Co-develop Organizational Risk Management Policy and Train Staff

Eligibility

Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

HIDO’s Mission is to build the capacity, confidence and efficacy of marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society mainly vulnerable women and children through participatory and inclusive health, education, livelihood, human rights, gender equality and social inclusion program interventions to achieve immediate as well as lasting impact in their lives. Development interventions cannot be free from risks. Risks could include programmatic, operational, contextual and financial. If not properly and timely managed, risks could impact the achievement of results and planned operation. Thus, HIDO needs to have an all-inclusive and separate risk management policy that establishes the process for the management of risks faced by the organization. The aim of risk management is to maximize opportunities in all HIDO’s interventions and to minimize adversity.

The risk management policy will apply to all activities and processes associated with the normal operations of HIDO. The policy should provide guidance to the organization in applying risk management processes across the organization’s operations, to ensure that, so far as reasonably practicable, the organization’s goals and identified outcome areas can be achieved. Once the risk management policy is developed, training should be provided to the relevant staff and board members of the organization on how to identify, analyze, evaluate, respond to, monitor, and communicate risks associated with any activity, function or process in the organization. While HIDO [has? Has not?] previously worked with a two-year Volunteer, they understand that the role of a VSPP is very different. However, they think they can add value to this effort through collaborating with key host country organizational staff to develop a risk management policy.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with Hiwot Integrated Development Organization (HIDO):

• Co-develop an assessment tool to understand the experience of HIDO on organizational risk management
• Co-analyze the result of the assessment and understand priority areas on organizational risk management
• Co-develop Organizational Risk Management Policy together with the relevant staff of HIDO
• Co-facilitate training to the relevant staff and board members of the organization on how to identify, analyze, evaluate, respond to, monitor and communicate programmatic, operational, and contextual risks

This engagement is expected to last for approximately 20 weeks. The VSPP is expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between the VSPP and HIDO will take place during normal office hours, East Africa time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

Hiwot Integrated Development Organization (HIDO) will have access to internet connection, Zoom, email, WhatsApp and computer 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 art /bachelor of science in any field

Experience: 2 years ‘experience in organizational management in general and risk management in particular

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

Education: Master of arts/master of science in development studies, and MBA or related fields

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

Experience:
• 5 years’ professional experience in organizational management in general and risk management in particular
• Experience in manual/policy development and training provision in the area of risk management

Partner background

Name: Hiwot Integrated Development Organization (HIDO)

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

HIDO’s Mission is to build the capacity, confidence and efficacy of marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society mainly vulnerable women and children through participatory and inclusive health, education, livelihood, human rights, gender equality and social inclusion program interventions to achieve immediate as well as lasting impact in their lives.
The overarching goal of the organization is to improve the lives of target groups and communities through empowering them, tackling poverty and addressing barriers to their wellbeing thereby contribute to their own development as well as to the development of the nation.

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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