Support Review of Strategic and Resource Mobilization Plans

Activity/project background

Partner: Super Buddies Club (Local NGO)

In Eswatini, Super Buddies Club, a non-governmental organization, uses innovative approaches in addressing adolescent and youth issues that make them vulnerable to HIV, violence, and exploitation. Since 2008, the organization has been providing life skills training through peer education, and agro-business training to adolescents and youth (including youth living with HIV) as well as parents and guardians.

In 2022 a youth development wing, Ngihlomise Youth Skills Academy, was established to address youth unemployment and to reduce the vulnerability of adolescents and youth to sexual exploitation, crime, and abuse through equipping young people with market driven vocational skills and soft skills. The organization has limited financial resources and heavily relies on local volunteers. There is need for support to review the strategic plan to attract donors and to develop a robust resource mobilization plan to support the implementation of the strategic plan.

To meet these needs, Super Buddies Club is requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to review the organization’s strategic plan, ensure it incorporates youth and women development projects and a resource mobilization plan to support the club to effectively implement the strategy. The review of the strategy will also help identify other capacity gaps that can be supported after the virtual support.

Super Buddies Club 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-review and improve the organization’s strategic plan for 2024-2028
• Support the development of the 2024 annual implementation plan and budget
• Review the resource mobilizing plan and advise on effective resource mobilization strategies to support the implementation of the strategic plan activities
• Support the monitoring and evaluation of implemented activities

This engagement is expected to be approximately 27 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, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eswatini time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to use Microsoft Teams, Zoom, WhatsApp and emails 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 or business management or related field

• 2 years’ experience in strategic plan development
• 2 years’ experience in project design and management, proposal writing, and fundraising
• 2 years’ experience working with a nonprofit, or NGO in project design or management, capacity building, or community mobilization

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 in business management or a related field

Technical Skills:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• Resource mobilization skills

• 3 years professional work experience with NGO in management or organizational development
• 2 years of experience working on fundraising strategies for non-profit organizations

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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