Curriculum Development Specialist

Job Title

Curriculum Development Specialist


Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)



Partner Organization

University for Development Studies

Placement Location

Volunteer will be based in various locations including: Greater Accra region, Salaga, Pong Tamale, Nyankpala and Tamale 


12 months

Start Date

February 2018 (or as soon as possible)

Pre-Departure Training Dates

VWB covers the full cost of a 5-day pre-departure training session, available once a month:  Feb 2-6, 2018 / March 2-6, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

Language Requirements






The volunteer will be working directly with university staff and will not need a local translator.

Academic Qualifications

Essential: A degree in Veterinary Science or related field.


Desirable: Masters or PhD in Veterinary Medicine and/or some coursework in curriculum development at higher levels of education

Professional Background/Skills


  • Knowledge in curriculum development at higher levels of learning
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in lecturing at high institution of learning
  • Effective cross-cultural communication skills
  • Commitment to the principles of volunteer cooperation and familiarity with participatory approaches to development, including the promotion of gender equality, good governance and environmental sustainability


  • Experience working in context with low levels of infrastructure
  • Previous international work / volunteer experience in Ghana or other developing country

Placement Goal and Objectives (Preliminary)

Overall Goal:
To assist in the development and improvement of the Veterinary Nursing programme.


Specific Objectives:

  • To train staff and students about current veterinary practices
  • To improve the content of the curriculum for the Vet. Nursing programme
  • To conduct practical sessions with students
  • To support the Animal Clinic

All volunteers are expected to promote gender equality, environmental sustainability and good governance within their placement responsibilities.

Volunteer Terms and Conditions

VWB covers the majority of the costs of being an overseas volunteer, including:

  • Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course in Ottawa
  • Return airfare to placement country and visa/permit costs
  • The cost of required vaccinations, anti-malarial medication and overseas emergency travel health insurance
  • A monthly living allowance (MLA) that will be paid into the volunteer’s bank account in Canada. The MLA is designed to cover simple housing, basic food requirements and other typical monthly living expenses.


VWB expects each volunteer to raise $1,500 prior to departure with a goal of $2,000 towards the overall project costs. In addition, VWB/VSF offers an award for the top volunteer fundraiser of the year.

How to Apply

If interested, please send your resume and a covering letter which clearly indicate the position you are applying for, and how your qualifications meet the requirements of this posting. Resume and cover letters can be sent to: Monique Charron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you need more information, please contact Volunteer Program Manager Kristen Rodrigues at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Veterinarians Without Borders

In the global south, more than 90 per cent of food animals are raised by subsistence farmers yet these small-scale livestock producers, the majority of whom are women, have very limited access to quality and affordable animal health services. Aside from the risks associated with the loss of valuable livestock who provide important protein and/or income for poor households, zoonotic diseases that can be passed from animals to humans offer a very real threat to human health on a wider scale.


Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières (VWB/VSF-Canada) works for, and with, communities in need to foster the health of animals, people and the environments that sustain us. VWB/VSF-Canada works nationally and internationally to train animal health workers, increase food security, and improve animal & public health. VWB/VSF-Canada provides overseas volunteer placements for veterinarians and other animal & public health professionals.

About the Project: Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2)

For over ten years, Veterinarians without Borders / Vétérinaires sans frontières (VWB/VSF) has been sending Canadian veterinarians and vet students to poor communities around the world to help increase the knowledge and skills of small-scale farmers, especially women, to keep their cows, chickens, goats, pigs, guinea fowl and other livestock healthy, well-fed and housed securely.   Volunteers for Healthy Animals and Healthy Communities (V4H2), a project funded through the Volunteer-Cooperation Program of Global Affairs Canada, will allow VWB/VSF to substantially increase the number of Canadian volunteers it is able to send overseas.  Over the next three years (2015 to 2020), 80 or so Canadian volunteers will work with local organizations and community partners in Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Lao PDR, and Vietnam to help create integrated, climate-smart animal health systems that will help to strengthen the livelihoods and household nutrition of small scale farmers who raise livestock.  We are looking to recruit professors of veterinary medicine, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, animal and human nutritionists, laboratory experts, rural development specialists, food safety specialists, horticulturalists, community health workers, gender specialists and other professionals to respond to the specific needs identified by our local partners.


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311 – 700 Industrial Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario  K1G 0Y9

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