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Program Coordinator Gap Costa Rica

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San José, San José Province, Costa Rica

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February 1, 2021
November 30, 2020

Program Coordinator Gap Costa Rica

Location

Costa Rica

Duration

February 1-May 7

Virtual Staff Training: January 18-22

Quarantine (Program Curriculum Prep & Teambuilding): February 1-February15

Students in CR: February 16-April 30

Program Evaluation: May 1-7

Length of Contract

14 weeks

Compensation

$250/week + Travel to/from project site + all food, lodging, transport for program activities covered by AMIGOS

AMIGOS DE LAS AMERICAS

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) is a leader in international youth development, creating a world in which young people realize  their  full  potential  as  leaders  and  global  citizens.  We  provide extraordinary opportunities for youth to design and lead projects in collaboration with US and Latin American peers and partner organizations across the Americas. Our strong partner network, built over 50 years, enables authentic engagements in communities across the region.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

AMIGOS is looking for a motivated and self-directed individual who has experience and passion for mentoring diverse college-aged youth, collaborating with partner organizations, facilitating activities, managing group dynamics and coordinating logistics.

The Gap Coordinator will support the Program Director and Health and Wellness Coordinator in facilitating a leadership, service and cultural exchange pod program in Costa Rica. This person will always be with the group and stay at the group lodging location. The Program Coordinator works closely with the staff team to implement a comprehensive and enriching program in Costa Rica. This is a full-time seasonal position.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES (including but not limited to)

Volunteer Support

·        Mentor, supervise and lead a group of 10-20 volunteers

·        Hold bi-weekly 1:1 check-ins with program volunteers to support leadership growth and well-being and fill out appropriate paperwork. 

·        Monitor volunteer program progress with appropriate paperwork.

·        Support in conflict resolution within group dynamics.

·        Engage volunteers in fun, creative and challenging activities related to leadership, service, cultural humility and environmental conservation.

Program Implementation and Management 

·        Create and maintain relationships with partner agencies and local providers in Costa Rica that are based on mutual respect, effective communication and collaboration, and shared visions of involving youth as actors in community development initiatives and cross-cultural exchange. 

·        Provide timely and appropriate communication with a wide range of individuals. Ensure prompt follow-up of inquiries and actions. 

·        Manage and track expenses with weekly reports.

·        Manage and support program logistics for briefing/quarantine, Spanish classes, program activities, lodging, transport and food. 

·        Facilitate workshops, trainings and seminars in both English and Spanish. 

·        Brainstorm creative and new ways to enhance the gap volunteer experience. 

Health and Safety Management  

·        Monitor volunteer health and safety and respond as needed. 

·        Abide by and enforce the AMIGOS Standards of Conduct. 

·        Agree to be on-call 24/7 for emergent issues that arise with volunteers for the duration of the Gap Program on a rotating schedule. 

·        Report to the Health & Wellness Coordinator with any concerns.

·        Uphold all COVID-19 protocols.

Monitoring & Evaluation

·        Facilitates participatory evaluations with all program volunteers, staff, partner agencies and service providers.

·        Provides full report on best practices to run the program for future cycles.

·        Conducts performance evaluations with volunteers to support in their growth and development over the course of the program

Other 

·        Network and build strong relationships with partner agencies, new organizations, and all program contacts. 

·        Serve as a public ambassador for AMIGOS within Costa Rica through interactions with program volunteers, community contacts, and the entire network of AMIGOS stakeholders. 

DESIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

Project Management

·        Understands and effectively communicates AMIGOS mission, vision and core program components.

·        Complies with all AMIGOS policies and procedures

·        Responds appropriately to crisis situations

·        Exemplifies fiscal responsibility and effective budget management

Personal Leadership

·        Demonstrates effective teamwork & communication skills including active listening and giving and receiving feedback

·        Demonstrates responsible decision making and creative and constructive problem-solving skills

·        Demonstrates effective time-management skills and self-care

·        Facilitates training methodologies that are appropriate for a diversity of learners and demonstrates confidence speaking in public

Cultural Competency

·        Uses tact and sensitivity in interactions with all AMIGOS constituents (eg. professionalism, proper attire, culturally sensitive communication with partner agencies)

·        Provides effective support and guidance for diverse youth volunteers

·        Communicates effectively in English & Spanish and can serve as a translator

Community Engagement

·        Implements positive community development strategies with host communities & partner agency representatives

·        Utilizes effective methodologies for evaluating AMIGOS projects and making recommendations for the future

·        Successfully mobilizes resources for the project

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS 

·        Strong interpersonal and communication skills in Spanish and English, including spoken and written Spanish fluency and translation 

·        Experience working internationally in Latin America, ideally in Costa Rica 

·        Strong time management skills and ability to delegate tasks 

·        Able to work in a remote environment 

·        Excellent group facilitation and training skills 

·        Adaptable and flexible to the needs of the programs and volunteers  

·        Previous experience working directly with young people 

·        Ability to problem solve in a culturally sensitive way 

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Office, and willingness to learn customer relationship management software 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

·        Bachelor’s degree in education, international studies, conservation, biology, environmental studies/science or another related field 

·        Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid or Advanced First Aid Certification

·        Previous experience with the AMIGOS organization as a volunteer or summer staff member or with a similar organization leading experiential group immersion experiences.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS & PRECAUTIONS

This program will be operating during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This means that all staff and students must abide by strict protocols to minimize COVID-19 exposure and contagion. Despite the preventive and precautionary measures, AMIGOS cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed nor contact COVID-19. Given the ever-changing state of the virus, protocols may be adjusted or changed at any time throughout the program.

If you wish to apply to this role you must adhere to the following:

·        Self-Quarantine of 14 days before departure to mitigate the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19.

·        COVID-19 PCR Nasal test 72 hours before departure which will be dependent on a negative test result.

·        14-day quarantine upon arriving in CR—No personal travel prior to the start of the program.

·        Wearing a mask at all times and maintaining social distancing for the first 2 weeks the volunteers are in CR.

·        Wearing a mask in transit, in public places, anytime outside of the pod for the duration of the program.

·        Free time and free days cannot be taken off-site.

·        Frequent hand washing and cleaning of the space.

·        Strict enforcement of protocols with the volunteers and leading by example.

·        Agree to additional quarantine and/or period of isolation as indicated by AMIGOS Medical Director.

JOB RELATIONSHIPS

·        Works alongside the Gap Director and Health & Wellness Coordinator 

·        Reports directly to the Gap Director.  

·        Responsible to the Latin American Programs Manager. 

·        Interacts frequently with other Headquarters staff departments and with local contacts in Costa Rica 

Additional benefits: 

·        Pre-paid telephone for work-related purposes

·        In-country COVID testing

·        Coverage of acute medical care

TO APPLY

To apply, send resume/CV and cover letter to Vanessa Fiedler by November 30, 2020:  

Please submit all documents in PDF format with the email subject [Gap Coordinator Costa Rica Application]. 

Vanessa Fiedler 

Program Manager 

jobs@amigosinternational.org 

Program Coordinator Gap Costa Rica

Location

Costa Rica

Duration

February 1-May 7

Virtual Staff Training: January 18-22

Quarantine (Program Curriculum Prep & Teambuilding): February 1-February15

Students in CR: February 16-April 30…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Temporary
  • 4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional

Level of Language Proficiency

English/Spanish

English/Spanish

Location

San José, San José Province, CR

How to Apply

TO APPLY

To apply, send resume/CV and cover letter to Vanessa Fiedler by November 30, 2020:  

Please submit all documents in PDF format with the email subject [Gap Coordinator Costa Rica Application]. 

Vanessa Fiedler 

Program Manager 

jobs@amigosinternational.org 

TO APPLY

To apply, send resume/CV and cover letter to Vanessa Fiedler by November 30, 2020:  

Please submit all documents in PDF format with the email subject [Gap Coordinator Costa Rica…

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