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Publicado el 17 de Enero de 2023

Peace Corps Panama Seeks Two (2) Programming and Training Specialists (PTS) for The Youth Leadership Development and Youth Health and Well-Being Programs

Fecha límite: 17 de Febrero de 2023

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, Health & Well Being, Community Environmental Conservation, and Youth Leadership Development.


Program Summary and Context:


1.    Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program:

The Youth Leadership Development (YLD) program complements the national initiatives carried out by the Ministries of Education (MEDUCA) and Social Development (MIDES). The program seeks to provide opportunities for Panamanians ages 12 to 19 to develop and strengthen their knowledge and life skills such as self-esteem, decision-making and problem-solving, social and communication skills, making positive contributions in their communities, and preparing for future employment.


The YLD program places Peace Corps Volunteers in communities with public middle and high schools to collaborate with youth service providers such as school counsellors, teachers, local community leaders, parents and youth leaders as well as regional social services, youth-focused NGOs and other complementary groups. Volunteers and their local counterparts will co-plan and co-facilitate school and community-based activities to support young people to successfully meet personal life challenges.


The YLD program has recently been implemented in 2022. The program will be monitored each year to measure the impact and program results until 2028; and then will go through another revision to ensure it meets the national and local needs of those the program serves.


2.    Youth Health and Well-Being (YHWB) Program:

The Youth Health and Well-Being (YHWB) program aims to strengthen the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of young people, aged 12-19, through health education, life skills, and connections with friendly health services that allow them to improve their health and well-being, and make decisions about healthy lifestyles.


The Volunteers serve in rural and semi-urban communities, especially Ngäbe-Communities, where they collaborate with health promoters, health committees, parent-teacher associations, local groups, and adults in the community to facilitate trainings, camps, clubs, and other health initiatives that effectively support the youth health and well-being. The program seeks to improve youth health by reducing early pregnancy, STIs (particularly HIV) and sexual violence while promoting school attendance and healthy relationships.


The YHWB program was implemented in 2022 with a small group of volunteers serving the Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé, but it will be expanded to communities in Bocas del Toro and Veraguas for 2023.


Position Summary:

The Programming & Training Specialist (PTS) serves as a member of the Programming and Training Unit (PTU) staff and is responsible for supporting the planning, development, implementation and administration of the Peace Corps programming and training system for the Youth Leadership Development and Youth Health and Well-Being Programs.



·         For The YLD Program: Design a youth leadership development training program and facilitate participatory learning experiences for US American Volunteers on topics such as: Positive youth development, life skills, employability skills, digital literacy, sports and recreational activities focus on life skills, mentoring, behavior change, capacity building at the community level, leadership and organization for community groups, and monitoring and evaluation taking to account Panamanian culture, language and Peace Corps’ approach to community-based development.

·         For The YHWB Program: Design a health training program and facilitate participatory trainings on topics such as: Sexual and Reproductive health, Family planning, HIV prevention, community health education, household behavior change, capacity building at the community level, leadership and organization for community groups, and monitoring and evaluation.


General PTS roles:

·         Provide overall administrative and programmatic support to the Youth Health and Well-Being program and Youth Leadership Development Program.

·         Collaborate with the Program Manager in maintaining and developing relationships with strategic partners, including government and non-government organizations provide continual technical training, coaching, mentoring monitoring, and feedback during site visits, phone calls, WhatsApp messages and in-person appointments to support Volunteers’ development of professional competencies to effectively serve their assigned communities under both programs.

·         Carry out site identification and Volunteer visits throughout the country along with the Program Manager supporting with the preparation of programmatic reports to be shared with PC headquarters, Host Country, and donor agencies, as required.

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



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:

·         Education for YLD Program: Bachelor in Education, or related technical field (Arts, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, Community Development, etc.). Master degree in Education or related technical field will be a plus.

·         Education for YHWB Program: Bachelor in Public Health, or related technical field (Arts, Psychology, Social Work, Community Development, Health Education, Sociology, etc). Master degree in Public Health or related technical field will be a plus.

·         Experience in the field:

o   At least 2 years of experience working on designing & facilitating training sessions for adults. Must possess excellent facilitation skills (in both Spanish and English).

o   At least 2 years of experience working directly with programs in rural education or development setting.

o   At least 1 year of International Development experience or Organizational Development experience in a multicultural context.

o   At least 1 year of experience in building partnerships, networking with organizations, community engagement or relevant public relations experience.

o   At least 1 year of experience working with specific diverse populations within Panama

o   Driving: A valid driver’s license and stated availability to travel (driving 4x4 official vehicles with manual transmissions).


Other Requirements:

·         Computer literate: Ability to operate in core Microsoft Office applications including: advanced Excel and database skills; Word skills; and PowerPoint skills.

·         Language Proficiency: Speaks, reads, and writes Spanish and English (minimum of Working Knowledge of English). Communication skills with Indigenous language Ngäbere will be a plus.

·         Schedule: Ability to work a Monday through Friday schedule with evening and weekend hours when necessary and during emergencies, including traveling throughout Panama at times. Ability to travel, spending 35%-45% of time working in the “interior”/ rural areas, often under harsh conditions, including hiking long distances.

·         Driving: Must possess a valid driving license and ability to drive 4x4 manual transmission vehicles on rough roads.

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



Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         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.

Salary and Benefits

$1,938-$2,200 (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, the driving valid license, and resume stating each of the minimum required education and experience qualifications (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 February 17th 2023.


Subject line in the email must read:

For the Youth Leadership Development (YLD) Program: PEACE CORPS YLD PTS

For the Youth Health and Well-Being (YHWB) Program: PEACE CORPS YHWB PTS


No phone calls please. ALL applications must be received via email. Interviews and testing are expected to be scheduled on the week of March 6th 2023. Just those top qualified candidates will be called the previous week for interview.


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

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