School Canteen Program Implementation 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

Two School Canteen Program Implementation Specialists with advanced-level French language skills and a degree and work experience in economics, agriculture, horticulture, or a field relevant to international development assistance are needed to work with offices of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in different sites in Guinea. A Comprehensive Food and Nutrition Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA+N), conducted by WFP and Guinea’s National Agency of Agriculture and Food Security Statistics in 2018, indicated that 21.8 percent of households are food insecure, with 2.4 percent severely food insecure. The support WFP is giving to education aims to improve the attendance rates of elementary pupils through the daily provision of hot school meals to 131,895 primary school students throughout the school year in targeted prefectures, and WFP also supports communities to produce locally grown food that can be used for school feeding programs. The activity seeks to increase food diversity and to encourage communities to maximize local production and supply of food to school canteens.The Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) have been requested to support these offices’ work to assist their beneficiaries through activities that support primary education, nutrition of vulnerable groups, and enhance resilience in fragile communities.

The PCRVs will work with the staff of the WFP Sub/Antenna Offices primarily to offer assistance and guidance with monitoring and evaluation of the ongoing project. Specifically, the PCRVs will participate in baseline surveys/follow-up studies and provide a performance report, as well as participate in the collection of data on the indicators produced and direct effects as well as the transversal indicators for all the activities related to the school canteens and nutrition and provide reports with a first level of analysis. The PCRVs will have the opportunity to help the Sub-Office and its partners in the implementation of the program, encourage women's access to social and economic development, by raising awareness of the concept of gender and through targeted activities. Other duties would include contributing to the overall coordination and implementation of the school feeding program, collaboration with WFP staff and partner NGOs, monitoring the implementation of projects in the “Zero Hunger Communities”, and carrying out regular field visits to directly oversee the implementation of the program. The overall goal of the assignment is for the PCRVs to build the capacity of each of the WFP Sub/Antenna Offices to ensure projects are well implemented and monitored.

Partner Information

United Nations World Food Program (WFP)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, horticulture, or a field relevant to international development assistance;
• Advanced level French language;
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook);
• Excellent analytical and report writing skills;
• Culturally sensitive: candidate should enjoy working in a new context, with people of other 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

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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