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Publicado el 01 de Octubre de 2020

Peace Corps Panama Seeks Program Manager for the Response Program

Fecha límite: 30 de Octubre de 2020


Agency Summary:

The organization was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961 with the mission to promote friendship and peace world-wide by offering technical assistance and cross-cultural exchange. The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address local challenges. Peace Corps has over 25 years of experience working in Panama in four project areas: Sustainable Agriculture Systems, Water Sanitation and Hygiene, Community Environmental Conservation, and Teaching English, Leadership and Life Skills.

                                                                                            

Program Summary:

The PC Response Program in Panama aims to enhance post’s primary technical sectors by developing Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRVs) assignments to support their local stakeholders, government entities, NGOs, organizations, etc.; mobilizing their opportunities, services, and resources to support communities in general, along with traditional 2-Years Peace Corps Volunteers’ host communities. The purpose of the Program is to contribute to the development objectives of Panama, providing technical assistance and high-impact training in the short term to members of organizations, local institutions, local NGOs and government entities in Panama. The Program aims to accomplish its purpose through its objectives: 1. Strengthen the organizational skills of the Panamanian agencies and organizations. 2. Strengthen the technical skills of agencies and organizations. 3. Strengthen the leadership and organizational skills and/or techniques of individuals in Panama.
 

Position Summary:

The Peace Corps Response Program Manager is responsible for planning developing, implementing, managing and evaluating all work in his/her program.  He/she serves as the Program Manager for approximately 10-15 Volunteers in the field and, as such, is accountable for maintaining quality programming and training as well as ensuring that efforts and assignments of PCVs are consistent with the Government of Panama’s priorities and Peace Corps’ philosophy. 

 

The Peace Corps Response Program Manager is under the general supervision of the Director of Programming and Training (DPT).

 

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Responsible for developing, managing, maintaining, monitoring and evaluating an effective program, working in multiple technical sectors that is responsive to the needs of organizations working towards Panama’s sustainable development. Will be responsible for strategic leadership and day-to-day management of all program elements.

·         Develops and maintains strong and productive working relationships with the host government, NGOs, and other local organizations to further common goals and develop systems of Volunteer support and on-going program needs.

·         Identifies and prepares 10-15 organizations per year with whom adult Volunteers from the United States will work for a period of 12/24 months. 

·         Provides accurate and timely, technical, personal, and administrative support to approximately 10-15 Volunteers through site visits into the interior and other forms of communication.

·         Supervises and supports adult Volunteers through mentoring, coaching, providing challenging training and work assignments, monitoring work, reviewing reports, reinforcing policies, and providing timely performance evaluations. 

·         Ensures high levels of Volunteer health, safety, and security through appropriate programming, assignment placement, on-going support, and coordination with relevant office units.

·         Plans and coordinates a comprehensive two-week training program which provides Volunteers with knowledge and skills to successfully fulfill their assignments.  Establishes training goals and objectives and assists staff in the overall training planning and execution, providing input in the general areas of cross-culture adaptation, cross-program integration, and health and safety.

·         Supports the larger country program as a member of the Senior Leadership team through active participation in monthly staff meetings as well as during community, regional, and national activities. 

·         Based in Panama City, travels 30-40% of time to the interior visiting Volunteers and counterparts; requiring ability to drive 4X4 manual transmission vehicle on rough roads and willingness and ability to travel to remote areas of Panama.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

In order to be pre-selected for an interview, the applicant must submit an application that clearly documents how they meet the following requirements:

 

Minimum Required Education and Experience:

·         Bachelor degree in Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Education, Leadership, Conservation, Public Health, Rural Development, Gender & Diversity, Youth Development, or related technical field. (Master’s degree preferable.)

·         At least 3 years of experience working directly with programs in any of the following sectors: Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Education, Leadership, Conservation, Public Health, Rural Development, Gender & Diversity, Youth Development, or related technical field.

·         At least 2 years of International Development experience or organizational development experience in a multicultural context.

·         At least 2 years demonstrated program management experience, including program monitoring and evaluation.

·         At least 2 years of experience in building partnerships with government officials, NGOs, and donor organizations.

·         At least 2 years of experience working or studying in a cross-cultural environment.

 

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Knowledge about Panama’s history and familiarity with Panama’s ethnic groups and cultures. 

·         Good organization and time management skills; willingness to take initiative; excellent teamwork skills, strong service attitude; personal integrity; flexibility; strong interest in Panama’s development.

·         Excellent interpersonal communications skills, including the ability to lead, motivate, coach and advise adults.

·         Must be fluent in Spanish and English Languages. Indigenous language will be a plus.

·         Computer literate, especially in core Microsoft applications such as Office, Excel, Word, PPT, etc.

·         Ability to travel, spending 30%-40% of time working in the “interior”/ rural areas, often under harsh conditions, including hiking long distances.

·         Driver’s license and ability to drive 4x4 manual transmission vehicles on rough roads.

·         Applicants must possess a Panamanian work permit for at least 2 years, unless Panamanian or US citizens.

·         POSITION WILL BE SUBJECT TO SECURITY CHECK CLEARANCE.

 


Salary and Benefits

$2,361-$2,686 (gross monthly salary, commensurate with previous experience within salary range, bonus, health/life insurance, transportation allowance). This is a Personal-Service Contractor (PSC)/local hire position.

 

Application Process

Letter of Interest, three references, and resume (all in English) to be submitted each as a separate document in PDF format as an attachment by email to PA-hiring@peacecorps.gov due by October 30, 2020.

 

Subject line in the email must read: PEACE CORPS Response Program Manager

 

No phone calls please. ALL applications must be received via email. Interviews and testing are expected to be scheduled on November 16-20, 2020.

 

For additional information regarding Peace Corps, please visit our website at http://panama.peacecorps.gov or social media forums: FB/Peace Corps Panama / Instagram: PeaceCorpsPanama.

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