Nurse Educator - Basic Sciences Lecturer

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 degree in education with focus in any basic sciences disciplines such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, parasitology or biochemistry with 2-3 years’ teaching experience in an academic setting is needed to serve as a Basic Sciences Lecturer at Mzuzu University in Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The Nursing and Midwifery Department’s mission is to provide high quality nursing and midwifery education, training and research in Malawi to meet the health needs of the nation and worldwide. The PCRV will be involved in teaching of Basic Sciences courses for the Nursing and Midwifery students during the first year of their four year program. This is because the university is highly understaffed and the department does not have a member of staff who is responsible for the teaching of such courses.

The Basic Sciences Lecturer will teach classes in subjects like anatomy and physiology, microbiology, parasitology and health assessment, collaborate with other faculty to develop and administer Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in non-clinical settings, as well as assessment criteria. The PCRV will instruct students when practicing testing and sample observation skills in the science laboratory or when instructors are not present during open lab hours. The goal of this assignment is to mentor and build capacity of staff in classroom skills training scenarios.

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

Mzuzu University (MZUNI)

Required Skills

• Bachelor of Science in education with focus in any basic sciences disciplines such as anatomy and physiology, microbiology, parasitology or biochemistry
• 2-3 years’ teaching experience in an academic setting
• Able to effectively teach in classroom and skills laboratory.
• Fluent in English language and communication
• 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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