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Community Health Facilitator

Actively Recruiting

Openings

19 currently recruiting

Service Dates

October 4, 2020 - December 2, 2022

Application Window

January 22, 2020 - April 1, 2020

Location

  • The Gambia

Contact Information

Christopher Cardona
ccardona@peacecorps.gov

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Peace Corps The Gambia’s health project seeks to improve the health and quality of life of Gambian communities, particularly of youth, women and children, by promoting positive health-related practices using behavior change principles.

Volunteers work towards this goal by:
• Educating community members on behaviors and best practices that promote maternal, neonatal and children’s health;
• Teaching community members appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, including the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life;
• Raising awareness for the prevention of malaria, including promoting the use of insecticide treated bed nets;
• Promoting Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), including the improvement or construction of community water and sanitation systems;
• Creating linkages to youth friendly services;
• Sharing best practices on non-communicable disease prevention; and
• Teaching youth health and life-skills

Peace Corps The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency.

As part of their work, Volunteers will monitor and report on their efforts and impact.

Peace Corps enjoys a long and positive history with The Gambia. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in 1967, and since then over 1,800 Volunteers have worked with Gambian men and women to make a lasting impact on their communities.

Peace Corps The Gambia’s health project seeks to improve the health and quality of life of Gambian communities, particularly of youth, women and children, by promoting positive health-related practices using behavior change principles.

Volunteers work towards this goal by:
• Educating community members on behaviors and best practices that promote maternal, neonatal and children’s health;
• Teaching community members appropriate infant and young child feeding practices, including the promotion of exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life;
• Raising awareness for the prevention of malaria, including promoting the use of insecticide treated bed nets;
• Promoting Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH), including the improvement or construction of community water and sanitation systems;
• Creating linkages to youth friendly services;
• Sharing best practices on non-communicable disease prevention; and
• Teaching youth health and life-skills

Peace Corps The Gambia promotes gender awareness and girls’ education and empowerment. Volunteers will receive training on gender challenges in country and will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually appropriate. During service, Volunteers will look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms and increase girls’ sense of agency.

As part of their work, Volunteers will monitor and report on their efforts and impact.

Peace Corps enjoys a long and positive history with The Gambia. The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in 1967, and since then over 1,800 Volunteers have worked with Gambian men and women to make a lasting impact on their communities.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Training

Education Benefits

College Degree

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Health & Nutrition

Weekly Hours

40

Location Type

Rural, Suburban, Urban

Service Type

Direct Service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Christopher Cardona
ccardona@peacecorps.gov

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