Agro-Ecotourism Program Development Specialist

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Project Description

An Agro-Ecotourism Program Development Specialist with at least three years of project planning and program management experience in the field of ecotourism, rural development, or agriculture are needed to strategize ways to develop, enhance and promote the agro-ecotourism plans with Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU). The goal is to develop an integrated agro-ecotourism destination combining forest park, organic farming, culinary spots and recreational activities like mountain trekking, horse riding, and zip-lining. PSAU sees the development of eco-tourism activities as a means of reducing the impact of climate change, protecting and conserving valuable biodiversity, and providing economic benefits.

The Agro-Ecotourism Program Development Specialist will support PSAU in developing a five-year comprehensive agro-ecotourism development plan. The Response Volunteer will provide trainings and workshops with the university and campus staff, agro-ecotourism service providers and other community stakeholders. They will also develop and implement monitoring mechanisms and an evaluation framework for agro-ecotourism. The main goal of the assignment is to advise and consult with staff and other stakeholders in the planning process and to assist with the development of agro-ecotourism operational and marketing strategies for the agro-ecotourism park.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Pampanga State Agricultural University

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor Degree in Ecotourism, Ecology, Agriculture, Rural Development, or Environmental Science
• At least with 3-year work experience in agro-ecotourism program planning and implementation
• Skilled in the application of modern Geographic Information Systems (GIS)and other related mapping technology
• Demonstrated ability to live and work in a multi-cultural setting
• Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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