Oxygen Training Program Implementation Coordinator

Build Health International

Build health

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About BHI: Founded in 2014, Build Health International is a nonprofit organization that designs and builds dignified and affordable healthcare for all. BHI is a dynamic organization that is growing rapidly to address unmet needs for health facility improvements in response to COVID-19 and other pressing public health challenges. BHI’s Medical Oxygen program builds on its unique expertise in the construction and repair of hospitals, clinics, and other health infrastructure in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). COVID-19 has promoted a phase of rapid and substantial growth for BHI’s medical oxygen program.

 

About the Role: BHI is looking for a motivated, organized, and mission-driven candidate to serve as the Oxygen Training Program Implementation Coordinator (Program Coordinator). Working in close coordination with the Director of Medical Oxygen Education and Training and the Oxygen and Biomedical Training Program Manager, the Program Coordinator will engage with the BHI oxygen team and its partners to prepare, administer, and implement medical oxygen training for senior managers, engineers, and technicians, with current efforts focused on sub-Saharan Africa and potential opportunities in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia. 

The Program Coordinator will be expected to travel extensively with BHI’s medical oxygen training team to ensure efficient and high-quality implementation of in-person trainings by providing operational support. The primary responsibilities of this position include management of in-country operations support during training including logistics, procurement, travel and transport, and financial management, as well as support to communications and basic monitoring and evaluation.

The core competencies of this position are international program administration (with a focus on Africa), grant-funded project management, and nonprofit operations management including basic finance and logistics. The Program Coordinator will be a member of the BHI Oxygen Team and will work closely with BHI colleagues in finance, communications, supply chain, and IT.

The ideal candidate will have international program implementation experience – experience with pre-service or in-service training in Africa is preferred, as well as strong managerial and administrative skills, proven attention to detail, an organized approach to work, and an action orientation. Success in this role requires a strong willingness to learn, a sense of urgency, and a commitment to delivering quality training and increasing access to medical oxygen.

This position can be fully remote or based in BHI’s U.S. office in Beverly, Massachusetts International candidates with program management experience in Africa are strongly encouraged to apply. Considerable international travel (at least 50% of the time) is expected.

BHI Medical Oxygen Program: Since the construction of Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM) in Haiti over a decade ago, the BHI team has been active in the design, installation, repair, and maintenance of PSA plants. BHI has expanded its medical oxygen practice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic through:

  1. Advisory: advising Ministries of Health on the procurement of PSA plants in partnership with the Global Fund,
  2. Coordination: coordination and technical support to the international community,
  3. Find & Fix: onsite assessment and repair of PSA plants in partnership with major global organizations such as CHAI, PATH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Skoll Foundation,
  4. Facilities Upgrades: hospital facility infrastructure improvements to support medical oxygen delivery systems including installing oxygen piping and strengthening electrical systems, and
  5. Training: training senior leadership to ensure the sustainable management of medical oxygen systems and training biomedical technicians and hospital maintenance staff to repair and maintain PSA plants and oxygen delivery systems. BHI is also in the process of establishing a Biomedical Engineering Training Center of Excellence in Rwanda.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Program Coordination and Management: Provide managerial support from BHI’s Beverly office to ensure the effective implementation of training in multiple countries. Engage in scheduling, staffing, budgeting and financial management, communications, travel, and procurement with support from relevant professionals and departments within BHI.
  • Logistics and Procurement: Prepare and oversee logistical and procurement requirements for onsite oxygen trainings including organizing training venues, customs clearance of donated tools and other training items, in-country procurement, and printing.
  • Travel and Transportation: Manage in-country travel and transport for the BHI team members including air, ground transport, lodging, and tracking visa information in coordination with the BHI travel team. 
  • Financial Management: Support the training team during onsite training with cash management and expense tracking. Financial management will be conducted in close coordination with oxygen team senior management and with BHI’s finance team.
  • Communications: Support the Medical Oxygen Content Development Manager and external relations team with communications initiatives including communications (including photo, video, and sourcing quotes for press releases).
  • Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E): Onsite management of training program data including tracking of hard copies of attendance sheets and completed tests as well as ensuring correct entry of the related program data.
  • Stakeholder Relations: With support from senior management, coordinate with in-country partners to ensure effective implementation of training including representatives of Ministries of Health and international organizations such as WHO, UNICEF, Partners in Health, CHAI, and Path, and Partners In Health.
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Qualifications: 

  • Experience: Two to three years of relevant international program management experience. Experience administering training in sub-Saharan Africa preferred.
  • Education:Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in public health, public administration, international relations, or related field
  • Language: Strong written and verbal professional communication skills in English. French language skills desired. Candidates with stronger language skills in French than in English are welcome to apply due to the high volume of work opportunities in francophone Africa. 
  • Communications: Experience with and interest in communications including still photography and video and audio recording and editing not required though encouraged.
  • Travel: Expectation to travel at least 50% of the time to support training programming in a wide variety of sites and infrastructure conditions, with a primary focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
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Compensation: Competitive base salary commensurate with experience.

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