Support the Design and Delivery of Audiology Training


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

JAD is Jamaica’s main agency for providing hearing services, with hearing assessments being one of the greatest need of our clients. Unfortunately, the agency has not had an audiologist for the past four (4) years. Several attempts have been made to recruit personnel from overseas but that has been unsuccessful. There are no courses available locally in this field; therefore people who wish to pursue the course are forced to go abroad to study. This has had a detrimental impact on our operations.

JAD in the past has successfully worked with Peace Corp Volunteers. Previous collaborations with Peace Corps Jamaica have benefited the organization tremendously by increasing capacity and administrative support. Therefore, a VSPP would be partner with JAD to provide training for the staff personnel at JAD Hearing Services to ensure they are competent in audiology services. The training can also be offered to members of the public who are interested.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners to build the capacity of staff personnel at JAD Hearing Services:
• Co-assess the current knowledge and skills of the JAD staff on key audiological topics
• Co-develop (or adapt existing training) and co-facilitate training that includes the following topics: Introduction to Audiology, code of ethics, how to maintain an audiology clinic, how to administer audiological assessments including Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) on adults and babies, hearing conservation and protection
• Create a manual with training materials for staff

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 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, Mondays to Fridays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (Jamaica time GMT-5). Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to emails, WhatsApp, Zoom meetings and Google Meet. Googledocs can be used to share the projects that are being worked on 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: Master’s degree in audiology

• Experience in managing an audiological clinic or
• 3 years’ experience in the provision of audiology services

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: PhD in audiology

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience: Experience teaching or training in audiology services

Partner background

Name: Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD)

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) is an eighty four (84) year old NGO/charity which seeks to empower and assist the Deaf. The mission of JAD is to effectively manage resources for education, hearing, social services, workforce integration, guidance and advocacy in collaboration with key partners for the advancement of deaf and hard of hearing persons.

JAD operates seven schools for the Deaf across the island with an enrollment of over 200 students. The schools range from kindergarten to high school. JAD provides employment opportunities and skills training for Deaf individuals through its three social enterprises, one of which is Hearing Services which conducts hearing assessments, as well as sell and repair hearing aids.

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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