Program Officer - Latin America & The Caribbean (Mexico - Education_

  • Job posted by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Job Type

Full Time




Mexico City
Mexico City


The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), a leading philanthropic institution helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive, is seeking nominations and applications for the position of Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs, focused on Education for its programs in Mexico. The Latin America and the Caribbean Programs are comprised of foundation efforts in Mexico and Haiti, and the Program Officer will be based in WKKF’s office in Mexico City, Mexico. In recent years, the foundation has sharpened its focus on improving conditions for vulnerable children, concentrating on three key factors of success and their intersections: education and learning; food, health, and well-being; and family economic security. The foundation has made a generational commitment to grantmaking in the region that advances the vision of a future in which every child thrives. The Haiti and Mexico teams partner closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to create a network of organizations working together to advance economic stability, racial and ethnic equity, and community and civic engagement, while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and medical care for children and families in need.

Serving under Rui Mesquita Cordeiro, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Programs, and alongside a team of three Program Officers, including Alejandra Garduño and Veronica Fernandes de Castro, the new Program Officer will provide expanded leadership to key program efforts that nurture opportunities for positive, systemic change in education in the Highlands of Chiapas and the inner areas of the Yucatán Peninsula. The new Program Officer will have the unique opportunity to expand the foundation’s work in the region to address both immediate and long term challenges by: fostering efforts to improve the quality and infrastructure for local schools for children in indigenous communities; increasing public awareness of student needs in indigenous communities and building partnerships for long term impact; creating effective intercultural learning environments for both children and educators; and cultivating a wide breadth and depth of knowledge about trends, practices, and issues relevant to education in Mexico, and in turn sharing those learnings across the foundation. The new Program Officer for LAC Programs will join a group of dynamic, passionate, and committed individuals based in Mexico City, Massachusetts (the US base for Haiti team members), and Battle Creek, Michigan dedicated to improving conditions for vulnerable children and families and the communities where they live.

The successful candidate will have a deep and sophisticated understanding of the socioeconomic and cultural disparities within Mexico as they relate to access to quality education. The new Program Officer will bring demonstrated organizing experience including the skill to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings. S/he will have the cultural fluency to curate a portfolio reflective of a community’s needs and responsive to the wisdom of local mores and leadership. The new Program Officer will possess a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to adapt quickly to change. Expertise in the current systems and structures supporting and impacting education in indigenous communities in Mexico, as well as a deep and comprehensive understanding of program design and development, systems, and community change is preferred. Fluency in Spanish and English is required, and fluency in any of the Maya, Tzotzil, and Tzeltal indigenous languages is a plus. A Master’s degree in education, social sciences, development studies, community development or a field relevant to the portfolio is preferred. This position is based in Mexico City with extensive travel expected.


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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and proudly values diversity. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement