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Virtual Service Pilot

Co-train Local NGO on Grant Writing and Fundraising Strategies

Activity/project background

Partner: Solidarity and Development Foundation of Panama (FUSODEP) (Local NGO)

Solidarity and Development Foundation of Panama (FUSODEP) is a local NGO that facilitates change processes through education, with the purpose of promoting human development and improving the quality of life of the residents in Veraguas, in harmony with the environment and gender equity. The lack of resources in the district of Cañazas and Ñurum, province of Veraguas, and Comarca Ngäbe Buglé, has impacted the quality of life of men, women, and children. Many residents of this area do not have access to educational, health, recreational, and agricultural resources, which stifles the quality of life and opportunities for local economic development. FUSODEP seeks to create sustainable fundraising activities to benefit the underserved through the execution of development projects, such as educational assistance, agro-pedagogical farm programs, and social programs (food and housing security and transportation initiatives).

FUSODEP is seeking the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to expand their efforts to support underserved residents by strengthening team members’ capacity to seek, develop, and maintain sustainable funding opportunities, both nationally and internationally. The expected results of the collaboration between FUSODEP and the VSPP are increased knowledge of its members in strategies to access sustainable financing sources, writing grants, including the use of Grants.Gov platform.

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-design and co-facilitate three workshops for FUSODEP members on 1) networking, 2) fundraising strategies/management, and 3) grant and report writing
• Train FUSODEP members on the use of Grants.Gov platform
• Co-design a strategic plan to access sustainable financing sources and competitive grant applications (large donors, companies, individual donors, and other partners)

The trainings and sessions for this engagement 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 9:00 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, 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 with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience working with under-resources communities
• Experience with marketing

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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