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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 of specialist COVID-19 protocols for palliative care and support to develop an integrated palliative care initiative included home care.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 5 hours per week with weekly meetings with in-country partners to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specification:

  • Experienced palliative care doctor or nurse or clinical psychologist.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Experience working with medical students to develop initiatives.
  • Leadership and management experience.

Project: Volunteers with experience of telemedicine and virtual consultations to support Jimma University.

Overview of role: Jimma University teaching hospital is 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 telemedicine initiatives.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total of 10 hours per week until December 2020, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person specification:

  • Very experienced Health Systems Manager with experience of outbreak response or clinicians involved in the design and delivery of telemedicine projects.
  • Experience of working in a low- or middle-income/low resource setting.
  • Knowledge of Amharic desirable but not essential.
  • Experience of management within a health care institution.
  • Strong IT skills.

MYANMAR

Project: Medical Physicist volunteer opportunities to support development of Standard Operating Procedures.

Overview of role: medical physicists and radiology technicians are required to support the delivery of standard operating procedures for the safe delivery of radiation and the maintenance of equipment related to radiology.

Time commitment: we anticipate up to a total 10 to 15 hours per week for two months, to be agreed between volunteers and partners.

Person Specification:

  • Experienced medical physicist.
  • Experienced radiology technician.
  • Experience of SoP development.
  • Experience of working in a multicultural setting.
  • Experience of leadership and management.

Project: Experience oncologist volunteers required to support the development of Standard Operating Procedures for advanced radiation methods.

Overview of role: Volunteers are required to support the development of standards of practice for the knowledge and skills of oncologists on advanced radiation methods for different types of cancers. This will involve working with partners with the review of current post-graduate training programmes and design and develop service improvement projects

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

Person Specification:

  • Specialist Oncologist with significant experience.
  • Experience of SoP development.
  • Experience of working in a multicultural setting.
  • Experience of capacity development work and mentoring.
  • Experience of guideline review and development.

TANZANIA

Project: Volunteers required to support the strengthening of Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC).

Overview of role: KCMC are looking for a clinical volunteer to support the training of in- and pre-service medical students on AMS. This will involve a light touch review of training materials and support to develop and deliver a remote training package, utilising the training-of-trainers model.

Time commitment: we anticipate up a total of 15 hours per week until 15th December 2020, to be agreed between partners.

Person specification:

  • Clinician with teaching experience.
  • Strong understanding of the principles of AMS.
  • Experience of working in a low-resource setting.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.

Project: Experienced volunteers required to support the training of prescribers on rational prescribing.

Overview of role: KCMC are looking for volunteers support to develop and roll out a training package for pharmacy and clinical staff on rational prescribing

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

Person specification:

  • Experienced clinical volunteers with understanding of principles of rational prescribing.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.
  • Experience in a leadership role.
  • Experience developing training packages.

Project: Volunteer required to support strengthening of quality improvement (QI) capacity at Muhimbili National Hospital.

Overview of role: Muhimbili National Hospital is looking for a volunteer with QI experience to develop the capacity of anaesthesia and critical care health workers in this area. Volunteers will work with partners to build QI capacity and support the identification and delivery of QI initiatives.

Time commitment: up to 15 hours per week until December 2020.

Person Specification:

  • Significant QI implementation experience.
  • Demonstrable capacity development and teaching experience.
  • Experience working in a low-resource setting.
  • Mentoring and supervision experience.

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 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 until 4th December 2020 to 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, until 1st December 2020 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 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 UK National Health Service 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 Linnet Griffith-Jones, Country Programmes Coordinator, at linnet.griffith-jones@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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