Lecturer- Mental Health

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 Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in mental health or psychiatric nursing and three years or more experience in nursing education is needed to serve as Mental Health Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences department at Busitema University in Uganda, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The university was opened to address the health manpower gap in Uganda. The Ugandan government recognizes mental health as a serious public health and development concern, and has recently implemented a number of reforms aimed at strengthening the country's mental health system. With only 3% of general nursing training focusing on mental health in Uganda, there is need for more robust training of nurses in mental health so that they are more capable of handling the increasing rise of mental health conditions in Uganda.

The Mental Health Lecturer will assist the university by working with nursing students in lecture and tutorial settings. The PCRV will mentor faculty in nursing education with focus on mental health and help in developing new courses and tutorial problems. They will attend grand rounds where one or two cases are selected, presented and discussed by the lecturers, in presence of all students and this support students in seeing the role of nursing in patient outcomes especially in mental health. The PCRV will conduct lectures in mental health for third and fourth year nursing students, including setting, supervising, and marking exams.

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

Busitema University, Faculty Of Health Sciences

Required Skills

• Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice with a focus in mental health or psychiatric nursing
• Interest and experience in mentoring and training staff and students.
• Three years or more experience in nursing education
• Active U.S. nursing license
• Experience working in a low resource health system
• Excellent communication and writing skills
• A good understanding and appreciation of intercultural dynamics and differences.

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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