Build LNGO Staff Capacity in Project Management Skills


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Activity/project background

This project seeks to build capacity in design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of community development projects. The FITIMA VSPP will provide online courses on project management techniques (design fundamentals, project cycle management, accounting and financial management, team management and planning, business planning, project documentation, monitoring and evaluation, etc.), meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs), and promoting best management practices for community development projects.

Upon completion of this activity FITIMA staff will able to design, manage the implementation of, and monitor and evaluate FITIMA projects for the benefit of their target beneficiaries (women, children and people in vulnerable situations). The training participants will be able to carry out project activities more effectively and efficiently, leading to FITIMA’s goal of promoting sustainable development.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The mission of the FITIMA VSP will be to strengthen the knowledge and capacities of selected FITIMA team members on organizational management, through virtual engagement and online courses on the following topics: management controls; time management and prioritizing tasks, and organization.

Specifically, the VSPP will:

• Co-design and co-develop virtual training content and session plans with FITIMA leadership
• Co-deliver virtual capacity building sessions 2-4 times per week for a duration of 2 hours per session, led by the VSPP as lead trainer. The training sessions will take place live by Visio conference where participants will interact with the trainer
• Co-develop and present supporting reference material and resources to foster further capacity building.
• Assess participant learning to ensure the transfer of skills is occurring as expected

The training sessions will be recorded for the convenience of FITIMA staff who want to review the subject matter later.

By the end of the training, training beneficiaries will be able to:
• Better manage working time and priorities for better productivity
• Optimize the management of financial resources through internal management controls put in place
• Transfer skills and knowledge to counterparts working in the field of community development

It is expected that the Virtual Service engagement will last for 13 weeks, including one week for orientation, with a time commitment of 8 to 12 hours per week. The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart. Most meetings with counterparts will occur after normal office hours starting 5:00pm to 8:00pm Guinea time, however the HC Partner is somewhat flexible. Details to be agreed upon during orientation regarding the structure and timing.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp and Email in order for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field

Language: Intermediate French; ability to present trainings and conduct meetings related to above tasks in French

• Minimum of least 5 years of practical and demonstrable experience in project management including building or working with internal controls
• Previous experience designing and delivering training

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

• A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in project management or in an equivalent field
• PMP certifications (if no diploma), technical aptitude in skills transfer

Language: Advanced or Superior French speaking and writing skills

Experience: Previous experience working or volunteering in Guinea

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Partner background

Name: TIerno and MAriam International Foundation (FITIMA)

Type of entity: International NGO

Mission and goals:

FITIMA's missions are the care of people with disabilities and community development.

Since 2003, FITIMA has been leading community development projects within the framework of training, sensitization, advocacy in favor of the rights of children, people with disabilities, women and girls.

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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