Basic Science Lecturer in Microbiology and Parasitology

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Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is in need of two Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as Lecturers in Microbiology and Parasitology at the Kamuzu College of Nursing without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a Master of Science with a focus on Microbiology or Parasitology, experience in teaching Microbiology or Parasitology and excellent communication and writing skills. Experience working with nursing, medical and/or other allied science students in a low resource setting, research, innovative teaching methods such as online teaching, and ability to develop teaching resources for both in-person and online teaching is desired.

Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) was established in 1979 as a constituent college of the University of Malawi and has two campuses in Lilongwe and Blantyre. It is the first and main training institution for registered nurses and midwives in Malawi. KCN has trained highly qualified and dedicated nursing and midwifery personnel for Malawi and surrounding regions. The school offers a total of 23 academic programs including a four-years Bachelor of Science degree programs in Nursing, Midwifery, Child Health, Mental Health, Community Health, and Adult Health as well as Master’s degree programs in Midwifery, Reproductive Health, Child Health, Adult Health, and Nursing Education. KCN also has a University Certificate program in Midwifery and two PhD programs.

The PCRV Basic Science Lecturer in Microbiology and Parasitology will develop lesson plans for nursing and midwifery students, teach in-person and remotely using technology, develop examinations, grade student activities, develop and identify teaching resources, update science laboratory protocols, recommend equipment for science laboratory and attend departmental and faculty meetings. Additionally, lecturers will mentor a KCN staff member to continue course following the Response Volunteers end of service. PCRVs are expected to report on their activities through Peace Corps reporting tools twice during their service.


Peace Corps Response established its "Advancing Health Professionals" program in 2019. Response Volunteers serving with the AHP program seek to improve health outcomes on a societal level by providing high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that enhance the quality of healthcare.

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 Malawi together as a group. While the whole group's departure dates could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN)

Required Skills

• Master of Science with focus on Microbiology or Parasitology
• Experience in teaching Microbiology or Parasitology to nursing or medical students
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Fluent in English language

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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