Web/Computer Programmer

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Web/Computer Programmer with the Office for the Production of Educational and Digital Resources (GESPRO) in the Ministry of Public Education (MEP). In 2008, a new statute was passed requiring the Ministry to provide digital resources to students and teachers. Many of the GESPRO team members are self-taught and would benefit from more in-depth/hands-on training and guidance from a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV). The PCRV will be working with a team of 6-8 people, including the Response Volunteer assigned to the Digital Illustrator position. All have their own responsibilities, working on different stages of product development but collaboration is encouraged and beneficial to the final product as well as the development of the team and their technical capacity. Once the resources have been designed, they will be sent to National and Regional MEP advisors who train teachers on their use and implementation with students.

A PCRV with senior level in JavaScript, intermediate level in CSS3 and experience with Ajax methods, HTML5, Node-JS, and React-JS will work with GESPRO to develop digital educational resources for pre-school and primary school students. The team will be working on designing a preschool web application that allows students to create stories with different elements such as images, videos, audios, texts, among others and creating primary-school level game board with dice in digital format that allows a learner to go through different scenarios to solve different challenges related to strengthening values. The Volunteer will provide mini trainings/guidance to team members in order to build their capacity and strengthen their technical computer programming skills. The goal of this assignment is build the capacity of GESPRO’s technology developers to create educational media resources that meet the requirements imposed by new and modern trends while providing students with the opportunity to interact within digital environments in a very dynamic and realistic way.

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

GESPRO (Office for the Production of Educational and Digital Resources)

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project might change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Senior level in Javascript
• Management of Ajax methods
• Expertise in HTML5
• Knowledge of Node-JS
• Intermediate level in CSS3
• Knowledge of React-JS
• Intermediate Spanish (This is the ideal minimum level for the work place as many colleagues speak English. Outside of the workplace more Spanish is needed.)
• Research and problem solving skills
• Teamwork skills
• Proactive and enthusiastic

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.

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