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 a related field and experience in maternal health, infant and young child health or nutrition, malaria control, household-level health outreach, TB/HIV will be placed with different NGOs working on those aspects of community health. PCRVs will also act as a vital partner in the USG DREAMS initiative to keep girls in schools by creating linkages to youth friendly services, stronger social protection systems and better family and community support. As part of the initial cohort participating in Peace Corps’ re-entry, the PCRVs can expect to help further develop relationships with the partner organizations, refine the needs assessment, and prepare the way for the 2-year Peace Corps Volunteers to follow.
Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Kenya together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
• At least two years’ experience in one of the following public health areas during Peace Corps service or through other professional work in a developing country: maternal health, infant and young child health or nutrition, malaria control, household-level health outreach, TB/HIV
• Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or a minimum of two years working overseas in an international development context
• Flexibility and patience to adapt to changing circumstances and work without constant or close supervision
• Intercultural communication and relationship-building skills
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 Kenya
All Volunteers receive necessary and appropriate health care during service. In every post where Volunteers serve abroad, the Peace Corps maintains a health unit staffed by one or more health-care providers, called Peace Corps Medical Officers. After a 6-year hiatus, the first groups of Volunteers to return to Kenya will be subject to strict medical clearance requirements in order for staff to fully assess local healthcare resources and infrastructure. After arrival in Kenya, Peace Corps provides, and Volunteers are required to have, an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.
Please visit Peace Corps’ Medical Care During Service page for more information.
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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