Youth and Community 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 Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Youth and Community Development Specialist in St. Vincent & The Grenadines with the Ministry of National Mobilization, Social Development, the Family, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Persons with Disability and Youth. The Ministry has a mandate to provide support for the development of a strategic plan for the re-establishment of a national youth organization umbrella body, while at the same time laying a platform for sustainable development to occur at the community and school levels. The Ministry is charged with ensuring that youth organizations function within the country. However, there are gaps in the programming of the Ministry regarding the provision of specialized services for the development of youth organizations and in supporting their effective functioning.

A PCRV with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Development Work, Social Work or related field AND at least 5 years’ experience working in a youth or community organization is needed to serve as a specialist who can dedicate time and effort in making the goal a reality.The PCRV will conduct stakeholder forums, policy assessments and planning meetings with key stakeholders, government agencies, and civil society organizations to formulate a draft National Youth Policy. The PCRV will work with at least ten community youth organizations and student councils to reestablish the National Youth Council and encourage youth participation in civic and judicial processes. In addition, the PCRV will develop guidance on best practices or standard operating procedures for operating National Youth Council and develop a handbook on working with Communities and Youth organizations.

Partner Information

Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, the Family, Gender Affairs, Family Affairs, Persons with Disability and Youth

Required Skills

• A bachelor’s degree in Youth Development Work, Social Work or related field
• At least 5 years’ experience working in a youth or community organization
• Experience in organizational development or project design and implementation
• Willingness to persevere through challenges (travel, climate, interacting with multiple people and agencies etc.)
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development.
• Good oral and writing skills.
• Strong leadership skills
• Excellent communication skills

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 Eastern Caribbean

  • Eastern Caribbean 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 Eastern Caribbean, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and 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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