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Virtual Service Pilot

Facilitate Capacity Building Workshop in Graphic Design for Local NGO

Activity/project background

Partner: Eshet Children and Youth Development Organization (ECYDO) (Local NGO)

Eshet Children and Youth Development Organization (ECYDO) is a youth focused local civil society organization in Ethiopia established in 2001 that works in six major thematic areas: male engagement in HIV/AIDS and sex and gender based violence prevention; sexual and reproductive health rights promotion; women/girls through fight against gender-based violence, including female genital mutilation, early marriage, and teenage pregnancy; creation of equal opportunities and skills development; removing barriers for disadvantaged groups in accessing education and services; peace, democracy, and active engagement.

These days, getting funding has become very competitive and requires good marketing with effective communication and engaging content. Compelling graphic design will help ECYDO boost their marketing strategy through effective visual communication and marketing materials, such as brochures, annual reports, leaflets, banners etc. To achieve this goal, ECYDO seeks the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to strengthen staff capacity in graphic design and training through practicum sessions. Through these training sessions, staff will learn the skills necessary to elevate ECYDO’s communication, enhance their brand, and foster meaningful engagement with their stakeholders. Should time allow, the VSPP can also support in the original design of some marketing materials for the organization.

ECYDO has not previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. ECYDO understands 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-plan and implement qualitative needs assessment to understand ECYDO’s current capacity in graphic design
• Develop session plans for graphic design training
• Co-facilitate capacity-building training on graphic design for 3 ECYDO staff
• Co-produce the graphic design for the 2023 annual report of ECYDO

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.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ethiopia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to email, phone, 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

Experience:
• Experience in graphic design
• Experience developing branding campaigns, social media, or content development

Intercultural skills and motivation: Flexible, strong cross-cultural agility, high tolerance for ambiguity, able to work independently, resourceful, creative, genuinely motivated, and capable of serving virtually

Desired qualifications

Education: Master’s degree in graphic design, or related field.

Experience:
• Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication
• 3 years of experience in graphic design, branding campaigns, social media, or content development

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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