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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-develop Communications Strategy to Develop New Partnerships

Activity/project background

Partner: 1. Business Community Club Ukraine and 2. Business Information Support Centres Network (Local NGO)

This engagement will support two organizations: 1) Business Community Club Ukraine and 2) Business Information Support Centres Network. Business Community Club Ukraine will be the primary host country partner and point of contact.

Business Community Club Ukraine was founded in the city of Lviv in 2009 and unites slightly more than 600 entrepreneurs in Lviv and Western Ukraine. They provide services and implement projects aimed at supporting entrepreneurship initiatives across Ukraine. Since February 2022, their key goal has been the reconstruction of the local economy, which has been severely damaged by the ongoing Russian war on Ukraine. The NGO is focused on creating business incubators and accelerators, consulting entrepreneurs, organizing educational and networking events, developing industry clusters, facilitating access to business and cluster support programs, and more. Since its inception, the NGO has collaborated with over 20 international partners, such as the Eurepan Union, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, United States Agency for International Development, Center for International Private Enterprise, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, International Organization for Migration.

The second organization is Business Information Support Centers Network NGO. It is a cluster of 12 business advocacy organizations located in 11 regions of Ukraine (business associations, economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and industry). Business Community Club Ukraine is a member of this network and they work together to implement projects at the national level.

These two partners believe in developing strong partnerships in order to implement social projects and rebuild the economy for Ukraine during the war and in the post-war period. To ensure this, the organizations are creating a division of international relations and project implementation within its team. Currently, the Ukrainian Government oversees the majority of economic recovery projects and the host country partners would like to create additional channels of support for the private and non-governmental sectors working on economic recovery programming.

To successfully implement projects focused on entrepreneurship promotion, both organizations find themselves constantly borrowing from the experience of economically developed countries. That includes innovations, finances, and other opportunities. In their work they rely on the support from international private and governmental organizations, which are interested in rebuilding the economy of Ukraine. However, they have limited connections with such partners in the U.S. and globally, therefore, they would like to build their capacity to generate new partnerships to increase their ability to serve their local audiences.

They are seeking the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) who can advise on best practices for developing new partnerships with international aid agencies, private charitable foundations, large companies with social responsibility units or their own charitable foundations, and investment funds, banks and financial institutions that want to prepare the ground for investors.
The organization has successfully collaborated with Peace Corps Ukraine between 2017-2019. They understand that the role of a VSPP is very different than a two-year Volunteer. Host Country Counterpart and his colleagues are fluent in English.

Engagement and tasks

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

• Co-assess the current communications and outreach strategy
• Based upon the assessment, co-develop a communications and outreach strategy that includes mapping external international agencies and organizations and U.S.-based organizations and charitable foundations
• Advise on partnership building best practices, norms, etiquette, and existing opportunities for expanding to global networks
• As time allows, support the development of compelling outreach materials such as concept notes

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 including preparation.

Online collaboration will generally occur once or twice a week between 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Ukraine time any day. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, Zoom, 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 any field, preferably in business, entrepreneurship, business management or related field

Experience:
• 1 year of experience working in private or public sectors
• Experience with communication strategy development

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, business administration, international relations, or a related field

Language: Intermediate Ukrainian

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 1 year experience managing business development projects within private, public or international organizations

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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