District DREAMS Coordinator

Before You Apply

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

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as a District DREAMS Coordinator with JHPIEGO. DREAMS is an ambitious partnership aimed at adolescent girls in Malawi and other sub-Saharan countries to help girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDs-Free, Mentored, Safe (DREAMS) women by reducing the number of new HIV infections among 15- to 24-year-old women by 40%. Young people in Malawi have specific challenges and vulnerabilities related to the current HIV/AIDS epidemic in the country. Progress has been made in reducing AIDs incidences in Malawi, but HIV remains a major obstacle to Malawian development.

Three District DREAMS Coordinators with two years’ experience in working with health systems in a developing country and demonstrated commitment to capacity strengthening of local stakeholders will be the key role in coordinating, collaborating, and communicating between implementing partners under the DREAMS project and the district. They will collaborate with the District AIDS Coordinator (DAC), convene regular DREAMS coordination meetings in Blantyre to include implementing partners, government counterparts, and other stakeholders. Other duties include supporting the development of detailed district mapping of partners and their activities for improved coordination and efficiency, strengthening the capacity of the DAC for coordination of HIV activities, and identifying and addressing any implementation of challenges occurring on the ground.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Malawi at the same time. 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.

Partner Information

JHPIEGO

Required Skills

• Strong experience in coordination
• Bachelor’s Degree in Health, Education, or related fields
• 2 years’ experience in Health Systems in a developing country
• Demonstrated commitment to capacity strengthening of local stakeholders
• Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal communication skills
• Strong planning, creative thinking, and problem solving skills
• Self-motivated, forward thinking, and able to analyze challenges and gaps

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 also 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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