Midwifery Educator

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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) who is a Certified Nurse Midwife with a Master’s Degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), 3-5 years’ clinical experience as midwife, and teaching experience in both lecture and skills lab simulation and training is needed to work with students in the classroom and skills lab settings without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students at the Archbishop Antony Mayala School of Nursing (AAMSoN) in the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS). Currently, there is no staff member available with the requisite skills to provide skills lab teaching to students. The few identified clinical preceptors at Bugando Medical Center have yet to be trained to teach students in the simulation lab. AAMSoN has had an ongoing relationship with Peace Corps over the past 5 years, with nurses and nurse midwife educators providing assistance and mentoring students and faculty. AAMSoN has requested the assistance of a PCRV to serve as a Midwifery Educator to strengthen students’ skills and faculty capacity through skills lab teaching/simulation.

The PCRV will work with the Dean of the School of Nursing, and the Volunteer would be a part of the AAMSoN academic staff to mentor young faculty members and teach Midwifery, Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), and simulation exercises/scenarios in the skills lab. The primary goals would be assisting with the transition of HBB courses into curriculum as it moves from an external initiative with the University Nursing Students Association of Tanzania (UNSATA) into the scheduled coursework; training nursing students in skills lab and simulation training in foundational midwifery skills prior to beginning their clinical rotation for a large number of students; working with fellow faculty to identify priority skills that map to the course theoretical content and providing training in the lab to master these skills/competencies; assisting in midwifery lectures, especially as it relates to preparing to bridge the classroom theory into practice during hands-on skills training; and providing refresher skills lab and simulation training in more complex patient scenarios to fourth year students in midwifery and to help prepare students for assessments. 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 main goal of the assignment is to enhance students’ learning, including imparting requisite skills through skills lab practices, and ensuring smooth transition and continued HBB training by the student lead Master Trainer’s team.

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

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS): Archbishop Antony Mayala School of Nursing (AAMSoN)

Required Skills

• Certified Nurse Midwife with either a Master’s Degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP),
• 3-5 years’ clinical experience as midwife,
• Teaching experience in both lecture and skills lab simulation and training.
• Experience working or volunteering in a low resource setting and across cultures
• Ability to obtain nursing licensure in Tanzania (selectee would need to compile and submit all official documentation requested for processing by Peace Corps Tanzania)

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 Tanzania

  • Tanzania may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten and peanut.
  • After arrival in Tanzania, 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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