Health & HIV/AIDS Capacity Building – Local Government Volunteer
You can only have one active Peace Corps Volunteer application, so choose a position that best fits your skills and interest. You have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like to be considered for other openings and more about the ones that interest you most! See application process
As a Local Government Capacity Building Volunteer, you will be assigned to a District AIDS Coordinator’s (DAC) office, responsible for coordinating the district HIV response, or a Social and Community Development (S&CD;) office, responsible for community development and social welfare programs, including orphans and vulnerable children and community home-based care for People Living with HIV.
If placed in a DAC office, you will work alongside the District AIDS Coordinators and the Assistant District AIDS Coordinator to develop an annual evidence-based plan for the district HIV response using, identifying and analyzing available data during the planning process. You will also work with the District Multi-sectoral AIDS Committee (DMSAC) and its sub-committees, including civil society organizations supported by the DMSAC to identify organizational skills gaps and facilitate relevant trainings; as well as assisting in implementing, coordinating and monitoring the implementation of HIV programs/projects/strategies as articulated by the evidence based plan.
If placed in an S&CD; office, you will work alongside social workers to provide care and support to families affected by HIV and AIDS illness and death. You may assist in identifying families in need and linking them to social services in the community and strengthening social service systems. You may work in the Community Development (e.g. home economics, poverty eradication), and/or Social Welfare section (e.g. orphans and vulnerable children, community home-based care, working with already established community support groups) of the S&CD; office. Volunteers in S&CD; offices are also instrumental in data and database management.
Please note there are multiple health projects in Botswana from which to choose, and you can only have one active Peace Corps application at a time. You are encouraged to closely review each of the Botswana project descriptions and select the one that not only fits your interests, but also best aligns your skill set with the required and desired skills listed in the description. You will have the opportunity in your application materials to tell us if you are open to being considered for other program options within Botswana, outside of the one for which you choose to apply.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Master of Public Health degree or Master of Arts/Master of Science degree in Public Health
• Certified Physician Assistant or Public Health Nurse with expressed interest in public/community health
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Health, or Nursing
Additional desired skills for all candidates include:
• Degree in social services, or community development, advanced degrees preferred (Master’s in Social Work)
• Experience working in a government office
• Experience working in or with nongovernmental organizations
• Experience in HIV and AIDS programs, social work, counseling, project planning, implementation, coordination and monitoring and evaluation or experience in overall organizational management
Required Language Skills
As a Volunteer in Botswana, you will be assigned to an organization and work a full week based on the hours of the organization. The Government work day is 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. You will be expected to dress professionally and abide by the Government’s dress code if placed in a Government office or school.
During pre-service training, you will live with a local family who will share Botswana culture and traditions, teach you how to manage village life and practice speaking Setswana with you. During your service, you will live in accommodation identified by your organization and approved by Peace Corps. You will have a modest dwelling that may be on a family compound. Volunteers in rural towns may have electricity and running water, while this may not be available in rural villages. You will be matched to your site based on your knowledge, skills and experience. You must be prepared to accept the living conditions at site, as you will be living under the same conditions as the people with and for whom you work. Some sites are isolated with the closest shopping up to 2 hours away.
While Botswana is generally tolerant, values and mores concerning sexual orientation and gender identity are more conservative than in the US. Volunteers will need to be mindful of cultural norms, and use their judgment to determine the best way to approach sexual orientation and gender identity in their communities and host countries. Staff and currently serving Volunteers will address this topic during pre-service training, and identify support mechanisms for incoming trainees. It is not a crime to identify as non-heterosexual in Botswana and the decision to serve openly is left to each individual Volunteer. Many LGBTQ Volunteers have served successfully in Botswana.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Botswana: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
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Couples will have the same living conditions as other volunteers. Going through the Peace Corps experience as a couple allows for ample growth in trust, confidence, and communication. There will be times when you will both need each other’s support. Understand that you will need to put in an extra effort to be an ally to your partner. Although you will not be able to completely eradicate many of these challenges, they can be coped with and overcome with time, patience, and a most importantly a good sense of humor.
Medical Considerations in Botswana
- Botswana may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ophthalmology; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Vyvanse.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Botswana, 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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