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Technical Advisor, BScN programme (based in Hama, Syria)
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Aga Khan University (AKU), chartered in 1983 as Pakistan’s first private international university, is committed to providing academic programmes, research and service of high quality for the development of human resources that respond to the problems/needs that are relevant to the developing world.

Established in 1980, AKU-SON is the first academic component of the University. Since its inception, AKU-SON has played a pivotal role in changing public perceptions towards the nursing profession and has established in Pakistan an internationally acceptable model for nursing education and practice. At present, AKUSON conducts four academic programmes: General Nursing (R.N.) Diploma (3 years), B.Sc.N. (4 years), Post,R.N. B.Sc.N. (2 years)  and M.Sc.N (2 years). The School currently has an enrollment of about 470 students. AKUSON graduates are working in leadership positions nationally as well as internationally in UK, USA, Africa etc.

AKU is part of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), a group of developmental agencies working in the area of education, health, culture, rural and economic development; primarily in Asia, Africa and Central Asia aimed at improving the living conditions and opportunities for the poor, irrespective of caste, colour or creed.

While each agency pursues its own mandate, all of them work together within the overarching framework of AKDN hence the Aga Khan University (AKU) is also committed to support the agencies of AKDN in whichever way possible.

In Syria, programmes of the AKDN span six provinces (Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Lattakia, Sweida and Tartous), serving both rural and urban populations. Al-Baath University, based in Hama, Syria, was established in 1979. It aims to provide excellent learning environment for the preparation of qualified human cadres of artists, intellectuals and scientists. AKU and Al-Baath University are working towards strengthening nursing services and creating appropriate clinical training sites for nurses in Hama, Syria.

Aga Khan University invites applications for the position of Technical Advisor, BScN programme (based in Hama, Syria).


Reporting to the Director, International Programmes, the AKU-School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) Karachi, Pakistan and Liaison Coordinator, AKU-SONAM Programmes, Syria, the Technical Advisor will work closely with the Dean/Director and faculty of the BScN programme in Hama Governorate, Syria. His/her role will be one of providing technical advice to the new BScN program at Al-Baath University in Hama Governorate, Syria in the areas of:

  1. Curriculum development and implementation  
  2. Faculty development  
  3. Academics systems and policies
  4. Classroom and clinical teaching
  5. Implementation of National Nursing Examination

Implementation will be the responsibility of the Dean, faculty, and management of the new BScN programme in Hama.

More specifically, technical assistance will be provided in the following areas:

  • Finalization of the Year IV course grids with Syrian faculty and implementation of curriculum of Year I, II, III &  IV.
  • Operationalization of all the courses,course materials and delivery methods.
  • Discuss the clinical placements in a hospital and facilitate implementation of clinical objectives for the four yearsof BScN programme.
  • Conduct workshop on clincal for the faculty members (Teaching learning priciples and practice).
  • Facilitate faculty members to integrate the knowledge at clinical area derived from other nursing courses of all the four years of BScN programme.
  • Facilitate the  faculty members in clinical teaching and clinical evaluation of all four years of the BScN programme (through observing faculty and providing feedback).
  • Review  the effectiveness of existing support mechanism at skills laboratory, library and computer library.
  • Reveiw and develop the academic policies (students) at Al-Baath University for all four years of BScN Programme.
  • Provide ongoing progress report as well as a summary and a detailed report at the end of the assignment.
  • Assist in developing and implementing the National Nursing Examination at the end of Year IV.
  • Master’s degree in nursing with at least 5 years’ of experience as a faculty member in an undergraduate nursing programme. Sound background in curriculum development, clinical teaching, and academic policy development is essential.
  • Knowledge of Arabic preferred but not essential.
  • Excellent communications and peoples’ skills.
To Apply

An attractive salary and benefits package will be offered, commensurate with experience and achievements. If you are seeking professional growth and an excellent work environment, please send your application and detailed CV with names and addresses of at least three referees familiar with your recent work history to, marking the subject with position title.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Applications should be submitted latest by June 15, 2011.