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Virtual Service Pilot

Build Capacity in Project Design & Management for Academic Exchange

Activity/project background

Partner: Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID) (Government)

The Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), located in Mexico City, is responsible for coordinating and promoting Mexico's international cooperation on development issues. Its activities include the implementation of cooperation projects, the promotion of strategic alliances with other countries and international organizations, and participation in forums and events related to development and international cooperation. Its main objective is to contribute to the well-being and development of Mexico and other countries through actions of cooperation and mutual support.

The Office of Academic Exchange (DIA, for its acronym in Spanish), within AMEXCID, is responsible for the design, execution, promotion, monitoring, and evaluation of the Mexican Government’s Scholarship Program for Foreigners, as well as academic cooperation projects granted through AMEXCID.

DIA is requesting the collaboration of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) with experience in project design and management to share best practices, review current project plans and provide feedback, and identify resources (tools and materials) to help design and manage projects.

The organization has previously collaborated with Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

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

• Become familiar with DIA’s goals, objectives, and project design and management within their context
• Facilitate sessions focused on sharing best practices, providing input, and identifying opportunities to strengthen their process and build their knowledge and skills
• Co-create a digital portfolio of tools and resources that DIA staff can use in the design, implementation, and management of projects
• Participate in weekly or biweekly planning and follow-up meetings with counterpart

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5-10 hours per week of which, it is anticipated approximately 5 hours will be online working with colleagues.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mexico City time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Internet, email, WhatsApp, Zoom, or other video conferencing platforms 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

Language: Advanced Spanish

Experience: 5 years of experience in project design and management

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 any field and certification in project management

Experience:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• 5 years of project design and management experience
• Management of international exchange programs or managing academic exchange 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 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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