The Gould Family Foundation (USA) is seeking a Biomedical Engineer based at LifeNet International in Uganda.
The Gould Family Foundation is a private foundation based in the United States, dedicated to improving health outcomes for the poor and underserved by upgrading clinics and hospitals for women, newborns & children in sub-Saharan Africa.
LifeNet International (LN) works in partnership with 220 health facilities in Africa and builds their capacities to provide quality, sustainable care through on-site medical and management training, coaching and mentorship, pharmaceutical and equipment access as well as quality assurance.
Responsibilities of the Gould Family Foundation (GFF) Roving Biomedical Engineer (BME)
- Perform Quarterly assessments at GFF partner clinics or hospitals in TOGO, Tanzania and Madagascar on existing medical equipment, infrastructure (H20, power, hygiene and sanitation), number of staff, staff training levels, supply and management of crucial pharmaceuticals; provide recommendations where necessary. Complete Quarterly BME reports to be shared with supervisor.
- Periodically evaluate equipment needs at GFF partner facilities and report “gaps” to GFF BP&OM. Address any biomedical issues and needs pointed out from Lifenet Nurse mentor program (clinical assessments) with GFF partners.
- Train clinicians, medical equipment users and BMET apprentices on the proper use of biomedical equipment through equipment operation demonstrations and videos; support the BMET apprentice to develop quick start user guides (to be placed on equipment).
- Ensure timely completion of preventive maintenance schedules, following manufacturer’s instructions for inspection, testing and servicing; Review and approve proper medical equipment inventory reports with health facility managers and BMET apprentices.
- Review new or proposed medical equipment, install, calibrate, update software, repair and provide technical support for biomedical equipment at GFF partner clinics and hospitals; schedule repairs on malfunctioning equipment during site visits or remotely with BMET apprentices when not in country;
- Support BMET apprentices with first line troubleshooting and biomedical support for equipment in GFF partner health facilities.
- Recommend approved service companies for specialized medical equipment.
Our goal is to help improve the quality of healthcare provided and outcomes achieved at the clinics and hospitals we serve equipment;
- Implement GFF biomedical maintenance programs, processes and procedures at existing partner clinics and hospitals; recommend best practices to improve medical equipment management through utilization and sustainability. Utilize and develop existing BME tools to improve tracking of medical equipment, usage and documentation of BME (T) activities.
- Plan and manage activities of BMET apprentices in Togo, Tanzania and Madagascar. Review BMET apprentice monthly plans and reports and provide guidance on implementation.
- Support, guide and train the BMET apprentices in maintaining biomedical equipment that is testing, inspection, service and preventive maintenance procedures.
- Develop standard operating procedures for use, management, disposal of medical equipment when special needs arise e.g. develop pandemic SOPs like COVID 19 cleaning and disinfection procedures for the health facility and equipment;
- Develop preferred suppliers list for spares, reagents and consumables; Update specifications for GFF typical deliverables.
- Develop relationships and evaluate service contracts with the manufacturers or suppliers of equipment. Follow up on service visits from contracted service engineers and or manufacturers/ distributors;
- Develop yearly and quarterly work plans for visits to GFF partners in Togo, Madagascar, Tanzania and any other partners that may need support. Develop BMET apprentice yearly work plans.
- Coordinate with the BMET apprentice to develop yearly maintenance schedules for equipment and spares budget. Review and approve BMET apprentice work plans.
- Provide a weekly report on daily work activity to the GFF programs and operations manager.
- TRAVEL This is a field based position with 70% of the year spent out of the country travelling to GFF partner facilities in Togo, Tanzania and Madagascar (and other countries) if requested, for BME support.
Experience & Qualification
Candidate with biomedical engineering degree is desirable.
REQUIREMENTS; CV & application letter The application should address how the candidate’s background/experience relates to the specific duties of the position applied for. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Applicants should therefore clearly indicate their contact telephone number(s) and/or email address for easy contact.
METHOD OF APPLICATION; Interested applicants are requested to submit a letter of application together with curriculum vitae addressed to; The Biomedical programs and operations manager Gould Family Foundation.
Our goal is to help improve the quality of healthcare provided and outcomes achieved at the clinics and hospitals we serve.