Youth and Organizational 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 is needed to serve as a Youth and Organizational Development Specialist with the youth department of the Agency for Youth and Sports and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO). The youth department focuses on the social development of youth through formal and informal education, improving the quality of life of young people and active participation of young people in public life and decision-making processes both locally and nationally. . The Agency for Youth and Sports also works with other institutions to improve the field of youth, cooperates with all youth organizations and young people in general, in order to create measures and policies that will respond to the needs of young people in the country. The second partner organization, RYCO, is an international, inter-governmental organization, independently functioning institutional mechanism, founded by the Western Balkans 6 participants: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, aiming to promote the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation between the youth in the region through youth exchange programs. RYCO’s programme focuses principally on providing young people from across the region with opportunities that build mutual understanding and reconciliation in the civic, social, educational, cultural, and sports sectors. RYCO participates in policy initiatives and it advocates for reform. It supports the development of a political and social environment that empowers and facilitates youth exchange.

A PCRV with a Master’s in International Relations or related field and a minimum of 5 years of experience working with government or international organizations will assist the Agency and RYCO in conducting needs assessment and research in the field of youth. With the support of a (PCRV) they will coach staff and provide assistance to the International Collaboration Unit within the Agency as well as the youth sector on a national level. The PCRV will also assist the Agency in the implementation of a number of the activities connected to the 2019-2021 Action Plan (which stems from the National Youth Strategy) and also support and assist with internal capacity building procedures in regards to the needs and services of the Agency. The Volunteer will help strengthen the capacity in Program Design and Management of the staff at the Agency and RYCO, while also strengthening the capacity of local authorities and youth workers in North Macedonia. This assignment aims to strengthen the youth development niche within the Community Development program and explore further opportunities for growth within this area.

Partner Information

Agency for Youth and Sport of the Republic of North Macedonia and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO)

Required Skills

• MA in Public Policy, International Relations or related field
• Minimum 5 years of experience in working with government or international organizations
• Strong skills in strategic planning
• Strong skills in Project Design and Management, including experience with monitoring and evaluation of projects
• Strong analytical skills
• Experience in design and facilitation of training

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 North Macedonia

  • North Macedonia may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: asthma, including mild or childhood;  mammography; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; 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: gluten.
  • After arrival in North Macedonia, 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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