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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-design Rapid Response to Gender-based Violence Program

Activity/project background

Partner: Miraf Hulegeb Yeketema Limat Dirigit (Local NGO)

Established in 2007, Miraf Hulegeb Yeketema Limat Dirigit (MHYLD) is an Ethiopian non-profit organization dedicated to improving communities. The organization is focused on empowering women and children in the areas of economic development, education, urban home gardening, gender equality and leadership, peace building, capacity building trainings, and skill training for income generation. MHYLD believes that strengthening local economies is essential for lifting people out of poverty and driving positive change throughout Ethiopia. By working professionally and strategically, the organization aims to empower communities and create lasting economic growth.

In the communities where MHYLD works, women and girls face many challenges in their day-to-day lives resulting from gender-based violence that hinders them from reaching to their goals. To address this, the organization is prioritizing developing a rescuer mobilization system that provides rapid response for women and girls facing violence.

MHYLD is seeking the services of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to strengthen the capacity of the organization through staff training to address complex issues surrounding gender-based violence. Additionally, the organization would like to create a structured support system for victims of gender-based violence, that includes, but is not limited to, providing emotional support, rescue from immediate harm, and providing a referral to medical or legal assistance.

The organization has not previously 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:

• Co-assess current practices and areas that need to be improved related to support to victims of gender-based violence (GBV)
• Co-develop guidelines on how to prevent violence against women and girls, and guidelines for supporting victims of gender-based violence. In consultation with the partner, the VSPP will include, when appropriate, topics such as engaging men and boys, child and early forced marriage, and female genital cutting/mutilation
• Co-facilitate training for 2 staff members on approaches to prevention and how to apply the approaches. Illustrative examples of some of the resources the collaboration may develop are as follows: (1) “map” of GBV resources and service providers; (2) training design and facilitation guide for community-level trainings; (3) strengthened partnerships with local service providers (clinics, local NGOs, local government); or (4) checklist for including GBV in economic growth activities

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 12 hours per week (2 hours online per week).

Online collaboration will generally occur between 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ethiopian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

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

Experience: Experience working in prevention of gender-based violence programs

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: Bachelor’s degree in gender studies, sociology, social work, or a related field

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication.
• Experience training staff on prevention of violence against women and girls

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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