Organizational Development Facilitator
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Volunteers in the Organizational Development Facilitator position will have a unique opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of grassroots civil society and community development in close partnership with Moldovan colleagues by working alongside local partners to support the building of local community and organizational capacity. Volunteers will collaborate with their local partners to assess their organizations together, contribute to the improvement of project planning and management skills, develop internal systems and build strategic and monitoring & evaluation plans, while simultaneously engaging in fundamental processes and day-to-day operations. Volunteers will furthermore be involved in the support of local partners in mapping their organizations’ operating environments, establishing strong partnerships with other community institutions, and increasing their visibility in the community. They will also assist local organizations in better targeting and addressing the needs of their beneficiaries.
Another major task for the Organizational Development Facilitator will be to facilitate youth clubs and camps that incorporate contribute to the development of life skills and employability skills among the local population. This may involve, for example, local volunteer clubs, service-learning programs, computer skills, business English, resume writing, skills for a successful interview.
Volunteer assignments will be defined by their service of a particular community. Volunteers should expect that their community will be the area of the Volunteer activities and impact throughout service. All Volunteer activities in the community need to be carried out with a local partner(s), be directed to local beneficiaries and include capacity building element.
• Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree in any field
• 5 years' professional work experience
• Skill/experience in aspects of organizational capacity assessment and development (including, for example, strategic planning, SWOT analyses, monitoring and evaluation processes, etc.)
• Progressively responsible experience working in non-profit organizations or community institutions (including, for example, libraries and organizations focused on community services and/or vulnerable populations);
• Skill/experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops for youth and adults;
• Experience as a mentor to youth and/or professional colleagues;
• Skill/experience in advocacy, public relations, and/or methods for promotion of nonprofits and community institutions;
• Knowledge of community organization and needs-assessment techniques;
• Experience working with diverse segments of community population such as youth, elderly, parents, teachers, public administrators, and local community workers;
• A patient, proactive, flexible, and open minded towards local culture and work.
Required Language Skills
Volunteers may, on rare occasions, be placed in communities where Russian is the primary language. Those in this situation will receive training in Russian language but this will be in addition to, rather than instead of, Romanian language instruction.
Host family accommodations provide a safe private room, food, access to laundry, land-line telephone, access to transportation and sometimes internet (for an additional fee). Host family stays are required during the 3-month Pre-Service Training period and for an additional 3 months in your community after training (total of 6 months). A majority of Volunteers live with a host family for the full duration of their service but they may also seek private accommodations after the required 6 months, if alternate lodging arrangements are available (unlikely, given rural sites). Regardless of housing options, Volunteers usually form close relationships with their host families.
Communications & Travel:
Some Volunteers will be placed in isolated sites where transportation may not run regularly and where they may be a significant distance away from other Volunteers and from the Peace Corps office in Chisinau. Internet access can be limited due to irregular power supply, poor telephone lines and limited Wi-Fi capabilities.
Moldovan cultural expectations around professionalism include conservative attire and neat appearance. Long, untrimmed beards and mustaches, some hairstyles, and earrings for men are not accepted in Moldovan culture.
The climate in Moldova is similar to New England, with four distinct seasons. Winter lasts from November to March and can be challenging. It can be quite cold and is characterized by heavy snowfalls. High temperatures during the summer (sometimes above 90 degrees) can also be challenging, given the lack of air conditioning in most buildings.
Peace Corps is challenging regardless of where one might serve, and in some way or another all Volunteers will be a minority. As an ethnic minority they may face additional unwanted attention. Peace Corps Moldova’s Pre-Service Training will address these types of concerns to prepare Volunteers for service. Despite limited exposure to minorities, host families and counterparts are generally very accepting of diversity among Volunteers and close relationships are forged without any regard to ethnicity.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has indicated that it will not continue Social Security payments to recipients who live in certain countries where Peace Corps serves (Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, and Ukraine) except under very specific procedures that require them to appear personally before a US Consular Officer each month. The Peace Corps program in each of these countries will work to find practical ways to help individual Volunteers who are SSA recipients to fulfill the SSA’s in-person requirements. However, due to the varied geography and Peace Corps’ commitment to site placement based on matching the skills of the Volunteer to the needs of the community, fulfilling SSA requirements will not always be feasible and cannot be guaranteed.
Learn more about the Volunteer experience in Moldova: Get detailed information on culture, communications, housing, and safety — including crime statistics [PDF] — in order to make a well-informed decision about serving.
While they must work in different sectors, couples will serve in the same community after their 10-week Pre-Service Training period. During their Pre-Service Training, however, couples will be separated to be hosted by different host families in different locations.
Once Volunteers move to their site of assignment, couples must be prepared to stay with a host family for the duration of their service. An independent living arrangement may exist, but the likelihood of this is quite limited (given rural sites). Volunteers serving as a couple will need to be particularly flexible and will be expected to accommodate to local living standards.
Medical Considerations in Moldova
- Moldova may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: insulin-dependent diabetes; requiring a psychiatrist for psychotropic medications support; seizure disorder; ongoing counseling.
- The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons:none identified.
- Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: none identified.
- After arrival in Moldova, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.
Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.
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