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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-design Trainings & Resources to Support Children with Disabilities

Activity/project background

Partner: Philanthropy Center for Children and the Elderly Mongolia (Local NGO)

Over the past few years, The Philanthropy Center for Children and the Elderly (PCCE) has carried out the following initiatives, projects, and programs in Mongolia that promote human development, human rights, and awareness raising: 1) community empowerment programs for youth, including children with disabilities; 2) child development screening and research; and 3) advocacy and training activities.

There are currently 1.2 million children in Mongolia, accounting for 35.4% of the country’s total population, and of those, 12,567 are children with disabilities. The protection of children with disabilities, as well as their inclusion and equity in society, is one of the main priorities of PCCE. The organization focuses on empowering children with disabilities as well as their caregivers, parents, educators, teachers, and professionals. PCCE is seeking the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to strengthen the capacity of parents and key partners of children with disabilities living in target areas so that the children receive continuous and comprehensive support services and enjoy the same rights as others.

During this engagement, the VSPP will support PCCE to implement organized trainings, promotion, and advocacy work that will increase parents’ knowledge and skills, improve nurturing and enhance the environment for children, and help to create support groups and volunteer activities, that include parents, guardians, children, and experts, to share methods and information to promote inclusion and stability.

The organization has not previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is 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 the current programs
• Co-design a curriculum to train parents on early childhood intervention methods
• Co-create a guidebook for parents of children with disabilities to promote the development and effective management of support groups
• Co-facilitate 3 training sessions on skills development training and workshops for 15-20 partners and 20-25 parents
• Assist with research on support group development and management and childhood early intervention

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

Online collaboration will generally occur between 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Mongolian time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

Host Country Partners will have access to Zoom, Google Meet, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, 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 education or related field with experience working with children with severe disabilities such as children with ADD, autism-spectrum disorder, or dyslexia

Experience: 2 years of experience in self-contained special education classrooms or residential homes with persons who are disabled, handicapped, hearing/visually impaired or related experience

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 education or related field with experience working with persons who are disabled, handicapped, or hearing/visually impaired

• Five years of experience in special education classrooms or residential homes with persons who are disabled, handicapped, hearing/visually impaired or related experience
• Experience designing and delivering training
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience working with culturally diverse groups

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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