National Capacity Building Specialist-GLOW

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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 a National Capacity Building Specialist for Peace Corps GLOW Eswatini (Girls Leading Our World) in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Peace Corps GLOW Eswatini started in 2010 and has 88 clubs across the country. The GLOW initiative recognizes the potential to empower women and girls through education hence negating the unequal status of women socially, physically and financially in the country. GLOW uses a life skills curriculum that includes sexual and reproductive health education, career planning, decision making skills and self-esteem, building in a safe and supportive environment where girls can share experiences and future aspirations. GLOW clubs are led by committed, motivated and knowledgeable Swati counselors who live within the communities of the girls they mentor. These counselors serve as role models, advisors, cheer leaders and support systems for many girls in their clubs. They also play a key role in the planning and execution of special events and camps, providing the direction for how they envision GLOW growing and evolving in the future. Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) recruit new GLOW counselors and assist by serving as liaisons and advocates for the girls and counselors when dealing with funding and connecting participants with resources. Over the years, Eswatini GLOW members have increased in numbers. However, there is lack of consistency in establishing, running and monitoring the clubs as well as transferring knowledge to other counsellors. Club counselors do not possess the necessary skill sets to plan for, facilitate, motivate, and record data at their club gatherings.

A National Capacity Building Specialist, with at least an undergraduate degree in a relevant field and 3 years’ experience in designing and implementing adult training programs, is needed build the capacity of GLOW Club counselors to sustainably implement their programs. The PCRV will conduct a training needs assessment, design and facilitate trainings for counselors, and design and implement a mentorship program to support the counselors. The Volunteer will also develop a comprehensive training package to be used for developing future counselors, implement a training of trainers program, write and monitor grants to support counselor training, and establish a transition plan for GLOW Eswatini to become a separate entity from Peace Corps. The goal of this assignment is to build local capacity to design and sustain the program and operations of GLOW Eswatini.

Partner Information

Peace Corps GLOW Eswatini (Girls Leading Our World)

Required Skills

• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in designing and implementing training programs for adults
• 3 years’ experience in writing, implementing , monitoring and evaluating grants
• Must have a bachelor’s degree in adult and community development or any related field
• Knowledge of NGO/business development background
• Basic understanding of the legal environment and requirements for registering as a local NGO in Eswatini to build up the internal structure for GLOW to align it with those requirements.

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 Eswatini

  • Eswatini may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild and childhood;  dermatology; insulin-dependent diabetes; gastroenterology; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder, urology; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: peanut.
  • After arrival in Eswatini, 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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