Program Management Specialist

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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 Program Management Specialist with advanced proficiency in French, experience in project management, including as an active project manager, and a degree in non-profit management, business management, development management, or related field is needed to work with Dare to Innovate (Osez Innover) in Guinea. Dare To Innovate is a youth-led movement to end unemployment in West Africa, and its mission is to make investments in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to ignite social change. Project management as a skillset is not easily found in Guinea. Program Management training and certification programs are lacking and therefore developing excellent Project Managers is an important opportunity for DTI. DTI is developing 2 program management training programs- an external training program for young people finishing university who want to enter program management, and internal training program for DTI program managers to reinforce their capacity and enable them to test for certification in project management. DTI is looking for a volunteer with an excellent understanding of Program Management best practices through work experience, specifically in development programs and non-profits, who will be excited to work in a fast-moving entrepreneurial environment.

The PCRV will work closely with DTI’s Director of Operations and Programs to teach better management techniques to the project managers. In conjunction with staff, the PCRV will develop a logistics and execution plan for the external DTI Professional Training in Program Management and research and develop a curriculum for internal Program Management Training, including building a background through French online training programs, compiling a resource tool kit for management skills, creating course material, and crafting a sequence of comprehensive training modules. The PCRV will also offer management coaching and support to DTI staff and provide program management training to some of DTI’s most successful entrepreneurs looking to expand their management skills. The overall goal of the assignment is to help build Dare to Innovate’s current management capacity while pioneering a new program and promoting skills greatly in demand for Guinea’s economic development.

Partner Information

Dare to Innovate

Required Skills

• A degree in non-profit management, business management, development management, or related field
• Advanced level French is mandatory; the entrepreneurs and office work in French
• Experience in project management, including as an active project manager
• Experience conducting professional trainings for capacity building
• Experience working or volunteering in a developing country and across cultures

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 Guinea

  • Guinea may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; dermatology; some types of gynecologic support; mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizures; 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: peanuts.
  • After arrival in Guinea, 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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