Nurse Educator- Midwifery Specialist

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 PhD in Midwifery or equivalent such as PhD Public Health (Maternal and Child Health/health systems/ epidemiology) and at least two years’ experience teaching and supervising research at the university level is needed to serve as a Nurse Educator- Midwifery Specialist in the Midwifery Department at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Faculty of Health Sciences, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The Midwifery Department has begun implementing a Master of Science in Midwifery Program. This program is clinically oriented and designed to equip graduates thereof with advanced clinical skills that include all basic emergency obstetric care signal functions, as well as manage high dependence maternal patients in tertiary hospital centres or their equivalent. There are also plans to develop other midwifery related programs at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, which includes review of existing curricula, with a view to restructure basic and postgraduate midwifery training to allow it to respond to national and regional needs, as well as meet international standards in midwifery. The assistance of a PCRV is needed to help the department developed advanced, current skills in midwifery and neonatology, including in-service training of departmental staff to refresh and update their skills.

The Nurse Educator- Midwifery Specialist will assist the university by participating in the development and review of undergraduate and graduate curricula in Midwifery and assisting in postgraduate teaching of Midwifery students. The PCRV will also assist in research mentoring of postgraduate students and collaborate on the development of short course modules for workshops as a capacity building initiative for in-service midwifery clinicians in the country. The overall goal of the assignment is to build the capacity of UNESWA’s Midwifery Department through skills transfer, curriculum development, and mentoring of students and departmental staff.

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

University of Eswatini (UNESWA); Faculty of Health Sciences

Required Skills

• PhD in Midwifery or equivalent, such as PhD Public Health (Maternal and Child Health/health systems/ epidemiology)
• Experience in large research projects
• Experience in teaching and research supervision at the university level
• Experience in grant proposal writing
• Experience in curriculum development and review

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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