The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an Audiology Trainer. JAD was established in 1938 with the objective of improving the quality of life for Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons in Jamaica. JAD provides education, vocational training for members of the Deaf community, as well as social services, which include support for workforce integration and advocacy for full inclusion in mainstream society. JAD also operates JAD Hearing Services (JADHS) which was established in 1963 out of the necessity to identify children with hearing loss for special school placement. With increased awareness about the importance of monitoring hearing health among children and workers in industries with high noise levels, there is a growing demand for hearing health assessment services, and JAD is seeking audiology training support from a PCRV to enhance the capacity of JADHS to meet that demand.
The PCRV will work closely with the principal of the St. Christopher’s School for the Deaf, the Coordinator of JAD Hearing Services and the Director of Business Development at JAD to develop training materials, a code of regulation for JADHS, and educational materials for clients about hearing conservation and protection. The PCRV will also work with staff to determine ways in which the team can build and maintain practices around services related to administration, patient care, and improving operational efficiency. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the capacity of the staff personnel to ensure they are competent in assessing, diagnosing and supporting the needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
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 Jamaica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD)
• 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
• Masters in Audiology
• Experience in managing an audiological clinic
• Experience in training adults
• Demonstrated communication skills, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills
• Ability to analyze information
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