Rural Sociologist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Rural Sociologist with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in Jamaica. Parish level Extension Officers from the RADA are stretched to be able to adequately work with communities to build the organizational capacity and technical skills of community organizations focused on agriculture. The aim of this Response position is to build parish-level extension capacity for the RADA in rural sociology.

A PCRV, with a master’s degree or equivalent in Sociology with a focus on Agriculture, Environment, Development, or a related field, 2 years of experience in helping rural families and/or organizations that work with rural families to develop the capabilities, assets, and activities required for families to earn a living from agricultural production and services, achieve a livelihood that can strengthen their ability to cope with and recover from societal, marketplace and environmental stresses and shocks, and 2 years of international development experience in either national level or community-based is needed to discover, design and adapt training materials aligned to build capacity of colleagues and farmers. The Rural Sociologist will visit a sampling of farmer groups and hold focus group discussions on areas of opportunity and need as understood by the groups, create and submit an initial findings report to their supervisor, do technical extension work, and with RADA staff colleagues, meet with relevant local, parish and national government, public and private sector entities to examine ways to collaborate and leverage partnerships for effective service provision. The overall goal of this assignment is to assist the PCRV’s assigned parish and also provide training of trainers and other training materials for two other parishes.

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

Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA)

Required Skills

• Master’s Degree or equivalent in Sociology with a focus on Agriculture, Environment, Development, or a related field
• 2 years of experience in helping rural families and/or organizations that work with rural families to develop the capabilities, assets, and activities required for families to earn a living from agricultural production and services
• 2 years’ experience in helping rural families and/or organizations that work with rural families to achieve a livelihood that can strengthen their ability to cope with and recover from societal, marketplace and environmental stresses and shocks
• 2 years of international development experience in either national level or community-based
• Experience in assessment and report writing; training and facilitation,
• Working knowledge of qualitative research methodologies,
• Ability to live and work under challenging emotional and physical conditions
• Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated flexibility in cross-cultural environment
• Ability to engage at all levels – community to policy

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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