Mental Health and Diversity Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Mental Health and Diversity Specialist in the Health and Environment Department of the Ministry of Education (MEP). The Health and Environment Department focuses on promoting healthy lifestyle practices through comprehensive sexuality education and encouraging youth participation. The department designs the national health prevention policies for youth at different levels of the national education system. Over the past three years, the department has been working on a number of strategies to support diversity in the educational system and specifically the LGBTQI population.

A PCRV with a Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field and with an advanced level of Spanish is needed to strengthen the capacity of the Health and Environment Department. The PCRV will coordinate education program design and implementation at an inter-institutional level on subjects related to mental health, risk factors, suicide and self-inflicted injuries prevention, amongst others. The PCRV will work on promoting comprehensive sexuality education emphasizing on LGBTQI population and youth with disabilities. The PCRV’s help is needed to design and facilitate training for staff members and to provide basic guidelines that promote social and community participation in the education system, including students’ rights. The PCRV is expected to share new knowledge, techniques and methodologies that improve staff performance and that contribute to strengthening the national education system, and they will also prepare, analyze, draft and review technical reports for international and national organizations that arise as a result of the activities carried out.
The goal of this assignment is to develop and strengthen the programs related to sexual education and mental health.

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 Costa Rica 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 Public Education

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
• Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field and two years of experience working with teachers and students in primary or secondary schools.
• Training, well-developed awareness and knowledge in human sexuality and diversity.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in the educational field.
• Proficiency in Spanish as a second language (Advance Spanish). While a reduced number of immediate counterparts can communicate in English, trainings/engagement with Regions and other Advisors will need to occur in Spanish.

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.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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