Village Health Works


Village Health Works’ mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect.

Head of Emergency Medicine Services

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Village Health Works (VHW) is a joint American-Burundian NGO based in Kigutu, Bururi Province whose mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care in a dignified environment while treating the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect in collaboration with those we serve. VHW approach integrates clinical services with education, food security, economic development, environmental protection, music, and the arts.

Currently VHW engages in a wide array of clinical and community programs in a catchment area of 200,000 people within the provinces of Rumonge and Bururi. Our clinic provides over 51,000 outpatient consultations per year. Our 60-bed low acuity inpatient wards provides basic adult and pediatric non-operative inpatient services including treatment of malnutrition and performs uncomplicated obstetrical deliveries. These services are administered by our staff of generalist physicians under the supervision of our Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer.

Village Health Works has embarked on an ambitious plan to expand our clinical care to provide comprehensive medical care including obstetrical and surgical services. To achieve this goal, VHW is constructing and equipping a new 150-bed state of the art hospital with 4 operating rooms. Construction and installation of equipment will be completed by the summer of 2022 with a projected clinical opening in the second half of 2022. To provide excellent care we must also expand the scope and skills of our clinical staff through training, teaching, hiring, and through the development and implementation of systems that are framed by high quality norms and standards. While this work is currently underway, there is much more required to open safely in the second half of 2022.

Position Overview

The Head of Emergency Medicine Services will have responsibilities that span clinical, educational, and administrative domains. This position is responsible for enthusiastically serving our community by ensuring the delivery of high-quality evidence based clinical care while promoting a clinical culture of service excellence, teamwork, patient safety, and continuous improvement. The ideal candidate is both able to lead by example and lead by teaching those around her/him, taking the opportunity to turn any situation into a team building and/or capacity building moment.

The head of Emergency Medicine Services will be engaged in work that spans the entire spectrum of emergency and acute clinical care. They will be responsible for developing and overseeing the pre-hospital systems necessary for clinical transportation, the entry, triage, and navigation of patients into the clinical care system on campus, and operations within the

Emergency department. Responsibilities within the hospital will concentrate on Emergency and Acute care, but the leader must have the flexibility and willingness to provide leadership in other clinical areas such as obstetrics and general medicine, and pediatrics in collaboration with other senior physicians as needed. In addition, the head of the Emergency Medicine Services department will oversee and lead all diagnostic imaging activities on campus in lieu of a formal department of radiology.

Liaises with: Inpatient Clinical Staff, Senior Physicians/ Chiefs of Clinical Services, Chief Nursing

Officer, Ancillary Service Chiefs (Including: Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology, Biomedical

Engineering, Sterilization), Chief of Clinical Quality and Training, Head of Information Technologies

  •  License to practice medicine as a medical doctor or osteopathic physician
  •  Minimum Four years clinical experience
  •  Demonstrated experience in training junior staff
  •  Experience with quality assurance and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  •  Experience in resource poor settings
  •  Demonstrated leadership qualities
  •  Critical Care experience preferred
  •  Fluency in English is required and fluency in French is preferred
Duties and Responsibilities

Domain 1 – Clinical Care

  • Serve as clinical leader for Emergency Services
  •  Provide direct patient care in a team setting
  •  Ensure that all patients presenting to the hospital are triaged, evaluated, and treated promptly.
  •  Ensure that clinical plans are effectively and clearly communicated to the care team and patient.
  •  Ensure timely clinical documentation for patients under department care and review for quality.
  • Works with the IT and EMR team to facilitate accurate and timely documentation.

Domain 2 – Clinical Staff Management

  •  Manage and supervise all physicians providing care in emergency department
  •  Coordinate continual staffing and coverage for the emergency department including the creation of on call systems and schedules.
  •  Ensure regular performance review including written evaluations and feedback sessions for clinical staff
  • Participate in recruitment and interviewing of clinical staff as necessary.
  • Develop and execute strategic planning for delivering and expanding emergency medical services.

Domain 3 – Quality

  • Ensure regular morbidity and mortality review for emergency services.
  •  Monitor indicators of quality for emergency services on a routine and quarterly basis.
  • Responsible for the development and promotion of clinical practice guidelines, policies, and protocols for the Emergency department through the Clinical Standards Committee.
  •  Identify, select, and oversee implementation of clinical evidence-based practices and “best practices”
  •  Support the development of new clinical programming pursuant to clinical excellence in the provision of emergency care services.

Domain 4- Education

  • Provide appropriate educational experience for the core clinical team.
  • Execute a curriculum (created or adapted) covering topics in emergency medicine which includes basic science and the evaluation and application of up-to-date guidelines and research for staff and medical students.
  •  Provide appropriate skills training to staff for non-surgical procedures.
  •  Engage with medical education for rotating medical students and trainees.

Domain 5- Administrative

  • Serves as the Emergency Medicine clinical leader, engaged in the discernment, development, and strategic planning required to successfully meet the organization's priorities and performance goals
  • Engage with the Chief Medical Officer to create annual budget requests for financial resources needed for emergency services.
  • Engage with finance and procurement for all emergency medicine-related capital purchases.
  •  Engage with finance and procurement to ensure consistent and reliable supply of essential consumable items.
  •  Engage with Biomedical Engineering team to ensure functionality of necessary equipment.
Salary and Benefits

Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit a CV and a thoughtful cover letter describing your experience and how it applies to this position along with 3 professional references to: Please include “Senior Staff Physician – Head of Emergency Medicine Services” in the subject line of your email. Submissions should be in English.

Village Health Works considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.