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