Natural Resources Information Management Specialist

Project Description

The Reserva de la Biosfera Barranca de Metztitlán (RBBM) in Mexico has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Natural Resources Information Management Specialist. The RBBM covers nine municipalities in the state of Hidalgo and is managed and administered by a very small team of people with very limited resources. RBBM has now started a project to strengthen, simplify, and implement institutional information management processes and systems to allow the proper management and administration of the information generated, in accordance with official regulations, the institutional annual operating program, and legal requirements to provide information, results, reports, and audits to various government entities and the general public. RBBM has identified a need for support to identify, improve, and implement information management processes and systems, as well as information management training for RBBM staff who have an academic background in biological sciences and forestry.

The PCRV will be assigned to the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) local office located in Metztitlán, Hidalgo, and collaborate directly with the Head of Office to identify needs, strengths, threats, and areas of opportunity related to information management processes and systems, as well as define priorities and the strategy or work plan to be implemented. The PCRV, with the participation of office staff, is expected to define, develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate processes and systems, and to train staff to ensure adequate and systematic long-term information management.

In coordination with personnel from the RBTC, the PCRV will work directly with members of the co-op in identifying areas of opportunity and growth, defining, and implementing appropriate business strategies, providing guidance and consulting as necessary, and identifying training needs to build upon and strengthen their skills and expertise. In collaboration with the co-op members, the PCRV will provide input and recommendations to improve the co-op’s logo, slogan and product image, support them to design and write business and marketing plans, and define and support the implementation of a communications plan and strategies to increase product exposure and consumption.

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.

Partner Information

Reserva de la Biosfera Barranca de Metztitlán (RBBM)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, computer science, information management, information technology, business administration, or related field
• Two years of professional experience developing and/or implementing information management systems
• Experience developing standardized processes
• Intermediate Spanish
• Strong communication and social skills
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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 Mexico

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Medical Considerations

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