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Virtual Service Pilot

Support Organizational Capacity of the Youth Community Center

Activity/project background

Partner: Youth Community Center Cair (YCCC) (Community-based Organization)

The Youth Community Center Cair (YCCC), North Macedonia, prioritizes interventions that build a more resilient society. The organization offers a wide range of multicultural and skill building activities for youth from different backgrounds. YCCC implements the Youth Urban Leaders program that support youth in the fields of social media, sport, graphic design, theatre, music, and video editing.

YCCC is mostly dependent on the small market for funding in North Macedonia, which is becoming increasingly saturated. Combined with the cost of acquiring new individual donors, competing with other organizations for funding has left the center stretched thin on resources. YCCC struggles with a lack of strategic fundraising planning, which can result in inefficient use of resources and failure to raise and manage funds. A cohesive fundraising plan will enable the organization to streamline their efforts for raising funds, define their brand to potential donors, and diversify their options to raise money.

YCCC is requesting a Virtual Service Pilot Participant (VSPP) to support the organization in developing their capacity in fundraising by mentoring staff and co-developing a set of training materials focused on fundraising.

The organization has 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:

• Review and propose improvements to existing organizational materials and documents, specifically the fundraising strategy, applications for grants, etc.
• Based on the review, develop training sessions to strengthen the team’s ability to improve the organization’s fundraising strategy and the team’s ability to write compelling grant applications

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.

Meetings between VSPPs and Host Country Counterparts will take place during normal office hours, usually between 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. North Macedonia time. Specific times will be determined during orientation. Some of the activities are planned to take place after office hours, potentially between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. North Macedonia time.

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 Albanian or Macedonian

Experience:
• 1 year of experience working with a nonprofit or NGO in project design or management, capacity building, or community mobilization
• 1 year of experience in fundraising

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

Experience:
• Experience with virtual engagement and communication
• Experience in training/workshop session design and facilitation methodologies

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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