Community-Based Organization Development 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) is needed to serve as a Community Based Organizational Development Specialist at the Canaries Community Improvement Foundation (CCIF) in St. Lucia, Eastern Caribbean. The CCIF was incorporated as a not for profit community based organization in December 2014, it was formed to assist in the sustainable development of the community of Canaries which by many metrics is the poorest community on the island. In addition, the village was severely impacted by flooding from both Hurricane Tomas in October 2010 and The Christmas Eve Trough of 2013. These events caused significant damage to many households and have set back families’ financial stability as a result. Canaries is largely bypassed by the island's tourism industry despite having some beautiful scenery, waterfalls, extensive beach and an authentic West Indian fishing village that is unspoiled by tourism development. The community therefore has great potential, and it is this potential that the CCIF wishes to see harnessed and explored to the benefit of the community residents. Looking ahead the CCIF is presently the local partner to the Ministry of Agriculture administered Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5C's) funded project - “Ridge to Reef Ecosystem Rehabilitation, Climate Change Adaptation, Improvement in Fish Biomass in two coastal Communities in Saint Lucia” which is investing USD 460,000 in the scaling up of the CCIF's GEF SGP funded Ridge to Reef project in Canaries. This larger project represents a great opportunity for the members of the CCIF and the wider Canaries community and the CCIF wishes to ensure that they are well placed to maximize that opportunity in the following areas: develop village based eco-tourism products in fishing village of Canaries; develop and sustain youth prepared for the workforce within the community; develop small business opportunities for residents of Canaries; and, promote environmental care and appreciation within the community.

A Community-Based Organizational Development Specialist, with extensive experience in managing, developing, or establishing a successful business or non-profit organization, is needed to build the internal capacity of CCIF. The PCRV will recruit a small cohort of aspiring business leaders from within the youth of Canaries for a training and development program, develop youth capacity in how to effectively run a CSO and engage in entrepreneurship and community mobilization, and organize a kick-off event as a platform to introduce the organization’s programs. The PCRV will also write grants proposals and create opportunities for funding, develop organizational structure and recruit qualified staff members and volunteers, and organize and manage office operations and facilitate the competence within the organization to ensure sustainability. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of CCIF to support community economic development and successfully launch this new project.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and may change due to programmatic needs.

Partner Information

Canaries Community Improvement Foundation (CCIF)

Required Skills

• Extensive experience in managing, developing, or establishing a successful business or non-profit organization
• Ability to engage and inspire people from various backgrounds and educational levels
• A leadership or supervisory background
• Experience with fundraising, grant application writing, and community mobilization
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Openness to respect and learn from local knowledge as a basis to the work outlined

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

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