Support Internship Programming and Mentor Young Professionals

Activity/project background

Partner: YOUTHinc. (Local NGO)

Founded in 2009 as a nonprofit in Virginia, USA, YOUTHinc. has evolved into an NGO and social enterprise headquartered in Mongolia since 2019. Dedicated to bridging the gap between youth and employers, YOUTHinc. has successfully pilot-tested six internship programs such as "Young and Emerging Evaluators" and "Empowering Girls in Tech." These initiatives focus on enhancing practical work experience, soft skills, and digital literacy. Beyond internships, YOUTHinc. actively collaborates on scholarship programs, digital literacy workshops, study tours, and awareness campaigns on youth labor rights and decent work. Collaborations with the American Corner, Friends of Mongolia, International Labor Organization, and Mongolia Decent Work for Youth Network showcase YOUTHinc.'s commitment to holistic youth development.

YOUTHinc. aligned its mission to bridge the competency gap between Mongolian youth and employers. To assist in this alignment YOUTHinc. is seeking a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to provide mentorship, co-facilitate skills development programming and workshops, and contribute to the enhancement of its internship program. This six-month program is designed to bridge the gaps between youth and employers by enabling participants to acquire needed skills and employability competencies. These competencies include soft skills, digital skills, and practical work experience partnering with employers and business entities and promoting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and decent work.

The primary audience for this engagement includes participants in YOUTHinc's internship program, which includes about 20 individuals in each program. These participants are aged between 15 to 35 and encompass a diverse group, including high school and university students, those on a gap year, and working professionals. The gender distribution is approximately 65% female and 35% male. The location of the engagement is hybrid, incorporating both online and offline elements to ensure accessibility and flexibility for the participants. The engagement focuses on individuals who are keen on developing their competencies, both personally and professionally, with a shared commitment to building meaningful lives through service.

YOUTHinc. has worked with Peace Corps Volunteers on their Digital Literacy Project workshops. 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:

• Support the management team and young professionals by sharing valuable insights and experiences to guide personal and professional development and offer guidance on leadership and navigating challenges in the professional landscape
• Conduct and co-facilitate skills development trainings & workshops on essential soft or transferable skills (communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving) crucial in the evolving work environment (flexible on number of sessions)
• Co-conduct sessions on digital skills, including but not limited to digital literacy, online collaboration tools, and industry-specific technical skills (flexible number of sessions)
• Research and provide insights into accessing global collaboration opportunities by identifying platforms, programs, and partnerships aligning with YOUTHinc.'s mission and goals and offer recommendations for global collaborations
• Collaborate on refining and expanding our internship curriculum for global relevance and standards

This engagement is expected to be approximately 25 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 likely take place during normal office hours and allow flexibility for time differences, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Mongolian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, Viber, Telegram, Discord, and email 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

• Experience as a mentor, coach, or supervisor
• Experience designing and delivering life skills workshops/trainings

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: Bachelor’s degree or certificate in business, nonprofit development, project management or related field

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Familiarity with digital literacy and digitalization

• Experience with training design and facilitation
• Experience developing and/or managing internship programs

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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