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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-Develop a Resource Mobilization Strategy for Local Organizations

Activity/project background

Partner: Fana Addis Tiwulid Ethiopia (FATE) and Development through Adult and Non-Formal Education(DANFE) (Community-based Organization)

Community-based organizations (CBOs) in Ethiopia are critical to supporting community development across the country. They implement projects in a variety of sectors including health, education, environment, governance, income generation, and youth development. Two such CBOs are Fana Addis Tewulid Ethiopia (FATE) and Development through Adult and Non-Formal education (DANFE).

Established in May 2007, Fana Addis Tewulid Ethiopia (FATE) is a community-based civil society organization (CSO) based in Deberberhan, with a supplementary office in Addis Ababa. FATE is dedicated to implementing acknowledged best practices in health, education, environment, and governance. The organization has been effective in engaging youth and community stakeholders. FATE's initiatives include disseminating knowledge on sexual and reproductive health to adolescents, advocating for family planning, and sustainable livelihood development and income-generating activities (IGA) among vulnerable populations. Moreover, FATE actively participates in the Ethiopian Social Accountability Program, operating within the South Wollo, North Shewa, and Special Oromo Zones of the Amhara Regional State. A notable achievement for FATE is its role supporting various youth anti-AIDS and reproductive health clubs and associations. The organization has cultivated enduring partnerships with both international and national entities that share congruent visions and missions.

Development through Adult and Non-Formal Education (DANFE) was established July 2004 by the number of volunteers who were dedicated to support vulnerable community groups in Addis Ababa. Since its establishment, it works both on development and humanitarian interventions in the areas of integrated adult education, women economic empowerment, humanitarian support for internally displaced persons (IDPs), non-formal vocational training for poor women, climate change, resilient livelihoods, accelerated education for adults, peace building and conflict prevention and advocacy work for minority inclusion.

Each of these CBOs are requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to assist them with resource mobilization to develop comprehensive fundraising strategies, and to formulate robust project proposals to ensure they have necessary funding and solid donor relationships to continue to serve their communities.

Both organizations have not 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:

• Co-develop resource mapping and a resource mobilization strategy
• Co-develop a donor tracking and screening system
• Conduct training for four (4) program staff in each organization on how to use the donor tracking system and to implement the strategy
• If time allows, co-develop basic promotional materials to improve organizational visibility to donors

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 10 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: 1 year of experience in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit organizations

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 business or non-profit management

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 3 years of experience in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit organizations
• Experience in project management

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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