Environmental Policy Specialist

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Project Description

An Environmental Policy Specialist with a master’s degree in Environmental Science or related field and at least 3 years working experience in developmental research, planning, environmental management, and policy studies for environmental initiatives is needed to work at the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST), specifically with the Center for Environmental Research (CER). The province of Nueva Ecija is facing various environmental challenges such as the degradation of watersheds, water pollution, cases of urban sprawl, and solid waste. This is coupled with social and political conflicts leading to environmental mismanagement. NEUST, as one of the premier universities in the province, is working alongside several local government units on the management of the environment, specifically focusing on preservation, conservation, and protection. Despite continued efforts through research and extension programs, the university is still facing challenges. The staff of the CER at NEUST have identified the need to create and implement a university-wide environmental policy and have requested a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to provide assistance and guidance through this process with the overall goal of pursuing commitment towards environmental sustainability.

The PCRV will develop a situational analysis of environmental issues currently experienced by the university and design a model for the development of the university’s environmental policy. The PCRV will also draft and recommend policies or plans for the continuous development, maintenance, and sustainability of the Center for Environmental Research and the university as a whole, as well as propose research programs and activities related to environmental sociology and governance. The work will involve the collaboration of the staff members of the CER, as well as external stakeholder and partners. The overall goal is to help the university to craft environmental policies that will support sustainability and preservation, conservation, and protection of the environment.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in the Philippines together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Management, and Policy or other relevant discipline.
• At least three years of working experience in developmental research, planning, environmental management, and policy studies within a university or international/national government/NGO settings for environmental initiatives.
• Have at least three years of engagement in an academic setting, particularly related to environmental management and policy.
• Excellent communication 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

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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