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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-create Inter-Municipal Partnerships between Ukraine and the U.S.

Activity/project background

Partner: Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine (Local NGO)

Cities4Cities I United4Ukraine is an initiative that was conceived in September 2022 and officially launched on February 27, 2023. It focuses on creating inter-municipal partnerships between communities in Europe and Ukraine. The co-founders are the city of Lviv (Ukraine), the city of Sindelfingen (Germany), and SALAR International, a Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions. In one year, Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine has managed to conclude 43 partnerships between Ukrainian municipalities and their counterparts in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, France, Belgium, and Italy. The dedicated staff strive to facilitate the exchange of experiences and resources between municipalities to promote economic and cultural ties.

Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine believes that collaboration with a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) and Peace Corps Ukraine will support the solidification of existing partnerships by identifying communities in the United States that would be interested in establishing connections with Ukrainian municipalities in order to facilitate managerial, cultural, and educational exchange. Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine has 6 staff members who plan to participate in the virtual engagement, all of whom are fluent in English. The Virtual Service Pilot presents a rare opportunity to interact with and learn from an American participant who can help to strengthen their voice in the United States.

The organization has not collaborated with the 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:

• Familiarize themselves with the existing activities and resources at Cities4Cities | United4Ukraine
• Review profiles of Ukrainian communities which have been preselected and trained on partnership building
• Review existing outreach and communication strategies and suggest ideas for improvement
• Facilitate a short orientation on American business etiquette and cultural norms for Ukrainian staff
• Co-identify a pool of American municipalities that may be interested in the collaboration with Ukrainian communities
• Co-develop communications for the partner to conduct outreach with interested municipalities in the U.S.

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5-8 hours per week including preparation.

Online collaboration will generally occur twice a week between 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Ukraine time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, Zoom, and WhatsApp 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

• 1 year of experience with partnership development
• 6 months of experience working with international NGOs

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 marketing, public administration, business administration, international relations, non-profit management, or a related field

Language: Basic Ukrainian

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 6 months of experience establishing inter-municipal partnerships
• Experience of promoting a brand via social networks or website

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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