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Community Nurse

6 -12 Months | Start Date between Jun - Aug 2017

Tanzania - Lindi & Mtwara Health 1


Location Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Start Date Jun - Aug 2017(flexible)

Length of Placement 6 -12 Months

Language Requirements English

English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4

Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale


Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only


The Volunteer’s Role


The Community Nurse will take the lead in the design of all community engagement strategy and train nurses and community health care workers to create demand for health care and also advocate for preventive care on RMNCH.

We are trying to match the perfect volunteer to the perfect experience so our start dates can be flexible. It would just depend on the partner organization’s needs.

As a volunteer, your duties will include:

- Community Engagement: Volunteer will work with the community to sensitize them on RMNCH specifically on Family Planning, ANC and Post natal care, breastfeeding and child nutrition among others. Moreover, they will also be responsible for ensuring all community members especially men are included in planning and management for RMNCH at the community and household level to increase demand for RMNCH.

- Health Advocacy: Under the RHMT leadership, they will support with development of communicating with political, administrative and community leaders about the health conditions and needs of the local community, or public in general and advise them on the needs to plan for RMNCH.

- Health Clinics and Screenings: They will help the RCH department plan well for the community outreach ensuring the most marginalized are reached out.

- Education and Training: With the support of the Reproductive and child health coordinator (RCHCO) they will take leadership in training the community health workers to be able to reach out to the community with key messages on RMNCH.

Essential Academic Qualifications:

Degree in Community Nursing

Essential Professional Background:

- At least 2 years of experience as a community nurse

- Experience in conducting workshops, training and seminar


About Our Partner


VSO Tanzania

VSO Tanzania is an international development organization based in Dar-es-Salaam operating capacity-building programs in health and livelihoods.

Cuso International and VSO Tanzania are working in partnership to implement the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program. The goal of the VOICE program is to enhance the economic and social well-being of the largest possible number of poor and marginalized women, men, girls and boys in 17 Latin American, African and Southeast Asian countries, as well as in the Caribbean region.

This partnership with the Kigoma Regional Health Management Team & VSO Tanzania aims to contribute to quality Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health services by building capacity of health care workers and supporting establishment of infrastructures necessary for MNCH services.


Terms and Conditions


Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.


Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation



We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.



Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.


Residency and Citizenship  



The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.

We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.



Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.

By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.

You  must  check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:

  • Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
  • Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.