Thursday, August 10, 2017

VOLUNTEERS AT THE SCHOOL OF ST JUDE 2017/2018

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The School of St Jude is a charity funded NGO that provides a FREE, high-quality education to over 1,800 primary and secondary children from the poorest communities in Arusha.

The School is growing fast and we need more human resources to sustain our needs and be able to fulfill our mission. We are seeking volunteers to fill positions in Arusha, Tanzania at the School of St Jude.

Job Purpose:

To be part of a health check team to provide support to the Student Welfare team in identifying students who may have health problems that could potentially affect the student’s ability to learn and reach their full potential, and to provide advice.

Key Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Team Leader and Community Relations Manager, you will be responsible for working as part of the team, contributing your expertise and professionalism to undertake the health checks which include:

  • Height and weight measurements
  • Vision testing
  • Hearing screening
  • A brief physical examination
  • Awareness of signs indicating students’ emotional wellbeing
  • Documentation of findings and recommendations
You are required to follow standard protocols and procedures regarding the common conditions seen during health checks and provide advice and support to Welfare staff and students identified with specific, less common and more serious issues.

Qualifications, Skills & Attributes:

  • Current registration with relevant health professional body, where applicable for the specific clinical roles (see Skills and Competence below)
  • A current police/working with children check
  • The ability to work effectively in a team with people you may not know in an unfamiliar and often challenging environment

Skills and Competence:

There are a number of types of volunteers needed:
  • Health professionals with experience in undertaking medical assessments of children and/or adolescents. This may include, but is not limited to, experienced general practitioners, nurse practitioners with expertise in child health or pediatricians (6 positions).
  • Health professionals who can undertake vision assessments. This may include, but is not limited to optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmologists, nurses (3 positions).
  • Health professionals who can undertake and interpret results of hearing screening and, depending on equipment available to them, hearing testing.
  • Individuals who are highly organized and enjoy working with children and adolescents (6 positions). An understanding of medical terminology is desirable, as are skills and experience working with people with disabilities such as vision impairment and cerebral palsy. Allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses or students studying a health profession may be interested in this role, as may anyone with these attributes. Individuals with experience in psychology and/or social work, particularly in cross cultural environments will also be considered.
St Judes is situated in the town of Arusha, the gateway to popular East African National Parks and game reserves such as Ngorongoro Crater, the vast plains of the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire and Arusha National Park, so you can also experience the beauty of Africa before and/or after volunteering at the school.
Please download our general information pack about medical checks. 
For further information about what the medical checks involve please contact Dr Philippa Binns  pipbinns@gmail.com.Or Charlotte Peyrat-Vaganay charlotte.p@schoolofstjude.co.tz (Community Relations Manager at St Jude’s).

How to apply

Interested Candidates for this job are kindly requested to send their CV accompanied by a cover letter to recruitment@schoolofstjude.co.tz with a cc to pipbinns@gmail.com and charlotte.p@schoolofstjude.co.tz  Applications should be sent by September 30th, 2017. Subject line must include the reference number SOSJ/CR/03/17
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Check out our interview with Dr Pip who heads the annual medical check team here