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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-Develop Capacity Assessment Tool for Youth Service Corps Partners

Activity/project background

Partner: Glasswing International (Fundación Crisálida Internacional) (Local NGO)

Glasswing International is implementing a five-year project in Guatemala to develop a national youth service initiative that can be supported technically and financially by a wide range of stakeholders from government, private sector, international donors, and other investors unique to the country's situation. Among their strategies is to work with several local NGO partners to increase their capacity to implement youth service initiatives and to support the development of the national service corps. The project promotes youth-centered engagement as part of an overall national strategy to improve opportunities for disadvantaged youth.

The project envisions four key results:
1. Youths’ lives improved through participation in the service corps;
2. Business Model / Implementation Plan enhanced through a robust learning agenda;
3. Sustainability structures, including governance, management, and financing, established for local and/or national ownership; and
4. Community capacity to support the service corps established and further strengthened

Glasswing is seeking support from two (2) Virtual Service Pilot Participants (VSPPs) to assist with the co-creation of capacity assessment tools for use with local NGOs to ensure that the opportunities being provided to youth through the project are reaching the intended audience and achieving the desired impact. The VSPP would co-lead the development and guidance of the capacity assessment tools as well as identify potential areas of training to strengthen the staff’s program management skills. It is envisioned that the tasks of a VSPP would then later be taken up by a Peace Corps Response Volunteer who would facilitate the application of the tools, facilitate training to strengthen the staff’s program management, technical, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and finance skills to achieve the project’s objectives.

The organization has not previously collaborated with Peace Corps. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year or Response Volunteer.

Engagement and tasks

The VSPP will engage in the following tasks, in collaboration with their Host Country Partners:

• Coordinate weekly meetings with local work partner from Glasswing
• Co-develop or adapt a capacity assessment tool and guidance for use with local NGO partners
• Support the development of a capacity development plan for Glasswing staff on program management in collaboration with the project leadership

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

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

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Google meet, 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 international development, non-profit management, or related field

Language: Advanced Spanish (writing and speaking)

Experience: Experience in project management, organizational capacity assessment and strengthening

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 public administration, organizational development, or non-profit management

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience working in Central America or specifically Guatemala
• Experience with youth-service initiatives

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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