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Speech and language therapists and audiologists

Speech and language roles

We need qualified speech and language specialists and audiologists to help develop rehabilitation programmes and improve the technical ability of local professionals.

Roles are generally longer term ranging from one to two years, but we also have occasional short-term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll be a qualified speech therapist or pathologist with at least two years’ experience working with children or adults with communication disorders (five years’ for short-term placements). Experience of working with children with autism is desirable.


You’ll have a post-graduate degree in audiology and at least two years’ professional experience (five years’ for short-term placements). Knowledge of sign language is desirable.

What you’ll be doing

Most placements have a strong emphasis on mentoring, coaching and providing on-the-job training. You might work for a ministry of health or a regional hospital, helping build their rehabilitation programmes. Or you might become part of the speech and language department at a university.

Countries where you could find yourself include Kenya, Uganda or Guyana.

Example placement

Placement for: Speech and language therapist

Country: Uganda

You'll be working at the New Mulago Hospital assiting in coordinating the strategic development of speech and language therapy services in Uganda through support and training.

What does the role involve?:

  • Supporting the maintenance of the clinical outpatient service for paediatrics and adults in the Ear, Nose and Throat department
  • Liaising with speech language therapy assistants to coordinate and run support groups for patients with communication disabilities
  • Working closely with speech language therapy assistants to ensure the effective management of speech language therapy clinics
  • Assisting the course coordinator in delivering speech language therapy training courses and providing clinical supervision for speech language therapy students.

Skills, qualifications and experience required

You’ll need a degree or diploma in speech and language therapy and at least two years’ post-qualification experience. Experience of assessing, diagnosing and managing a wide range of paediatric and adult speech and language therapy disorders is essential. Some previous experience in supervising and training students is desirable.

You’ll need to be flexible, patient and a good team worker and have the willingness to learn some of the local language (Luganda) would be an asset, as it will allow you to better communicate with patients and socialise with colleagues and new friends.

And the rest...

Landlocked Uganda lies across the Equator, bordering Tanzania, Sudan, Congo, Kenya and Rwanda. It’s a naturally fertile country with 25 per cent of its area covered in rivers, lakes and swamps. Uganda’s climate is pleasant and comfortable. You’ll be based in the capital city Kampala which is less crowded than many other African cities with a population of around one million people. The city has a variety of good restaurants, bars, clubs and cinemas so you shouldn’t have trouble keeping busy in your free time.

We’ll ask you to commit to 12-24 months to make a sustainable contribution to our development goals. In return, we’ll give you comprehensive financial, personal and professional support. We'll provide you with extensive training before your placement, and our financial package includes a local living allowance, return flights, accommodation, insurance and more. NHS employees can volunteer with continued membership of the NHS pensions scheme. When you return to your home country, we'll help you to resettle and many of our returned volunteers stay involved with us long after their placement ends.

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