Psychosocial Counseling 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 degrees in Counselling or Counselling Psychology and postgraduate training in education and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in classroom and or counselling is needed to serve as Psychosocial Counseling Lecturer St John of God College of Health Sciences in Malawi, without the provision of direct medical care to patients or clinical supervision of students. The Psychosocial Counselling Department of the College has been in existence since 2003, providing professional training for psychosocial counsellors in Malawi. Currently the department has only two full time lecturers, and this impacts quality of classroom and practicum teaching for the students.

The Psychosocial Counseling Lecturer will help with the work in the Skills Lab helping to organize it and support students with their skills check off some of the time in addition to their college lecturing responsibilities. They will supervise and/or mentor 50% of the competencies and teach practicum case studies and subjects for students and check the students’ logbooks. The PCRV will design forms/books to allow signing of the students at each site for all skills achieved and work with fellow faculty to ensure that each student gets adequate supervision of at least six contact hours per week during practicum placement by checking their records. They will support the college and build staff capacity in writing grant proposals specifically for counselling skills lab equipment

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

St John of God College of Health Sciences

Required Skills

• Minimum of Bachelor of Arts in Counselling or Counselling Psychology and postgraduate training in education
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in classroom and or counselling
• Functional knowledge and expertise in counselling and development of counselling skills lab procedures and scenarios.
• 1-2 years’ experience working in a limited resource setting
• English speaking
• Experience in teaching
• Oral and written Communication skills
• Interpersonal skills
• Counselling practical skills
• Student assessment skills
• Proposal development writing skills

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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