Adolescent Health Specialist – Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services
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A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as an Adolescent Health Specialist – Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services with the Ministry of Health (MoH), Adolescent Health Unit (AHU) in Guyana. Adolescents throughout Guyana face unique challenges, and youth/adolescent-friendly services provide them the opportunity to widen their experiences, gain knowledge about health information, acquire skills to develop healthy lifestyles, empower themselves to make healthy decisions related to their development, and influence positive behavioral changes amongst their peers. AHU’s goal is to implement adolescent-friendly services nationwide, but over the years the Ministry of Health has tried several models with limited success The Ministry of Health would like to align their Youth/Adolescent-friendly services program with the WHO Orientation Programme on Adolescent Health for Health Care. The overall aim is to orient health-care providers to the special characteristics of adolescents and appropriate approaches to addressing some of their health needs and problems. The volunteer will assess the current program, including understanding the challenges faced by health care workers and adolescents, and will work with the MoH Adolescent Health Focal Point to develop a new strategy for the implementation of the Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services program.
A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, International Development, Youth Development or Program Design, with a focus on Youth/Adolescent health, and 3-5 years of experience implementing Youth/Adolescent-friendly services programs is needed to serve as an Adolescent Health Specialist – Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services. The Volunteer will assist the Guyana Ministry of Health to strengthen the Youth-Friendly Services programme within the Adolescent Health Unit by conducting a review of the current Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services program and developing a strategy for the implementation of Guyana’s Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Service, using the WHO Global standards for Quality Healthcare Services for Adolescents and the WHO Making Health Services Adolescent-Friendly standards. The volunteer will also design a monitoring and evaluation plan to track the effectiveness Youth/Adolescent-Friendly Services program. The overall goal of this project is to build the capacity of health-care providers to meet the needs of adolescents.
Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Guyana together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
Adolescent Heath Unit (AHU)/Ministry of Health (MOH)
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Nursing, Sociology, Social Work, International Development, Youth Development or Program Design, with a focus on Youth/Adolescent health.
• A strong working knowledge of strategic planning, data analysis, and project monitoring and evaluation.
• 3-5 years of experience implementing Youth/Adolescent-friendly services programs
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making.
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