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Virtual Service Pilot

Support Creation of Online Training for Community Health Workers

Activity/project background

Partner: Undersecretariat of Public Health, Secretary of Health of the State of Hidalgo (Government)

The goal of the Undersecretariat of Public Health, located in the city of Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico is to improve the quality of clinical care and state-wide prevention actions intended to improve people's quality of life. Between 2021 and 2022, it held its first online (asynchronous) professional development training on vector-borne diseases. The purpose was to make the most relevant and updated content on vector-borne diseases accessible for the most remote regions of the state of Hidalgo.

As a result, the Undersecretary has approximately 130 hours of content recorded by 30 of the best specialists in each of their fields, representing 23 of the most prestigious institutions recognized at the national and international level.

The Undersecretariat of Public Health is requesting the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to assist in converting those recordings into accessible and high-quality training materials for the purpose of developing the knowledge and technical skills of health personnel in the state's remote communities.

The organization has not previously collaborated with 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:

• Edit existing audiovisual material to create simple and specific training materials
• Create pre- and post-evaluation tools, in alignment with the training materials, to measure knowledge and skill development
• Create a simple user manual and train counterpart on how to use the editing tools for future need to edit or update the materials
• Participate in weekly or biweekly planning and follow-up meetings with counterpart.
• If time allows, create or adapt additional multimedia materials to complement priority topics
• If time allows, create or adapt materials on selected topics intended for public dissemination, including children

VSPPs are expected to engage on the tasks listed above for an estimated 5-15 hours per week. This engagement is estimated to be 10 hours per week of which it is anticipated that approximately 5 hours will be online working with colleagues in the Secretariat.

Online collaboration will generally occur between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mexico City time. Specific times will be determined during orientation.

The Host Country Counterpart will have access to Internet, email, WhatsApp, and Google Meet 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

• Experience in video-editing
• Experience creating training and/or educational materials

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 communication, videography, cinematography, health sciences, or related areas

Language: Advanced Spanish

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Medical or paramedical training
• Experience designing, creating, and evaluating online training and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
• Competency assessment experience

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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