Organizational Development Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as an Organizational Development Specialist with the Source Farm Foundation (SFF) in Jamaica. Over the past 4 years the Source Farm Foundation has been implementing the Jamaica Sustainable Farm Enterprise Program (JSFEP). Over 3 ½ years, this program, with support from the USAID Farmer to Farmer Volunteer Program, allowed 65 industry experts to collaborate with local farmers and community members on establishing a restorative organic and sustainable food sector in Jamaica. Since 2018 the Source Farm Foundation has acquired 370 acres of land to serve as site where local and international industry leaders from the Farmer to Farmer program will be able to manifest their wisdom. The foundation has developed an initial strategic plan and permaculture design study to guide a way forward. The hope is that this facility can serve as a world leader in research and development of regenerative farming models appropriate to our tropical ecosystem, provide clean, healthy food products for our people, and build community economic vitality.

A PCRV, with a master’s degree in non-profit management or related degree, 2 years’ experience in an international NGO and/or environmental sector governance, leadership, policies and/or best practices, from a Global South perspective, 2 years’ experience in developing or implementing NGO, cooperative and/or scholarly research governance structures, and exposure to or interest in organic, regenerative agriculture is needed to assist with the next phase of development of the Guango Wild Garden Conservancy Limited (GWGC) Initiative. The Organizational Development Specialist will conduct an assessment of the work setting and job-related areas, create an initial findings report with work plan recommendations, and coordinate, facilitate, research and support the collaborative development of our governance systems. The goal of this assignment is the development of governance documents and structures that reflect the core values of the work, and which will balance the needs of conservation, research and economic development.

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

Partner Information

Source Farm Foundation (SFF)

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
• Master’s degree in non-profit management or related degree
• 2 years’ experience in an international NGO and/or environmental sector governance, leadership, policies and/or best practices, from a Global South perspective
• 2 years’ experience in developing or implementing NGO, cooperative and/or scholarly research governance structures
• Knowledge of sustainable development sector and sustainable business best practices
• Exposure to or interest in organic, regenerative agriculture
• Self-directed but also a team player
• Must have strong communication skills (written, oral and active listening cross-culturally)
• Must be able to write proposals, research summaries and recommendations in high and medium level language
• Must be very organized with time and information
• Good personal skills
• Intercultural skills from work with diverse populations

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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