Capacity Building Nurse - HIV/AIDS & Clinic Management Specialist

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

As part of the Advancing Health Professionals (AHP) program, three Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) with a degree in nursing and two to three years’ experience with managing and coordinating effective and efficient health services and systems in an outpatient clinic that sees a high volume of HIV/AIDS patients is needed to work with Lighthouse Trust in Malawi. Lighthouse Trust contributes to Malawi’s national response to HIV by building capacity in the health sector in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and providing high quality care, and support services for people living with HIV/AIDs (PLHIV) while adhering to the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals. The UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals encourage countries to diagnose people living with HIV, provide sustained antiretroviral treatment, and have viral suppression through antiretroviral therapy by 2020.

The PCRV will serve at a Lighthouse Trust clinic in Malawi to build the capacity of the clinic staff, as well as the associated medical wards and satellite clinics without the provision of direct medical care or clinical supervision. The Response Volunteer will train clinic counselors at each clinic to improve counselling services for increased patient adherence to treatment and conduct regular professional development sessions for nurses and clinical staff focusing on areas such as nurse initiated antiretroviral treatment (ART), employing effective models of care from the Malawi HIV Management Guidelines, and best practices for infection control. The Volunteer will also lead mentoring and training programs for staff and students, organize the workflow and patient education opportunities, and champion test and treat and other protocols to ensure they are implemented effectively and efficiently. The primary goal of the assignment is to build the capacity of clinicians and nursing staff to improve services and client care.

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 through the provision of high-level, specialized service in the health sector. AHP projects include programming such as nursing education, health systems strengthening, service delivery improvement, and other non-clinical interventions which enhance the quality of healthcare.

Please note that the departure date for this position is tentative and may change, and applicants will be notified if the date does change. This position is part of a cohort and all selected invitees will depart for Malawi at the same time.

Partner Information

Lighthouse Trust

Required Skills

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing with post graduate training in Public Health
• Interest and experience in mentoring and training with staff and students.
• Two to three years’ experience with managing and coordinating effective and efficient health services and systems in an outpatient clinic that sees a high volume of HIV/AIDS patients
• Two to Five years’ experience with Quality Improvement
• Significant experience working in a low resource health system
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• Active US nursing license

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 in Malawi

  • Malawi may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Malawi, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

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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