Family Practitioner Nurse Educator

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, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Family Practitioner Nurse Educator with Mother Patern College of Health Sciences in Liberia, working with students in the classroom and skills lab settings without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The Mother Patern College of Health Sciences is an institution of higher learning which aims to train nurses who can meet the health care needs of their societies. MPCHS develops and implements tertiary education programs that are unique in Liberia and fulfill emergent needs in the health care arena. Faculty and staff have identified the strategic goal of providing advanced education for a mid-level practitioner. The severe shortage of locally trained physicians to assist in meeting the primary health care needs of the country requires innovative solutions to prepare a mid-level practitioner that is educationally prepared to fill the gaps in health care delivery. Well-educated Nurse Practitioners are qualified to diagnosis and treat complex health conditions of the body and mind and work autonomously or in collaboration with other healthcare professionals to deliver family-focused primary health care. Currently, there is a lack of available educators at MPCHS with the requisite knowledge to design the necessary curriculum to offer such a program.

As a Family Practitioner Nurse Educator, the PCRV will have a number of duties designed to help the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences achieve its goals. The main duty of the PCRV will be to design the curriculum for a master’s level Nurse Practitioner program. To accomplish this, benchmarking activities and needs assessment will be undertaken. The Volunteer will also participate in the development and review of other graduate level curricula. Secondarily, the PCRV will provide partial support the Masters in Nursing/Midwifery Education program through classroom teaching assignments. This position will not include involvement in or provision of any direct patient assessment, management, or care, the provision of any counseling services, or any supervision or conducting of clinical research. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity of MPCHS to produce well-educated and qualified Nurse Practitioners.

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 these are approximate departure dates and might change due to programmatic need. Applicants will be notified if the date does change. This position is part of a cohort and all selected invitees will depart for Liberia at the same time.

Partner Information

Mother Patern College of Health Sciences

Required Skills

• Nurse Practitioner, with at least a master’s degree in nursing and certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
• 5 years’ experience working as a Nurse Practitioner
• Experience teaching at the university level
• Eligible for licensure

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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