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Virtual Service Pilot

Support Fundraising Strategy for NGO Improving Bomb Shelter for Youth

Activity/project background

Partner: Dobropil Youth Center “Dobro” (Local NGO)

Since its inception, Dobropil Youth Center “Dobro” has implemented approximately 40 social projects focusing on volunteerism and civic engagement. After the Russian occupation of parts of Ukraine in 2014, the NGO has been supporting internally displaced youth from the Donbas Region. In 2015, they created their first youth center, and later the children's center named “Repost.” Since 2016, the NGO has partnered with the British Council to implement the Active Citizens program in the Donetsk region. They administer youth projects and conduct training by engaging their own facilitators to serve young people from vulnerable populations. The graduates of this program have implemented over 70 small-scale social projects, and many of them have founded their own nonprofit organizations in their communities.

After the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, some of the NGO staff relocated to different regions and countries, but those who remained set up a humanitarian center. They support the internally displaced people in the cities of Odesa, Mykolayiv, Vinnytsya, and Bar. Dobro hopes to engage a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support the development of their communication and collaboration with international partners, including potential donors and mission-aligned humanitarian organizations. Additionally, Dobro aims to strengthen their fundraising strategies to improve the condition of school basements which are now being used as bomb shelters by students and their teachers.

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. Host Country Counterpart is fluent in English.

Engagement and tasks

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

• Co-create an action plan for fundraising strategy improvement
• Co-facilitate weekly training sessions related to fundraising and partnership building for NGO staff, building their capacity in this area
• Advise on the planning and implementation of virtual fundraising events, including best practices, creative approaches in a virtual setting, etc.
• Assist with the search of potential donors interested in supporting the improvement of bomb shelters

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 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 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 in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit organizations

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:
• 3 years of experience in fundraising and/or grant management for non-profit organizations
• 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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