Program Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Program Specialist with Junior Achievement (JA), a non-profit organization that has been committed to support the world's youth and prepare them for a better future. In Costa Rica, JA has promoted a number of programs for over 30 years through the contribution of corporate partners, individuals and volunteers who share the same dream. Most of the programs consist of modules that develop aspects of entrepreneurship, employability and financial education. The programs are, in their majority, taught by Volunteers and reach more than 300 schools, colleges and institutions in the country. In recent years, JA Costa Rica has developed a strong collaboration with Peace Corps Costa Rica. Many Community Economic Development Volunteers have implemented JACR programs first hand and are therefore familiar with JA methodologies and materials. In addition, Volunteers have proven to be experienced working with our beneficiary populations (children and youth) and to hold relevant skills in areas like Non-formal Education and Program Design. For this reason, a Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to support the growth of JACR.

A PCRV with a bachelor’s degree in Business, Project Management or related field and with experience in the design and implementation of educational programs is needed to serve as a Program Specialist with JACR. The Response Volunteer is needed to support the implementation of existing programs with a focus on financial education, employability and entrepreneurship. The Volunteer will work with JACR to analyze and review current educational program, develop new educational programs and to train staff and Volunteers. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the educational programs and opportunities available with JACR.

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

Junior Achievement Costa Rica. (Asociación de Empresarios Juveniles de Costa Rica)

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 or technical degree in a field related to Business, Business Administration, Finance, Economics, Project Management or Education.
• Experience and knowledge in the design and implementation of educational programs.
• 1 year of professional experience working with children or youth
• Advanced level of Spanish as a second language.

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 Costa Rica

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Medical Considerations

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