Job Opportunity: Operations & Development Associate

Application Deadline: October 15, 2017
Start Date: November 13, 2017

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.

LHI achieves its goals through the integration of three core programs:

  • The Youth Development Program supports middle and high school education for youth who would not otherwise have the means to continue their education past primary school. The program provides youth with scholarships and a comprehensive range of support services, including tutoring, computer and Spanish language classes, a work-study program, career counseling, mentorship, and life-skills workshops.
  • LHI founded and operates Chajul’s first and only community library. The library serves 50 to 100 visitors daily and provides access to over 8,500 books.
  • The Artisan program provides women with the opportunity to earn a fair wage using their traditional weaving skills.

 

Position Description

LHI seeks a creative, flexible, relationship-oriented team member with excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and who is passionate about international community development and interested in nonprofit management. The Operations and Development Associate will primarily be responsible for LHI’s fundraising from institutions, budgeting & accounting, and program evaluations – focusing particularly on building local capacity by training local staff and supporting them in their professional development. The ideal candidate will be extremely organized, a strong critical thinker, a very independent and self-motivated worker, and comfortable working closely with a diverse international team. The Operations and Development Associate will work alongside local staff, reporting to the local General 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 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 twelve-year record of excellence in community development. 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.

 

Responsibilities 

Fundraising & Grants Administration

  • Support with proposal development and grant writing
  • Monitor compliance with grant requirements

Accounting & Finance

  • Assist with organizational budgeting and review process
  • Support with bookkeeping and financial reporting

Program Support & Direct Services

  • Provide local staff with support in youth development program, library, and artisan programming
  • Support coordination of workshops for youth and families

Monitoring & Evaluation

  • Lead in monitoring & evaluation of 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

Capacity Building

  • Provide support and training to local staff as needed
  • Assist with creating and maintaining team cohesion and professional development

Strategic Planning

  • Participate in annual goal-setting and planning process
  • Support with quarterly review of progress to goals
  • Assist local staff with brainstorming program improvements

Community Engagement & Tourism

  • Assist with community engagement trip coordination
  • Support with hosting volunteers in Chajul

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

  • 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 (Latin America preferred)
  • Fluent in English (native preferred) and excellent verbal and written communication skills in Spanish
  • Excellent writer capable of writing effectively for various audiences
  • Interested in international development and indigenous communities and respectful of local cultures
  • Extremely detail-oriented and organized
  • Responsible, reliable, and proactive
  • Reflective and eager to learn
  • Excellent independent worker
  • Understanding of and committed to staff capacity building

Preferred

  • 3 years of professional work experience
  • Grant writing and/or fundraising experience
  • Budget management and/or bookkeeping experience
  • Monitoring & evaluation experience
  • Trip leader experience
  • Staff capacity building experience

 

Compensation and Benefits
LHI provides a monthly stipend (approximately a local professional salary) USD $357 (approximately 2600 quetzales); covers rent in a LHI international staff house, phone and Internet costs; and reimburses work-related transportation. LHI also provides stipends that cover required 90-day visa renewals. International travel up to USD 750 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, as well as an end-of-service bonus after 2 years. LHI employees get 6 ½ weeks of vacation in the first year of employment (last two weeks of December, one week at Easter, and 17 other personal days), plus other holidays. Second-year employees earn an additional week of vacation.

 

Work Location 

The Ixil region is isolated by beautiful mountains and has maintained its rich Maya Ixil 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, which consists of an urban center (pop. 20,000) and many outlying rural villages (pop. 30,000). Having been at the heart of Guatemala’s 36-year civil war, Chajul experiences post-war challenges such as land displacement and fragmented families. Within the community, 84% of families live in poverty with 27% in extreme poverty. Limited educational opportunity remains a significant impediment to progress, with only 11% of youth in Chajul graduating from middle school.

 

Housing Location

While LHI works in Chajul, the Operations and Development Associate will live in the nearby larger town of Nebaj (urban center pop. 25,000). There are also restaurants, stores, amenities, and a community of long term volunteers and NGO workers. The LHI team will provide housing. The Operations and Development Associate 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 on 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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Email resume and cover letter to opportunities@limitlesshorizonsixil.org with “Operations and Development Associate. [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.