Mental Health and Diversity Specialist

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Mental Health and Diversity Specialist in the Student Affairs Division of the Health and Environment Department. The Student Affairs Division is focused on promoting healthy living practices in order to address a comprehensive sexuality education and to encourage community participation in the educational environment. This department designs the national primary health prevention policies for youth at different levels and modalities within the national education system, focusing on mental health risk factors and self-inflicted injuries, sex education emphasizing on LGBTQI population and youth with disabilities. The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) has been working on healthy relationships and sexuality since the establishment of the Health and Environment Department. Over the past three years MEP has been working on a diversity approach and supporting the LGBTQI population in the educational system. The Volunteer will be providing support in the following subject matters/areas within the Department of Health and Environment: healthy relationships & sexuality, holistic sexual education with an emphasis on LGBTQI inclusion, suicide and self-inflicted injuries prevention, mental health, support and inclusion for students with disabilities.

A PCRV with a Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field and an advanced level of Spanish is needed to strengthen the capacity of the program and existing activities which can be implemented in all of the secondary schools in the country. The Volunteer will coordinate education program design and implementation at an inter-institutional level on mental health, risk factors, suicide and self-inflicted injuries prevention. The PCRV will work on promoting sex education emphasizing sexual education within the LGBTQI population and youth with disabilities. The PCRV’s help is needed to design and facilitate training for staff members and providing basic guidelines that promote social and community participation in the education system, students’ rights, and provide new knowledge, techniques and methodologies that improve staff performance and strengthen the education system. The Volunteer will also prepare, analyze, draft and review technical reports for international and national organizations that arise as a result of the activities carried out. The goal of this assignment is to develop and strengthen the programs related to sexual education and mental health.

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 Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Public Education

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
• Masters in Social Work, Psychology, Youth Development or other related field and two years of experience working with teachers and students in primary or secondary schools.
• Training, well-developed awareness and knowledge in human sexuality and diversity.
• Minimum 3 years of experience in the educational field.
• Proficiency in Spanish as a second language (Advance Spanish). While a reduced number of immediate counterparts can communicate in English, trainings/engagement with Regions and other Advisors will need to occur in Spanish.

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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