Support Strategic Management at Center for Development and Democracy

Activity/project background

Partner: The Center for Development and Democracy (CDD) (Local NGO)

The Center for Development and Democracy (CDD) is a dynamic NGO with a passionate team driven by a vision of an open, democratic, inclusive, and consolidated society in Georgia. The CDD maintains a very wide portfolio of activities focused on elections, civic engagement, social advocacy, rule of law, and youth development. Since its founding, the organization has successfully achieved its goals but at the cost of efficiency as staff end up many times working overtime. In order to address this issue, the CDD is interested to develop new internal management processes and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.

The CDD requests the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to assist in the development of new internal policies and strategic planning to address these issues of efficiency. Furthermore, the VSPP will support as time in the engagement allows the development of fundraising strategies as CDD believes that the inefficiency is due partially to lack of funding. Fundraising strategies will focus on finding alternative resources, both locally and globally, and where funding priorities should be.

CDD has not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or 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:

Primary Tasks:
• Support management and staff in reviewing existing internal management practices/policies and identifying an organizational tool to conduct internal management gap analysis
• Collaborate with the organizational leadership and staff to identify the gaps in strategy implementation and internal policy development
• Co-develop policies and practices aimed to improve efficiency in project management
• Create plan to follow-up or track implementation of strategy and policies

Secondary Tasks as time in the engagement period allows:
• Support the organization in staff capacity building for ongoing proposal writing and submitting projects to donors
• Support the organization to diversify fundraising strategy

This engagement is expected to be approximately 22 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, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Georgia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to WhatsApp, Messenger, Teams, Zoom, Google Drive, and Google Meet 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

• Bachelor's degree in any field or
• Bachelor's degree in public administration, organizational development, NGO management

Experience: 1 year of experience in developing strategic plans, leadership coaching, or related experience

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

• Master's degree in: public administration, organizational development OR
• Master's degree with emphasis in non-profit management

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• 3 years of experience in developing strategic plans, leadership coaching, or related experience
• Experience using management tools that are commonly used in the international development sector, such as the Organizational Capacity Assessment/Audit tools
• Experience in non-profit management
• Experience in fundraising

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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