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 Obstetrics and Gynecology

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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

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Position Overview

The Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology 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 Obstetrics and Gynecology will be responsible for overseeing the delivery of the entire scope of our women’s health services. This service package includes promotive, preventive and curative reproductive health services for women through our outpatient department as well as our district level hospital. Hospital based activities will focus on establishing emergency obstetrical services and care for acute gynecologic emergencies at all times, while the outpatient clinic will provide basic antenatal care, treatment of miscarriages, basic gynecologic care, community outreach and mental health services for women.

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
  • Graduate of certified graduate training program in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Minimum of 4 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
  • Fluency in English is required and fluency in French is preferred

Duties and Responsibilities

Domain 1 - Clinical Care

  • Serve as clinical leader for Inpatient Obstetrics and Gynecologic services with consultative responsibilities.
  • Provide direct patient care in a team setting.
  • Ensure that all patients in need of obstetrical and gynecologic care are evaluated and treated promptly.
  •  Ensure that clinical plans are effectively and clearly communicated to care team and patient.
  • Ensure daily clinical documentation of care for all patients under department care and review for quality.
  •  Ensure the documentation of patient consent for surgery and all related procedures.
  •  Work with IT and EMR team to facilitate accurate and timely documentation.
  •  Engage in continual and ongoing maintenance of skills and certifications.

Domain 2 – Clinical Staff Management

  • Manage and supervise all obstetric and gynecologic staff physicians
  • Coordinate the continual coverage of departmental clinical responsibilities 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 a strategic plan for delivering and expanding services

Domain 3 – Quality

  • Ensure regular morbidity and mortality review for obstetric and gynecologic services.
  • Monitor indicators of quality for services on a routine and quarterly basis.
  • Responsible for the development and promotion of clinical practice guidelines, policies, and protocols 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 services

Domain 4 - Education

  • Provide appropriate educational experience for core clinical team.
  • Execution of a curriculum covering core topics in obstetrics and gynecology 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 for staff for surgical and non-surgical procedures.
  • Engage in medical education for rotating medical students and post-graduate trainees.

Domain 5 - Administrative

  • Serve as the clinical leader of obstetric and gynecologic services engaged in the discernment, development, and strategic planning required to successfully meet the organizations priorities and performance goals.
  • Engage with Chief Medical Officer to create annual budget requests for financial resources needed for obstetric and gynecologic services.
  • Engage with finance and procurement for all 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 “Head of Obstetrician and Gynecologist” 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 expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran, or military status.