Climate Change/Disaster Risk Reduction School Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Education in Dominica has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Climate Change/Disaster Risk Reduction School Specialists. The Island of Dominica is exposed to multiple natural and man-made hazards including hurricanes, landslides, floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, drought fires and security threats. The Ministry of Education has implemented the Safe Schools Program to ensure that the education sector has the capacity to ensure continuity of its functions and education services, as well as to equip learners with knowledge and resilience building skills to enable them to face the impacts of natural and man-made hazards and climate change. Currently, the program is being piloted at eleven schools and each school has a Safe Schools Officer (SSO) who is responsible for the coordination of the program. The ministry has identified a need for support for the assessment of the current pilot and the extension of the program across the education system both at the primary and secondary level.

The PCRVs will be part of a team consisting of staff of the School Operations Unit, SSOs, and school principals whose main goal is the management of the program such that there is a culture of climate and disaster risk resilience and reduction across the education system. The team will also ensure the successful implementation of the school safety program at target schools. The support of the PCRVs is also needed to build the capacity of learners, staff, parents and other stakeholders to become climate resilient including preparation and response to emergencies that affect the education sector.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Eastern Caribbean together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education Human Resource Planning Vocational Training and National Excellence

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in any field relevant to disaster management
• Training and experience in Climate Change/Adaptation and/or DRR
• Computer literacy
• Willingness to persevere through challenges (travel, climate, interacting with multiple people and agencies etc.)
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development.
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of 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.

Serving in Eastern Caribbean

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Medical Considerations

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