Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy

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) with a doctor of pharmacy degree or a master’s or doctorate degree in Pharmacognosy is needed to serve as a Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy at the University of Malawi College of Medicine (CoM) in Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. CoM expects to play a central role in filling the large health worker shortages in Malawi’s health sector which has very high vacancy rate of doctors/specialists, pharmacists and various specialties, currently at 37%. With this position, the College hopes to increase the number of specialized lecturers who can support training of various cadres of health workers. The Pharmacy Department aims to train pharmacists to have the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values in order to help health institutions with supply chain management.

The Lecturer in Pharmacy & Pharmacognosy will review and develop draft curricula for the Masters of Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine programs and assist with the development of short-term Continuous Professional Development – (CPD) courses for department staff and other interested individuals in related professions. The RPCV will support and mentor students during their classroom work and also as they prepare for their exams. The overall aim of the assignment is for the Volunteer to support the implementation of the current academic program at the bachelor’s level by lecturing in Pharmacognosy classes and assist with the introduction of postgraduate training programs in Pharmacy and Herbal Medicine.

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.

Partner Information

College of Medicine

Required Skills

• A doctor of pharmacy degree or a master’s or doctorate degree in Pharmacognosy
• Postgraduate qualification in drug safety monitoring
• Active pharmacist license
• 2 - 3 years’ experience in curriculum development
• Fluent in English language and good communication skills
• 2 – 3 years’ experience in teaching students in a busy institution
• Experience working in a limited resource setting

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

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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