Chronic Disease Program Assistant & MEQ Volunteer 166 views



Compañeros En Salud (CES) is an affiliate of Partners In Health in Chiapas, Mexico. The organization’s mission is to build a primary health care model of excellence in rural Mexico. To learn more about the organization and its mission, as well as the location and living conditions of our site please visit The PIH website offers additional context at:

CES strives to create volunteer positions that serve the organization’s mission and priorities as well as provide a substantive learning experience. The volunteer roles are based in Chiapas, Mexico, and contribute to key service and research functions of the organization.

These roles are ideal for a recent college graduate exploring global health, medical or graduate student taking a gap year, or a mid-career professional interested in exploring a global health career.  The volunteer roles are not clinical in nature.

All applicants should have high proficiency in Spanish, and be able to confidently carry out work conversations exclusively in Spanish. CES also looks for applicants who have a demonstrated ability to adapt to rural conditions, such as candidates who have lived in a resource-poor or rural area previously or who have participated in wilderness or camping activities.

Support to Volunteer

CES is able in most cases to provide housing and any work-related transport once on site. CES is NOT able to defray the cost of flights to Chiapas or to provide stipends to volunteers. If you plan to apply for travel or financial support from your university, workplace, or another institution, we will collaborate with you by providing any necessary letters or site paperwork.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please include any time constraints related to fellowship applications in your application. Start Date: Summer 2020 End Date: Summer 2021

Organizational Profile

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. 

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world.

Position: Chronic Disease Program Assistant & MEQ Volunteer
Reports to:
 Chronic Disease Program Coordinator, Clinical Supervision Team

Overall Responsibilities

The chronic disease management volunteer will work with the Chronic Disease Program Coordinator and Clinical Supervision Team to monitor and evaluate patients with chronic diseases. The CES Chronic Disease Program focuses on improving clinical care and providing support for patients with chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The volunteer will be responsible for coordinating program monitoring and evaluation, management of data collection logistics, communication with clinic physicians around patient data, and support of program structure development. This role will help to further shape our chronic care model and design new implementation strategies. Additional responsibilities include support of the Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) program for patients with diabetes. This position is for someone who is interested in public health, primary care, and social medicine.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Clinical data collection
  • Development and maintenance of chronic disease clinical database
  • Production of clinical monitoring reports for patients with chronic diseases
  • Support of the Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) team
  • Development of clinical and educational tools for chronic disease programming, including SMA


  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Interest in chronic diseases/NCDs
  • Preferred previous qualitative and quantitative research experience
  • Ability to problem-solve as part of a team and with limited resources
  • Proactive and collaborative work style
  • Spanish fluency or high proficiency
  • Well-developed organizational skills
  • Fluency with Excel; interest in learning and mastering new data systems and techniques
  • Experience in a low-resource or rural setting strongly preferred

Application Instructions

Please include a resume or CV AND cover letter in order to be considered. In your cover letter, please detail your previous relevant experience as well as details about your Spanish language proficiency.

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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