Project 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 Project Management Specialist with a bachelor’s degree in marketing or business administration, advanced Spanish and experience with monitoring and evaluation is needed to help monitor marketing activities for the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA). For several years now, the Directorate of Rural Development has been establishing family gardens and small businesses with producers from rural areas throughout the country. Therefore, it is necessary to design more secure and permanent marketing mechanisms that allow these farmers to earn a sustainable income and this can affect the improvement of their living conditions.

In the last year of the project, a PCRV worked with MIDA staff to develop a strategy and implementation manual for rural farmers to implement rural markets. With the support of a new Response Volunteer, MIDA hopes to improve the rural market model by incorporating data collected for the monitoring and evaluation processes that took place during the pilot project and plan the next phase of the project’s implementation.

The Project Management Specialist will work to improve rural markets by: 1. Analyzing collected data from the monitoring and evaluation studies to identify problem areas, successful practices, group capacity building needs, among others in order to strengthen the implementation strategy for opening other rural markets; 2. Working with the inter-institutional team to plan and then implement the establishment of a pilot project of other markets in a district of the province, then in all the provinces; 3. Continuing the development and improvement of the implementation manual that serves as a guide to organize and open rural markets; and 4. Developing a strategy for the full-scale implementation of the project nationwide that will involve the collaboration of various government and non-governmental organizations. With the support of a PCRV, MIDA hopes to strengthen existing marketing abilities of the Directorate of Rural Development and Panamanian farmers to implement an effective operating system to thus ensure quality production and to market their products.

Partner Information

Office of Rural Development of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business administration, commercialization, supply-chain management or related fields
• Advanced low (minimum) level of spoken and written Spanish
• 2-3 years of experience in project management
• Experience in monitoring and evaluation
• Experience in strategic planning

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 Panama

  • Panama 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: none identified. 
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
  • After arrival in Panama, 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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