Agro-Ecotourism Program Development Specialist

Project Description

Three State Universities in the Philippines, Bohol Island State University (BISU), Northern Iloilo Polytechnic State College – Barotac Viejo Campus, and Pampanga State Agricultural University (PSAU), have requested the support of Agro-Ecotourism Program Development Specialists to support developing, enhancing and promoting their agro-ecotourism plans. The universities will implement a farm village tourism project and related technology transfer activities with support from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology. University staff see the development of environmental-friendly economic projects as a means of empowering local communities, promoting technologies, diversifying their sources of income, and reducing pressures to harvest and sell natural resources in an unsustainable manner. The universities also have identified 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 Specialists will support each state university in developing a five-year comprehensive agro-ecotourism development plan. The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) 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 each 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 each 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 and Bohol Island State 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 3 years of work experience related to 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.

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