National Nursing Specialists

Date of Publication: 
30 April 2021
Application Deadline: 
15 May 2021
Company: 
Cowater International
Brief Description: 

BACKGROUND

Cowater International Inc. is currently mobilizing for a five-year Project titled "Empowering Women Through Professionalization of the Nursing Sector in Bangladesh" which aims to enhance the voice, influence and empowerment of nurses in the health sector in Bangladesh. The expected results include: i) improved quality of gender-responsive education for female nurses in both public and private sectors in Bangladesh; ii) improved performance and professional status of female nurses in Bangladesh; and iii) improved enabling environment for female nurses' for increased participation in the health sector in Bangladesh. 

JOB SUMMARY

Cowater is recruiting three (3) National Nursing Specialists (NNSs), who will be located in Dhaka and responsible for conducting an overall assessment and situational analysis of the status of nursing education and regulatory environment, public sector management of nurses including the status of human resource management and career plan, and identifying training needs for professional development in Bangladesh. The NNSs will work closely with the ProNurse Team Leader (TL), Senior Technical Advisor (SnTA), Directorate General of Nursing & Midwifery (DGNM), Bangladesh Nursing & Midwifery Council (BNMC), and College of Nursing to provide technical assistance to counterparts with respect to the strengthening of nursing education and services in Bangladesh. They will also be responsible for day-to-day implementation of project activities in consultation with STA and provide technical support on project matters to the DGNM, BNMC and Ministry of Health, Education section.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

1) National Nursing Specialist (Teachers Training and Postgraduate Education)

  • Review and analyze background documents, such as, MOHFW's Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy, Nurse Midwifery Act, Nurse Midwifery Operations Plan, Report from the National Task Force for Future of Nursing or any other document assigned by supervisor;
  • Under the guidance of the TL/STA, lead/engage in stakeholder/counterparts consultations, Key Informant Interviews (KIIs), gather baseline information and conduct training needs assessment  for the nurse instructors working in the Nursing Institutes; 
  • Work closely with the STA and University de Montreal (UdeM) to assist DGNM to prepare a proposal including needs assessment, teachers training content based on diploma curriculum, faculty requirements, operational plan and budget, to establish a new National Nursing Teachers Training Institute (NNTTI) as per GOB regulations;
  • Work closely with the STA and UdeM to develop the Certificate training program and pedagogical model for nurse instructors to deliver the teachers training program at the NNTTI;
  • Assist to organize a national consultation meeting (WHO, BRAC, JICA, KOICA, UNFPA, GAC, FCDO) to present the content and gain concurrence from MOHFW and BNMC;
  • Facilitate placement of human resources in the NNTTI (teaching, administration and support staff) as per proposal;
  • Develop a list of teaching learning materials, through a consultative process and work closely with DGNM to develop those materials and strengthen effective utilization of teaching/learning facilities, such as labs, library at the College of Nursing;
  • Work with NNTTI, under the guidance of the STA and UdeM experts and act as a trainer /mentor for the national trainers for NNTTI and continue to mentor them for smooth transitioning to government;
  • Design and roll out the certificate training program for newly placed nurse instructors on improved pedagogy and teaching methodology;
  • Conduct needs assessment for College of Nursing (CoN) (academic and logistical) to develop a plan for strengthening CoN and work with the STA and lead efforts to improve pedagogy and learning/teaching conditions in  CoN; 
  • Contribute to the development of the Project Implementation Plan, Annual Work Plans and Progress Reports of the assigned Outcomes;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

2) National Nursing Specialist (Curriculum Review, Accreditation, Licensing and BNMC Representative)

  • Review and analyze background documents, such as, MOHFW's Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy, Nurse Midwifery Act, Nurse Midwifery Operations Plan, Report from the National Task Force for Future of Nursing or any other document assigned by supervisor;
  • Under the guidance of TL/STA, lead/participate in stakeholder/counterparts consultations, KIIs and gather baseline information and conduct needs assessment for strengthening BNMC roles;
  • Under the guidance of TL/STA, work closely with Canadian Association of School of Nursing (CASN) and BNMC and review/revise/update all available curriculum and training materials including addition of epidemic/ pandemic management;
  • Establish a Technical Working Group with experts to review the existing materials and adapt for inclusion in the curriculum and assist to convene national consultation meeting to present the content and gain concurrence from MOHFW and BNMC;
  • Ensure that the content is incorporated in the Diploma and graduate nursing curriculum and NNTTI Certificate Training Program so that teachers are trained on the subject to deliver the courses at the Nursing Institute level;
  • Work with DGNM and BNMC to establish and implement a standardized final exam including assessment of knowledge and capacity in epidemic/pandemic management for Diploma nursing;  
  • Work closely with BNMC/DGNM to develop and pilot a preceptor guided internship program for Diploma nursing including internship at hospitals/institutes specializing in infectious diseases;
  • Provide TA and logistic support to BMNC to establish and support a credible Bangladeshi examination committee with terms of reference to operationalize a quality licensing exam
  • Work closely with CASN and BMNC to develop and operationalize a quality Licensing exam for Nurses including establishment of an advisory final exam committee;
  • Provide technical assistance and training to develop a blueprint for the development of a final examination for Nursing Institutes;
  • Working with CASN Accreditation Expert, provide inputs to strengthening BNMC capacity in accreditation and contribute to planning and advisory efforts on accreditation of nursing education programs both in public and private sector;
  • Provide inputs to strengthening BNMC capacity in establishing strong regulatory mechanisms, monitoring, supervising and accrediting nursing training institutes;
  • Act as a core trainer for NNTTI Certificate Training Program delivery;
  • Contribute to the development of the Project Implementation Plan, Annual Work Plans and Progress Reports of the assigned Outcomes;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

3) National Nursing Specialist (In-Service training and DGNM Representative)

  • Review and analyze background documents, such as, MOHFW's Bangladesh Health Workforce Strategy, Nurse Midwifery Act, Nurse Midwifery Operations Plan, Report from the National Task Force for Future of Nursing or any other document assigned by supervisor;
  • Under the guidance of the STA, lead/participate in stakeholder/counterparts consultations, KIIs and gather baseline information for designing activities related to strengthening DGNM;
  • Conduct training needs assessment and design management  training  and mentorship support to clinical and education Nurse Managers;
  • Support institutional strengthening of DGNM and related activities to improve the position of DGNM within the MOHFW;
  • Work closely with DGNM, under guidance of TL, to develop a divisional/ regional Nursing Institute Monitoring and Evaluation (NIME)  System and provide consultation and advice in institutionalizing the NIME program within DGNM;
  • Provide TA to MOHFW (Education) and BNMC in co-ordination with the Local Gender Specialist to develop and implement a system of continued professional development, including awareness raising on sexual harassment and Sexual Gender based Violence (SGBV);
  • Lead the development of the Continued Professional Development program and approval of the same by the BNMC and MOHFW;
  • Design subject-based, specialized clinical skills training courses including evidence-based clinical guidance on Covid-19 prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment for frontline nurses;
  • Work closely with the TL/STA to assist the DGNM Line Director to develop /revise the Nursing Education and Services Operations Plan;
  • Support efforts to make recruitment, deployment, and working conditions for nurse / midwives more equitable, effective, gender-sensitive and in use;
  • Design and plan delivery of in-service training for nurses on nursing management, leadership International Council of Nurses (ICN) and technical/clinical skills improvement for selected female Nurse Managers in close consultation with the TL/STA and DGNM;
  • Ensure that all training program/delivery follows a competency-based, pedagogical approach;
  • In consultation with the STA/TL, liaise with various Bangladeshi /international stakeholders working in the nursing sector, as well as other donors and donor-funded programs to create synergies, collaborate and share lessons;
  • Act as a core trainer for NNTTI Certificate Training Program delivery;
  • Contribute to the development of the Project Implementation Plan, Annual Work Plans and Progress Reports of the assigned Outcomes;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the supervisor.

JOB REQUIREMENTS (FOR ALL 3 POSITIONS)

Academic qualifications:

  • Master's degree, or higher, in nursing or related subject with training in educational/teaching methodology and nursing practice

Minimum experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience of different nursing & midwifery programs and services in Bangladesh;
  • Experience in teaching, curriculum development, continued professional development, preceptorship program, designing and delivering nursing & midwifery training;  
  • Experience working with Director General Nursing and Midwifery, Bangladesh Nursing and Midwifery Council and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare;
  • Experience of accreditation of nursing education programs and licensing of nurses; and
  • Experience in other developing countries nursing system (outside of Bangladesh) is an asset.

Essential Skills:

  • High quality technical knowledge and demonstrated experience on nursing sector development;
  • Fluency in English and Bengali; and
  • Mastery of computer tools: Internet, Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint), etc.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Candidates are encouraged to apply by 15 May 2021 on our Careers Page

For your application to be considered, please upload your documents as followed: Candidate Last Name, First Name, Date, Title of the Position.

We thank all applicants, however only those shortlisted will be contacted.


ABOUT US

With more than 35 years' experience, Cowater International is Canada's global leader in management consulting services specializing in international development and has managed the implementation of over 800 projects in more than 80 countries around the globe. We work with governments, partner organizations, communities and civil society to design and implement sustainable solutions that generate lasting social, financial and environmental impacts. Our adaptive approach to management has led to our award-winning work and recognition as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, Cowater International also has corporate offices in Montreal, Quebec; London, United Kingdom; Nairobi, Kenya; and Brussels, Belgium; in addition to project offices in a wide variety of other locations across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

We thank you for your interest in building a better tomorrow with Cowater International.

Location: 
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Bangladesh