Medical Educator: Microbiology (Laboratory Sciences)

Project Description

The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences at Eswatini Medical Christian University has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) in Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, to serve as a Medical Educator: Microbiology (Laboratory Sciences), without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students.

The growing need in Eswatini for evidence-based patient management requires highly trained laboratory practitioners who will work at the highest level of quality. Hospitals and other health care facilities, as well as accrediting entities, consider it a prerequisite for any medical diagnosis laboratory to be run by competent and well-trained individuals, and the department’s aim is to produce such health cadres. The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences aims to produce graduates who are dedicated to the management and generation of accurate high-quality testing and test results to support the diagnosis and monitoring of patients. The PCRV will work alongside local faculty to teach and mentor Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences students and work with the university team in the development of new modules, programs and innovative teaching.

The Medical Educator: Microbiology (Laboratory Sciences) will assist the university by teaching didactic and laboratory courses in Medical Bacteriology and Virology and participating in the development of curriculum, policy and procedures and assessment of program outcomes. The PCRV will also supervise student project proposals and research projects. The overall goal of the assignment is to strengthen the quality of the Microbiology curriculum and the quality of the graduates produced by the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences.

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

Partner Information

Eswatini Medical Christian University

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 Medical Bacteriology, Medical Virology or any Medical Laboratory Sciences-Related Degree
• Experience in teaching and research supervision at university level
• Team player
• Flexible to serve in under-resourced settings with experience living/working in different cultures

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 Eswatini

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Medical Considerations

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