COVID Ventilation Technical Assistance Coordinator

Location EC | EC
Posted Date 1 month ago(8/22/2020 12:30 PM)
Job ID
International Positions


COVID Ventilation Technical Assistance Coordinator needed to lead planning and ensure smooth implementation of a critical care health facility assessment designed to assess capacity to absorb and use donated ventilators to support management of clients requiring ventilation due to COVID.  The assessment will inform the provision of targeted technical assistance (e.g. training, mentorship) for COVID-19 critical care and will cover intensive care and oxygen infrastructure at a set of designated facilities.  The Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring completion of assessments of identified facilities across Ecuador, overseeing teams of data collectors who will conduct the assessments through both onsite and virtual facility visits, interviewing relevant providers including intensive care unit physicians, anesthesia providers, ICU nurses and biomedical engineers, completing an online questionnaire with survey results (if this cannot be done at the time the assessment is conducted).  Once the assessments are completed, the Coordinator will prepare a report analyzing assessment results, making recommendations, and present the findings to relevant stakeholders.  The Coordinator will work closely with international and national assessment team members as well as Jhpiego technical, program and operations departments to plan and implement a rigorous health facility assessment at selected facilities across the country. Based on the results of each individual facility assessment, the Coordinator will manage focused technical assistance to support facility readiness to provide critical care services, with particular focus on supplemental oxygen support and ventilator care for COVID-19.   



  • Coordinate closely with USAID / Quito, Jhpiego and RISE technical team leads, and international advisors in all aspects of planning and implementation of the facility level assessments and technical assistance
  • Supervise and coordinate data collection teams in identified facilities across the country, ensuring appropriate and standardized use of tools
  • Assist Jhpiego leadership to orient national, regional, and technical teams with orienting provincial and district health officials and other stakeholders to the assessment
  • Oversee teams conducting data collection in all identified healthcare facilities in Ecuador
  • Ensure that all assessment results are entered into the online data entry tool Qualtrics
  • Create and maintain all study files and assure the security and confidentiality of all study documents
  • Provide regular updates, both written and verbal, to the Ecuador and US based team members, including weekly phone calls with the RISE global team
  • Act as the point of contact for RISE staff and US-based Technical Advisors, providing input to the development of project reports and communication material (briefers, stories, press releases etc.) and advice on the use of data for decision making
  • Comply with Jhpiego and JHU operational policies and regulations
  • Guided by findings of the facility assessments and in collaboration with the RISE global TA team and other partners, coordinate provision of technical assistance for ventilator support at sites receiving donated mechanical ventilators
  • Liaise with the global RISE TA team to ensure that approaches, training tools, job aids, and other approaches are in line with guidance from the global technical secretariat
  • With support from the global team, coordinate with technical advisors to update / adapt any training resources, guidelines, SOPs, job aids, or other materials to the national context
  • Lead planning for and execution of clinical trainings and on-going mentorship, identifying and engaging clinical experts in relevant specialties (e.g. anaesthesia, pulmonology, critical care nursing, etc.) as needed to facilitate trainings and provide ongoing technical assistance in line with the COVID-19 ventilator TA workplan
  • Represent RISE in relevant TWGs or other COVID-19 coordination bodies as appropriate
  • Cultivate strategic relationships with relevant professional associations or other implementing partners supporting COVID-19 response
  • Lead regular reporting to USAID on project progress; coordinate with the RISE global MEL director to ensure alignment with global COVID-19 M&E and reporting requirements
  • Coordinate with the program, operations, finance, and other units to ensure that COVID-19 technical assistance activities are conducted, monitored, and reported on in alignment with the project workplan and budget


Required Qualifications

  • Graduate degree and/or experience in medicine with a focus on emergency medicine, anesthesia, pulmonology and/or intensive care
  • Proven prior experience planning, conducting and overseeing health-related research, specifically health facility assessments, with gradually increasing roles and responsibilities across studies
  • Familiarity with Ecuador’s health system and related sources of information
  • Ability to work and communicate well within a team, results-oriented and strong decision-making skills
  • Practical knowledge of assessment data management and quality assurance
  • Ability to travel as required to ensure effective assessment implementation and quality assurance
  • Ability to work independently and to exercise independent judgment
  • Ability to ensure adherence to applicable laws and regulations
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality and professionalism
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills in Spanish and proficient in English
  • Working knowledge of descriptive statistics
  • Experience with visual presentation of data in various media


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