Rehabilitation Services Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to work as a Rehabilitation Services Specialist with the Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems (SRSHS) project, implemented by UCP Wheels for Humanity (UCPW) in Ukraine. SRSHS is a systems-wide approach to increasing capacity and systems to access durable rehabilitation services for vulnerable populations that began in June 2019 and will be implemented until June 2022. The population-based health care approach seeks to be as inclusive of all Ukrainians, and, has a target on vulnerable populations, such as persons with disabilities and elderly with neurorehabilitation needs. A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) has been requested to support the USAID-funded SRSHS project by serving at the regional hospital of Zaporizhzhia to draw on their clinical rehab experience to build locally contextual rehab service protocols.

The PCRV will work closely with the Hospital Rehab Coordinator (HRC) to support standardization of care through protocol development, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The PCRV will aid hospital administrators to draft rehab service outlines for three priority services: a) traumatic brain injury; b) stroke; and c) spinal cord injury. In collaboration with the hospital staff and the HRC, the PCRV will also develop a protocol for administering clinical placement training and advance protocol development by incorporating learning from other hospitals and UK-based consultant.

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

Partner Information

UCP Wheels for Humanity

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
• Experience practicing rehabilitation in an inpatient setting as a PT, OT, RN or PR&M
• Experience and/or demonstrated interest contextualizing rehab clinical and management protocols within LMIC health services
• Strong written English skills
• Basic Russian or Ukrainian language skills required
• Evidence of personal maturity and patience to work under challenging circumstances including flexibility in adapting to local situations and constraints

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.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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