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Paediatric Nurse Training Co-ordinator

from Welbodi Partnership
Closing date: 28 Feb 2019


Welbodi Partnership is a UK-registered charity working to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Sierra Leone. Since 2008, Welbodi Partnership has worked in partnership with hospital management, health facility staff, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the Western Area of Sierra Leone. We do this through a range of health system strengthening activities, staff training, hospital improvement projects, and community engagement.

Our vision is that all women and children in Sierra Leone will have access to effective essential healthcare services characterised by respect and dignity for all, including patients, communities and staff. Our mission is to build the capacity of the health system in Sierra Leone to reduce the number of women and children who are sick, suffer, or die unnecessarily.

Ola During Children’s Hospital serves a crowded and deprived local population, is in easy reach of around 1 million people (1/7 of the population) and is the only national referral centre for paediatrics. Similarly, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital is the only tertiary referral maternity facility in Sierra Leone and only healthcare facility providing Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal services (C-EmONC) across the Western Area District. Based here, we implement capacity building activities to catalyse improvements in maternal and child care delivery.

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One in eight children in Sierra Leone die before their fifth birthday (UNICEF 2015), mainly from preventable and treatable diseases. A lot of work remains to be done if Sierra Leone is to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3; ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Whilst there are interventions which address child health, there are few providing the high-level technical support needed, meaning care remains rudimentary. There is an urgent need for quality tertiary healthcare for children, requiring trained staff and well-equipped facilities to enable clinicians to make appropriate decisions about care.


The primary focus of the Nurse Training Co-ordinator position is to lead Welbodi Partnership’s Paediatric Nurse Training Programme in the Ola During Children’s Hospital. The Co-ordinator will support the University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospital Complex – the Ola During Children’s Hospital – to improve patient safety and health outcomes for children by increasing both the volume and the quality of Continuing Professional Development among nursing staff. This will be achieved through co-ordinating the staged introduction of CPD modules in identified areas and supporting the development of a postgraduate paediatric nursing qualification. The Nurse Training Co-ordinator will provide oversight and operational support to Welbodi Partnership’s Nurse Trainers to ensure the effective design and implementation of CPD modules. The Nurse Training Co-ordinator will work closely with hospital management, support leadership development initiatives, and collaborate with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, the West African College of Nursing (WACN), and other relevant stakeholders to support the development of a postgraduate paediatric nursing qualification in Sierra Leone. The Nurse Training Co-ordinator will actively contribute to the development of mechanisms to strengthen the health system and embed within it a positive learning environment.

This exciting position would suit a Paediatric Nurse with management experience who will divide their time between supporting the coordination, design, implementation and quality assurance of clinical education through Continuing Professional Development, systems strengthening and also directly engage in Quality Improvement activities. The Co-ordinator will support and mentor ODCH’s Head of Nurse Training, in helping to ensure the continuous implementation of high-quality in-service training for nurses. The post-holder will support the MoHS to drive the development of a nationally-recognised accredited postgraduate training programme in paediatric nursing. The Nurse Training Co-ordinator will also support the Paediatric Oncology programme, which is run in partnership between ODCH and the Cardiff and Vales University Health Board.


  • Support and assist the Welbodi Partnership Nurse Trainers in designing and delivering Continuing Professional Development modules in identified areas.
  • Ensure the Nurse Training Programme is on track, including providing guidance and feedback to the Welbodi Partnership Nurse Trainers.
  • Liaise with hospital management, WACN, and MoHS, and other relevant stakeholders to support the development of Sierra Leone’s first postgraduate paediatric nursing qualification.
  • Offer technical advice to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to support the development of policy and education for child health care services.
  • Liaise with the Head of Nurse Training, the ODCH management team and workforce to identify training needs and how to address these needs through CPD, on an ongoing basis.
  • Support the provision of evidence-based nursing inputs into the formation and review of hospital policies & procedures.
  • In co-ordination with ODCH, and on behalf of Welbodi Partnership, liaise with key external stakeholders for the co-ordinated development of Paediatric Nurse Training.
  • Represent Welbodi Partnership on appropriate groups and committees.
  • Provide educational technical advice to the Welbodi Partnership clinical team.
  • Provide line management to Welbodi Partnership’s Nurse Trainers to support the effective delivery of specialist CPD training.
  • Accountable lead for the delivery of various donor-funded projects, including narrative reporting and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Contribute to Business Development through the identification of funding needs and opportunities and through technical contributions to the bid-writing process.

Person Specification


  • A recognised professional degree in nursing and current professional registration in home country.
  • A minimum of 3 years post-qualification experience within a hospital setting and/or teaching environment (achieving a minimum NHS Band 6 (or equivalent)).
  • Experience in delivering nursing education for an academic institution or hospital, with proven results.
  • Demonstrated Project Management skills – leadership, communication, planning, time management, budget and risk management, negotiation skills and technical expertise.
  • Knowledge of healthcare systems, medical quality management (Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance) and risk management.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously within the scope of the role with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively cross-culturally.
  • Demonstrated financial skills: budget monitoring and financial reporting.
  • Passionate about improving nursing standards and a keen interest in Health System Strengthening.
  • Strong ability to manage time well and work to multiple and strict deadlines under pressure.
  • Fluent written and spoken English.


  • Certificate Ed, PGCE, MSc or other qualification in education or research.
  • Experience of workforce development and systems strengthening.
  • Experience in the charity sector and/or in impoverished, post-conflict, or other challenging environments.
  • More than 6 months’ work experience within Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Experience of programme budget management.
  • Experience of writing donor reports. Experience of monitoring and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of relevant evidence-based approaches to improving maternal, neonatal, and child health, and of national and international strategies and frameworks in these areas.
  • Fluency in Krio and/or other local languages desirable.

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How to apply:

To apply for this position, please send your cover letter, CV and contact details of 3 referees in one email to by Thursday 28 February using the following subject title: Application – Paediatric Nurse Training Co-ordinator

Please include the following in your cover letter (2 pages maximum):

  1. Reasons for applying to this position
  2. Overview of key experience related to this post
  3. Your country of residence and nationality
  4. Date you are able to commence and duration of availability

Please note: CVs should be no more than 4 pages long. Please do not send any additional documentation at this stage.

For any queries relating to the position, please email