Community Health Outreach Specialist
Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.
The Community Health Outreach Specialists, with Bachelor’s degrees in health or development and with project management experience, will be placed with the health facilities in the same role that the future 2-year Volunteers will work in. They will help PC/Liberia to refine and test aspects of the new project and will provide feedback about work assignments, community needs, potential Volunteer projects, and challenges to the model of the new health project. In addition, they will build capacity of community health service providers in soft skills for behavior change and M&E; and they will improve maternal and child health outcomes and service utilization for those living 5km of a health facility. The goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteers to contribute to PC/Liberia by providing technical expertise to the new Community Health Project and by providing support to the National Community Health Service Program to reduce maternal and child mortality.
Please note that candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so the departure date is not flexible. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.
• Experience in at least one of the following public health areas during PC service or through at least two years of other professional work in a developing country: maternal health, infant and young child health or nutrition, household WASH, malaria control, household-level health outreach, TB/HIV
• Project management experience and skills demonstrated
• Ability to adapt to and work in a very low-resource environment, including very limited transportation, internet access, and other amenities
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 Liberia
- Liberia 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; ophthalmology; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Liberia, 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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