Pediatrician at Village Health Works

Kigutu, Burundi

Reports to: Chief Medical Officer

Location: Kigutu, Burundi


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 over

200,000 people within the provinces of Rumonge and Bururi. Our clinic attends 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, mental health, chronic and acute

diseases and uncomplicated obstetrical deliveries. These services are administered by our staff of

generalist physicians under the supervision of our Medical Director.

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 has

constructed and is equipping a new 150-bed state of the art hospital with 4 operating

rooms. Construction and installation of equipment will be completed in early 2023 with a projected

clinical opening in the middle of 2023. To provide excellent care we must 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 2023.

Position Overview

The Staff Physician in Pediatrics has responsibilities that span clinical, educational and care delivery

domains. The ideal candidate is an outstanding clinician who is committed to delivering evidence based,

resource appropriate care to our pediatric patients while taking the opportunity to share knowledge,

skills and techniques with those around her/him and promoting a clinical culture of service excellence,

teamwork and patient safety.

This position reports directly to the Head of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Department and the Chief Medical Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

Clinical Care

● Apply medical knowledge and skills to the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the outpatient

and inpatient environments

● Ensures that clinical plans are effectively and clearly communicated to the care team and


● Ensures daily clinical documentation of care for all patients under department care and

review for quality

● Ensures the documentation of patient consent when needed

Specialty Care - Pediatrics

● Ensure integrated newborn and pediatric care through emergency, outpatient, and inpatient

department services

● Oversee all admissions to the newborn care unit, special baby unit

● Treat cases of malnutrition in line with MOH and WHO protocols and universal precautions

● Ensure that all pediatric patients on the inpatient service are evaluated and treated promptly

● Attend pediatric patients in the outpatient department including acute care, well child checks,

and specialty care i.e malnutrition, mental health, epilepsy, Type 1 diabetes , developmental


Clinical Quality and Patient Safety

● Support the integration of clinical evidence-based practices and “best practices”

● Attend and participate in regular morbidity and mortality review for medical services

● Ensure quality of care by giving ongoing training to the multidisciplinary medical/paramedical

team and providing technical advice

● Propose modifications to current pediatric care management, implementing them once

approved by the Head of Department

● Keep patients and families informed of the treatment to be followed, checking that they have


● Ensure that professional autonomy and confidentiality are respected, and demonstrate a good

attitude and bedside manner towards patients and their caregivers


• In close collaboration with the Head of Department, supervises the day to day clinical/ward

activities and workflow

● Manages and supervises generalist physicians

● Together with Head of Department periodically reviews the Clinical Standard Operating

Procedures, Manuals, Protocols, and Processes

● Supervises the safe and efficient delivery of care in all patient areas

● Participates in recruitment and interviewing of medical staff, as necessary

Professional Development/ Education and Training

• Provide ongoing bedside educational experiences for the core clinical team.

● Provide appropriate skills training to staff for surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Engage with medical education for rotating students and trainees.


● License to practice medicine as a Physician in the country of origin/study

● Specialization training in Pediatrics with a minimum of 2 years professional experience or 5-7

years demonstrated experience as a General Practitioner with a focus on pediatrics

● Recent clinical experience (at least six months within the last 24 months)

● Demonstrated experience in clinical training of staff

● Experience in resource poor settings

● Critical Care and Neonatology experience preferred

● Fluency in French and Kirundi is required; professional level of English is required for this


● IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

● Strong team player

● Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team

● Self-driven with a solution-orientated approach

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:  and 

Please include “Pediatrician” 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