Gender Equality & Youth Development Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a bachelor’s degree in education or related field, advanced Spanish, and experience leading youth development projects and educating young people in a Latin American context, is needed to serve as a Gender Equality & Youth Development Specialist with the Fundacion Nuestra Senora del Camino (FNSC) Casa de la Juventud (CAJU) in Panama. The FNSC is a non-profit organization that focuses on capacity building within vulnerable groups in Panama such as the Comarca (indigenous reservation) Ngabe Bugle. Currently, FNSC is focusing on two key areas of capacity building within the Ngabe Bugle population: Improving the socioeconomic and environmental conditions of the Comarca through the improvement of agricultural production farms and training directed at environmentally sustainable business and living practices. CAJU is focused on social development related to high-risk pregnant women and youth through workshops and seminars. The aim of these workshops and seminars is to encourage goal setting and decision making, and involves components of sexual health, job skills, and the rights of young people, as well as promoting emotional and physical well-being through sports. Historically, the FNSC and CAJU have enjoyed collaboration with PCRVs on these projects, and in view of this fruitful collaboration, the foundation is requesting another PCRV.

The PCRV will offer professional development guidance to local trainers within CAJU, as well as expanding workshop themes to include gender equality and female empowerment. The PCRV will support the CAJU coordinator in the development and facilitation of these workshops in several different educational centers, as well as assisting in the implementation of monitoring and evaluation techniques related to CAJU activities. The PCRV will also assist in the preparation of monthly reports on the execution of program activities and will provide guidance for sports activities, including the soccer school. The overall, long-term goal is to develop processes that strengthen the personal and productive capacities of the families of the Comarca Ngabe Bugle.

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

Partner Information

Fundación Nuestra Señora del Camino (FNSC) Casa de la Juventud (CAJU)

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 (B.A. or B.S.) in education, psychology, sociology, social work or related degree
• Advanced/fluent written and spoken Spanish
• 2-3 years of experience as a mentor or leader specializing in youth development projects
• Work experience in educational and training work for adolescents and/or young people in an Latin American context
• Leadership and facilitation skills and a natural affinity towards young people
• Have theoretical and practical knowledge in soccer or other sports that are appropriate for working with children

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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Medical Considerations

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