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Virtual Service Pilot

Facilitate the Creation of a Youth Leadership Development Program

Activity/project background

Partner: Sambir City Council, Executive Branch (Government)

Sambir City Council is in Sambir, a community of approximately 30,000 residents in the far west of Ukraine. The city envisions the creation of a program that will help young people develop their leadership skills and ability to lead and influence their local communities. Their target audience is young people between the ages of 16-25 who desire to develop as leaders and actively participate in public life. The city council plans to involve at least 20-30 young people in the program with the goal of creating a large and diverse group of participants for the effective exchange of experiences and ideas.

Sambir City Council is seeking to engage a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to co-develop the in-person youth leadership development program, including the curriculum, facilitation methods, and assessment tools. They hope such virtual collaboration will contribute to the development of international relations and partnerships through an online platform, which in the future can lead to joint projects and initiatives aimed at solving common problems and achieving common goals.

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 youth leadership development training curriculum to include modules on communication, conflict management, and decision-making
• Co-facilitate a youth leadership development training
• Participate in the evaluation of the training program upon its completion
• If time and experience allow, assist with the creation of a web platform, which would allow young leaders from Ukraine and the United States exchange ideas about potential joint projects

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 5-8 hours per week including preparation.

Online collaboration will generally occur twice a week between 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Ukraine time. 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

Language: Basic Ukrainian

Experience: 1 year of experience working with a nonprofit or youth NGO in leadership development, team building/management, capacity building, or community mobilization

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, non-profit management, or a related field

Language: Intermediate Ukrainian

Experience: Familiarity with virtual engagement and communication

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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