Position: Seasonal Community Health Technical Trainer
Supervisor: Program Manager for Community Health & Training Manager
CLOSING DATE: December 27, 2019
Under the supervision of the Community Health Program Manager the Health Technical Trainer will design, facilitate, monitor and evaluate technical training for new Peace Corps Community Health Trainees in Cameroon living in homestays undergoing Pre-Service Training (PST). Peace Corps utilizes a community based approach in a rural setting to train Trainees. The position is seasonal covering the Peace Corps PST timeframe which typically is 4 to 8 months (non-consecutive) and based where Peace Corps training takes place. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to work and live in a rural setting with very limited resources. Teaching and cross-cultural skills are required.
The Community Health Technical Trainer will have the following roles and responsibilities:
- Technical Training: 80%
- Trainee Support: 20%
- Conduct Pre-training Research to prepare task analyses, identify resources, and clarify training goals with Peace Corps staff;
- With guidance from the training team and the Programming team, prepare the technical training objectives, instructional plans and materials, and evaluation instruments for use within the Community-Based Training (CBT) model;
- Collaborate with Language Trainers and other training staff to integrate all training components in technical lessons, and also in integrating technical content in language lessons;
- Deliver technical training, including: practical instructions; classroom activities; facilitation of field exercises; supervision of Trainee Directed Activities (TDAs); assistance to Trainees in preparation of projects; individual support to Trainees;
- Work as team member with Language and Cross-culture Trainers and Coordinators to plan and conduct sessions that bring together all areas of the pre-service training (PST) curriculum. Assist with management of situations that may arise and in implementation of integrated curriculum training as appropriate (including such areas as communication, cross-culture and American diversity, personal safety and emotional and physical well-being, technical, and PC policies);
- Prepare all required Trainee assessment documentation and program evaluation reports;
- Assess Trainee progress toward meeting technical training objectives and achieving competencies for Volunteer service. As instructed by the Training Manager, provide written documentation of individual Trainee progress and participate in scheduled feedback sessions with Trainees;
- Formally evaluate technical progress of Trainees including weekly individual feedback to Trainees;
- Maintain files of written lesson plans and handouts for all technical programs;
- Participate in the design and implementation of the competency-based language curriculum;
- Assist the Training Manager and the Program Manager/Program & Training Assistant in developing, assessing and redesigning competencies and training sessions as required;
- Participate, when needed, in design and delivery of follow up Volunteer in-service trainings (ISTs);
- Prepare and submit to the Program Manager & Training Manager a monthly progress report and the end-of-training (EOT) report on the technical component. In the EOT report include a description of the program, recommendations for improvement, a written session plan for each training session;
- Participate as a team member with other Trainers in the integrated design and implementation of the Community Based Training program (including participating in pre-training research);
- Ensure that safety and security competencies are incorporated and actively integrated in PST and effectively delivered to PCTs so that their achievement is properly evaluated and documented;
- Support the safety and security systems that are in place for PST, including reinforcing to PCTs their roles and responsibilities related to their personal safety and security;
- Evaluate Trainee progress according to the Trainee Assessment Portfolio and provide feedback to Trainees using the Coach Approach methodology;
- Provide guidance to Trainees and other training staff;
- Participate in non-technical sessions (i.e. global core/medical/safety sessions) to reinforce and provide support;
- Perform any other duty assigned by PM or TM.
Education: University degree in nursing/medicine, Public Health, Social Sciences or related field.
Prior Work Experience:
- Minimum five (5) years’ experience in nursing/medicine and community health and/or program administration trainings;
- Experience designing and implementing technical training for adults (Peace Corps and/or Peace Corps in-country training experience is a plus);
- Experience working in a health facility and the MOH system;
- Experience designing and executing community health programs including training of community health agents.
Language Proficiency: Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and working knowledge of French. Ability to understand, explain and communicate technical material in both languages.
Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes:
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with limited supervision;
- Work as a team member under high pressure;
- Demonstrated technical knowledge in health education and behavior change communication;
- Understanding of and experience in gender issues;
- Knowledge of public health programs and structures at the community, regional, national and levels;
- Skills as a trainer, facilitator, and mentor in a cross-cultural setting;
- Proficiency in use of the internet and Microsoft programs: Outlook (email), Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.;
- Experience working in cross-cultural settings, sensitivity and familiarity with diversity of American and Cameroonian cultures;
- Ability to work successfully within a multi-cultural office;
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, diplomacy and tact with staff, Trainees, Volunteers, community members and members of government;
- Ability to maintain confidentiality and a strong sense of integrity.
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A strong knowledge of Peace Corps, its mission, and its approach to development. Highly organized, analytical, logistics oriented, and professional with an ability to successfully network on behalf of the Program.
Submit the following in MS Word or PDF:
- A cover letter;
- Current resume;
- At least three professional references.
Peace Corps Cameroon does not accept documents saved on any cloud format including Google. The file size should not exceed 8MB.
Applications are to be submitted to CM-HR@peacecorps.gov and include only SEASONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH TECHNICAL TRAINER in the subject line.
No telephone calls or personal visits please. Only the documents listed in the application instructions should be submitted including your telephone number by December 27, 2019. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.