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A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as an Epidemiology Specialist with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Guyana. The Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit, within the Ministry of Health, is currently undergoing several changes to improve its functions in relation to data collection, analysis, interpretation of data and management. The Pan American Health Organization will be providing a consultant to support the MoH in the preparation of a plan to strengthen the national and regional surveillance system, particularly in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. To complement the development of this plan, MoH has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer with epidemiological and surveillance experience to operationalize the plan, as well as provide mentorship and training to the staff within unit.
A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a master’s degree in Statistics, Epidemiology, Medical Surveillance, Health Informatics, Health Information Systems or other related field, at least 3 years of health and data analysis experience, and demonstrated mentoring or coaching experience is needed to assist the MoH with the implementation of the plan to strengthen the national and regional surveillance system, in collaboration with the epidemiology and surveillance unit staff, and the PCRV will review the components within the COVID-19 surveillance and response system and provide suggestions for its improvement. The PCRV will also build staff capacity within the Surveillance Unit based on identified needs through mentorship and formal and informal training. Although the main focus will be on the COVID-19 response, the skills gained will be used to address other disease conditions such as HIV, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases. The overall goal of this project is to support the implementation of the MoH plan to strengthen the national and regional surveillance and develop any needed guidelines and/or protocols that would enable the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit to implement it effectively.
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.
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
• Master’s Degree in Statistics, Epidemiology, Medical Surveillance, Health Informatics, Health Information Systems or other related field
• Demonstrated capacity for problem-solving and decision-making
• Experience conducting training for adult learners
• At least 3 years of experience data analysis tools such as SPSS and Epi Info
• At least 3 years’ experience implementing research methodologies
• At least 3 years of health experience
• Experience working in multi-cultural environments
• Demonstrated mentoring or coaching experience
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.
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