Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy

Project Description

The Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES) in Malawi has requested support from the Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) program for a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a doctor of pharmacy degree or a master’s or doctorate degree in Pharmacognosy to serve as a Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. KUHES expects to play a central role in filling the large health worker shortages in Malawi’s health sector which has very high vacancy rate of doctors/specialists, pharmacists and various specialties, currently at 37%. With this position, the university hopes to increase the number of specialized lecturers who can support training of various cadres of health workers. The Pharmacy Department aims to train pharmacists to have the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in order to help health institutions with supply chain management.

The Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy will review and develop draft curricula for the Masters of Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine programs and assist with the development of short-term Continuous Professional Development – (CPD) courses for department staff and other interested individuals in related professions. The RPCV will support and mentor students during their classroom work and also as they prepare for their exams. The overall aim of the assignment is for the Volunteer to support the implementation of the current academic program at the bachelor’s level by lecturing in Pharmacognosy classes and assist with the introduction of postgraduate training programs in Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine.

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 through the provision of high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include programming such as nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions which 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, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHES)

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
• A doctor of pharmacy degree or a master’s or doctorate degree in Pharmacognosy
• Postgraduate qualification in drug safety monitoring
• Active pharmacist license
• 2 - 3 years’ experience in curriculum development
• Fluent in English language and good communication skills
• 2 – 3 years’ experience in teaching students in a busy institution
• Experience working in a limited resource setting

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.

Serving in Malawi

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