At-Risk Youth Social Reintegration Specialist

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Project Description

3 Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) with a master’s degree in psychology or social work, at least 2 years of experience working with at-risk children and adolescents, and advanced written and spoken Spanish skills is needed to serve in Peru as an At-Risk Youth Social Reintegration Specialist for a Residential Care Center (CAR). The National Integral Program for Family Well Being (INABIF) is affiliated with The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, with the goal to contribute to the protection and care of children and adolescents, and each CAR has a social/volunteer network support with experience in these type of services. A challenge related to this intervention is the ability and skills needed to ensure comprehensive care for children and adolescents with differing profiles, taking into consideration their cultural differences and backgrounds. The CAR centers’ teams need the support of a PCRV with experience in working with the social reintegration of high-risk youth to assist the teams in the development of a methodology to approach these youth with a focus on building relationships, harm reduction and strength-based/resiliency approaches.

The PCRVs will have a very close working relationship with the care-taking teams of the CAR to coordinate a collaborative work effort prioritizing the transfer of skills to their staff. Specifically, the PCRV will train CAR staff in techniques for labor and/or social reintegration, and they will prepare, with the support of CAR personnel, an initial situational assessment of the impact of psychological interventions and social work actions, Life Plans and CAR Work Plans in order to contextualize the development of the intervention work according to the particular characteristics of each CAR and each of the children and adolescents. In coordination with the CAR teams, the Volunteer will also prepare mid-year and final reports using SWOT analysis in order to adjust the Life and Work Plans of the technical teams of the CARs. The goal of this assignment is to contribute to the development of the skills and abilities of the teams of professionals for better intervention in the volunteer’s assigned center.

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 Peru together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

The National Integral Program for Family Well Being (INABIF) affiliated with The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable populations – MIMP

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
• Master’s degree in psychology and/or social work.
• 2-3 years of experience working with at-risk and/or abandoned children and adolescents.
• 1 -2 years of experience in the area of social and labor reintegration for at-risk children and adolescents.
• Experience working in spaces similar to those of a Residential Care Center for children and adolescents without protection, such as orphanages, residential child care communities, or others.
• Advanced level of written and spoken Spanish
• Ability to work together with CAR teams to develop a methodological proposal of resilience for the personalized therapy intervention of each child.

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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