Drug Prevention Specialist - School

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as a Drug Prevention Specialist - School with the Ministry of Education (MoE), Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Unit in Guyana. Since 2010, the Ministry of Education has had a drug prevention training program, which targets students, teachers and parents. Training is provided to these target audiences in the areas: drug prevention, drug misuse, drug types and classification, search and inspection procedures, legislation for minors and psychosocial support. As the part of the ongoing program expansion from ad hoc training activities to more structured programs, MoE has identified needs for different structured programs that target adolescents, parents, and dormitory schools. The volunteer will be working with the Coordinator for Health, Wellness and Environmental Management to build on the existing program materials to expand the national program.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a master’s degree in Social Work, Public Health, Psychology or other related field and 3-5 years of experience working with adolescent drug prevention programs (including schools) is needed to serve as a Drug Prevention Specialist - School. The Volunteer will help to develop a national substance abuse prevention program focused on alcohol, tobacco and narcotics for students, including students in dormitory schools. Additionally, the Volunteer will support the creation of a structured evidence-based training program for dormitory parents and teachers on substance abuse prevention. The overall goal of this project is to help MoE’s Health and Family Life Education Unit to expand the national drug prevention training program and address the need for more structured programs for students, teachers, and parents.

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.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education (MoE), Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) Unit

Required Skills

• 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
• Master’s Degree in Social Work, Public Health, Psychology or other related field.
• 3-5 years of experience working with adolescent drug prevention programs (including schools)
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making.
• Demonstrated technical writing experience
• Demonstrated project management experience
• 1 year experience working in an international setting, and ability to work in multi-cultural environments.
• Demonstrated experience working with Teachers and Parent Teacher Associations

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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