NGO Representatives:
"Come Join the Peace Corps!"

Niki F. and Lauren H.

NGO Overview, Mission, and Purpose: What We Are About and Who We Help

The Peace Corps was created to encourage world peace and friendship through three main goals. The Peace Corps aims at helping people of interested countries meet their needs for trained men & women and helping to promote a better understanding between Americans and other people from around the world.

NGO "Bottom Line": How We Make an Impact

The Peace Corps helps underprivileged countries develop into more prosperous areas through health care, the creation and assistance of new businesses, agriculture, education, and youth and community development. Caring individuals dedicate 27 months of their life to help people all over the world, sharing their diverse background and knowledge with their new communities. They focus on major problems in third world countries, improving them drastically and introducing new ways to better the native people's lives even after they leave.

NGO Organization Details and Location: Headquarters and Global Outreach

Where do volunteers go?
27 countries in Africa
11 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
8 countries in Central America and Mexico
7 countries in Asia
6 countries in South America
5 countries in the Pacific Islands
3 countries in the Caribbean
2 countries in North Africa and the Middle East

What do volunteers do?
Education- introduce teaching methods, encourage critical thinking, integrate issues like health education and environmental awareness into English, math, science, and other subject
Youth & Community Development- engage in a wide variety of outreach projects concerning at-risk children, adult literacy, health or HIV/AIDS education, environmental awareness, development of libraries and resource centers, and information technology
Health- educate and promote awareness issues like malnutrition and drinking safe water
Business Development- work in education, private businesses, public organizations, government offices, cooperatives, women's and youth groups, and many more. Other volunteers help communities capitalize on technologies by teaching computer and multimedia skills, developing regional databases, and implementing networks for non-governmental organizations, businesses and government offices.
Agriculture- work with small farmers to increase good production while promoting environmental conservation practices
Environment- work on a wide variety of activities, such as teaching environmental awareness and planting trees within a community
HIV/AIDS- mnany volunteers contribute to HIV/AIDS initiatives during their service, regardless of their area of expertise
Food Security- almost half of volunteers are involved in some capacity to support food security through projects in health and nutrition, agriculture, and the environment

NGO Job Openings: Who, Why, Where, When, and for How Much?

Career Ladder APCD Training
Where: Paraguay
Salary: $50,000-$91,000
  • Performs work related to coordinating projects for the development and implementation of training course material
  • Participates in, coordinates, and/or manages agency programs and projects
  • Works with Program Managers and other staff to ensure a positive Volunteer experience

Administrative Officer
Where: Worldwide
Salary: $62,000-$138,000
Ensures that proper procurement processes are followed for the acquisition of goods and services and the execution of contracts and leases and that the integrity of the procurement process is upheld at post. Supervises all procurement, certifying availability of funds and need for all purchases in accordance with Country Director guidance and the approved annual operating plan (budget).

  • Supervises the Administrative Unit composed of host country and third country nationals that typically includes, but is not limited to, a financial assistant, cashier, administrative assistant, general services assistant, drivers, and may include security guards or others.
  • Establishes work plans, develops a team approach and evaluates performance of administrative staff.

Administers the overall human resource management system at post taking into account appropriate federal government regulations, the Local Compensation Plan (LCP), and applicable local labor laws.

Works with the Country Director and post staff to prepare the post's out-year budget request that aligns with the post's strategic plan. In conjunction with other senior staff, prepares the post's annual operating plan (budget) and periodic budget reviews. Implements approved resource plans, often for multiple fund sources. Monitors post expenditures against budget by maintaining up-to-date records. Ensures reconciliation with the official accounting system.

  • Assists in determining space needs for the Peace Corps office, staff and Volunteers, Training Center and US staff residences. Competes available real estate, negotiates, reviews and finalizes contractual conditions for leases for approval of the CD, the Embassy's Regional Safety and Security Officer and Peace Corps Washington.
  • Supervises property management so that all inventory, maintenance, repairs and disposition are performed according to plan, negotiations and regulations
  • Collaborates with Country Director, medical, programming and training, and security staff to address issues such as site selection, site visit protocols, Volunteer allowances, safety and security and medical care of Volunteers. Ensures that local laws and regulations are followed in connection with status of Volunteers.
  • Provides financial and administrative support to Peace Corps Volunteers including the payment of Volunteer allowances and reimbursements.
  • Under the direction of the Country Director, works with the Safety and Security Coordinator and other staff to establish programming, training and administrative systems that maximize the safety and security of Volunteers in accordance with agency policies and guidelines.
  • Ensures that established procedures are followed and criteria are met. Assists Country Director, Safety and Security Coordinator and others to prepare for and respond to incidents and crises impacting Volunteers and Trainees and Peace Corps operations.

Chief Administrative Officer
Where: Washington, D.C.
Salary: $100,000-$147,000\
  • Oversees and manages the organization's budget operations, including both budget formulation and execution
  • Establishes budget policy for the organization served. Provides instruction to management officials during budget calls and other budget formulation or execution processes.

Performs tasks related to the administrative management of an organization. This includes activities such as interpreting administrative policies, developing and implementing organizational policies, defining administrative requirements, and/or providing advice to management on related issues.

Performs work related to developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in various levels of government, private industry, and/or academic institutions to communicate and disseminate information about program mission and activities.

Country Director:
Where: Worldwide
Salary: $94,000-$151,000
The Peace Corps Country Director (CD) plans and directs all aspects of the Peace Corps program in the country of assignment.

The Country Director ensures that day-to-day operations create an environment for Volunteers and staff to work successfully and perform their duties and responsibilities.

  • The Country Director is the senior Peace Corps representative in the country of assignment.
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Criminal Investigator
Where: Washington, D.C.
Salary: $53,000-$147,000
  • The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent entity within the Peace Corps and has the broad responsibility established by the Inspector General Act of 1978, as amended, (the Act) to: (1) Promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the agency programs, operations, and management; (2) Prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse; (3) Conduct and supervise audits and investigations relating to programs, management, and operations of the agency; and (4) Keep the Director and Congress fully and currently informed about problems/deficiencies relating to the administration of such programs and operations and the necessity for, and progress of, corrective actions.
  • Works as a Senior Special Criminal Investigator assigned to the Assistant Inspector General for Investigation (AIG/I) and performs the following duties:
  • Performs work related to developing and maintaining relationships within and outside the agency to communicate and disseminate information about program mission and activities.
  • Provides advice and guidance on investigative programs.
  • Receives, collects, and analyzes intelligence information in support of criminal investigative activities.
  • Performs work relating to policy interpretation, planning, and development for agency criminal investigation programs and operations.
  • Plans and conducts criminal investigations related to alleged or suspected violations of laws, regulations, and policies. Uses a variety of investigative techniques, such as performing undercover work, maintaining surveillance, analyzing evidence, and preparing reports.
  • Prepares, or participates in preparing, reports of findings on the character, practices, suitability or qualifications of persons or organizations seeking, claiming, or receiving federal benefits, permits, licenses, or employment.
  • Drafts reports that are used to make or invoke administrative judgments, sanctions, or penalties.

Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Where: Washington, D.C.
Salary: $124,000-$156,000
The position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), reports to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), and manages the Offices of Global Accounts Payable, Accounting and Financial Reporting, Volunteer and PSC Services, and Financial Systems. The CFO reports to the Director of the Peace Corps and is responsible for overseeing all planning, budgeting and financial management functions of the Agency. As the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, the incumbent serves as the principal advisor and assistant to the CFO and directly manages the operations of the Office.

  • Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.

Provides analysis and advice on financial matters to program officials, managers, and resource administrators. Performs duties associated with the management, control, and usage of financial resources or funds. Supplies financial reports to operating program officials for informational and planning purposes. Plans and conducts studies to determine the requirement for updated financial information. Computes and forecasts effects of changes in administered programs.

Why You Should Join Us...

Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience you will draw upon throughout your life. The most significant accomplishment will be the contribution you make to improve the lives of others. There are also tangible benefits, including the following Peace Corps provisions:
  • Student loan assistance
  • A "readjustment├«" allowance of $7,425 (pre-tax) upon completion of service
  • Language, cross-cultural, and technical training
  • Travel to and from country of service
  • A monthly living and housing allowance
  • Full medical and dental coverage
  • 48 paid vacation days
  • Unique graduate school opportunities
  • Leave for family emergencies
  • Transition and job support and social networking after service
  • Advantages in federal employment
  • Opportunities for short-term assignments through Peace Corps Response
  • No fee to participate

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