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Virtual Service Pilot

Empower Ukrainian Youth Through Project Management and Fundraising

Activity/project background

Partner: Kirovohrad Oblast Youth Center (Government)

The Kirovohrad Oblast Youth Center runs programs aimed at supporting youth throughout the entire Oblast in developing skills such as leadership, critical thinking, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, professional self-determination, volunteerism, and community activism. In response to Russia's war against Ukraine, local community leaders and youth in Kirovograd Oblast have taken initiatives to address various civic challenges. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, volunteering; supporting local volunteers, veterans, internationally displaced persons, the elderly, and underserved communities; as well as developing fundraisers and promoting community engagement.

Recognizing the significant role youth play in Ukraine’s fight for freedom, the Kirovohrad Oblast Youth Center strives to create conditions for young people to live and work in local communities across the Oblast. As many initiatives aimed at supporting Ukraine and its people heavily rely on grant funding from national and international organizations, project management and fundraising skills have become essential for their success. Therefore, the Youth Center acknowledges the need to provide young people with high-quality training to effectively plan, deliver, and evaluate community projects, while also equipping them with competencies to write project proposals and build relationships with donor entities. Mastering these skills will prepare the youth to provide quality services in Ukraine and build their confidence and capacity to contribute to Ukraine’s rebuilding and recovery efforts.

The Kirovohrad Regional Youth Center is seeking a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to co-design and co-facilitate a training program for youth (ages 12-16 years) on basic or introductory project management and fundraising. This program aims to equip emerging Ukrainian leaders with the knowledge and skills to design, deliver, and evaluate their initiatives, as well as effectively write proposals, utilize tools and strategies for fundraising, and establish and maintain relationships with donors. Through this program, youth will gain the necessary skills for future rebuilding and recovery efforts. VSPP will not be engaged with fundraising.

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. Peace Corps Ukraine is seeking a VSPPs who is empathetic to the lived experiences of internally displaced people.

Engagement and tasks

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

● Co-assess youth’s current knowledge and skill level to identify prioritized training topics
● Co-design or co-adapt a resource pack of at least 12 session plans on topics related to basic or introductory project management, project proposal development, fundraising, and developing donor relations
● Co-facilitate a 1-hour online club sessions per week for the group of youth leaders
● Attend a weekly meeting with the Ukrainian counterpart for feedback and discussion
VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be about 5 hours per week.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Kyiv time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Zoom, WhatsApp, Telegram, emails 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

• 1 year of experience working with youth (aged 12-16) in some capacity, such as a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, or volunteer
• 1 year of experience in project management and fundraising

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 public administration, organizational development, NGO management, or related field

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience in coaching, guiding and/or mentoring youth in project management and/or fundraising
• 3 years of experience working with a nonprofit, or NGO in project design or management, capacity building, or community mobilization

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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