Social Responsibility Advisor for Science and Technology

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Project Description

Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRV) are needed to serve as Social Responsibility Advisors for Science and Technology for research centers with Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) in Mexico. CONACYT is in charge of the promotion of scientific and technological activities, setting government policies in relation to science, technology and innovation, and granting scholarships for postgraduate studies. It is the equivalent of United States’ National Science Foundation. CONACYT has a network of twenty-six publicly funded research centers. The National Development Plan (Plan Nacional de Desarrollo 2019-2024) prioritizes social development, economic development, and environmentally sustainable development. According to the new mandate for CONACYT, science, technology, and innovation need to prioritize social and environmental challenges and incorporate a humanistic lens. In order to align themselves with these new national priorities and maximize the social impact of their research and development, publicly funded CONACYT research centers are seeking the counsel and collaboration of professionals with a STEM degree and work experience focused on social impact to assist in developing strategies and systems to measure, monitor, and evaluate social impact, and to train-up local actors to continue on after the PCRVs’ service.

The Social Responsibility Advisors for Science and Technology, with at least a bachelor’s degree in any STEM field, teaching or training experience in higher education environments, and three years of experience in applied sciences with a social impact focus are needed to work with research center personnel to strengthen capacities in the area of social impact for science, technology, engineering, and design. PCRVs will partner with center personnel to develop formal and/or informal training which will give researchers and students the knowledge and skills to apply a social impact lens to their work and measure the social impact of their projects. Depending on each center’s needs and priorities, potential activities include compilation of information on institutional projects, evaluation and monitoring of social impact indicators by project and institution, and sharing social impact information resources and best practices. PCRVs will also be expected to identify other areas in which they can add value as well as be willing to help Center’s personnel and students strengthen their English language skills. The goal of this assignment is to promote the application of a social impact lens onto research and development projects and proposals.

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 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

CONACYT (National Council for Science and Technology)

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 degree in any STEM field
• Three years of experience in applied sciences with a social responsibility focus
• Teaching or training experience in higher education environments
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to quickly self-learn Spanish language communication skills, including ongoing study and practice during service
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into Mexican culture and the organizational culture at the research center

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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