Health Check Team 2025

Status Actively Recruiting
Application Deadline August 31, 2024

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

As our school continues to grow rapidly, we welcome dedicated volunteers to join our team in Arusha, Tanzania. We are currently looking for short-term volunteers to join our Health Check team in February 2025. Successful applicants will be part of a team of international and local health professionals who will conduct health screening of our students and identify those who may have health and wellbeing problems that could hinder their ability to learn and achieve their full potential and provide appropriate advice and support to them, their parents and the school.

Position Details
  • Volunteer period: 16-28 February 2025
  • Accommodation provided; meals provided (at cost)
Key Responsibilities

As a member of the Health Check team, you will work closely with the Team Leader, Community Relations Manager, Community Relations Team Lead, and Health and Welfare Assistant Team Lead to conduct comprehensive health checks. This includes:

  • Performing various assessments such as height and weight measurements, vision testing, hearing screening and full testing, brief physical examinations, and recognizing signs of emotional wellbeing in students, adhering to standard protocols and procedures outline in the information pack
  • Collaborating effectively with the team, following the direction of the Team Leader, Community Relations Team Lead, and Health and Welfare Assistant Team Lead
  • Providing guidance and support to students, parents and Health and Welfare staff regarding common conditions observed during health checks
  • Assisting students identified with specific, less common, and more serious health issues with education regarding their conditions, best management from a school perspective, and ensure referrals onto local practitioners are appropriate and followed up.
  • Documenting your findings and recommendations accordingly
Qualifications, Skills & Attributes
  • Current registration with a relevant health professional body, as applicable to the specific clinical roles (see Skills and Competence below)
  • Current Police/Working with Children Check
  • Ability to work effectively in a team, even in unfamiliar and challenging environments
  • Proficiency in using relevant equipment within your field of expertise
Skills and Competence

We require volunteers with various skill sets, as follows:

  • Health professionals experienced in conducting medical assessments of children and adolescents, which may include experienced general practitioners (GPs), and nurse practitioners specializing in child health, and paediatricians.
  • Health professionals capable of performing vision assessments. This may include optometrists, orthoptists, ophthalmologists, and nurses.
  • Health professionals skilled in hearing screening and interpretation of results. Depending on the available equipment, hearing testing may also be required.
  • Individuals who are highly organized, and enjoy working with children and adolescent. Desirable attributes include an understanding of medical terminology, experience working with individuals with disabilities like vision impairment and cerebral palsy, experience working with children and adolescents, and strong organisation skills. This role may interest allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, or university students pursuing health professions. Candidates with experience in psychology and/or social work, particularly in cross-cultural environments, will also be considered.

St Jude's is located in Arusha, a town that serves as the gateway to popular East African national parks and game reserves such as Ngorongoro Crater, the vast plains of Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, and Arusha National Park. It is also near Mt. Kilimanjaro—the largest free-standing mountain in the world. You'll have the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of Africa before or after your volunteer period at the school.

For further details on the medical checks involved, please download our Information Document, and to understand more about the heath checks at the school of St Jude, please visit the below video on You tube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70d5ZLrjX44

For additional information or inquiries about the medical checks, please contact both:

How to Apply:

Interested candidates for these volunteer positions are kindly requested to send their CV and cover letter to janelarkin1@gmail.com and cc Philip.m@schoolofstjude.co.tz  and focus.c@schoolofstjude.co.tz. Include the position being applied for in the subject line.

The application deadline is August 31, 2024, but later applications may be considered contingent on filling all the required positions in the Health Check team.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.