Nonprofit Certification Analyst

Before You Apply

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 Nonprofit Certification Analyst with the Costa Rica United States of America Foundation (CRUSA). As a part of CRUSA’s strategic plan, CRUSA has set out to build the capacity within Costa Rican nonprofit organizations in order to contribute to the country’s sustainable development and community initiatives. CRUSA Board Members have requested that CRUSA staff explore the possibility of creating a nonprofit certification process/national quality standards for nonprofits in Costa Rica. Such an effort requires significant research and analysis before developing a proposal, since best practices in nonprofit certification in other countries, as well as available data in the Costa Rican context and potential partners for a Costa Rican effort, must be assessed. However, a successful certification program could provide a huge service to grant makers, donors, and nonprofits. CRUSA and Peace Corps Costa Rica have a long standing partnership. Starting in July 2019 CRUSA will receive the support of a PCRV focused on nonprofit capacity building. The Nonprofit Certification Analyst will work in close coordination with that PCRV. The Volunteer will support the CRUSA Foundation by conducting an assessment of exiting certification programs for nonprofit organizations both within Costa Rica and globally. The Volunteer will analyze the research findings and present a proposal to CRUSA with recommendations on how to create a nonprofit certification program led by CRUSA.
A PCRV with a Bachelors’ degree in nonprofit management, public administration or related field and Spanish fluency is needed to help CRUSA develop a certification program for nonprofit organizations. The Volunteer will work with the CRUSA Foundation to define the parameters of the assessment, including organizations to include, as well as key partners to form a working group to guide the assessment throughout the process. Additionally, the Volunteer will work closely with the CRUSA Community Capacity-Building Field Coordinator to develop training plans and other resources for nonprofits that fit with the quality standards that are described or proposed through this process. The goal of this assignment is to recommend how a national certification process or quality standards could be developed and implemented by CRUSA and other partners in Costa Rica for nonprofits.

Partner Information

Costa Rica United States of America Foundation (CRUSA)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, public administration, or any relevant field
• Two years of experience working in Costa Rica on the community level or similar experience in another country
• Fluent in Spanish
• Experience conducting trainings and other capacity building sessions in Spanish
• Experience conducting research/assessments
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development

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 Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica 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: Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
  • After arrival in Costa Rica, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and 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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