Behavior Change Communications 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 Behavior Change Communications Specialist fluent in Spanish and experienced in community communication and mass media is needed to update the communicational strategy of “Together Against Zika” for CARE-Peru. The Peru-Ecuador Binational Project, “Together Against Zika,” aims to increase community, local, and national capacities to achieve an efficient and timely response to the outbreak of the Zika virus, as well as to support regional and national efforts to contribute to the reduction of Zika’s transmission rates through knowledge management and political advocacy.

The Behavior Change Communications Specialist will review and update the “Together Against Zika” project’s communication strategies and support the project team to develop and improve new Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials targeted towards different audiences. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer will also support the team in coordinating with the UNICEF, Pan American Health Organization, Ministry of Health teams and/or other related actors on Zika’s preventative or promotional messaging and informational campaigns. The goal of the assignment is to provide specific technical assistance to the project’s communication team to strengthen the communication strategies that they have been implementing and incorporate new methodologies to maximize the project’s results in the field.

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 and 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.

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Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Pedagogy or related degrees.
• At least 3 years of experience in community communication and mass media with experience in developing communication plans/strategies for behavioral change in marginal urban or rural populations.
• Experience in health and/or education sector.
• Advanced Spanish (written/spoken) at professional level in order to train staff and the local campaign’s spokespersons.

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 also 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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