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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-develop Fundraising & Grant Strategy for Agro-business Project

Activity/project background

Partner: Education for Life Foundation (FEDVIDA) (Private Organization)

In 2022, the Education for Life Foundation (FEDVIDA), with the support of the National Secretariat of Sciences, Technology, and Innovation (SENACYT) in Panama, developed online courses to prepare various learners, such as students, teachers, and producers nationwide, for entrepreneurship in the agricultural sector. Twelve projects from course participants with the greatest startup and scaling potential were selected to start a new FEDVIDA project titled “Regenerative Panama.” The objective of this project is to support entrepreneurs to implement agro-industrial parks and promote regenerative agriculture and tourism. However, there are limited resources to support entrepreneurs to implement their activities.

For this reason, a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) is requested to support the development of a resource mobilization strategy. FEDVIDA would like to strengthen its capacity in developing grant proposals and fundraising, partially through the sale of proprietary educational materials, such as training manuals and books. The goal of this strategy is to generate new funds, which will finance the 12 identified projects of the SENACYT course, which is the “Regenerative Panama” project.

The organization has 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-create a strategic fundraising plan, which includes improving grant proposals and participation in calls for funding proposals
• Train 3 FEDVIDA members on grant writing and fundraising techniques
• Co-design a marketing strategy of the foundation's educational material, “Las Aventuras de Bambo y sus Amigos” as part of the fundraising strategy
• Train the organization's staff in marketing/storytelling strategies for project profiles that support the fundraising strategy

The trainings and sessions for this engagement will be conducted in Spanish. 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. - 5:00 p.m. Panama time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Microsoft Teams, Zoom, 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

Language: Intermediate Spanish

• 1 year of experience in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit
• Experience in project management

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, nonprofit management, international relations, or related field

Language: Advanced Spanish

• Experience in virtual engagement and communication
• Experience in organizational development
• Experience working with startup community organizations or NGOs
• Experience in the agricultural sector and/or agro-ecotourism sector

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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