Limitless Horizons Ixil
Full-time Staff - Guatemala, Central America
Apply by: 18th November 2013
Application Deadline: November 18, 2013
Start Date: January 2014
Location: Chajul, El Quiché, Guatemala
About Limitless Horizons Ixil
Limitless Horizons Ixil (LHI) is a non-religious, non-partisan Guatemala-based organization with legal status in Guatemala and 501(c)(3) status in the United States. LHI creates opportunities for the indigenous youth, women, and families of Chajul, Guatemala to develop the academic and professional skills needed to effect change in their lives and community. The heart of LHI consists of two main programs. Our Youth Development Program supports middle and high school education for youth who would not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education past primary school. The program provides youth with monthly scholarship payments, and a comprehensive range of support services that foster personal and academic success, including: school supplies, tutoring, computer and Spanish language classes, a work-study program, career counseling, mentorship, and life-skills and leadership development workshops. As its second major program, LHI founded and operates Chajul’s first and only community library. Overall, both programs are designed to support education and literacy in the community by providing children and youth with the resources and support they need to attain academic success and personal development. LHI’s other major initiatives are a women’s artisan program and hosting service-learning trips to Chajul.
LHI was founded by Katie Morrow and Chajul-native Pedro Caba in 2004, and supported 10 scholarship
students in its first year. Over the years LHI has expanded to provide a range and depth of opportunities. In 2013 the library has over 1,400 registered members and we are supporting 52 students through our Youth Development Program, making an important impact for a community where only 5% of the population graduates from middle school. We have now celebrated our three classes of high school graduates – something most children in Chajul only dream of.
The Ixil region is isolated by beautiful mountains and has maintained its rich Ixil Mayan traditions and language. Chajul, Nebaj, and Cotzal are the three counties that make up the Ixil region in the Department of Quiché in the western highlands of Guatemala. Limitless Horizons Ixil serves Chajul (estimated population 50,000), which consists of an urban center and outlying rural villages. Having been at the heart of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, Chajul experiences post-war challenges such as land displacement and fragmented families. Additionally, unemployment is high, large families live in one-room adobe houses with open cooking fires, opportunities for women are scarce, and family and gender-based violence is common. The community has a corn-based agricultural economy in which adults struggle to feed their families each day and the average income is $2 per day. Most children are forced to leave school at a young age to help support the family household, leaving 75% of the adult population illiterate. Chajul further suffers from common preventable health concerns such as respiratory illness, intestinal disease, tuberculosis, malnutrition, and mother and infant death during childbirth. Eighty percent of the Chajul population lives in poverty.
LHI seeks a motivated, relationship-oriented team member with excellent communications and interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts to promote the organization’s sustainability. The International Coordinator will work directly on building local management capacity through coordinating trainings and supporting local staff members in their program and human resources management work. The position also manages our communications. We seek a candidate interested in nonprofit management, external relations, and program development who is passionate about international community development. The ideal candidate will be an adaptable and supportive team member, an independent, self-motivated worker, and strong critical-thinker. S/he must also have excellent written and oral English skills, advanced oral and written Spanish skills, and must be comfortable working closely with a diverse international team. The International Coordinator will work alongside the LHI staff, reporting to the Managing Director and the Executive Director and working in partnership with the Board of Directors.
Because we are a small team, each employee has a wide variety of responsibilities. We ask candidates to be flexible, eager to learn to do new things, and willing to engage in both high-level and entry-level work. Working with LHI is a tremendous opportunity for personal and professional growth; employees are given significant responsibility and independence in their work and are mentored by the Executive Director, colleagues, and the Board of Directors.
This is a multifaceted opportunity for the right individual to join our small NGO with a nine-year record of excellence in community development. In Chajul, where 80 percent of the population lives in poverty, a small team of individuals makes a great impact. Are you the motivated, hard-working, talented, and reliable individual to join our LHI team? The work is challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, and could be the most rewarding endeavor you ever undertake.
Communications and Donor Relations
o Coordinate and produce communications to our network, including email newsletters, blogs, and fundraising appeals. Manage relationships with sponsors of students and coordinate communication with them
o Recruit and retain student sponsors
o Manage LHI’s online presence through nonprofit and social media sites
o Design and implement one LHI fundraising initiative in personal networks during the year
Monitoring & Evaluation
• Maintain and manage monitoring and evaluation system for major programs
• Design and implement data collection tools and methods, including surveys, key informant interviews, and focus groups
• Produce effective communications to report evaluation findings to staff, board members, partners, grantors, and donors
• Inform on program performance and provide recommendations for improvement based on evaluation findings
• Collect, organize, analyze and communicate other organizational data
• Train local staff on program evaluation
Program Supervision and Direct Program Services
o Provide program managers with support and follow-up
o Support with coordination of workshops and trainings for youth and families
o Participate in scholarship student selection
o Support artisan and library programming as needed
o Support Managing Director (MD) in human resources and staffing management
o Support MD and/or Executive Director (ED) in individual Quarterly Goal meetings for staff members
o Identify workshops and training opportunities for staff
Strategic Planning and Program Development
o Participate in annual strategic planning process
o Assist in writing yearly evaluation and strategic plans
o Assist ED, MD, and Local Coordinator in developing programming
Volunteer and Tourism Coordination
o Manage on-site volunteers
o Support on tourism planning and preparation and potentially lead student and adult trips.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and a relationship-oriented work ethic
• Flexible, patient, diplomatic and friendly, with a positive attitude
• At least 1 year of professional work experience and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
• Experience living in a developing country for at least 2 months (Latin America preferred)
• Fluent in English (native preferred) and excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish
• Capable of writing effectively for various audiences
• Project management experience
• Interest in international development and indigenous communities
• Extremely detail oriented and organized
• Responsible, reliable, and proactive
• Reflective and eager to learn
• Understanding of and commitment to staff capacity building
• Respectful of local culture and sensitivities
• Experience in human resource management
• 3 years of professional work experience
• Fundraising experience
• Experience in staff capacity building
• Group facilitation and training experience
• Experience working with youth and/or families
While LHI works in Chajul, the International Coordinator will live in the nearby larger town of Nebaj. Nebaj has a population of approximately 20,000, restaurants, stores, amenities, and a traveler/long-term volunteer community of foreigners. The LHI team will help with arranging housing. The International Coordinator has the option to work from home in Nebaj up to 2 days per week, and will travel to the LHI office in Chajul at least 3 days per week. The daily commute to Chajul takes roughly 40 minutes in each direction by frequently-running public minibuses. There are infrequent occasions when it would be necessary to stay in Chajul or travel to other Guatemalan cities such as Quetzaltenango (Xela) or Antigua.
Compensation and Benefits
LHI provides a monthly stipend (approximately a local professional salary) of 2,075 Quetzales (USD 250), covers phone and Internet costs, and covers work-related transportation. LHI also provides stipends that cover the required tourist visa renewals. International travel up to USD 670 per year and health/travel insurance up to USD 500 per year will be reimbursed with the fulfillment of each year of employment. While LHI requires a minimum commitment of 13 months,, we encourage employees to stay on for a second year following a one-year evaluation, and will implement a significant pay raise for the second year and an end-of-service bonus after 2 years. LHI employees get 4 weeks of vacation in the first year of employment (last two weeks of December, one week at Easter, and 5 other personal days), plus other holidays. Second-year employees earn an additional week of vacation.
HOW TO APPLY
Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “International Coordinator. [Your Name]” in the subject line. Only successful candidates will be contacted. If selected for an interview, references and work/writing samples may be requested.
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