing world and/or health technology design for low resource settings—preferably focused on maternal, neonatal and child healthcare within Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania and/or Nigeria—, with a record of demonstrated leadership and accomplishment on a grant funded, multi-sector project with academic, government and private sector partners, experience working in a multi-cultural environment and is willing and able to live Blantyre, Malawi and travel internationally, particularly across sub-Saharan Africa.
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About Rice University, Rice 360 Institute for Global Health
The Rice 360° Institute for Global Health, at Rice University, offers innovative research & education programs to design and implement new technologies to solve real global health challenges.
Through a Global Health Technologies curriculum, international summer internships, and post-baccalaureate fellowships, these early stage technologies are prototyped, evaluated, refined, deployed and scaled across the world. Rice 360° has become a leader in global health and technology education, research and implementation, focused on experiential and problem-based learning, and recognized as a model of excellence by Science magazine and the US National Academy of Engineering.
Rice 360° works closely with research project and educational program partners in the developing world, collaborators within Rice, the Texas Medical Center and other educational and medical institutions in the U.S. and across the globe. Rice 360° is headquartered in Houston, TX, and has staff permanently located in Blantyre, Malawi to support partnerships with the Malawi Polytechnic, the Malawi College of Medicine and a long-standing relationship with the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
The Newborn Essential... Solutions and Technologies (NEST360°) program led by Rice 360° is an eight-year initiative to enable African hospitals to provide comprehensive newborn care and to establish a pipeline of local innovators, technicians and medical staff, in partnership with an international group of engineers, physicians, health experts and entrepreneurs from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Sub-Sahara Africa. The first phase of the project will focus on Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.