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Community Health and Youth Services Promoter

Actively Recruiting

Openings

40 currently recruiting

Service Dates

April 18, 2020 - July 10, 2022

Application Window

May 1, 2019 - October 1, 2019

Location

  • Mozambique

Contact Information

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

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Can you imagine sitting on the porch of your little house—hearing the rain drumming on your tin roof while drinking tea with your neighbor? Can you see yourself wearing a colorful capulana (sarong) as you present an HIV training to the youth in your community gathered under the shade of a mango tree? Can you envision riding your bike to the local market to buy pumpkin leaves and peanuts to make matapa and hearing boys and girls in the youth group you facilitate shout greetings to you in Portuguese? If the answer is yes, Peace Corps seeks applicants like you who also have the passion, flexibility, and resiliency to support public health initiatives in the amazing African country of Mozambique.

In coordination with the Ministry of Health and other partners, Peace Corps Mozambique’s community health project goals are designed to help Mozambicans live long and healthy lives, by encouraging improved health behaviors, training of community health workers and strengthening of local health systems. Through a co-placement with the health facility and a community based organization, PCVs can build stronger linkages between the youth population and health facilities while also strengthening the capacity of the health center to service youth. By establishing (or sustaining) health focused youth groups and using evidence based curricula that emphasize behavior change within the technical topics of HIV, youth sexual reproductive health (YSRH), malaria, gender, and nutrition; not only will the Volunteer see behavior change in their group participants, but they will be able to see secondary changes in the youth’s households and wider community.

Volunteer activities may include the following:
• Co-facilitate gender-equitable clubs for youth 10–24 years of age that provide culturally appropriate comprehensive youth health information and allow youth to practice skill building that include sessions and activities on the following topics:
• YSRH and HIV prevention
• Malaria
• Nutrition
• Stigma and discrimination reduction
• Life and leadership skills and mentorship
• Facilitate linkages to youth-friendly health services
• Co-facilitate youth clubs with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) including sessions and activities on the following:
- HIV prevention
- Nutrition support
- Stigma and discrimination reduction
- Life skills and mentorship
- Academic mentoring and support
- Psychosocial support
• Co-facilitate household sessions with OVC caregivers on nutrition
• Co-facilitate parenting/caregiving sessions for the parents and caregivers who are engaged in savings groups
• Strengthen community structures by co-facilitating trainings that provide information and skills for community members to support youth health and well-being
• Coach school-based staff to utilize innovative techniques to integrate health and life skills messages into academic curriculum
• Coach youth-focused health-care workers to provide age-appropriate, youth-friendly services in a respectful and gender-equitable way
• Coach the supervisors of community health workers to improve planning data collection, and training of CHWs in these topics:
• Adult learning facilitation skills
• Active listening
• Organizational skills
• Negotiation techniques
• One-on-one mentoring
• Behavior change communication
• Coach health staff in health system strengthening in the following areas:
• Data management (quality of reporting, M&E, data analysis for decision making, data visualization, file management)
• Quality of Care

Peace Corps Mozambique also integrates gender awareness and girls' empowerment themes into all of its programs. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges in the country and have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are culturally and 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 one’s work, Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.

NOTE: Due to government visa requirements, to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, you must submit the result of a secondary FBI Background check with your visa application. If you have you ever been cited for, arrested, charged with, or convicted of any offense, regardless of whether a citation, charge, arrest, or conviction has been sealed, dismissed, or expunged from your record (excluding minor traffic violations, traffic citations, and parking tickets), you should be aware that your application for a visa to Mozambique may be rejected, and you may want to consider serving in a country other than Mozambique.

Can you imagine sitting on the porch of your little house—hearing the rain drumming on your tin roof while drinking tea with your neighbor? Can you see yourself wearing a colorful capulana (sarong) as you present an HIV training to the youth in your community gathered under the shade of a mango tree? Can you envision riding your bike to the local market to buy pumpkin leaves and peanuts to make matapa and hearing boys and girls in the youth group you facilitate shout greetings to you in Portuguese? If the answer is yes, Peace Corps seeks applicants like you who also have the passion, flexibility, and resiliency to support public health initiatives in the amazing African country of Mozambique.

In coordination with the Ministry of Health and other partners, Peace Corps Mozambique’s community health project goals are designed to help Mozambicans live long and healthy lives, by encouraging improved health behaviors, training of community health workers and strengthening of local health systems. Through a co-placement with the health facility and a community based organization, PCVs can build stronger linkages between the youth population and health facilities while also strengthening the capacity of the health center to service youth. By establishing (or sustaining) health focused youth groups and using evidence based curricula that emphasize behavior change within the technical topics of HIV, youth sexual reproductive health (YSRH), malaria, gender, and nutrition; not only will the Volunteer see behavior change in their group participants, but they will be able to see secondary changes in the youth’s households and wider community.

Volunteer activities may include the following:
• Co-facilitate gender-equitable clubs for youth 10–24 years of age that provide culturally appropriate comprehensive youth health information and allow youth to practice skill building that include sessions and activities on the following topics:
• YSRH and HIV prevention
• Malaria
• Nutrition
• Stigma and discrimination reduction
• Life and leadership skills and mentorship
• Facilitate linkages to youth-friendly health services
• Co-facilitate youth clubs with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) including sessions and activities on the following:
- HIV prevention
- Nutrition support
- Stigma and discrimination reduction
- Life skills and mentorship
- Academic mentoring and support
- Psychosocial support
• Co-facilitate household sessions with OVC caregivers on nutrition
• Co-facilitate parenting/caregiving sessions for the parents and caregivers who are engaged in savings groups
• Strengthen community structures by co-facilitating trainings that provide information and skills for community members to support youth health and well-being
• Coach school-based staff to utilize innovative techniques to integrate health and life skills messages into academic curriculum
• Coach youth-focused health-care workers to provide age-appropriate, youth-friendly services in a respectful and gender-equitable way
• Coach the supervisors of community health workers to improve planning data collection, and training of CHWs in these topics:
• Adult learning facilitation skills
• Active listening
• Organizational skills
• Negotiation techniques
• One-on-one mentoring
• Behavior change communication
• Coach health staff in health system strengthening in the following areas:
• Data management (quality of reporting, M&E, data analysis for decision making, data visualization, file management)
• Quality of Care

Peace Corps Mozambique also integrates gender awareness and girls' empowerment themes into all of its programs. Volunteers receive training on gender challenges in the country and have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are culturally and 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 one’s work, Volunteers will also report on these efforts and their impact.

NOTE: Due to government visa requirements, to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique, you must submit the result of a secondary FBI Background check with your visa application. If you have you ever been cited for, arrested, charged with, or convicted of any offense, regardless of whether a citation, charge, arrest, or conviction has been sealed, dismissed, or expunged from your record (excluding minor traffic violations, traffic citations, and parking tickets), you should be aware that your application for a visa to Mozambique may be rejected, and you may want to consider serving in a country other than Mozambique.
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Benefits

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

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English, Spanish

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth, Health & Nutrition

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect 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

Marissa Henderson
mhenderson2@peacecorps.gov

Hosted By

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