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Virtual Service Pilot

Support Local NGO to Build New Partnerships and Fundraising Strategy

Activity/project background

Partner: Association of Ukrainian Cities – Ivano-Frankivsk (Local NGO)

Association of Ukrainian Cities – Ivano-Frankivsk (IF RB AUC) is an NGO that has been working for 24 years to protect the interests of local self-government bodies and advocate for them at the regional and national levels to generate new, and preserve existing, resources. They also work on restoring communities from the consequences of armed aggression as well as providing quality services to the population to promote social, economic, and cultural development of territories. In 2023, the IF RB AUC team was especially active and provided about 600 consultations to local self-government bodies on legislation clarification, budgetary matters, strategic planning, project activities, partnership engagement, and more. They also hosted nearly 30 educational and awareness-raising events on project management, strategy development, cybersecurity, and social media marketing. The organization employs 8 individuals, each responsible for their respective areas: analytics, project management, financial management and procurement, budgetary matters, legal issues, youth development, and the civil sector.
IF RB AUC is currently implementing three large projects, with two more in the final stages of approval. The target audience consists of 62 local self-government bodies in the Ivano-Frankivsk region. Host Country Partner prioritizes expanding partnerships and establishing inter-municipal cooperation for the communities of the region.
With the current and upcoming projects, IF RB AUC is seeking the support of a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to assist their organization with the creation of new global partnerships with both municipalities and NGOs that support municipalities to strengthen local governance. Through these partnerships IF RB AUC aims to grow their network and participate in a transfer of skills, knowledge, and best practices to improve their capacity to serve local populations.

The organization has previously collaborated with the Peace Corps. From 2019-2020, IF RB AUC hosted a Community Development Peace Corps Volunteer. For the NGO, this was an invaluable experience of collaboration, and 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 partnership-building strategy and identify U.S. based NGOs and municipalities that IF RB AUC could reach out to for virtual experience sharing sessions
• Advise IF RB AUC on outreach and communications strategies for contacting potential partner organizations. All outreach initiatives will be conducted by IF RB AUC staff
• If time and experience allow, assist with the development of a fundraising strategy and support grant writing and proposal development

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 including preparation.

Online collaboration will generally occur twice a week between 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Ukraine time Mondays and Tuesdays. 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 or Project Management Professional Certification

Language: Basic Ukrainian

Experience: 1 year of experience with partnership development or community organization

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 business administration, public administration, or related field

Language: Intermediate Ukrainian

• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• 1 year experience managing projects in with public partnerships
• 1 year experience managing business development projects within private, public or international organizations

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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