Medical Educator: Pharmacy

Project Description

The 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 Pharmacy Medical Educator, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a Masters in Pharmacy degree with experience in teaching and research supervision at the university level.

The Pharmacy program at Eswatini Medical Christian University (EMCU) provides training that aims at strengthening the health sector in meeting the human resource needs faced by the Ministry of Health. The 2009 Human Resource for Health Report shows that health service delivery in Eswatini continues to be hindered by a shortage of human resources for health. A growing need for evidence-based patient management requires highly trained pharmacy practitioners who will work at the highest level of quality. Hospitals and other health care facilities and accrediting entities, consider it a pre-requisite for any pharmacy to be run by competent and well-trained individuals, and we aim to produce such health cadres.

This Peace Corps Response assignment will strengthen the quality of the curriculum and the quality of the program's graduates. The PCRV will work alongside local faculty to teach and mentor the Bachelor of Pharmacy students. The PCRV will teach pharmacy lessons, supervise student proposals and research projects, undertake relevant research, work with the University team to develop new modules, programs, and innovative teaching methods, and develop curriculum, policy, and procedures and assess program outcomes. PCRVs are expected to report on their service through post designed reporting tools twice during their service.

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 by providing high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions that 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 Eswatini together as a group. While the whole group's departure dates 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 Pharmacy or Doctor of Pharmacy
• 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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