Nurse Educator- Research Skills Methodology

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Project Description

Advancing Health Professionals (AHP): a Peace Corps Response program, is in need of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as Nurse Educator – Research Methodology at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Faculty of Health Sciences without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The position requires a PhD in research methodology or equivalent, a minimum of two years’ experience teaching research methodology in an academic setting, and at least three published studies and experience in research supervision at the university level.

The UNESWA Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of General Nursing Science offers a Bachelors of Nursing Science with a midwifery option, a community mental health option, a post-diploma certificate in Nephrology, and a Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practice. Undergraduate students are actively involved in research which includes proposal development, data collection and analysis. The master’s students complete a thesis earning 12 credits, which is spread over two semesters.

The PCRV will supervise and provide guidance to students on research methodology and processes without being involved in the actual data collection, and will teach alongside local faculty and mentor nursing students in the classroom and other non-clinical settings. The PCRV will identify online scientific research resources relevant to health, monitor undergraduate and master’s student research from proposal to completion, organize four research workshops and guide staff on publishing two research articles for the institution. PCRVs are expected to report on their activities 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 uncertainties relating to Peace Corps and local partners resuming volunteer operations. Invitees 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

The University of Eswatini. (UNESWA) Faculty of Health Sciences, Mbabane, Hhohho region.

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
• PhD holder in research methodology or equivalent to lecture and supervise undergraduate and post graduate students
• Research specialty
• Minimum of two years’ experience teaching research methodology in an academic setting
• At least three published studies
• Experience in research supervision at the 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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