Solid Waste Management 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 Solid Waste Management Specialist with at least two years of experience solid waste management planning and program implementation is needed to assist with development of the second phase of the development of the Odiongan Ecological Waste Processing Center (OEWPC) in the Philippines. Due to a rapid population boom in municipality of Odiongan, in 1997 it was thought that solid waste accumulation from households and commercial establishments must be regulated and taken care of on a proper and sanitary way so not to disturb the natural ambience of air, water and land, and thus the OEWPC was born. It was the first controlled dumpsite developed by a small municipality in the whole archipelago, and the OEWPC currently has a Sanitary Landfill Level 1 for residual waste and a composting facility for biodegradable waste.

The Solid Waste Management Specialist will review current SWM program implementation and provide technical input on the management of the sanitary landfill, especially in the final cover and capping process. The Response Volunteer will also conduct SWM training activities with local government staff and community stakeholders and assist in Information and Education Campaigns throughout the municipality. The main goals of the assignment are to assist in the development of the Phase II of the sanitary landfill, refine ideal strategies in the information and educational drive, and provide recycling ideas that could improve the waste diversion scheme of the municipality to maximize the lifespan of the sanitary landfill.

Partner Information

Municipal Government of Odiongan

Required Skills

• Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering, Environmental Management or other similar technical education.
• Two years’ experience in Solid Waste Management planning and program implementation.
• Excellent people skills with demonstrated flexibility and patience.
• Good physical fitness and ability perform physical activities, especially at the landfill site.

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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