Country: Peru
Organization: Otra Cosa Network
Closing date: 8 Apr 2022

**Title: Community Projects & Volunteers Manager

Location: Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru

Reports to: Project Director (based in Huanchaco, Peru)

Expected hours: 40hrs/week; some evenings and weekends; on call for emergencies 24/7

Salary: Based on local Peruvian salary, plus free accommodation

Annual leave: 20 working days per year

Time commitment: 2 year fixed-term (potentially extendable)

Apply by: 11.59pm GMT on Friday 08 April 2022

Interviews will take place mid April 2022 Target start date: 1st June 2022

About Otra Cosa Network

Otra Cosa Network (OCN) is a Peruvian non-profit NGO and UK Registered Charity (No.1133680) based in Northern Peru. Our mission is to promote social, economic development and education in our local communities. We aim to offer support, education and greater opportunities for the children and adults in the local communities we serve, as well as life-changing experiences for our volunteers.

About the Role

OCN needs a new Community Projects & Volunteers Manager to help run the organisation’s operations in Peru, under direction from the Peru-based Project Director and the UK-based Directors. The position is for a two-year period after which the position shall be reviewed. We are in search of an enthusiastic individual who is passionate about international volunteering, marketing and community development. The new Community Projects & Volunteers Manager needs to take on a wide range of responsibilities and work with the small local team in line with the organisation’s values, strategic goals and approach to community development.

As Community Projects & Volunteers Manager, you would be responsible for volunteer management, leading and supervising our community development in one or two of these areas: women and girls, environment, youth projects and fulfilling tasks relating to the role as Global Glow Mentor (Spanish literacy program). You will develop, implement and deliver appropriate actions to achieve positive and measurable outcomes and opportunities for the Peruvian children & adults with whom we work and with the volunteers and interns who work with us. You will work under the guidance of the Peru-based Project Director ensuring our volunteers are happy, supported and are working effectively to achieve positive results.

Benefits and Opportunities:

To make a real difference to some of the most disadvantaged children & adults in Northern Peru.

To help volunteers make a real contribution while being supported, challenged, inspired and also remaining safe & secure

An excellent opportunity to not only work in volunteer and project management, but also to implement and develop our programmes and Global Glow program on the ground. The potential to build a wide range of skills and experience by helping to manage the Peru office of our small but growing NGO.

To develop your skills professionally, under the Director’s guidance.

Receive a local Peruvian salary and free comfortable accommodation in our Volunteer House including all bills inclusive.

Flight reimbursement for one return flight/year (up to GBP£800) if coming outside Peru.

Qualifications, Experience & Personal Attributes

Essential Requirements:

Minimum bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, preferably but not necessarily in development studies, international studies, Latin American studies, education, gender studies, or other relevant subjects;

Knowledge, experience and demonstrated success in project management.

Minimum two years of work experience (paid or unpaid) in project management, development projects etc.

Professional level of Spanish and English;

Cultural awareness with some international experience (through study, travel, volunteering, etc), preferably in Latin America

Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well with a diverse volunteer population, small OCN Peru team, UK directors & local project managers

Sound judgement, even under pressure; loyalty to OCN, our partners and volunteers and respect for confidentiality

Computer skills in Microsoft Office suite (especially Excel, Word and PowerPoint)

Committed, reliable worker with ability to show attention to detail and to multitask & time manage effectively

Self-motivated and able to progress own work without need for constant supervision

The ability to work with Peruvian and a wide range of international cultures, different managerial styles and to work remotely as part of a global team

Good organisational and administrative skills and willing to learn new skills e.g. book-keeping

Flexibility to work evenings, weekends when necessary and be on call for emergencies 24/7

Passion for the work and to make a difference, as well as enthusiasm and patience to work with volunteers (who are mostly 18-30)

Fast and independent learner, positive, adaptable, and flexible

A good team player who can listen and value other opinions

Desirable

Working with young people from vulnerable communities

Experience in at least one of the following areas:

monitoring and evaluation

child protection policy

teaching experience

Community work with women and girls, environment or youth work.

Experience of working abroad and/or as part of a dispersed team and/or of being a volunteer

Experience living in a developing country and some of the issues faced, such as severe poverty, inequality, lack of resources, corruption

An understanding of Peruvian culture and/or Latin American culture

MA studies in International Development, International Relations, Social work, Project Management

Roles and Responsibilities

Project Management

Coordinating our Global Glow program that focuses on empowering young girls living in vulnerable areas and improving their literacy skills in Spanish. Managing our local teachers/mentors and implementation of Global Glow program. Teaching/mentoring 2 of our Global Glow classes each week. Or coordinating one or two of the other programs Help Youth, Help Environment; Help Women.

Managing and/or supervising other OCN development programs.

developing and improving projects

reviewing, evaluating and monitoring OCN projects

overseeing and supporting classroom management strategies

Supervising the project coordinators and volunteers

Ensuring project database is kept up to date

Volunteer Management

Leading on pick-ups and inductions on arrival, together with our volunteer coordinator (when available). Supervising the volunteer coordinator related to projects you are managing

Ensuring the welfare of all volunteers from arrival to departure

Maintaining/updating Volunteer Satisfaction scores spreadsheet

Leading on arrival and exit interviews (non-office volunteers); noting action points and following up with Operations Manager and OCN Skypes.

Offering general/emergency assistance

Monitoring and analysing volunteer feedback to support continuous improvement

OCN Office Management, Administration and Additional Tasks

General office administration, including maintaining spreadsheets, simple book-keeping and management information reports

Ensuring that volunteer information sheets are kept up-to-date

Liaising with local and international stakeholders such as local government etc.

Other ad hoc tasks

Housing Management

Co-managing the volunteer house including ensuring that volunteer accommodation is arranged and liaising with accommodation partners **

How to apply:

Do take a look at our website www.otracosa.org. Then send your CV/resume along with a cover letter of 400 words maximum (in English), stating why you are suitable for this role to hr@otracosa.org

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