August 29, 2014
The Volunteer Healthcare Corps (VHC) is a distinct but complementary program of the HIV/AIDS Twinning Center. The aim is to build capacity of trained providers, managers and allied health professionals to deliver quality healthcare services in the 11 countries we work in Sub-Saharan Africa. The VHC provides a mechanism for health professionals in the US to play an important role in global health by serving in long-term mentorships at partner institutions in select African countries. You can find out more information on our website.
This is an opportunity that the Volunteer Healthcare Corps has for an Academic Pharmacist to serve for six months at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Preferred qualifications for pharmacy volunteers include experience serving as a clinical pharmacist, with additional experience working in academia and education.
This is a unique paid volunteer opportunity for highly skilled health professionals to directly apply their skills and expertise in a challenging yet rewarding context. We rely on professional organizations, academic institutions and other partners to help circulate information about our volunteer positions. For more details on the position’s requirements, activities and responsibilities, please review the Volunteer Scope of Work (attached and posted online here).
In an effort to increase the number of pharmacy support personnel needed to address the country’s health challenges, NMMU is the first institution to launch the newly introduced Pharmacy Technician Program in South Africa. The scope of work for the volunteer placement includes building capacity and providing technical assistance to the Pharmacy technical assistant and Pharmacy technical programs through support of curriculum development, assistance with lecturing and teaching as well as mentoring NMMU faculty and lecturers in teaching methodologies and best practices. Although longer placements are preferred (at least six months), we are flexible based on experience, expertise, and availability. The VHC covers all travel related costs (airfare, travel insurance, vaccinations, visa, etc.) as well as provides a monthly living, housing and transportation stipend and in-country support from our local office.