Co-facilitate Project Design & Management Training for Local NGO Staff

Activity/project background

Partner: Sidamma Development Association (SDA) (Local NGO)

Sidamma Development Association (SDA), a local socio-economic development NGO based in Hawassa, Ethiopia, is committed to enhancing local, active community participation in development programs focused on human capital development as well as household sustainable livelihood security including social and environmental issues. SDA has been implementing different development projects such as training on Maternal and Child Health (MCH), technological promotion, livelihood (SafetyNet), and Agriculture and natural resources conservation.

To implement impactful results-based initiatives and projects, project design and management skills are vital for SDA programming staff. Having the knowledge and skills on how to design, implement, and evaluate projects will allow the team to monitor SDA’s impact and determine how to strategically manage resources. Ten (10) SDA program staff who are involved in local project design will participate in this engagement.

Thus, SDA is requesting the support of a Virtual Service Program Participant (VSPP) to facilitate project design and management skills training and support staff members through the learning process.

SDA has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Co-conduct a needs assessment to assess the project design and management experience of 10 SDA staff members and areas for capacity strengthening
• Co-design training session plans on project design and management based on the identified priorities
• Co-facilitate project design and management sessions once a week to SDA staff members (up to one- to two-hour sessions per week)
• Track the progress of participants in the areas of training
• Compile session materials, tools, and resources for future use

This engagement is expected to be approximately 24 weeks. VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ethiopian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, Google Meet, or WhatsApp for regular communication and collaboration.

Per the Child Protection Code of Conduct, when engaging online with minors (0-18), two adults must be present.

Optional additional activities

The Peace Corps mission is to promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Goal 1 will be achieved through the VSPP's engagement and completion of the above tasks. The counterpart and VSPP may also choose to identify an activity that aligns with Goal 2. Additionally, the VSPP may identify a Goal 3 activity to implement during their engagement. See recommendations and tools for Goal 3 activities.

Essential qualifications

Education: Bachelor’s degree in any field

• 2 years of experience with project design and management or program implementation
• Experience developing training materials
• Experience with virtual training facilitation

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, and genuinely motivated and capable to serve virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree business administration, public administration, organizational development, or Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience with virtual training delivery

• Experience volunteering or working with civil society or nonprofit organizations
• 4 years of experience with project design and management or program implementation

Terms and conditions of engagement

VSPPs will be engaging with the host country partner, in coordination with Peace Corps post staff, remotely from the US. They should have access to a computer, internet, and telephone in order to enable direct engagement with the Peace Corps overseas office and the Host Country Counterpart assigned by the host country partner.

Orientation with the host country partner will be provided, within the designated virtual service hours, during the first week of virtual service via an online presentation and discussion. The host country partner will provide an overview of its organization, the local context, and how they envision collaborating with the VSPP.

The VSPP will have regular check-ins with their counterpart and bi-weekly check-ins with Peace Corps staff. Spending unstructured time with counterparts can be critical to relationship-building and is encouraged through activities such as coffee chats and informal calls within the weekly 5-15 hours.

Engagement-specific safety and security

The VSPP will receive an orientation on Peace Corps’ Child Protection Policy and how it relates to online engagement along with IT security best practices. The VSPP will be expected to follow safety and security guidelines for online engagement to ensure their safety and that of the Host Country Partner and their counterpart, and any beneficiaries of the engagement.

Supervision requirements

The VSPP will report to a designated Peace Corps staff member. The VSPP will be expected to abide by the Virtual Service Pilot Participant and Donation Agreement and Participant Principles of Engagement. The VSPP will also be expected to check in with the designated host country counterpart as assigned by the host county partner.

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