Support Two NGOs with Launching Gender Equality Related Projects

Activity/project background

Partner: “Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal” Local NGO (Local NGO)

Gender-based violence continues to be a major issue in Baganuur district. To address this problem “Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal” NGO and World Vision Mongolia’s Baganuur Area program joined forces to develop and implement appropriate interventions in 2023. “Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal NGO” and the World Vision Mongolia’s Baganuur Area program have been working and implementing projects in the Baganuur area separately until 2023. In 2023, the two NGOs met to discuss the gender-based violence rate in Baganuur district and came to an agreement to address the problem by joining forces, since the two NGOs have similar goals of improving the well-being of local families and children and have been working with families and young women closely in Baganuur district.

For 2024, the two NGOs are set to launch a gender equity related project by developing a training curriculum with individual sessions and activity plans. The training content will focus on defining gender, gender equity, and gender-based violence, including the root causes and prevention measures. These main topics of training are for a pilot group of 10 adults of selected families with the purpose of educating the adults on gender equity and further to prevent gender- based violence in the Baganuur area.
The participants were selected and recommended by community social workers who work with these families to participate in this pilot project. (Community social workers are assigned by the local government and they work with families that are in need or have addiction and alcohol problems and they work closely with local NGOs such as “Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal NGO” and the World Vision Mongolia’s Baganuur Area program). If the training sessions are successful in the initial pilot, project members from the two NGOs plan to conduct and facilitate gender equity and prevention of gender-based violence training to more adults in the area.

“Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal NGO” and the World Vision Mongolia are seeking a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support the development of a gender equity training sessions and capacity building activities for a group of five (5) project team members (two members from “Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal“ and three are from the World Vision Mongolia’s Baganuur Area program) as the two NGOs are small and seeking capacity development opportunities. The role of the VSPP will be related to GBV prevention only and nothing related to GBV response, case management, and other related topics.

“Baganuur Oyunii Dasgal“and the World Vision Mongolia have not previously worked with a Peace Corps Volunteer or a VSPP. However, they understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Virtual service engagement and tasks

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

• Co-develop a micro-project plan or a training curriculum on “Gender Equity for Everyone” program beneficiaries (10 families’ adults) and support the project team in developing a detailed work plan
• Conduct meetings with the five project team members to discuss how to plan, implement, and effectively monitor all planned activities and co-conduct reflection/debrief sessions once a month
• Train the five team members on conducting awareness raising interventions on gender equity and equality (flexible number of sessions)
• Provide feedback on delivery of the training sessions from time to time

This engagement is expected to be approximately 12 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 between 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mongolia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, Teams, Skype 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 gender studies, social work, or related field OR related certificate

• Experience developing programs and initiatives related to gender equity
• Experience with adult 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 in gender studies, social work, or related field

Technical Skills: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

• Experience developing training curriculum
• Experience working with NGOs

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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