Help Improve Park Solid Waste Management and “Chau Plástico” Campaign


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

Huascaran National Park (HNP) transfers solid waste to collection centers with the support of local governments and has a solid waste management strategy based on waste collection campaigns, with the support of allied communities around the area. As part of raising awareness of the strategy, the “Chau Plástico” campaign was developed, which consists of informative activities for the responsible management of solid waste. Some activities of this campaign are to develop and host workshops in educational institutions and communities for the responsible management of solid waste, promote the “Chau Plástico” campaign by the organization's staff on social networks such as Facebook and Instagram, and install informative signs of the Chau Plástico campaign in strategic places of the tourist circuits of the Huascaran National Park.

The VSPP’s main task is to assist with effective plan strategies to improve the Solid Waste Management Strategy of the HNP, which will be implemented with the personnel of the PNH in the campaign “Chau Plástico” with strategic allies such as: Tourism agencies and local governments of the target communities. The VSPPs will also support the organization staff members by facilitating workshops in order to implement the revisions to the PNH strategic plan and the “Chau Plástico” campaign. HNP has previously worked with a VSPP and Peace Corps Volunteers in the field as well.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following activities, in collaboration with Host Country Partners:
• Gather information and review the solid waste management strategic plan of the HNP and the "Chau Plástico" Campaign
• Co-create a proposal for the revision of the strategic plan and the “Chau Plástico” campaign
• Present the first proposal of the solid waste management strategy to SERNANP and gather feedback
• Integrate feedback into the proposal and develop a final proposal for the improvement of the strategic plan and the "Chau Plástico" campaign
• Design and facilitate workshops for HNP staff to implement the revisions to the strategic plan and the “Chau Plástico” campaign

This engagement is expected to be approximately 23 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.
• Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Time. Specific times will be determined during orientation
• Activities will take place between 8:00am to 5:00pm Eastern Time

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, Google Meet, and email for regular communication and collaboration.

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

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’s degree in communication, sociology, marketing, psychology, environmental engineering or related field

Language: Advanced Spanish

• 2 years of experience developing strategic plans
• 2 years of experience with marketing and outreach campaigns

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’s degree in communication, sociology, or environmental engineering

• Experience with virtual education and/or training
• Experience with graphic design
• 2 more years of experience implementing solid waste management campaigns in protected natural areas
• Knowledge of prevailing social and/or cultural norms of communities surrounding national parks

Partner background

Name: Huascaran National Park, National Service of Protected Natural Areas (SERNANP)

Type of entity: Government

Mission and goals:

The mission of SERNANP is to lead the National System of Protected Natural Areas of Peru with a comprehensive and participatory ecosystem perspective, in order to sustainably manage its biological diversity and maintain ecosystem services that provide benefits to society.

By 2037, a sustainable rural development approach has been consolidated in the context of the Huascaran Biosphere Reserve, which values the services of Andean ecosystems, their products and local culture

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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