STOMP Out Malaria Coordinator

Before You Apply

Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a STOMP Out Malaria Coordinator in Kigali. The President’s Malaria Initiative is the largest institutional partner of the Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative with collaboration in 14 African countries where Peace Corps and PMI overlap. Launched in 2005, PMI aims to reduce malaria-related deaths by 50% in 19 countries in Africa that have a high burden of malaria by expanding coverage of four highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures to the most vulnerable populations: pregnant women and children under five years of age. These interventions include insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs), indoor residual spraying (IRS) with insecticides, intermittent preventative treatment for pregnant women (IPTp), and prompt use of artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs). PMI is led by USAID and implemented together with the CDC. IntraHealth is implementing the Ingobyi Activity, a five-year award aimed at improving the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and malaria services, in a sustainable manner with the goal of reducing neonatal, child and maternal mortality in Rwanda. Ingobyi Activity builds upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made as well as previous USAID investments in the health sector to provide a healthier, more productive future for all Rwandans. While working for the Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), the previous PCRV was responsible for supervising field activities for the Intermittent Screening and Treatment of malaria in Pregnancy (ISTp) study. Although this particular study has since finished, the Ingobyi project will actively involve the Volunteer at a similar capacity with ongoing and future RMNCH and malaria integrated projects.

A PCRV with a Bachelor’s Degree in public health or related field and experience in conducting community health programming in a low-resource environment is needed to implement malaria related projects. The Volunteer will advocate for and coordinate malaria activities among PCVs as well as support and improve the implementation of programs at the community level in selected Ingobyi-supported districts by supporting community case management activities. With IntraHealth the Volunteer will support implementation of infection prevention and control activities, data entry and analysis of malaria and RMNCH generate data, and in the development of success stories and program briefs. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the support for malaria related projects in Kigali.

Partner Information

IntraHealth International

Required Skills

• A Bachelors or Masters Degree in public health, biological sciences, psychology or related field.
• At least two years of experience conducting community health programming in a low-resource environment.
• Ability to research, develop and present training materials to a broad spectrum of clients, using adult learning and non-formal education principles.
• Experience developing and using evaluation tools to monitor the efficacy of training programs and programmatic interventions.
• Knowledge of Peace Corps programming and training methodologies, and how Volunteers coordinate with host-country partners at the community level.
• Ability to help PMI and the Peace Corps culturally inflect programming and training initiatives to have the best chance of success in the field.
• Strong computer and internet-based research 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 in Rwanda

  • Rwanda may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; mammography; seizure disorder; urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Rwanda, 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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