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Environment Program Specialist
Note: This vacancy announcement replaces the Environment Technical and Program Specialist position which has been canceled. Applicants who applied for the Environment Technical and Program Specialist position must apply again specific to this position to be considered.
OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates
POSITION: Environment Program Specialist, Personal Services Contractor
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week (see “Period of Performance” section for length of assignment
The Peace Corps is a U.S. governmental agency that promotes peace around the world by sharing one of America’s greatest resources: Volunteers. The Peace Corps has been operating for over fifty years in 139 countries; the agency’s mission is to promote world peace and friendship, and the goals are: to help the peoples of interested countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained men and women; to help promote a better understanding
of the American people on the part of the peoples served; and, to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of the American people. (see www.peacecorps.gov for additional information)
Peace Corps Nepal places American Volunteers in two-year assignments in rural villages and peri-urban locations across the country.
The United States Peace Corps seeks an Environment Program Specialist (EnPS) to serve as a personal services contractor based in Kathmandu.
Period of Performance: This personal services contractor position has a period of performance of one 10-month period, followed by two 12-month option periods for a total period of performance of 34 months. Each option period will be based on funding availability. Based on funding availability and program need, the position may also be extended beyond the initial 34-month contract.
The Environment Program Specialist will:
- Technical Field Support: Facilitate field observation of Environment Trainees and Volunteers during Pre-Service Training (PST), In-Service Trainings, and site visits, and use coaching skills to provide clear feedback rooted in evidence-based practices related to environmental education, solid waste management, community forestry, alternative energy, and income generation activities as identified by project framework
- Training Design and Delivery: Assist Interim Environment Program Manager (IEPM) in the design and delivery of technical sessions during training events and incorporates principles of the experiential learning cycle into training practice.
- Volunteer Site Management: Assist IEPM to identify and assess placement sites for Volunteers, recommend Host Country Agencies and homestay families that meet the criteria for Volunteer placement, and ensure that receiving organization, host families and community understand the Peace Corps program and are adequately informed and oriented to host a Peace Corps Volunteer.
- Site Network Support: Travel regularly and extensively within the country to visit Volunteers, observe their work, and establish and maintain working relationships with regional and local networks.
- Safety, Security, and Well Being: Collaborate closely with the Safety & Security Manager (SSM) and medical staff during site identification trips and field visits to ensure minimum housing standards and health requirements are met and assist in gathering any background information necessary in the process of determining the safety, security, and well-being of Volunteers.
- Other Duties as Assigned: Perform other duties or assignments, when deemed necessary by the Country Director or designee, for the successful implementation of Peace Corps program(s) and/or operations in Nepal.
Refer to the Full Statement of Work for additional details
- Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, environmental or related field.
- Minimum of four years of work experience in the environment, forestry, or related field
- Fluency in both written and spoken Nepali and English.
- Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Experience working alongside village community members on locally-prioritized projects in Nepal.
- Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following skills: environmental education, solid waste management, community forestry, alternative energy, improved cookstoves.
- Knowledgeable about community/participatory assessment tools, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of community projects.
- Good presentation skills.
- Experience of working and/or interacting with government officials at province and local level.
- Experience working with an international organization and or with foreigners
- Experience working with or supporting volunteers.
Prior Work Experience:
- Experience providing direct technical support on environmental education, solid waste management, community forestry, alternative energy, and income generation tasks.
- Experience partnering with rural community members to identify, enhance, and mobilize their strengths to address community interests and priorities
- Experience facilitating learning environments that promote collaborative, peer- supported learning, and the Experiential Learning Cycle
- Experience partnering with individuals with marginalized social identities (caste, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and so on) in Nepal.
- Experience navigating language and culture in a rural village community setting in Nepal.
- Experience in a cross-cultural setting with American or international organizations
- Experience with organizations that achieve their mission through volunteerism
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, environmental or related field
Interested candidates should submit their CV and a cover letter in English by email to: email@example.com. Applicants should include salary requirements in the cover letter. Please list “Announcement Number: 24-001, Environment Program Specialist” in the subject line of the email. Only complete applications (consisting of a CV and cover letter) received by the deadline of Friday, February 23, 2024 at 5 PM will be considered.
The United States Peace Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer.