HIV/AIDS Project Manager/Organizational Development Advisor

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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), fluent in Spanish with a Bachelor’s degree in NGO management, International Development, or other related field and who has experience in organizational and project management, is needed to serve as an HIV/AIDS Project Manager/Organizational Development Advisor in Panama. ASASTRAN (Asociacion de Agentes de Salud Tradicional y Natural Ngäbe-Buglé or Association of Traditional and Natural Health Workers Ngäbe-Buglé) is the governing organization for traditional healthcare providers in the indigenous region of the Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle, managing 235 traditional doctors, midwives, and supervisors. HIV/AIDS has been a growing problem in the Ngäbe-Bugle population of Panama. ASASTRAN’s traditional doctors and midwives have a unique ability to reach communities in the Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle with sexual health education, stigma reduction information and activities, and linkage to tests and treatment. In 2019 ASASTRAN carried out a program of HIV/AIDS trainings for its functionaries in collaboration with Peace Corps Response. The project consisted of a series of seminars focused on the medical and emotional management of HIV cases in Comarca communities. A group of ASASTRAN facilitators were trained to continue the project, and have led the facilitation of the seminars.

For the second phase of the project, in 2020 and 2021, ASASTRAN has the objective of bringing the HIV/AIDS seminar to additional key populations in affected areas of the Comarca. As well, they are planning to continue the professional development of their board of directors and technical committee, especially in the fields of project management and relationship-building with international NGOs. A PCRV has been requested to help facilitate the second phase of this project. The PCRV will be facilitating an organizational needs assessment and strategic planning process for ASASTRAN, focused on general organizational development, as well as training the board of directors on project and budget management and protocols and practices of working with international NGOs. The PCRV will also facilitate a community needs assessment and project planning process for ASASTRAN, focused on their 2020-2021 HIV/AIDS work and will work with the existing team of facilitators to continue the training of traditional doctors and midwives on HIV care.

Partner Information

ASASTRAN (Asociacion de Agentes de Salud Tradicional y Natural Ngäbe-Buglé or Association of Traditional and Natural Health Workers Ngäbe-Buglé)/MINSA (Ministerio de Salud) – Comarca Ngäbe-Bugle Health Promotion Department

Required Skills

• Bachelor's degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a field related to NGO management, community development, international development, global health, project management or organizational management
• Experience in organizational and project management, ideally in community-based projects
• Experience facilitating trainings on public health-related topics
• Experience living and working in low-resource communities
• Advanced/fluent level of spoken and written Spanish
• Intercultural sensitivity

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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