Economic Strengthening Specialist

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Project Description

5 Economic Strengthening Specialists, with professional experience in business administration/management, marketing, finance management/advising or related field, are needed to work closely with the Department of Community Development at the district level in Botswana to work with Community Development Officers (CDOs) to support economic empowerment initiatives that can be sustainable. The Government of Botswana introduced the Poverty Eradication Programme around 2012/13 to economically empower beneficiaries by assisting them to identify income-generating activities, and proving training and necessary support to ensure that the projects remained operational and viable. However, some projects were never successful for various reasons such as poor marketing, poor business management, and saturation of the market for some products, and some projects were unable to continue after restrictions were put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) will support local Councils in planning and implementing economic development strategies for the beneficiaries through consultation and co-conducting trainings on basic business management, strategic planning, marketing and advertising and organizational development. The PCRVs will also assist in rolling out the program to the district, sensitizing and training stakeholders, establishing systems and coordinating, collaborating and communicating with implementing partners across the district. The goal of this assignment is to support Local Authorities to develop/resuscitate economic empowerment initiatives that can be sustainable, particularly after the impact of COVID-19.

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

Partner Information

Department of Community Development (Ministry Of Local Government and Rural Development)

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 of Arts in business management/administration, project management, marketing and advertising, finance management or related field
• 5+ years of professional experience in business administration/management, marketing, finance management/advising or related field
• Demonstrated intercultural skills and motivation, including flexibility, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, ability to work independently, resourcefulness, and creativity

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 Botswana

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Medical Considerations

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