Information Management Advisor
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Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRV) are needed to serve as Information Management Advisors for research centers with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) in Mexico. CONACYT is in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies in relation to science, technology and innovation, and granting scholarships for postgraduate studies. It is the equivalent of United States’ National Science Foundation. CONACYT has a network of twenty-six publicly funded research centers. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) is a widely recognized and used business management practice. Technology-based publicly funded research centers in Mexico want to strengthen their core business processes and be able to share data across departments, facilitate information flow between business functions, and better manage relationships with stakeholders. These Information Management Advisor positions offer an extraordinary opportunity for professionals with experience in engineering and computational systems analysis to share and implement best practices, exchange ideas, and train colleagues in an international context.
The Information Management Advisors, with at least a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Management or related field, intermediate Spanish, and three years of professional experience in engineering and analysis of computer systems are needed to work with research center personnel to strengthen capacities in the area of enterprise resource management. PCRVs will collaborate with a group of administrative personnel and/or researchers, and depending on each center’s needs and priorities, potential activities include data collection and analysis, database integration and administration, identifying training needs, designing and facilitating workshops, and creating or adapting materials. PCRVs will also be expected to identify other areas in which they can add value as well as be willing to help Center’s personnel and students strengthen their English language skills. The goal of this assignment is to assist in the development of information management systems as a basis for institutional strategic planning.
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 Mexico together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.
Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.
CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology)
• 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 Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Management or related field
• Three years of professional experience in information system development and management and/or engineering and analysis of computer systems and databases
• Intermediate Spanish language
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into Mexican culture and the organizational culture at the research center
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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