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Site Manager - Tena (Ecuador)

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Manna Project International
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Tena, Napo, Ecuador
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Published 22 days ago

Manna Project International, an Orlando-based nonprofit operating in Ecuador, Nicaragua and the USA, fosters communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative, on-the-ground service with international communities in need. At our international sites, groups of 3 to 12-month volunteers live and work together implementing a range of health, education, and economic livelihood community development projects in geographically defined areas. These volunteers also help manage summer intern volunteers (5-10 weeks) and short-term groups (1-week volunteers, typically for Spring Break). For more background on MPI, please visit our website, www.mannaproject.org

The Site Manager (SM) co-leads, with 1 other permanent employee (Site Manager - Chillos), and a team of several 3-12 month volunteers (Program Directors) on the ground in the realization of MPI’s mission, vision and goals. In practice, he/she serves as co-director of the organization in Ecuador, and is responsible for both the daily management and long-term planning of the organization there. As MPI is a small organization in Ecuador, the SM role ranges widely, from grassroots hustle and menial tasks, to high level strategy and personnel/legal judgments. The SM is directly accountable to and reports to MPI’s Executive Director, based in the U.S. During 2022, the SM will spend around 70% of work time in Chillos Valley (suburban Quito), and 30% in Tena (about 4 hours drive from Chillos). During 2022, the SM will share many of the duties of the Site Manager - Chillos. If Tena site planning progresses well, the SM would move to Tena, and work there full-time, starting in late 2022 or early 2023, when the SM would become the lone MPI staffer in Tena.


We’re looking for someone with: 

  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • A minimum of two years' experience in Latin America (preferably Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru or Bolivia) 
  • Experience leading, and a passion for, community development and/or community organizing (preferably experience starting a new, major community development program employing local staff)
  • Experience fundraising for grants, and for donations from individuals and businesses
  • A passion for and experience in working with volunteers, college students or in leading young people
  • A visionary mind and an entrepreneurial initiative
  • A strong ability to multi-task and balance short- and long-term goals
  • Personal experience as an international volunteer (preferred)
  • Experience in the classroom (preferred)
  • A willingness to commit and contribute to MPI’s collaborative, community-based, holistic approach to community development 
  • A minimum two-year commitment
  • A Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s preferred


The SM’s daily responsibilities include any and all tasks necessary to maintaining and improving the operations of the organization in Ecuador, including but not limited to:


Description of Responsibilities


1. Lead development of a new site for MPI in Tena, Napo Province (35%)

In addition to setting up community programs for the new site, the SM will prepare to become MPI’s main leader in Tena, and make plans for volunteers to live in Tena.

The SM will build relationships for MPI with local residents, partner organizations, local leaders and vendors. The SM will create operational plans and budgets for Tena, about community programs, as well as volunteer housing, food, local transport, health & safety, COVID protocols and all aspects of volunteer living. The SM will draft contracts and agreements to be secured with local partners and authorities.

In Tena, the SM develops one new, major, signature community program that MPI will implement with local partner organizations, locally hired staff, and foreign volunteers. The signature program will result in high impact for underserved communities, and high appeal to donors and foreign volunteers to support. The SM will also make plans for several secondary community programs, including space where such programs would be implemented by MPI volunteers.


2. Manage & support international volunteers (25%)

Support the other SM to ensure that volunteers conduct community programs, both MPI-operated & community partner ones, in a goal-oriented, culturally sensitive way, and that those programs are in line with the mission of MPI.

The SM regularly visits community programs in operation, serving as a constant coach & mentor for volunteers’ professor development.

Communicate regularly with volunteers to ensure their well-being, safety, effectiveness in projects and overall volunteer experience.

As co-leader of MPI’s in-country team, the SM stays in regular contact with volunteers. This includes attending and co-leading many weekly meetings with volunteers. The role means both communicating relevant information from the volunteers on to the rest of the staff, and representing the organization’s policies and decisions to volunteers. The SM will also serve as a resource who can seek out and present fresh perspectives on issues and ideas, founded in MPI’s experience, partner organizations, and community development best practices. The SM facilitates some onboarding, trainings and quarterly retreats, for volunteers in accordance with our Leadership & Community Development plan.

On a personal level, the SM conducts regular one-on-one meetings with volunteers to address their needs, personal & emotional well-being, and professional development.

The SM shares in covering MPI’s 24/7 emergency response, which shouldn’t require many hours per year. This duty does require the SM to rotate shifts with other staff to be on-call during evenings and weekends, in the rare event of serious illness, injury, crime or natural disaster faced by volunteers.


3. In Chillos, support other SM in overseeing community development programs that benefit underserved locals (25%)

Lead community program development and overseeing program implementation & evaluation, while ensuring that these programs align with MPI’s holistic approach and development goals.

In Chillos, the SM supports the other SM to oversee the planning, implementation and consistent monitoring of programs to make sure they are impactful, adequately resourced, and aligned with the needs of underserved communities, and with MPI’s holistic mix of education, health and economic livelihood goals. The SM uses program and volunteer metrics to help monitor programs. The SM builds relationships with many local participants of MPI’s programs & community, and helps the volunteers connect with locals as well.

Support the other SM to oversee the management of Manna’s Community Center (Centro) in Chillos, including maintenance issues as they correspond to budget and program effectiveness, and ensuring safety of these areas, etc.


4. Manage organizational, legal & administrative operations (10%)

Help manage on-site finances, and help report regularly to the Executive Director and volunteers.

The SM reports on the state of programs and volunteers in Ecuador to the Executive Director, and serves as the primary channel between volunteers and the ED for questions, concerns, and ideas. The SM is in regular contact with the Executive Director regarding finances, programs, policies, and the needs of the organization in Ecuador.

Participate in organization-wide planning and development

As a member of MPI’s staff team, the SM actively participates in MPI’s staff calls, organization-wide vision and strategy planning, resource development, and operational assessment.


5. Fundraise (5%)

For Tena community programs, the SM writes grants and conducts fundraising to existing and new donors, to help generate sustainable financing especially for the signature program, and other community programs.


The SM may delegate responsibilities and tasks to trusted volunteers and staff in order to best realize these goals, as is appropriate and as the SM sees fit. 


Location: based in Chillos Valley (Quito suburbs), with around 30% of work time spent in Tena during 2022. In 2023, job would be based in Tena full-time, as lone Site Manager.

Manna Project International, an Orlando-based nonprofit operating in Ecuador, Nicaragua and the USA, fosters communities of talented young leaders to become the next generation of social change agents by engaging in collaborative…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Job Type
    Contract
  • Start Date
    January 7, 2022
  • Application Deadline
    November 3, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level
    Managerial

Compensation

14,000 - 18,000

Benefits

Benefits: 

  • 2 weeks paid vacation, plus 11 Ecuador national holidays paid
  • Up to $100/month (taxable income) towards the premium for employee-purchased medical insurance
  • 100% Reimbursement, up to $330 per contract year, for Emergency Travel Insurance (covers emergency medical care & evacuation), paid by MPI to SM at end of the contract term.
  • 100% Reimbursement for Visa fees and background check, up to $550 per contract year, to live/work in Ecuador for the duration of employment with MPI, paid by MPI to SM at end of the contract term.
  • Leadership & professional development
  • Coverage of all work-related travel (transport, accommodations, not food) expenses. For example, MPI would pay for accommodations in Tena for around 3 months.

MPI does not provide the following, which are the responsibility of the employee: 

  • International flight
  • Employee share of income taxes
  • Health insurance
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Transport to and from home to work site (MPI pays for on-the-job transport)
  • Cell phone & local usage plan
  • Cultural activities

Benefits: 

  • 2 weeks paid vacation, plus 11 Ecuador national holidays paid
  • Up to $100/month (taxable income) towards the premium for employee-purchased medical insurance
  • 100…

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish - fluent

English - fluent

Spanish - fluent

English - fluent

Location

On-site
Tena, Ecuador

How to Apply

Send a resume and cover letter describing your fit with MPI and this position to jobs@mannaproject.org

Please Note: Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

Send a resume and cover letter describing your fit with MPI and this position to jobs@mannaproject.org

Please Note: Only short-listed applicants will be notified.

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