Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Curriculum 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 is needed to serve as a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Curriculum Development Specialist for the Benguet State University. The BSU College of Nursing is establishing a diploma course and master’s program on emergency and disaster risk management. The College has committed to take a vital role in the development of a university emergency and disaster risk management office. Both commitments are in response to the global and local call to making the difference for poverty, health, and resilience as stipulated in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. In Benguet province and in the Cordillera region, none among the 6 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) offers a professional study on emergency and DRM; only one private education institution in the region offers a master’s program on DRRM. The development of a university emergency and disaster risk management office requires the assistance of an expert whose perspective and approach may unify various emergency and DRRM initiatives amongst the stakeholders.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer with a Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and with at least two years of experience in graduate program development is needed to assist in the development for the diploma course and master’s program in emergency and disaster risk management. Together with the local supervisor, the Peace Corps Response Volunteer will work with the College of Nursing and conduct education and training workshops on emergency and disaster risk management. Additionally, the Volunteer will work together with the College to develop a university emergency and disaster risk management manual, plan, and council. The technical expert is vital towards the opening of the emergency and disaster risk management programs, diploma and masters, in partnership with an international institution and the development of a university emergency and DRM office.

Partner Information

Benguet State University (BSU) – Main Campus

Required Skills

• Master’s degree in emergency and disaster management or its equivalent;
• At least two years of background in graduate program development;
• At least two years’ experience in DRRM program implementation;
• At least two years of international development work experience;
• At least two years of experience in DRRM planning and training activities;
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.

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 Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish.
  • After arrival in Philippines, 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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