Call for Applicants: Volunteer Lecturer in Public Health for Sierra Leone

Call for Applicants: Volunteer Lecturer in Public Health


Professors Without Borders is delighted to announce its third Summer School in Freetown, Sierra Leone. This year, we have partnered with several universities and organisations to provide short courses and workshops over two weeks to 200 students.

We are currently looking for one volunteer to teach a workshop on disease prevention and intervention and a short course in public health from 23 July to 5 August 2018. Professors Without Borders will cover all accommodation, visa and transportation costs (Economy) to and from Freetown. Applicants must bear in mind that they may be asked to teach with few resources available and that logistics within Freetown may require patience and flexibility.

The course this year is geared towards young health professionals and students interested in working in public health, community health or international development. Teachers are responsible for developing their course following the syllabus that has been agreed with the universities.

We focus on skill-building and confidence-building in small classes of maximum 25 students. Teachers must adhere to our teaching philosophy of being student-focused. Applicants with experience teaching entry-level courses in health, public health, or development, and who can lead project-based seminars are preferred. An excellent command of English is required.

Applicant are asked to a send a statement of teaching philosophy (250 words maximum) and an updated resume.


Job Specifications


The main purpose of this role is to commit to teaching young adults for a 2-week period. Teachers will have to prepare all didactic and reading material in advance to hand out to students in a book that will be created by Professors Without Borders. Material must be ready by July 10. Classes will take place from over two weeks with opportunities to volunteer or travel before the start or after the program ends. Teachers will instruct small cohorts of 20-30 students for a maximum of 6 hours daily. They may also be asked to participate in teacher training, take part in workshops with local instructors, and take on some administrative tasks.


Attributes Essential
Education ·      Masters/PhD from a leading university

·      Topic expertise in: health, public health, epidemiology, development


Experience and Knowledge ·      Some experience and interest in teaching young adults or willingness to learn
Competences ·      Good verbal communication skills.

·      A passion for teaching young adults.

·       Ability to adapt and work in difficult conditions.

·      A commitment to adapt teaching methods to fit local requirements

·      Excellent writing skills

Other Skills ·      Strong organizational skills

·      Good administrative skills

·      Some professional experience and an understanding of what is needed to succeed professionally


Applications procedure

To apply please email with your CV and teaching statement.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for a Skype or in person interview. Deadline is 10 June.



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