Back up Peace Corps Medical Officer


The Peace Corps is an independent U.S. Government agency that sends American volunteers around the world to aid countries to fulfill their development needs. The three goals of the Peace Corps are:

  • To help the people of interested countries in meeting their needs for trained men and women;
  • To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of peoples served;
  • To help promote a better understanding of other people on the part of Americans.

The Peace Corps currently operates in 65 countries, with over 7,000 American volunteers of all ages and backgrounds.

Peace Corps originally opened its program in Rwanda in 1974, working for 20 years before closing its offices in 1994. It reopened its program in 2008 and Peace Corps Volunteers are currently working in two sectors (Education and Health). We are seeking an enthusiastic individual who is a team player and self-starter with moral integrity to fill this vacancy.


Peace Corps Medical Officers (PCMOs) are the primary care providers for Peace Corps Volunteers.

The back-up PCMO shall provide direct patient care, referrals to outside medical consultants or facilities, i.e. hospital or emergency department, depending on the specific in-country arrangements, and assist with administrative duties and health education when indicated. The back-up provider will also function as a PCMO and perform any or all of the PCMO duties. The back-up PCMO shall be available around-the-clock by telephone or be present in the Medical Office. The back-up PCMO may be used to provide assistance to the PCMO when needed or to provide continuing medical coverage at post during the absence of the PCMO on occasions such as when the PCMO is on leave, conducting in-country site visits or on official business.. He/she will provide coverage at least once per quarter.


The required skill level for the back-up PCMO shall be a Physician, Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner.

Under limited circumstances and upon approval by the Credentialing Committee, a Registered Nurse may provide clinical care for Peace Corps Volunteers and Trainees in the absence of a Peace Corps Medical Officer (PCMO) or assist the PCMO during busy times.

Language Proficiency:  Level IV speaking, reading and writing in English is required and will be tested.

Interested candidates must submit via email CV/resume, cover letter, current medical license, and one reference letter from a current clinical colleague to RW01- [email protected]  by   October 26, 2020.  The title of the position should be clearly marked in the subject line of the email message. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The Peace Corps is an equal opportunity agency.

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