Breaking into the Consultancy Network
[This message has been posted in the belief that many potential
consultants in Africa (and from other developing countries) have
the same questions/requests. Answers may help reduce the brain drain
of qualified personnel from Africa!. B.P. Mod.]
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I have had a rather challenging time finding appropriate work in the
field of international health & development communication/education
program and materials development. How does one "break into the market"
so to speak, with USAID, as a Consultant or other appropriate position?
Although this is a somewhat narrow niche within the public health and
international health & development realm(s), I can't be the only person
experiencing difficulty with matching up NGO (and other) program needs
to someone with my skills, background, international experience and
relevant training/education - at the masters level.
A little about myself... I have earned a Master of Public Health degree
(M.P.H.) in International Health & Development, with a concentration in
Communication & Education, from Tulane University School of Public Health
& Tropical Medicine, in New Orleans. My previous degree is a B.A. in Film
& Video, with a concentration in Directing & Editing, from Columbia
College in Chicago. I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served
as Audio-Visual Specialist, through the Volunteer Partner Program, in
Mauritania, West Africa, 1992-93. While in Mauritania, I developed a
health campaign wherein I created a culturally-congruent video
documentary and supporting materials to help facilitate the eradication
of Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease).
My work has been acclaimed and exhibited globally. In addition to my
audio-visual work, I have a book treatment in the works entitled
"Transcultural Health Communication - Theory & Practice", available for
advance peer review, prior to publication.
Your kind advice, direction and assistance regarding available
opportunities within USAID and elsewhere would be most welcome. Best
Bill Martin, M.P.H.
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