Vacancy announcement for a Medical Officer

vacancy announcement FOR A
Medical Officer

The United States Peace Corps / Togo is seeking to enter into a Personal Services Contract with an individual for the above position. 

 

OPEN TO:                            All interested eligible and qualified candidates
POSITION:                           Medical Officer
OPENING DATE:                December 9, 2019
CLOSING DATE:                 December 30, 2019
STATUS:                              Full time (40 hours per week) 

Join the United State Peace Corps Organization!

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our Agency in Togo for a dynamic and organized medical professional to fill the position of Medical Officer. As an integral member of the team, you will provide a wide range of medical duties of a highly responsible and confidential nature to support the Peace Corps Volunteers in the country.

WHO ARE WE?

In 1961, United States President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, an independent US Government Agency, to promote world peace and friendship through the service of American Volunteers abroad. The Peace Corps has 3 goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women;
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served;
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Peace Corps Volunteers are expected to serve for two years, living and working with local persons, sharing their knowledge and expertise, so they might better address and solve community problems.

Peace Corps in Togo

The first Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Togo at the invitation of the Togolese government in 1962. The program has been continually active since then, and to date has hosted over 3000 Volunteers. Currently there are about 90 Volunteers serving across four of the five districts of Togo in three different sectors:

  • Promoting Agricultural Education for Sustainability (PAGES), where Volunteers assist smallholder farm households to achieve food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods, and increased resilience;
  • Targeting English Education for Change (TEECH), where Volunteers work with girls and boys in public schools to strengthen their communication skills in English and have more equitable access to academic and/or professional opportunities.
  • Community Health Education and System Strengthening (CHESS), where Volunteers assist rural communities to obtain improved health outcomes through education and strengthened Ministry of Health systems.

BACKGROUND

The United States Peace Corps seeks a Medical Doctor or Nurse Practitioner to serve as a Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO) based in Lomé. The PCMO will provide health care to U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers and will work under the supervision of the Peace Corps Country Director and the Peace Corps Office of Medical Services in Washington DC.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Routine primary health care to Peace Corps Trainees and Volunteers including treatment of common illnesses and injuries in accordance with Peace Corps medical guidelines; prescribe pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic therapies that comply with the Medical Technical Guidelines. Serve as a medical prescriber for RNs; provide individual short-term counseling on disease prevention, adjustment issues, stress management, and cross-cultural problems; response to emergency medical situations; serve as a member of Senior Peace Corps staff in Togo; conduct trainings to Volunteers on health related issues; conduct site visits to Peace Corps Volunteers throughout Togo; collaborate with administration and budget office on procurement of medical supplies and management of medical office budget; supervise the inventory of medical supplies and equipment; on call (24/7) duty alternating with a second PCMO and backup service providers.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

Education:

  • Graduate of an accredited school. MDs must be a graduate of a school listed in this link: Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research: https://search.wdoms.org/
  • Current license to practice.

Experience:

  • Relevant clinical experience in primary care; experience in managing mental health issues including counseling of patients; experience in training design and presentation of health related material; program management and administrative experience.
  • Minimum one year practical experience working within a cross-cultural setting.

Language:

  • Ability to communicate effectively (oral and written) in both English and French (Level III – professional working proficiency) is required.

Computer Use: working knowledge of standard Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)

Other: must be able to obtain a visa for the USA.

Note: preference will be given to candidates residing in Togo or who are citizens of Togo at the time of application.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested applicants for this position must submit the following for the application to be considered:

  1. A completed PCMO Application form; a completed PCMO applicant skills survey; a completed Privileging form. The applicant must complete this request for privileges depending on their professional qualifications. These forms are available on the Peace Corps website indicated below.
  2. A cover letter.
  3. A resume or C.V. that includes:
  • Professional positions held, identifying duties, responsibilities, dates of employment and reason for leaving;
  • Education and training, identifying universities attended, dates of attendance, degrees and diplomas obtained;
  • An accounting for each period of unemployment longer than three months.
  1. Copies of:
  • Valid passport;
  • Academic diplomas from medical schools;
  • Professional licenses;
  • Certificates of all post graduate training, internships, residencies, and fellowships. If the license does not have an expiration date, written confirmation must be submitted directly from the issuing authority. Please note, if a license is not required (e.g., where the medical diploma is the license to practice) written confirmation, issued directly from the professional medical board, Ministry of Health or other appropriate regulatory authority establishing that the candidate is properly credentialed for medical practice, is required.
  • professional certification if Nurse Practitioner, registrations
  1. Three professional medical references, with at least two being from medical colleagues who have directly observed the applicant in a clinical setting. (One must also be from the current or most recent employer.)

All documents must be in English. Where original documentation is in a language other than English, a translation must accompany the original (the translation need not be official).

All the applications must be sent by e-mail only to the following address: TG-JOBS@peacecorps.gov by midnight, December 30, 2019.

Please visit the Peace Corps website: https://www.peacecorps.gov/togo/contracts for full job description and the required forms. 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

The selected candidate will be employed by the Peace Corps Togo in Lomé. An initial appointment will be for a one year (base year) contract with a possibility of renewal for up to four option years, subject to the Organization’s needs and availability of funds. The annual base salary range is equivalent to approx. 34,000 to 57,000 euros, plus relevant benefits and allowances.

NOTE: Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. 

The United States Peace Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer