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Aga Khan Health Service Job Vacancies, October 2023

Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania (AKHST) – an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a not-for-profit international organization that supports social development programs in Tanzania. It has completed a major expansion to position the institution to become a leading and integrated tertiary and teaching health care system in Tanzania. As part of its health system strengthening initiatives in working with and supporting Government Health Programmes, AKHST, AKFT and AFD are partnering on a new innovative public-private collaboration called Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP) that aims at strengthening and expanding the quality, access and capacity of cancer care services in the country. The project collaborators include Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (P0- RALG) with technical support from Institute Curie.

TCCP will be implemented in two target regions (Dar es Salaam and Mwanza). The project’s A major components include a) Improve and expand existing oncology infrastructure to provide more comprehensive oncology care through health systems strengthening, b) build the capacity of staff in participating institutions to provide high quality cancer care by trained specialists, and train and retain local professionals through accredited programs; c) strengthen community cancer care practices by delivering affordable, comprehensive health care services for preventive services including primary prevention, screening, and early detection and d) develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders and participating institutions on joint research agenda and initiatives.

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Medical Physicist at Aga Khan Health Service October, 2023

The Medical Physicist will play a crucial role in ensuring safe and effective use of radiation therapy and medical imaging equipment at the Cancer Centre. This position involves a combination of clinical responsibilities, quality assurance, research, and collaboration with healthcare professionals. He/ She will work closely with the medical and technical staff to maintain the highest standards of quality and safety.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES RADIATION THERAPY SUPPORT:

Perform treatment planning for radiation therapy, including dose calculations and treatment plan optimization.
Ensure accurate and safe delivery of radiation therapy to patients.
Monitor and assess the quality of radiation therapy treatments and adjust as needed.
Collaborate with Radiation Oncologists and Radiation Therapists to develop and implement treatment plans.
Collaborate with Radiation Oncologists and Dosimetrists to plan and deliver radiation treatments for cancer patients.

Perform quality assurance checks on treatment machines and radiation delivery systems.
Conduct patient-specific dose calculations and treatment plan verifications.

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING SUPPORT:

Perform quality assurance tests on diagnostic imaging equipment such as X-ray machines, CT scanners, and MRI machines.
Optimize imaging protocols to minimize radiation exposure while maintaining diagnostic image quality.
Provide guidance on the selection and use of imaging modalities for specific clinical applications.
Assist in the optimization of diagnostic imaging equipment, such as CT scanners, MRI machines, and X-ray units.
Conduct quality control tests on imaging equipment to ensure image quality and patient safety.
Provide input on radiation dose optimization for diagnostic procedures.

RADIATION SAFETY AND COMPLIANCE:

Monitor and maintain compliance with all radiation safety regulations and guidelines.
Develop and implement radiation safety policies and procedures.
Implement and oversee radiation safety protocols to protect patients, staff, and the public from unnecessary radiation exposure.
Monitor radiation exposure to staff and patients and take corrective actions when necessary.
Perform radiation shielding assessments and ensure proper shielding in radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging areas.
Train staff on radiation safety protocols and practices.

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QUALITY ASSURANCE:

Implement and manage a comprehensive quality assurance program for all radiation therapy equipment.
Perform quality assurance checks on radiation therapy equipment, including linear accelerators, brachytherapy units, and treatment planning systems.
Monitor and maintain the accuracy and calibration of radiation therapy equipment.
Develop and maintain quality control procedures to ensure the accuracy and precision of treatment delivery.
Investigate and resolve any equipment or treatment-related issues.

EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE:

Maintain and calibrate radiation therapy equipment, including linear accelerators and brachytherapy units.
Coordinate equipment servicing and repairs with external vendors as needed.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT:

Participate in research projects and clinical trials to improve treatment outcomes and technologies.
Participate in research projects related to radiation therapy, medical imaging, and radiation safety.
Stay up to date with advancements in medical physics and radiation oncology.

TRAINING AND EDUCATION:

Provide training and education to radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging staff on radiation safety, quality control procedures, new technologies and best practices.
Mentor and supervise junior Medical Physicists, Dosimetrists, and Technologists.
Collaborate with medical residents and students as needed.

DOCUMENTATION AND RECORD-KEEPING:

Maintain accurate records of all treatment plans, quality assurance tests, radiation safety activities and equipment maintenance.
Prepare and submit required reports and documentation to regulatory agencies/authorities.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Minimum Master’s in Medical Physics or a related field from recognized institution
License to practice as Medical Physicist from relevant regulatory authority.
Minimum 5 years experience working in a clinical setting.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills; and attention to detail.
Excellent communication skills and to work collaboratively with healthcare professionals and communicate complex concepts to non­experts.
Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Proficiency in relevant software for treatment planning and quality assurance.
Knowledge of current radiation therapy and medical imaging technologies.
Research experience and a track record of publications.
Leadership and project management skills.

The Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply:

Please submit your CV, educational certificates, and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and relevant experience to hr@akhst.org. We look forward to reviewing your application and excited to welcome a talented Medical Physicist and Radiotherapy Technologists to join our team. Join us in making a difference in the lives of our patients.

The Aga Khan Health Service. Tanzania is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all employees and patients. We offer competitive compensation packages, professional development opportunities, and a supportive work culture.

Please Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Closing date for submission of applications is end of business day on Wednesday 8th November, 2023.

“AKHS is concerned about the climate and environmental crises we face and is doing everything possible to reduce our own impact, encouraging others to do the same, and advancing understanding in this field. AKHS has set itself the task of getting as close to net-zero carbon operations as possible by 2030. We expect all staff to contribute to achieving these aims in the context of their roles. We encourage applicants with previous experience or an interest in this field to apply.”

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Radiation Therapist / Radiotherapy Technologist – (2 Positions) at Aga Khan Health Service October, 2023

Aga Khan Health Service October, 2023

Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania (AKHST) – an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a not-for-profit international organization that supports social development programs in Tanzania. It has completed a major expansion to position the institution to become a leading and integrated tertiary and teaching health care system in Tanzania. As part of its health system strengthening initiatives in working with and supporting Government Health Programmes, AKHST, AKFT and AFD are partnering on a new innovative public-private collaboration called Tanzania Comprehensive Cancer Project (TCCP) that aims at strengthening and expanding the quality, access and capacity of cancer care services in the country. The project collaborators include Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), Bugando Medical Centre (BMC), Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) and President’s Office – Regional Administration and Local Government (P0- RALG) with technical support from Institute Curie.

TCCP will be implemented in two target regions (Dar es Salaam and Mwanza). The project’s A major components include a) Improve and expand existing oncology infrastructure to provide more comprehensive oncology care through health systems strengthening, b) build the capacity of staff in participating institutions to provide high quality cancer care by trained specialists, and train and retain local professionals through accredited programs; c) strengthen community cancer care practices by delivering affordable, comprehensive health care services for preventive services including primary prevention, screening, and early detection and d) develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders and participating institutions on joint research agenda and initiatives.

We are seeking highly skilled and motivated Medical Physicist and Radiation Therapy Technologists to join our dynamic healthcare team.

RADIATION THERAPIST / RADIOTHERAPY TECHNOLOGIST – (2 POSITIONS)

POSITION SUMMARY

The incumbent will play a crucial role in delivering radiation therapy to the cancer patients under the supervision of a Radiation Oncologist. He/She will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure that patients receive the prescribed radiation treatment with precision and minimal side effects.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES PATIENT ASSESSMENT:

Conduct preliminary assessments of patients to gather information about their medical history, treatment plan, and current health status.
Review patients’ medical records, consult with Oncologists, and perform physical assessments to ensure the proper treatment plan is in place.

TREATMENT PLANNING:

Collaborate with medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists to plan and develop precise treatment protocols tailored to each patient’s specific needs and the type and location of the cancer. This includes determining the optimal radiation dose and the specific angles and techniques for delivering radiation.
Use advanced computer software and equipment to simulate treatment fields, calculate radiation doses, and ensure accurate delivery of radiation.

PATIENT CARE:

Explain the treatment process, potential side effects, safety procedures and importance of compliance with treatment schedules to patients to ensure their understanding and cooperation throughout the treatment course.
Collaborate with other healthcare professionals, including Radiation Oncologists, Medical Physicists, and Oncology Nurses, to provide comprehensive care to patients.
Offer emotional support and provide information to patients throughout the course of treatment, addressing any concerns or side effects they may experience.

PATIENT POSITIONING:

Ensure that patients are positioned accurately, typically through the use of immobilization devices or molds, to ensure accurate and reproducible treatment delivery precisely as planned.
Mark reference points on the patient’s body for consistent treatment setup.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION:

Operate and maintain complex radiation therapy equipment, such as linear accelerators, brachytherapy devices, and CT simulators, to accurately deliver radiation treatment to the target area while minimizing exposure to healthy tissues.

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RADIATION DELIVERY:

Administer the prescribed radiation therapy according to the treatment plan while monitoring the equipment and the patient to ensure proper alignment, dose, and patient comfort while minimizing exposure to healthy tissues.
Monitor the patient’s condition during treatment and make necessary adjustments to ensure the patient’s comfort and safety.

DOSIMETRY VERIFICATION:

Verify and calibrate radiation therapy equipment to ensure accurate and safe treatment delivery.
Verify that the radiation dose administered matches the prescribed dose, adjusting as necessary.

SAFETY PROTOCOLS:

Follow strict safety protocols and adhere to radiation protection standards to minimize radiation exposure to patients and staff. This includes using lead shielding, measuring radiation output, and maintaining accurate treatment records.
Monitor radiation dosage and keep accurate records of each patient’s treatment sessions.
Ensure that safety measures are in place for the safe handling and disposal of radioactive materials.

DOCUMENTATION:

Maintain accurate detailed patient records, including treatment plans, radiation dosage, schedules, and patient progress. This information is essential for tracking treatment effectiveness and for follow-up care.
Document any observed side effects or adverse reactions to treatment.

QUALITY ASSURANCE:

Conduct quality assurance tests to ensure the accuracy and safety of radiation therapy equipment and techniques.
Participate in quality assurance and quality control procedures to ensure that equipment and treatment processes are functioning correctly and meeting established standards.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Stay up-to-date with advancements in radiation therapy technology and treatment techniques through continuing education, training and professional development.

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Radiation Therapy or a related field from recognized institution
License to practice as a Radiation Therapy Technologist from the relevant regulatory authority.
Strong knowledge of radiation therapy principles, equipment, and safety procedures.
Knowledge of radiation safety protocols and best practices.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with patients and other healthcare professionals.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to work accurately under pressure.
Compassion and empathy when working with patients.
Ability to work effectively as part of a healthcare team.
Physical stamina, as the job may require positioning and moving patients.
Experience working in a clinical setting.
Knowledge of current radiation therapy equipment and technologies.
Research experience and a track record of publications.
Leadership and project management skills.

The Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity in the workplace. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.

How to Apply:

Please submit your CV, educational certificates, and a cover letter detailing your qualifications and relevant experience to hr@akhst.org. We look forward to reviewing your application and excited to welcome a talented Medical Physicist and Radiotherapy Technologists to join our team. Join us in making a difference in the lives of our patients.

The Aga Khan Health Service. Tanzania is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment for all employees and patients. We offer competitive compensation packages, professional development opportunities, and a supportive work culture.

Please Note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Closing date for submission of applications is end of business day on Wednesday 8th November, 2023.

“AKHS is concerned about the climate and environmental crises we face and is doing everything possible to reduce our own impact, encouraging others to do the same, and advancing understanding in this field. AKHS has set itself the task of getting as close to net-zero carbon operations as possible by 2030. We expect all staff to contribute to achieving these aims in the context of their roles. We encourage applicants with previous experience or an interest in this field to apply.”