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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-design & Develop a Fundraising Strategy for Youth Programming

Activity/project background

Partner: ZIP Institute (Community-based Organization)

ZIP Institute works to advance democratic processes in North Macedonia by observing the rule of law, protecting human rights, and providing solutions to locally prioritized challenges. Additionally, ZIP Institute works to reach vulnerable and marginalized communities ensuring social inclusion and bridging differences as one of the key pillars towards a diverse coexistence.

ZIP Institute seeks to explore new and innovative approaches in youth program design, as well as new ideas for youth exchange programs that will bring youth closer together by jointly participating and collaborating in capacity building programs. However, the organization lacks the organizational capacity especially related to resource mobilization and fundraising to better support the creation of a youth program. The organization is mostly dependent on the small market for funding in North Macedonia, which is becoming increasingly saturated. Combined with the cost of acquiring new individual donors, competing with other organizations for funding has left the center stretched thin on resources. A cohesive strategic fundraising plan will enable the organization to streamline their efforts for raising funds, defining their brand to potential donors, and diversifying their options to raise money for future youth-centered programs.

The support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) is requested to support Zip Institute’s fundraising efforts and strategies through training of staff and helping to develop resources.

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:

• Review and propose improvements to existing organizational materials, documents, policies and operating processes specifically regarding the organization’s fundraising strategy, applications for grants, etc.
• Co-identify new planning and organizational tools with a particular focus on improved fundraising strategies, and grant writing skills
• If time allows, identify and propose easily accessible resources (manuals, studies, online courses etc.) to be used by members of staff and youth stakeholders for developing and facilitating both formal and informal educational activities intended for young people

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 hours per week.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, usually between 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. North Macedonia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. Some of the activities are planned to take place after office hours, potentially between 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. North Macedonia time.

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

• 2 years of experience working with a nonprofit, or NGO in project design or management, capacity building, or community mobilization
• Experience working with community organizations on resource mobilization, fundraising and grant writing

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

Language: Basic Albanian or Macedonian

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience working with youth 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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