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Global Health Virtual Volunteering Opportunities

With funding from Health Education England (HEE), THET has been offering capacity development focused volunteering opportunities for NHS clinicians since 2019. We are now excited to be able to offer a range of exciting virtual volunteering opportunities with partner facilities in a number of low- and middle-income countries.

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Given the unprecedented changes in global health due to the Covid-19 pandemic, THET is now seeking to expand the ways in which the UK health workforce can continue to support its partners in LMICs. We believe that remote or virtual volunteering provides an exciting opportunity for health workers in both the UK and LMICs to engage in capacity development projects related to the Covid-19 response and to support the delivery of quality essential services more broadly.

We are therefore facilitating partnerships between national Ministries of Health, health facilities and other health institutions in partner countries with UK volunteer health workers. Through these partnerships, volunteers will share knowledge to meet the priority needs defined by national partners. With a focus on mentorship and capacity development, volunteers will work alone or with a team of UK professionals to provide a range of support, including the delivery of training sessions and the adaptation of global standards and protocols.

 

Why volunteer?

This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to health systems strengthening across the world during an unprecedented time. COVID-19 has thrown a spotlight on inequalities in access to healthcare and health outcomes. Virtual volunteering enables you to address locally identified needs and provide support where it is needed most.

What would I be doing?

If you volunteer with THET, you will be working remotely to meet the priority needs defined by national partners. From strengthening the quality of palliative care to improving antimicrobial stewardship, we have a wide range of virtual volunteering opportunities in Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia, Somalia/Somaliland, Tanzania and Myanmar.

To support you in the delivery of your project, THET will provide a small amount of funding to cover costs incurred and a comprehensive pre-commencement training to introduce volunteers to best practice in international development, monitoring, evaluation, safeguarding and other key issues. This will followed by ongoing support throughout the duration of the project both from our London and in-country teams and your institutional partners.

 

ETHIOPIA

Project: Palliative Care at Hawassa University Hospital

Overview of role: Hawassa University Hospital are seeking to strengthen the quality of palliative care provided to end of life patients. Areas of need include the development:

  • Guidance on the implementation of appropriate training and telemedicine consultations in occupational therapy needs from life threatening chronic diseases such those disabled by stroke and other neurologic conditions.
  • Capacity development of guidance to undertake telemedicine consultations for terminally ill patients
  • Development of training materials for palliative care including pain and symptom management, palliative care and ethical issues, pediatric and geriatric care, end of life care, prognosis and communication.

 

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 hours per week with weekly meetings with in-country partners to be agreed between volunteers and partners for three months.

Person specification:

  • Occupational therapist with postgraduate qualifications and palliative care specialists.
  • Ten years clinical experience
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Experience of working in LMIC context
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity development.
  • Experience developing training materials.
  • Mentoring experience.
  • Good IT skills.

 

Project: Experienced volunteers required to support to maintain essential services while mitigating risks to patients and care-givers during the growing pandemic in Ethiopia.

Overview of role:

Hawassa, Jimma and Gondar University Teaching Hospitals are looking for support to maintain essential services while mitigating risks to patients and care-givers during the growing pandemic in Ethiopia. They are therefore looking for volunteers who can provide guidance on the implementation of appropriate training and telemedicine consultations on intensive care for COVID-19 patients.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 hours per week, to be agreed between volunteers and partners for three months.

Person specification:

  • Infectious disease and intensive care Clinicias
  • Experience in critical and intensive cardiorespiratory care
  • Experience of working in LMIC, context
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity development.
  • Experience developing training materials.
  • Mentoring experience.
  • Good IT skills.

Project: Experienced volunteers required to support the capacity development of staff in Jimma, Hawassa and Gondar University Teaching Hospitals through remote consultation

Overview of role: Jimma, Hawassa and Gondar University teaching hospitals are looking for support to improve quality of clinical services in the hospital.They are therefore looking for volunteers who can provide guidance on the implementation of appropriate training and telemedicine consultations in quality assurance of clinical care with a focus on developing:

  • Quality policies and planning, protocols, indicators, targets, quality assurance, control and improvement
  • Telemedicine services and their   implementation

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 hours per week, to be agreed between volunteers and partners for three months.

Person specification:

  • Clinicians and senior nurses with 10 years of experience.
  • Experience of working in LMICs context,in Africa
  • Experience with Ethiopian context preferred
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity development.
  • Experience developing training materials.
  • Mentoring experience.
  • Good IT skills.

SOMALIA/SOMALILAND

Project: Volunteers with experience of the Somaliland/Somalia context required to support guidelines and standard operating procedures.

Overview of Role: The Ministry of Health in Somalia/Somaliland are looking for volunteers to support the review and development of national standard operating procedures and guidelines for:

  • National SOP for Case Management of COVID 19
  • National SOP for COVID 19 Infection Prevention and Control
  • National SOP for Points of Entry in the context of COVID 19.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 20 hours per week for three months, to be agreed between partners.

Person specification:

  • Experience contextualizing international guidance for specific contexts.
  • Experience in health management.
  • Experience in guidance and training package development.
  • Experience in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic in a management capacity.
  • Understanding of the Somalia/Somaliland context.
  • Fluency in Somali an advantage.

Project: Clinicians with Covid-19 response experience to support Somaliland Ministry of Health.

Overview of role: Experience Covid-19 reponse volunteer is required to support the Ministry of Health strengthen their Covid-19 response in relation to:

  • Contact tracing and case investigation of COVID-19 suspected/confirmed cases
  • Infection Prevention and control of the COVID-19 virus
  • Case Management training, including advanced care

Time commitment: we anticipate of up to a total of 15 to 20 hours per week to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specification:

  • Strong leadership and management experience
  • Demonstrable experience in Covid-19 response management
  • Experience in working in a low-resource setting, experience in Somalia/Somaliland an advantage
  • Health management experience
  • Experience working a multi-cultural setting.

Project: Somali speaking volunteers required to support translation of PACK Guidelines.

Overview of role: PACK Guidelines for the Covid-19 response have been developed and contextualised for the Somalia/Somaliland context, volunteers are now needed to work with the Ministries of Health to translation of materials into the Somali language for delivery at the community level and health facility training materials.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 35 hours per week for three months, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person Specification:

  • Fluency in Somali and English.
  • Experience translating technical guidance.
  • Understanding of PACK.
  • Understanding of the Somaliland/Somalia context.

UGANDA

Project: Volunteers required to support the Department of Dentistry, Makerere University in curriculum development.

Overview of Role: The Department of Dentistry is looking for experienced volunteers in curriculum development to support the training of staff in the development of curriculum for post graduate courses in conservative dentistry, Child dentistry and dental public health.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10-15 hours a week to be agreed upon between volunteers and partners.

Person Specification:

  • Experienced curriculum developer.
  • Experience working with teaching institutions
  • Skills in service gaps identification and problem solving.
  • Experience of working with training institutions in low-resource settings.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.

Project: Volunteers required to support the Department of Dentistry, Makerere University, in collaborative development of E-materials.

Overview of role: The Department of Dentistry is looking for experienced volunteers in E material development to support the training of staff in the development of e-learning materials for different disciplines/courses and support with their roll out. Some of the required materials would include; E-courses, E- materials for demonstration, illustrations, quizzes and examinations.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10-15 hours a week to be agreed upon between volunteers and partners.

Person specifications:

  • Experience in teaching using the internet.
  • Strong understanding of the E resource development
  • Skills in ICT.
  • Experience of working with training and/or research institutions in low-resource settings.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.

Project: Volunteers required to support capacity strengthening and training of Health Informaticians at the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EPI-BIO).

Overview of role: EPI-BIO, MakSPH is looking for experienced informatician volunteers to support the training of students of Health Informatics in the areas of internet of medical things and tele-health, block chain technologies, and virtual and augmented Reality) in Healthcare. This will involve a review and further development of training materials and online support to students to strengthen their skills in the aforementioned areas.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 to 15 hours a week be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specifications:

  • Informaticians with teaching and or research experience.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of internet of medical things and telehealth, block chain technologies, and Virtual Reality (VR) and AR (Augmented Reality) and their application to Healthcare and health research.
  • Experience of working in with training and or research institutions in low-resource settings.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.

Project: Volunteers required to support the Ministry of Health, Division of Oral Health.

Overview of Role: Division of Oral health needs capacity building in data collection, analysis and utilisation of data to inform policy. Areas of need include reviewing hospital-based data to identify utilisation of services, gaps in service delivery and determine the burden of oral diseases in regional hospitals.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 hours a week with weekly meetings with manager, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person Specification:

  • Experienced Biostatistician.
  • Excellent data analytical skills.
  • Experience working with public health facilities or government hospitals.
  • Skills in service gaps identification and problem solving.
  • Good IT skills.

ZAMBIA

Project: Experienced Psychiatric Nurses to support Capacity Development of Call Centre Staff.

Overview of role: The Ministry of Health in Zambia are looking to roll out remote psychosocial support to the community and nurses treating Covid-19 patients. Experienced nurses are required to design and support the remote training of trainers for the call centre staff. This work will be undertaken with Ministry of Health partners to contextualise and deliver training courses via Zoom

Time commitment: we anticipate up to an average of up to 10 hours per week for three months, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specification:

  • Qualified nurses.
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity development.
  • Experience developing training materials.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.

Project: Volunteers required to build critical care nursing at Ndola, Levy, Kitwe and Masaiti Hospitals.

Overview of role: Critical care nursing has been highlighted by the Ministry of Health as an urgent need in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and strain it is placing on the health system. Volunteers are required to support Ndola, Levy, Kitwe and Masaiti Hospitals develop the capacity of existing staff to identify and meet the needs being faced. Volunteers would support the development of a training course (including a training of trainers package) on critical care management and provide mentoring and support.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to an average of up to 25 hours per week for three months, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specification:

  • Experienced clinical care nurses.
  • Experience of low resource settings essential, experience working in Zambia an advantage.
  • Demonstrable experience in capacity development.
  • Experience developing training materials.
  • Leadership and management experience.
  • Mentoring and supervision experience.

Application Process

If you are interested in Volunteering with THET, please complete the Virtual Volunteers Application Form and submit with your CV to jobs@thet.org.

Please note that applications will be reviewed and volunteers will be accepted on a rolling basis; opportunities may be filled by more than one volunteer with coordination of inputs.

Volunteers are only eligible if they currently are working for the National Health Service in England or allied quasi-non-governmental organisation.

The time commitments outlined will be shared between volunteers not expected of each individual.

If you have any questions, please contact Edward Tonkin, Country Programmes Manager, at edward@thet.org.

 

I have gained experience in unfamiliar approaches to training and teaching. These are skills I hope to use in the future as I become more involved in shaping the training for paediatrics in the UK.

- Paediatric Volunteer

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