Rural Planning and Development Specialist

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 Rural Planning and Development Specialist with a master’s degree in rural planning and development, agriculture or related field, and at least 3 years of experience in with agricultural systems and rural planning and development is needed to assist with the development of a Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) for the Lal-lo land reserve of Cagayan State University (CSU) in the Philippines. CSU has 1,500 hectares in this land reserve, a large part of which is unutilized with illegal settlers as occupants and the rest has topographical or ecological constraints. Unfortunately the institution lacks the human resources and specialized skills that would oversee the management of land resources.

The Rural Planning and Development Specialist will support CSU team in developing a CLUP that will serve as guide of the campus in developing and utilizing the rest of its untilled land resources. The Response Volunteer will also conduct a series of training activities with faculty/staff and students on land use/rural planning and development. The main goal of the assignment is to provide CSU Lal-lo with the expertise to develop plans for sound, laudable utilization of land through productive activities and perform corresponding capacity building activity with faculty and staff on rural planning and development to complement the project’s sustainability efforts.

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Required Skills

• Master’s degree in rural planning and development, agriculture or related fields;
• At least 3 years’ experience in rural planning and development;
• At least 3 years’ experience in agricultural systems;
• Excellent personal relational skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience;

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 Philippines

  • Philippines may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Adderall, Ritalin and Vyvanse.   
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten, peanuts, and shellfish. 
  • After arrival in Philippines, 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 also 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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