Environmental Network Organizer

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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 an Environmental Network Organizer for Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in Puebla state, Mexico. Mexico’s national environment and natural resources strategic plan (PROMARNAT 2013-2018) includes environmental education, citizen participation, and capacity building for sustainability among its objectives. As a result, SEMARNAT defined a strategy and developed programs to strengthen collaboration and decision-making processes among all sectors of society through citizen education and participation. To this end, the local representation of SEMARNAT in Puebla established a system of “Network and Nodes” to meet the demand for local environmental educators coordinating their efforts, sharing the knowledge and experience developed locally and taking advantage of resources such a social media. For the past 15 years, SEMARNAT-Puebla has been actively allocating resources to develop and promote and implement environmental education programs in the state. However, SEMARNAT-Puebla is in need of developing a strategic and operational plan that can contribute to the creation and consolidation of an active network of environmental educators that responds to their different training and capacity development needs, as well as to needs for environmental, educational, social, and media methodologies and tools.

An Environmental Network Organizer, with at least intermediate Spanish, a degree in natural sciences, environmental education or related area and professional experience in educational processes, is needed to closely work with representatives of environmental and/or civil organizations as well as with groups of environmental educators. He/she will review project background information, conduct an assessment, and, in collaboration with their counterpart, formulate an action plan. The Volunteer will Collaborate in the development of a state-wide strategic and operational plan, implement working sessions with the organizations’ Network coordinators, and design, organize, facilitate and evaluate training events aimed at environmental educators in the institutions and organizations working towards the integration of the Network. The PCRV will also design and propose several methodologies/approaches for implementation of the trainings and consolidation of the Network, identify stakeholders or actors, and develop content and materials, as needed, for the working meetings such as participatory diagnostics, logical frameworks matrices, value chains, etc. The goal of this assignment is to build the capacity of the SEMARNAT Puebla to consolidate and strengthen a network of environmental educators in the region of Puebla.

Please note these are approximate departure dates and might change. Final invitation decisions will be made by early June.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources (SEMARNAT)

Required Skills

• Bachelors or post-graduate degree in natural sciences, environmental education, natural resource management, or related field.
• Training and experience facilitating participatory strategic planning processes.
• Experience in educational processes, including the use of pedagogical principles and methodologies such as principle of adult learning, group formation theory, etc.
• Knowledge and recent experience using digital media to communicate and establish a network of people.
• Intermediate-high or advanced Spanish language skills necessary to understand and participate in department meetings and preparation of reports and proposals.
• Flexibility, adaptability, and professionalism given a new work environment in a new culture and within the context of the rules, regulations, and core expectations of the Peace Corps.
• Initiative, resourcefulness, and the ability to work on a team with potentially limited resources and limited supervision.
• Willingness to learn about and integrate/adapt into the Mexican culture

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 Mexico

  • Mexico may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Mexico, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot 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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