Anti-Bullying Program Specialist - Peace Corps, Jamaica

Peace Corps Response provides opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and experienced professionals to undertake challenging, short-term assignments in various program areas around the world. Qualified applicants can put their professional skills and academic training to work as Peace Corps Response Volunteers, where they will gain additional international experience while imparting technical expertise critical for partner organizations and the communities they serve.

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to serve as an Anti-bullying Program Specialist for the Mico Youth Counseling Resource and Development Center. The Center provides counseling for individuals, groups, and families on behavioral issues, academic performance, substance abuse, suicide ideation, familial and relationship problems, and depression. Many of the center’s clientele are troubled youth who are referred by area schools. These young people often have anger issues resulting from alienation and abuse from peers. The Center’s bullying prevention program will deal with these issues by providing preventive measures for at-risk adolescents. Through this program, young people will gain knowledge on the nature, process, and preventative measures of bullying.

The Anti-Bullying Program Specialist will conduct a situational analysis through interviews and surveys with stakeholders to determine current needs and propose solutions related to bullying in schools and communities. The Peace Corps Response Volunteer will conduct a precedent study to identify existing resources that can be used or modified to meet the needs identified in the situational analysis. Based on these results, the Response Volunteer will develop an anti-bullying curriculum that is age-appropriate and approved by stakeholders; this curriculum will be implemented in schools, churches, community groups, and youth groups. The Volunteer will also develop a training agenda and will conduct training sessions for center staff, Peace Corps Volunteers, and selected staff of the Ministry of Education.

Closing date:  15 Apr 2012

Academic Qualifications: Master's Degree

Mandatory Qualifications:
-Conduct a precedent study to identify existing resources that can be used or modified to meet the needs identified in the situational analysis
-Conduct a situational analysis through interviews and surveys with stakeholders to determine current needs and proposed solutions related to bullying in schools and communities
-Develop an anti-bullying curriculum (must be age appropriate and approved by stakeholders) that can be implemented in schools, churches, community/youth groups, etc.
-Develop training agenda
-Conduct training sessions for staff of MYCRDC, selected MOE staff, PCVs and other interested parties
How to apply: 
To be eligible for service you must be at least 18 years of age and a U.S. citizen, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or have at least 10 years of professional experience. The projected start dates listed are approximate and will likely change.

The application process begins with a short online application found at. The application itself takes only twenty minutes to complete. If selected, Volunteers typically begin their service within two to four months from the date of application. Applicants undergo an interview, reference checks, and medical and legal clearances.

Unlike the two-year Peace Corps program, applicants to Peace Corps Response may apply to specific positions and countries. Your application should document skills and qualifications relevant to the position you seek. Please note that certain positions are very competitive; in such cases, only the most qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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