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JOB POSITION: Jimmie Holland ECHO Program Coordinator

9 Dec 2021 8:49 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

Project: IPOS Capacity-Building in Psycho-Oncology ECHO

Disseminating Evidence-Based Practices in Psycho-Oncology in Africa

To Improve Cancer Prevention and Cancer Care

STATUS:                               Temporary Part-Time

[Days] [17.5 hours per week over 18 months]

[Start date: Feb 2022]

LIEU OF POSITION:                      International Psycho-Oncology Society


This position is funded through a donation from the Friends of Psycho-Oncology in Africa (FPOA). Under the supervision of the Steering Committee of the IPOS Capacity-Building in Psycho-Oncology ECHO, the incumbent will assume program coordination. The overall program aims to disseminate evidence-based practices in psycho-oncology in Africa to improve cancer prevention and cancer care – as mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO). The Jimmie Holland ECHO Program Coordinator role will involve:

-advertising the IPOS ECHO to recruit oncology health care professionals that would be trained in the program (i.e., applicants);

-recruitment coordination, including receiving the applications; organizing the applications; reviewing basic adequacy of the applications based on pre-identified criteria;

-coordinating the evaluation process of applicants to the ECHO, including review scores and coordinating interviews, and preparing submission to the research ethics committee;

-scheduling and coordinating ECHO sessions, including planning lecturers for ECHO and interfacing with the facilitator and experts on the team, identifying case presenters within the ECHO participants, circulate case presentation template to case presenter and ensure completion, send session reminder to the ECHO cohort, follow up with speakers with reminder to submit slides and bio one week prior to the session, collect and circulate slides so that participants are well prepared for the session, send final session reminder, and any relevant resources;

-design evaluation tools and surveys;

-collect data from attendance and the evaluation, data entry and analysis, developing reports, presentations, publications, as relevant, to document the outcomes of the ECHO program;

-attending ECHO sessions and providing IT and user support to participants;

-attending team meetings with the Steering Committee, circulating an agenda and taking minutes;



•  Be based in Africa.

•  Bachelor’s or Master’s degree and/or experience conducting ECHO.  

•  The candidate must demonstrate excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, initiative, problem-solving abilities, and autonomy.

•  Excellent computer skills with Word, Powerpoint, Zoom, etc.

•  Available for team meetings and ECHO meetings to be scheduled from 8am to 5pm EST Time zone (Montreal/New York) and outside these times if needed.

•  Able to work independently and in a team.

•  The candidate must have a good knowledge of research and research ethics, as well as program evaluation.

·  Knowledge of the health care field and of oncology is an asset.

•  Complete fluency in English (oral and written) is necessary and will be tested.

•  Previous work experience in a coordination position and more specifically in coordination of an ECHO program will be of advantage. 


Salary to be determined according to country standards.


Founded in 1984, IPOS was created to foster international multidisciplinary clinical, educational, and research work that relates to the subspecialty of psycho-oncology and two primary psychosocial dimensions of cancer: 1. Response of patients, families and staff to cancer and its treatment at all stages of the disease trajectory, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, palliation and bereavement; and 2. Psychological, social and behavioral factors that influence cancer risk, tumor progression, and survival. IPOS is a leader in the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines and evidence-based interventions along the cancer care continuum to improve quality of life and outcomes in cancer patients and their families, such as the identification and treatment of symptoms (e.g., pain, nausea and vomiting, fatigue), mental health (e.g., depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, suicidal ideation, demoralization), doctor-patient communication, caregiving, communicating with and supporting children, fear of cancer recurrence, and end-of-life-care. In 2014, IPOS celebrated its 30th anniversary and began a partnership with WHO to build capacity for psycho-oncological cancer care in LMIC.


Candidates interested in applying for this position may do so by submitting a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae including three references to Dr Melissa Henry by the posting deadline January 14th 2022:

[email protected]

*Please note that only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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