Support Urban Agriculture and Nutrition Education For HIV NGO


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

USAID Family focused HIV prevention, Care and Treatment program is a three years program focusing on HIV prevention and care targeting People Living with HIV (PLHIVs) and Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Addis Ababa and Hawassa. Nutritional support and asset diversification are one of the activities they use to support OVCs and PLHIVs. The project is designed to support the above activity through educating targeted beneficiaries on nutritional balanced diet and urban agriculture which helps to diversify their income. The Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) will provide support to CVDA in preparing training documents on nutrition and urban garden and train CVDA staffs on nutrition, balanced diet and urban garden.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-develop training documents on nutrition, balanced diet, and urban garden
• Co-train the CVDA staff and social service workers on nutrition and urban garden every 2 weeks
• Attend weekly meeting with CVDA representatives on the progress of training cascade to targeted beneficiaries
• Assist CVDA in developing agriculture and nutrition guidelines for the organization

This engagement is expected to be approximately 18 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, Ethiopian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp 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.

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 any field

• 2 years’ experience in area of nutrition education or urban agriculture
• Experience with training design and facilitation

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: Bachelor of science degree in food science or agriculture

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• 3 years’ experience working in agriculture and teaching nutrition in Ethiopia or Africa
• Experience training on lesson plan preparation and adult learning principles

Partner background

Name: Common Vision for Development Association(CVDA)

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

Common Vision for Development Association (CVDA) is an indigenous, non-governmental, non-for-profit, humanitarian aid association. It was established on October 28, 2005 by a group of dedicated people from diverse social, economic, professional and religious backgrounds.

CVDA has been re-registered and licensed by the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Civil Society Organizations Authority
CVDA is member of National HIV/AIDS Forum of NGOs and National Children and Youth Forum of NGOs under CCRDA. Beside this, it is a member of the Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA), Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Association (UEWCA), Sustainable Land Use Forum (SLUF), Ethiopian Extractive Industries Transparence Initiative (EEITI), Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling up Nutrition (ECSC-SUN) and Afar Region Health Partner Forum.

The following are CVDA’s vision, mission and goals:


CVDA’s vision is to see where poverty is alleviated sustainably with favorable living environment in Ethiopia.


CVDA’s mission is to work with & for the poor community with priority attention for children and women towards alleviating socio-economic problem, food insecurity, reducing unemployment, enhancing productivity, promoting health care, quality education & environment conservation at various level for sustainable development.


To contribute to the endeavors of poverty alleviation through its integrated community based development program in different regions of the country.

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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