Nurse Educator: Psychiatric/Mental Health 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 a Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing and experience in teaching and research supervision at the university level is needed to serve as a Nurse Educator- Psychiatric/Mental Health Specialist in the Department of Community Health Nursing Science 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 Department of Community Health Nursing Science is in the process of finalizing a proposal for a Master’s Degree in child and adolescent mental health. The exchange of best practices in nursing education in psychiatric/mental health through the PCRV will strengthen the quality of the curriculum for both undergraduate and master’s programs and the quality of the graduates produced by the department. Furthermore, the department’s philosophy of promoting health for communities through evidence-based practices requires continuous engagement in research. The PCRV will work alongside local faculty to teach and mentor Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing students and will also help in equipping the department staff with grant proposal writing and management skills, to assist in strengthening and promoting mental health.

The Nurse Educator- Psychiatric/Mental Health Specialist will assist the university by conducting lectures to undergraduate and graduate students in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing and participating in the development and review of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate curricula in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing. The PCRV will also train and serve as an advisor to department staff on research grant proposal writing and grant management. The overall goal of the assignment is to facilitate learning in undergraduate and graduate training of Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing.

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)

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in Psychiatric/Mental Health nursing
• Experience in curriculum development and review
• Experience in teaching and research supervision at university level
• Team player
• Flexible to serve in under-resourced settings with experience living/working in different cultures

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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