Train New Trainers on Environmental Preservation and Awareness


Open to all RPCVs

Activity/project background

The Association Douiret-Sbaa de Development Local Beni Tajjit works on environment projects. They have conducted multiple sessions and meetings on raising awareness about environmental preservation and how to prevent degradation. They have partnered with many NGOs and local partners on projects related to environment, such as an ongoing evaluation of traditional irrigation systems, as well as another project that focuses on digging wells and building cisterns to provide communities with potable water.

Before March 2020, a youth development Peace Corps Volunteer worked with this partner organization as their permanent worksite. While the role of the Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) would be substantially different than that of a two-year Volunteer, the VSPP would be involved in holding two training sessions a week with the members of the association. The VSPP would be able to support the Associations’ efforts to promote education and awareness on the importance of a clean environment, as well as talk about individual community members’ contributions.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The following are the suggested tasks the VSPP will support:
• Facilitate formal or informal assessments, with assistance from counterparts, to determine topics and key areas of knowledge to focus on in workshops.
• Co-develop virtual workshop content and session plans to develop skills among association members to exploit rainwater to preserve plants as well as reduce soil erosion.
• Co-develop virtual workshop content to raise awareness of the importance of each individual's contribution to reducing gas emissions by using ovens for heating as well as for environmentally friendly cooking, while organizing workshops for the manufacturing of solar-powered cooking devices.
• Co-develop and deliver training for association members on how to write grants and find funds for their activities.
• Facilitate virtual workshop events in which participants practice delivery of training on previously covered content to develop their facilitation and delivery skills

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 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, preferably on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:00pm to 4:30pm local time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.
• Zoom sessions and workshops will take place between 3:00pm and 4:30pm local time

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, email, and WhatsApp 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/Science in any field
Technical Skills: Strong presentation and communication skills

Language: Advanced or Intermediate high level in Classical Arabic/Moroccan Arabic or French

Experience: Experience organizing and/or facilitating environmental activities

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

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience in project design and management
• Experience with grant writing
• Experience working directly in community training for environmental conservation

Partner background

Name: Association Douiret-Sbaa de Development Local Beni Tajjit

Type of entity: Local NGO

Mission and goals:

The association aims to raise awareness among its members on how to preserve the environment and highlight the individual's contribution in doing so by focusing on the following topics:
• Develop new skills association members can use to exploit rainwater to preserve plants as well as reduce soil erosion
• Raise awareness of the importance of each individual's contribution to reducing gas emissions by using ovens for heating as well as for environmentally friendly cooking, while organizing workshops for the manufacture of solar-powered cooking devices

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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