Two International Development Advisors (IDAs) – Malta and Egypt

Accountable to

Clinically accountable to the Medical Director for International Accreditation, operationally accountable to the Assistant Director of International / Head of International Programmes and Administration.

Term of office

A contract for services will initially be for one year with annual renewal for up to 3 years (subject to a satisfactory annual review). After 3 years, the successful applicant may apply to extend their appointment for up to, but not more than, a further 3 years, so that the total appointment does not exceed 6 years. This is subject to endorsements by both the accredited site and the RCGP.

Overall purpose

To support the Malta College of Family Doctors / Egyptian Fellowship Board of Family Medicine (also referred to as MRCGP[INT] accredited sites) in the process of development, implementation and quality assurance of their MRCGP[INT]-accredited assessment in Family Medicine.


RCGP Consultant rate (the rate is reviewed annually) – during the overseas visit only. Visit dates and duration to be agreed separately in advance.


RCGP International runs a number of educational development programmes overseas, including Training the Trainers courses and the MRCGP[INT] programme. Currently we are seeking to appoint two International Development Advisors (IDAs) to support the development and implementation of the assessment in Family Medicine at the Malta College of Family Doctors and the Egyptian Fellowship Board of Family Medicine from October 2021.


  • Understand the philosophy, educational framework, programmatic assessment principles and quality assurance requirements of the RCGP MRCGP[INT] programme.
  • Be familiar with, and keep up to date on, the local demographic, health service and political contexts of the MRCGP[INT] site.
  • Assimilate and build on the documented development and quality assurance procedures undertaken with the site to date.
  • Advise the MRCGP[INT] site on the ongoing development of their programme to meet RCGP recommendations.
  • Visit the site according to the requirements of the site and RCGP to support and quality assure the assessment processes.
  • Provide an academically robust and evidence-based quality assurance report to the RCGP International Accreditation Panel and the site after each visit outlining development progress, the performance and outcomes of the assessments and any recommendations.
  • Work closely with the International team, in particular the Head of International Programmes and Administration, to ensure effective and relevant two-way communication.

Person specification




A UK-based clinician who is an RCGP Member or Fellow, active or within 2 years of retirement and in good standing with the RCGP and the GMC.



Experience of MRCGP (UK) assessment



Experience of MRCGP[INT] assessments, or equivalent assessment experience in a UK academic department of General Practice and/or UK medical school



Experience and expertise in the principles of assessment and generic programmatic assessment design including blueprinting and standard setting



Experience and expertise in written assessment methodology, including multiple choice and modified essay question formats



Experience and expertise in clinical skills assessment methodology



Excellent communication skills



Proven ability to write quality reports



Experience of working internationally



Experience and expertise in psychometric analysis



Experience of quality assuring assessment at a higher professional education level



Experience in training as GP Trainer



A qualification in Medical Education (e.g. PGCertMedEd, MSc)



Experience of teaching to an international audience whose native language may not be English



In return we offer

  • A chance to participate in the latest developments in international assessment of General Practice / Family Medicine.
  • An opportunity to work alongside enthusiastic colleagues, abroad and at home, committed to developing standards of General Practice /Family Medicine internationally.
  • Full benefits and support including briefings, field support, travel and health insurance while on a visit, costs and the standard RCGP professional fee to cover the agreed days worked and travelling.

If you are interested

If you are interested in applying for this role, please submit an up-to-date CV with a brief covering letter (no more than 500 words) outlining how you meet the above requirements of the role.

Deadline for applications: 9am on Monday 13 September 2021.

Please email all applications to marked “Malta/Egypt IDA Application” in the subject line.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited for an interview by Zoom between 20-24 September 2021 at a mutually convenient time.

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