Public Health Specialist

Project Description

Hardap Regional Health Directorate: Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in Namibia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Public Health Specialist. The main aim of the Community Based Health Workers program is to bring health services closer to the community by strengthening the ministry’s health promotion and disease prevention through Health Extension Workers (HEWs). The Hardap Regional Health Directorate understands the importance of investing in health coordination and collaboration efforts particularly those implemented by the HEWs, as well as designing a functional primary health care delivery model.

The PCRV will work directly with the Office of the Regional Director of the MoHSS to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the roles and mandates of all stakeholders currently present in the region and assist with the development of a region-specific community-based health education service delivery model. The PCRV will also co-design and co-plan the training schedule for the HEWs and other staff required to be trained in the new model.

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

Partner Information

Hardap Regional Health Directorate: Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Public Health,Health Administration, or related field
• Background in Community Health Promotion/ Education
• Program planning and design knowledge and skills
• Training and facilitation skills
• Strong monitoring and evaluation skills
• Open to learning the Afrikaans language
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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 Namibia

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Medical Considerations

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