Communications/ICT Specialist

Before You Apply

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 is needed to serve as a Communications/ICT Specialist for PERFORM (Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi) and the Department of Forestry. PERFORM is a core component of environmental programming under USAID’s Development Objective Assistance Agreement with the Government of Malawi (GoM), and is the flagship implementation vehicle for the low emissions partnership between the Governments of the U.S. and Malawi. PERFORM was designed to align with Malawi’s mid-term Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) and to promote forest conservation and green growth. The services that Miombo woodlands provide to Malawians are numerous—including food, water, shelter, and fuel. However, these woodlands’ size are decreasing at one of the highest rates in southern Africa due to unsustainable use of fuel wood and charcoal, poor agricultural practices, limited economic choices, and high population growth. PERFORM works in three pilot sites, each anchored by a forest reserve. Today, PERFORM is working with the Department of Forestry to promote co-management of forest reserves, with local farmers and women, to enhance agricultural productivity and to reduce deforestation. These and other PERFORM activities are helping to improve the quality of life for rural Malawians in these sites.

The role of the Response Volunteer is two-fold. Firstly she/he will support the REDD secretariat, and directly the Department of Forestry, to systematically generate/collect, collate and communicate data, information and knowledge. In addition, she/he will build the capacity of Department of Forestry personnel to use communications/ICT tools to more systematically generate/collect, collate and communicate data, information and knowledge. The Communications/ICT Specialist will also deliver two formal trainings related to ICT/Communications, as well as support DoF staff one-on-one.

Please note that this position is one of several that will depart for service in Malawi 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

Protecting Ecosystems and Restoring Forests in Malawi (PERFORM); Department of Forestry

Required Skills

• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
• Two years' experience in a grassroots country with notable accomplishments including but not limited to: successful community integration and cross-cultural awareness
• Significant interest and/or previous experience in natural resource management and climate change
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• High proficiency in Microsoft Office suite and software such as Photoshop
• Strong interpersonal skills and tact

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 Malawi

  • Malawi may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood; cardiology; dermatology; gastroenterology; some types of gynecologic support; insulin-dependent diabetes; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; urology; 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: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Malawi, 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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