At-Risk Youth Social Reintegration Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) with a master’s degree in psychology or social work, at least 2 years of experience working with at-risk children and adolescents, and advanced written and spoken Spanish skills is needed to serve in Peru as an At-Risk Youth Social Reintegration Specialist for a Residential Care Center (CAR). The National Integral Program for Family Well Being (INABIF) is affiliated with The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations, with the goal to contribute to the protection and care of children and adolescents, and each CAR has a social/volunteer network support with experience in these type of services. A challenge related to this intervention is the ability and skills needed to ensure comprehensive care for children and adolescents with differing profiles, taking into consideration their cultural differences and backgrounds. The CAR centers’ teams need the support of a PCRV with experience in working with the social reintegration of high-risk youth to assist the teams in the development of a methodology to approach these youth with a focus on building relationships, harm reduction and strength-based/resiliency approaches.

The PCRV will be assigned to one of the five different CARs located throughout the country and will have a very close working relationship with the care-taking teams of the CAR to coordinate a collaborative work effort prioritizing the transfer of skills to their staff. Specifically, the PCRV will train CAR staff in techniques for labor and/or social reintegration, and they will prepare, with the support of CAR personnel, an initial situational assessment of the impact of psychological interventions and social work actions, Life Plans and CAR Work Plans in order to contextualize the development of the intervention work according to the particular characteristics of each CAR and each of the children and adolescents. In coordination with the CAR teams, the Volunteer will also prepare mid-year and final reports using SWOT analysis in order to adjust the Life and Work Plans of the technical teams of the CARs. The goal of this assignment is to contribute to the development of the skills and abilities of the teams of professionals for better intervention in the volunteer’s assigned center.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Peru at the same time. It is unlikely that the departure date will change but applicants will be notified if the date does change. Please only apply if you are available on the date listed and if you can serve for the entire duration of the project.

Partner Information

The National Integral Program for Family Well Being (INABIF) affiliated with The Ministry of Women and Vulnerable populations – MIMP

Required Skills

● Master’s degree in psychology and/or social work.
● 2-3 years of experience working with at-risk and/or abandoned children and adolescents.
● 1 -2 years of experience in the area of social and labor reintegration for at-risk children and adolescents.
● Experience working in spaces similar to those of a Residential Care Center for children and adolescents without protection, such as orphanages, residential child care communities, or others.
● Advanced level of written and spoken Spanish
● Ability to work together with CAR teams to develop a methodological proposal of resilience for the personalized therapy intervention of each child.

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 in Peru

  • Peru may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Peru, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot, to take daily or weekly medication to prevent malaria, and to receive mandatory immunizations.

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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