Maternal and Child Health Behavior Change Trainer

Project Description

Breakthrough ACTION in Guatemala has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Maternal and Child Health Behavior Change Trainer. Breakthrough ACTION Guatemala is currently in the implementation phase of using an integrated social and behavior change (SBC) approach within the realm of activities that encompass nutrition, family planning, maternal and child health, WASH, governance, and transformative gender approaches. To that end, the project provides technical support to the Ministry of Health, local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and technical schools, and USAID implementing partners (IPs) to build their capacity to use the SBC tools and materials developed by Breakthrough ACTION. Breakthrough ACTION Guatemala has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to collaborate with Community Facilitators because they are key actors for behavior change as they work at the individual, family and community level promoting behaviors and working with community leaders to support behavior change processes.

The PCRV will guide and strengthen the interpersonal communication and counseling skills of Community Facilitators who are in charge of conducting home visits, and organizing group discussions among grandmothers, young mothers, men, midwives, traditional healers, and indigenous and religious authorities. The PCRV will also provide technical assistance to Community Facilitators in the use of SBC tools to effectively reach the home, community, and mass media and social networks. The goal of the assignment is to strengthen the capacity of Community Facilitators to use SBC tools in their home visits and group discussion.

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 Guatemala together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Breakthrough ACTION based at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP)

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
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any health-related field OR degree in any field with at least two years of work experience in health-related field.
• Knowledge of SBC theories and community engagement techniques and approaches.
• Exposure to community-led activities and participatory methodologies.
• Experience developing training tools for low literacy groups.
• Advanced proficiency in written and spoken Spanish.
• Patience and ability to easily adapt and integrate into different socioeconomic and cultural conditions.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills to establish solid working relationships with important local stakeholders in an intercultural environment.

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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Medical Considerations

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