Capacity Building Support for Health Care Workers


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Since its humble beginnings in the spare room of an apartment in 2003, Glory Reborn has grown to a fully equipped and licensed maternity clinic, operating 24/7 and employing more than 40 staff. At the very heart of Glory Reborn is the vision to build community through care, education, and relationships with each individual, client, and employee. Their journey with moms and babies extends beyond the clinical walls to improve the lives of generations to come. Glory Reborn has worked with Peace Corps Volunteers for over eight years and continues to see the impact of this fruitful partnership in their programs and outcomes. As the facility aims to grow into a hospital to cater to the increasing number of patients since the onset of the pandemic, high-quality care remains a central aspect of services at Glory Reborn. In order to build staff capacity for critical thinking and evidence-based care, the organization strives to continue capacity building efforts for its health care workers.

More specifically, it aims to keep the organization’s health care workers up to date on the latest evidence-based maternal and newborn health interventions and protocols of care that are applicable in the Philippine setting. This is to ensure high-quality service delivery by all service providers on staff. The VSPP will co-develop the capacity building activities alongside the Training Officer, as well as guide and support health care workers as they participate in this relatively new virtual service program. Additionally, the VSPP will co-design a monitoring and evaluation system to assess the implementation and impacts of the capacity building activities on staff knowledge and development, as well as clinical care delivery. Glory Reborn recently hosted a PCV to assist in mental health program development, but the PCV was evacuated in March 2020 due to the pandemic. Glory Reborn is keen to partner with Peace Corps once again through the agency’s Virtual Service Pilot and understands that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

-Conduct meetings/consultation dialogues with key staff for planning and implementation
-Provide technical inputs to the Training Officer in developing or adapting an existing training curriculum for the health care workers that is applicable to the Philippine setting
-Assist in facilitating capacity building activities for health care workers (e.g. midwives, nurses, etc.) from the developed training curriculum
-Introduce and design a monitoring and evaluation system for the continuing education program

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Philippine time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. The HCA Counterpart shall initiate the weekly calls with the VSPP preferably at around 8:00 am (Philippine time, GMT + 8). Given the wide time zone difference between the US and the Philippines, virtual meeting schedules can be adjusted and mutually agreed upon with the VSPP.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to a computer, internet, email telephone including video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype and WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor's degree in medical or health related field especially on maternal-child care and health intervention.

-2 years’ experience in medical or nursing health service
-Experience in designing and conducting training for medical or health workers
-Experience in monitoring & evaluation

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Degree or qualification relating to medical field, e.g. Registered Nurse, Midwife, etc.

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Language: Basic Cebuano

-Working with health care workers
-Working with maternal and child care services

Partner background

Name: Glory Reborn Organization

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Glory Reborn provides compassionate, high quality, holistic care to marginalized moms and babies of Cebu, Philippines, and is saving lives, one mom and one baby at a time.

Glory Reborn aims to birth a generation of Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies, and Hopeful Hearts in Cebu, Philippines. At the very heart of Glory Reborn is the vision to build community through care, education, and relationships with each individual, client, and employee. Glory Reborn’s journey with moms and babies extends beyond the clinical walls to improve the lives of generations to come.

As part of their continuous efforts to invest in high quality, evidence-based care, Glory Reborn is looking to develop their continuing education program for health care workers of the organization.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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