Health Check Team 2023

Status Actively Recruiting
Application Deadline September 30, 2022

We are seeking volunteers to join our Health Check Team in Arusha, Tanzania at The School of St Jude. The school is growing quickly and we need more human resources to sustain our needs and fulfil our mission.

The School of St Jude is a charity funded iNGO that provides free, high-quality education to 1,800 primary and secondary students from the poorest communities in Arusha and surrounding regions.

At a glance
  • Available 19 February – 3 March 2023
  • Two-week volunteer (unpaid) period
  • Accommodation provided (food additional)
  • Information Pack available here.
Job Purpose

To be part of a Health Check team which provides support to the Student Health and Welfare team by 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 Health and Welfare Coordinator, 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 (see Information Pack) and provide advice and support to Student Health and Welfare staff and students identified with specific, less common and more serious issues

Qualifications, Skills & Attributes
  • Current registration with relevant health professional body, and 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
  • Experience using relevant equipment in your field of expertise
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 and Paediatricians (six positions).
  • Health professionals who can undertake vision assessments. This may include, but is not limited to optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmologists and nurses (three positions).
  • Health professionals who can undertake and interpret results of hearing screening and, depending on equipment available to them, hearing testing (two positions).
  • Individuals who are highly organised and enjoy working with children and adolescents (six 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 university 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 Jude’s 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 Information Pack about medical checks. 

For further information about what the medical checks involve please contact Jane Larkin at Janelarkin1@gmail.com (Health Check Team Leader) or Lisa Wanda at lisa.p@schoolofstjude.co.tz (Health and Welfare Coordinator at St Jude’s).

Interested in applying?

Interested candidates for these volunteer positions are kindly requested to send their CV and a cover letter to both Janelarkin1@gmail.com and lisa.p@schoolofstjude.co.tz  Applications should be sent by 30 September, 2022.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.