Community, Youth & Economic Development Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Community, Youth & Economic Development Specialist to mentor, advise, and support the Youth Development Officer in Namibia’s Municipality of Swakopmund enabling local youth to fully participate in local economic activities. There is a great need to equip the youth with the necessary skills to create employment or become employable. This can be realized through promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship, skills development and training, and empowering youth in job preparation and job search strategies. The PCRV will support the development of a Medium & Small Enterprise (MSE) Mentorship Program and work their counterpart to conduct an industry skills gap analysis to inform the Department’s career development and guidance program for the youth, both in-and-out of school. They will also help guide the development of the Department’s Monitoring & Evaluation tool. The Volunteer will also provide trainings on how to write business proposals and implement a Training of Trainers program on youth entrepreneurship.

To be qualified for this position, applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, Economics, or Entrepreneurship or another related field and 5 years of experience in Youth Development with special focus on career guidance, job seeking skills, writing proposals, small business projects & entrepreneurship. The Volunteer also must have a willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps approach to development. Additionally, they will need solid experience in Project Design and Management as well as Monitoring & Evaluation, Computer literacy skills and computer training skills, plus experience in designing and facilitating training for adult learners.

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. Dates may not be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Municipality of Swakopmund

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’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Economics, or Entrepreneurship
• 5 years’ experience in Youth Development with special focus on career guidance, job seeking skills, writing proposals, small business projects & entrepreneurship
• Solid experience in Project Design and Management as well as Monitoring & Evaluation
• Computer literacy skills and computer training skills
• Experience in designing and facilitating training for adult learners

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 Namibia

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Medical Considerations

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