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THET Trustee

Remuneration: The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration.

Location: London

Time commitment: Attend 4 half-day Board meetings each year as well as a strategy   ‘away-day’ [total of 22 hours per annum].

  • Provide mentorship and guidance to the CEO, the Head of External Engagement and other staff in the development of strategies on an ad-hoc basis to achieve the above results [12 hours per annum].
  • Attend other related THET events when possible. These are largely evening commitments and include engagements such as talks at the Royal Society of Medicine or a reception at the House of Lords [18 hours per annum]

Total commitment: 52 hours per annum.

Reporting to: Chair of Board of Trustees

About THET:

One billion people will never see a qualified health worker in their lives.

We are working to change that.

For over twenty-five years, THET has been working to change this, training health workers to build a world where everyone has access to affordable and quality healthcare.

We do this by leveraging the expertise and energy of the UK health community, supporting health partnerships between hospitals, colleges and clinics in the UK and those overseas.

From reducing maternal deaths in Uganda to improving the quality of hospital care for injured children in Myanmar, we work to strengthen local health systems and build a healthier future for all.

In the past seven years alone, THET has reached over 84,000 health workers across 31 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia in partnership with over 300 institutions.

About the role:

All Trustees are also Directors of the Board and members of the incorporated charitable company. They are asked to promote THET’s mission and values, provide high quality governance in accordance with the requirements of charity law and good practice, guide its strategic development, monitor the performance of its senior staff and support its work by drawing on their personal contacts and experience.

Current Recruitment:

At this time we are seeking to appoint individuals who have strong skills, experience or knowledge in at least one of the following areas:

  • Law
  • Finance
  • UK and international clinical and health service
  • International development

Potential Trustees would benefit from having (or be willing to develop with support from experienced THET Trustees):

  • Experience and an understanding of operating within a board in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation
  • Demonstrable experience of building and sustaining relationships with key stakeholders and colleagues to achieve organisational objectives

Trustee Person Specification:

Each trustee must have:

  • Integrity and a history of impartiality, fairness and the ability to respect confidences
  • A commitment to the THET’s mission, values and its objectives
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Strategic vision and thoughtful interest in the development of THET as a charity
  • Passion for access to healthcare
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
  • Good, independent judgment
  • An ability to think creatively
  • Willingness to speak their mind
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team
  • UK based individuals who are able to bring a good network of contacts
  • A proven track record of sound judgement and effective decision making
  • A track record of commitment to promoting equality and diversity

For the full specification please click here.

Please note that this vacancy closes on Friday 1st of June at 11.59pm.

For further information, please contact the Ben Simms, CEO – THET on email at: ben.simms@thet.org

Call for Highly Specialised Clinicians - Ethiopia

Ethiopia aims to build a high-quality and sustainable health system, but faces a severe deficit of physician specialists and other health care workers necessary to deliver quality health services at specialized and general level health care facilities. In order to increase the pipeline of Ethiopian medical specialists, the government seeks to increase residency training program capacity and strengthen fellowship programs by increasing the number of available visiting faculty who will train a generation of Ethiopian educators to sustain residency training programs at scale after visiting faculty depart.

As of November 2017, the Federal Ministry of Health, in collaboration with teaching hospitals across the country, is recruiting visiting medical specialist and sub-specialist faculty to train residents and medical students in various specialties. The Federal Ministry of Health seeks to recruit visiting faculty across the following disciplines:

  • General Surgery (Preferably with sub specialty in cardiothoracic surgery, colo-rectal surgery, vascular surgery . . .)
  • Pediatrics Surgery (fetal surgery, pediatric trauma surgery, colo-rectal surgery, vascular anomalies . . .)
  • Plastic Surgery (Preferably with sub specialty in plastic surgery within the head and neck, surgery of the hand . . .)
  • Urological Surgery (Preferably with sub specialty in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, pediatric urology . . .)
  • Neurological Surgery (Preferably with sub specialty in neuro-oncology, neurovascular surgery, cranial surgery, spine surgery. . .)
    6. OB/GYN (Preferably with sub specialty in Feto- maternal health, Reproductive endocrinology, Gynecologic Oncology, )
  • Internal Medicine (Preferably with sub specialty in Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Nephrology, pulmonology, Rheumatology, infectious disease. . .)
  • Pediatrics (Preferably with sub specialty in Neonatology, Pediatric cardiology, pediatric pulmonology, Pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric hematology, Pediatric nephrology, pediatric endocrinology . . .)
  • Orthopedics (Preferably with sub specialty in Traumatology, musculoskeletal surgery adult joint reconstruction and hip reservation, hand and upper extremities, foot and unkle, pediatric orthopedics )
  • Ophthalmology (Preferably with sub specialty in Corneal surgery, retinal surgery, Glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro – Opthalmology . . . )
  • Emergency Medicine (Preferably with sub specialty in pediatric emergency medicine, pain medicine, medical toxicology, Anesthesiology Critical Care Medicine, )
  • Family Medicine (Preferably with sub specialty in adolescent medicine, geriatric medicine, palliative medicine . . .)Forensic Medicine (Preferably with sub specialty in toxicology, odontology, forensic
    pathology. . .)
  • Pathology (Preferably with sub specialty in cytopathology, Hematopathology,
    Neuropathology, dermatopathology, forensic pathology . . . )
  • Psychiatry (Preferably with sub specialty in child/adolescent psychiatry, addiction
    psychiatry . . .)
  • Anesthesiology (Preferably with sub specialty in critical care anesthesiology, pediatric
    anesthesiology, cardiothoracic anesthesiology, neurosurgical anesthesiology . . .)
  • Oncology (Preferably with sub specialty in surgical oncology, radiation oncology,
    interventional oncology, gynecologic oncology, pediatric oncology, hemato – oncology. . .)
  • ENT (Preferably with sub specialty in head and neck surgery, thyroid and parathyroid
    surgery, otology. . .)
  • Neurology (Preferably with sub specialty in neuromuscular, neurovascular, movement
    disorder, neuroimmunology, neurooncology, neuroinfectious disease . . .)
  • Radiology (Preferably with sub specialty in neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, vascular and
    interventional radiology, pediatric radiology . . .)
  • Dermatology (Preferably with sub specialty in Dermathopathology, pediatric dermatology,
    cosmotic dermatology)
  • Nuclear medicine (Preferably with sub specialty in bone scan, brain scan, cysternogram, GI
    scan . . .)

Physician specialist visiting faculty will be contracted full-time for one year, with possibility of extension, subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. The contract period can start any time of the year. For the duration of the contract, the specialist visiting faculty member will be assigned to a hospital based on the clinical rotations.


  • Board certified physician or Fellow of her/his respective college in the area of above specified disciplines with excellent clinical skills.
  • (Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) Minimum of 2 years of experience post-residency training/one year post fellowship (or equivalent) preferred.
  • (Obstetrics & Gynecology, Surgery and other) Minimum of 5 years of experience post-residency training/3 years post Fellowship (or equivalent) preferred.
  • A talent for teaching and interest in medical education, preferably with current or recent academic and teaching hospital experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and diplomatically, and to work flexibly and independently with multiple reporting relationships.
  • Emotional intelligence and personal maturity, enthusiasm for working in a developing country, cultural flexibility and competence, and a passion for improving healthcare delivery.
  • Strategic and innovative thinking skills, and the ability to foster interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Experience in evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, data-driven decision making and program evaluation.
  • Professional experience in cross-cultural and low-income settings is strongly preferred.
  • Younger than 75 years old ( Retired specialists and/or sub-specialists are highly preferred)
  • English proficiency required.


  • Modest salary commensurate of service in accordance to Federal Ministry of Health
  • Round trip air-ticket per year
  • One-month paid leave
  • Housing

For more information and to apply please click here or email  Yifru.berhan@moh.gov.et

Data Protection Policy for Employee Data

Data protection legislation regulates the way in which certain data about yourself (received as part of applying for employment with the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), both in paper and electronic form is used and held.

The following statement describes the type of data that the THET keeps about job applicants and the purpose for which it is kept and your rights under the GDPR related to data processed about you, should you apply to work for the THET. This applies whether your application is received direct by the THET or via an agency.

Processing job applications

From the point at which we receive your application for employment with the THET, the THET will need to maintain and process data about you for the purposes of reaching and communicating a recruitment decision and production of an offer of employment if appropriate. Such data is normally retained for six months following completion of our recruitment processes in the event of an offer of employment not being made.

Should an offer be made a further fair processing notice will be provided alongside any offer covering how such data is used and stored during the processing of offers and subsequent employment.

Processing at the recruitment stage includes the collection, storage, retrieval, alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. The kind of data that the THET will process includes:

  • Interview details including notes of interviewers, dates and times
  • Candidate’s work history
  • Qualifications and experience relevant to the role
  • Ethnic origin (for monitoring purposes only)
  • Disabilities (for monitoring and adjustments only)
  • Date of birth (for post-employment health checks and adjustments advice only)
  • Contact details, including addresses, phone numbers and other contact details including historical address records for staff vetting and ID verification
  • Criminal records (only where relevant to role and where legally permitted)
  • Court judgements and directorships (only where relevant to role and where legally permitted)
  • References provided by previous employers and personal or educational referees
  • National Insurance number
  • Rights to work information for example copies of passports, ID cards, residence permits
  • Documents to confirm identity and address for example the above and utility bills, bank statements

THET believes that those records are consistent with the recruiter, candidate and in the event of an offer being made, employer relationship between the THET and yourself and with our requirements under data protection legislation.

Applicant and employee data

The data the THET holds may be held and processed to meet the THET’s legal responsibilities and also for the purposes of management and administration of an offer of employment, ascertaining suitability for employment, to comply with equal opportunity, immigration and money laundering legislation and, from time to time, the need to disclose data it holds about you to relevant third parties (or example where legally obliged to do so by HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border or other public authority, or where requested to do so by yourself for the purpose of giving a reference).

In some cases, the THET will use automated profiling methods to analyse the above data, including against standard industry benchmarks, but will not use such methods as the sole basis for any related decision making.

In some cases the THET may also hold sensitive data, as defined by the legislation, about you. This could be information about health, criminal convictions and financial debts and directorships.

If you wish to view the information held about you, you must make a written request to the HR & Operations at gdprinfo@thet.org . You may, within a period of thirty days of your written request, inspect and/or have a copy (subject to the requirements of the legislation) of information held about you and, if necessary, require corrections should such records be faulty.

Your rights under the GDPR also include the following:

  • The right to rectification
  • Right to erasure (sometimes known as the right to be forgotten)
  • Right to restrict processing
  • Right to data portability
  • Right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling

Should you have any complaints regarding the handling of your data you have the right to lodge a complaint with, HR & Operations at gdprinfo@thet.org .