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Mobile Environmental Educational Program – Volunteer Expert
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FARMER-TO-FARMER PROGRAM BACKGROUND:
The Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program is designed to enhance agricultural competitiveness in the MENA region in order to ensure reliable and consistent national food supplies; offset imports; improve rural and urban food security and employment opportunities for the rural poor, especially women and youth; and improve on-farm natural resource management practices.
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) economies depend heavily on agricultural production, processing, and associated industries. Although many of the countries in the region have optimal growing conditions, the region as a whole imports most of its food. With a strategic focus and the right technical assistance, MENA farmers can leverage favorable agro-climatic conditions, physical proximity to key markets, and counter-seasonal production potential to reach higher value export markets, increase domestic market share, and boost their profits.
IESC and the Farmer-to-Farmer Program seek to recruit a volunteer expert to conduct environmental education and prepare a portfolio to attract investment for a non-profit organization in Lebanon.
MGBHG portfolio prepared to be used for private sector and interested donor agencies to attract investment.
Developed ideas for games, programs, and activities for various age groups.
Lebanon is a country that is very rich in biodiversity which is threatened by many anthropogenic activities, including urbanization and quarries. However, knowledge about this richness and the threats that is facing is not well spread among the young generation. This lack of knowledge and awareness gave the host organization the idea to create a mobile botanical garden aiming to educate students about the importance of plants to the environment and to humans and to raise their awareness about the rich biodiversity that we have in Lebanon.
The host organization took the patent of the first mobile botanical garden in Lebanon and is planning a school orientated educational program. The botanical garden is in its final building stage. The limits Green Hand is facing are the lack of experienced professionals in designing and creating age-specific educational games and programs that educate students about the importance of plants to humans in an engaging and exciting method.
The challenges and constraints of this program are:
- To create an attractive message for the briefing and the games to be executed for each age group. (Age group term, is used to identify the five different targeted groups as the following: The School Students four groups: 3-6 years, 7-11 years, 12-15 years, 16-20 years and general public).
- To create 4 to 5 different games for all each of the different ages; each game is to be designed to engage 15 students and to be executed in 10 minutes. In addition, the materials need to be light and portable in order fit in the vehicle.
- To creatively build up the profile for the schools / private sector and provide a plan for sustainable engagement of the beneficiaries.
Through this program, Green Hand Botanic Garden (GHBG) will play an important role in educating the young generation about the importance of plants to humans, the richness of Lebanon in plants, the effects of eradicating this richness on human health. GHBG will have a strong impact on the Lebanese population and natural heritage as it will create a future generation that is environmentally aware and responsible. Consequently, this future educated generation will play a role in decision making and strategic planning of the private and public sector in a way that will protect and conserve what is remaining of our natural heritage and hopefully to restore what was lost of it.
The host organization is an 80-member environmental, social, cultural non-profit organization. The host had the idea to create a mobile botanical garden aiming to educate students about the importance of plants to the environment and to humans and to raise their awareness about the rich biodiversity of Lebanon. The assignment is to design and create age specific briefing, educational games and programs that educate school students about the importance of plants to humans in an engaging and exciting method. In addition, a portfolio of the program is needed to be designed to be submitted to school administrations.
The volunteer is expected to work and prepare the following:
- The intended messages to be delivered during the briefing and through the educational games for each section.
- The actual games for the different age groups which should be engaging and interacting.
- The mobile GHBG portfolio for the schools to advertise and market the program, illustrating the different groups programs, benefits, impact, and sustainability.
- Special contest/follow-up program to be offered to the beneficiaries (students / schools) to broaden the spectrum of engagement and impact.
- The mobile GHBG portfolio to be used for private sector and interested donor agencies for investment.
The volunteer should have experience in environmental education and extra-curricular activities. Experience in relevant environmental education public campaigns is a plus.
The volunteer will execute meetings with the stakeholders (Host Teams, GHBG Partners, Ministry of Education Officials, Ministry of Environment, Selected private Schools, Selected private sector).
The Volunteer will be reflecting the gathered information among his/her experience to prepare the portfolios for the schools and private sector, identify messages that will be disseminated to each identified targeted group and prepare relevant engaging games and tools, as well as a follow-up program that will ensure sustainability and impact.
Objectives of the Assignment:
- To clearly state the messages intended to be delivered during the briefing and through the educational games for each section.
- To create the actual games for the different age groups, which will be engaging and interacting.
- To prepare the mobile GHBG portfolio to be given to schools to advertise and market the program, illustrating the different groups programs, benefits, impact, and sustainability.
- To design special contest/follow-up program to be offered to the beneficiaries (students / schools) to broaden the spectrum of engagement and impact.
- To prepare a mobile GHBG portfolio to be used for private sector and interested donor agencies for investment.
The volunteer is encouraged to bring any media or training materials such as manuals, journals,literature, DVD/video that will serve as good resource materials for training and for the library of the host organizations and Land O’Lakes office in Lebanon.
- Attend orientation meeting at Land O’Lakes Beirut Office;
- Meet with the host organization for an overview of the constraints being faced
- Identify the intended messages to be delivered during the briefing and through the educational games for each section.
- Assist the host in creating the actual games for the different age groups which should be engaging and interacting.
- Work on the mobile GHBG portfolio for the schools to advertise and market the program, illustrating the different groups programs, benefits, impact, and sustainability.
- Create a special contest/follow-up program to be offered to the beneficiaries (students / schools) to broaden the spectrum of engagement and impact.
- The mobile GHBG portfolio to be used for private sector and interested donor agencies for investment.
- Provide recommendations to the F2F Program staff on potential follow-up assignment with the hosts;
- Write a final report summarizing observations and recommendations, as well as follow-up plans. The final report is discussed in the section on deliverables below.
- Attend a debriefing session with F2F Lebanon Country Director and host organization staff members to provide feedback and discuss the recommended future plans to follow up on volunteer recommendations and capture impact.
Final report, submitted to the F2F Program and host organization containing detailed recommendations on the assignment. This final report should include:
- A summary of tasks and observations from site visits
- A list of 5-7 specific and actionable recommendations for the host organization(s). The recommendations are very important to the program as we use them to track host adoption of recommendations and the impact on hosts’ farms and businesses. These recommendations will be reviewed during the debriefing session with country staff at the end of the assignment and the volunteer may make revisions to them in their Final Report.
- A section listing the assignment objectives above and how they were met or why they were not met.
Upon return to the United States, the volunteer is requested to communicate his or her F2F experience. Outlets to share the volunteer experience include home groups (e.g., civic and religious groups, professional associations, etc.), workplace presentations, local newspapers, community or workplace newsletters, personal blogs and social media sites. It is important to give recognition to USAID for funding F2F. At least two outreach events are requested and should be communicated to Carybeth Reddy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- U.S. Citizen or U.S. permanent resident (as required by the Farmer to Farmer Program).
- Educational Background: Environmental education, or equivalent high experience in the field of Environmental education and extra-curricular activities.
- More than 10 years of practical knowledge and experience in implementing environmental education programs.
- Training skills, including training in group settings.
- Good writing and computer skills
- Sufficiently physically fit, with appropriate medical clearance.
- Familiar with conducting trainings through translators/interpreters
VOLUNTEER EXPERT SUPPORT:
IESC provides comprehensive support to pro bono experts before, during, and after the anticipated assignment. Support to include:
- All travel and logistics arrangements and costs to be provided by IESC including airfare, visas, medical examination, medevac and emergency travel insurance, and transit expenses;
- Project management and oversight from the country office and the home office in Washington, DC;
- All accommodation, transport, meals, and incidental expenses throughout the duration of the assignment in country;
- Follow up and administrative support for the production and dissemination of the final report and deliverables for the project.
How to Apply:
To apply, please submit an application here: https://chp.tbe.taleo.net/chp01/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=IESCORG&cws=39&rid=395