International Program Director in Ecuador



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End Date


Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)




Design and implement community development programs for 5, 7, 11 or 13-months in Ecuador.

About MPI: Manna Project International (MPI) is a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that 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. Operating international sites in Nicaragua and Ecuador, MPI enlists groups of 5- to 13-month volunteers who live and work together to implement a variety of community development programs focused on improving health, education and livelihoods. For more information, visit

Program Director Job Description: Program Directors run the day-to-day operations of MPI’s community programs on the grounds in Ecuador and Nicaragua. Program Directors live and work together with a team of 6-12 other individuals. Program Directors contribute to the organization’s program design, implementation of new projects, monitoring and evaluation, short-term volunteer oversight, recruitment, financial oversight, grant writing, fundraising, social media, public relations, and donor relations. Program Directors report to the Site Coordinator or Country Director.

There are 5 primary roles for Program Directors:

  1. Developing and running community programs
  2. Managing organizational operations
  3. Raising awareness in the U.S. of international issues
  4. Hosting short-term volunteers & training incoming Program Directors
  5. Building relationships with local organizations and community members


The responsibilities of Program Directors include any and all tasks necessary to maintaining and improving the day-to-day operations of MPI.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • Maintaining current community development programs, and designing and implementing new initiatives;
  • Building and deepening MPI’s local and international partnerships;
  • Collaborating regularly with fellow Program Directors and the Country Director to improve the reach and effectiveness of MPI’s programs;
  • Submitting programmatic reports to the Country Director and regularly tracking metrics to assess the impact of MPI’s programs;
  • Organizing and leading short-term groups of spring break volunteers and summer interns, ensuring that volunteers conduct themselves in a goal-oriented, culturally sensitive way, and that they are in line with the mission and vision of MPI’s holistic approach;
  • Training the incoming group of Program Directors, with an eye to efficient, effective, and sustainable progress and programming;
  • Fundraising for on-site programmatic and operational development, room and board, and a weekly stipend; and
  • Participating in organization-wide planning and development, including recruitment, finances, grant writing, fundraising, social media, public relations, and donor relations.


  • Willingness to commit to MPI’s principles and approach to community development
  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a team, professionally and personally, as Program Directors both live and work together
  • Desire to experience a new culture, foods, and customs
  • Enthusiasm for life outside your comfort zone
  • High level of patience and flexibility, as living and working in a developing country is often unpredictable and moves at a different pace than in the U.S.
  • Self-starter, able to succeed in an environment with a high level of autonomy
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills


  • 3 weeks vacation in December (for 13-month Program Directors)
  • 5-10 personal days (depending on length of commitment); 10 national holidays annually
  • MEDEX international travel insurance
  • A visa to live in-country for the duration of your work with MPI
  • Professional development including language training, quarterly retreats and ongoing leadership experience
  • A communal experience of a lifetime

Fee Required


Training Provided

Housing Available

Language/Cultural Support Available

We welcome

International Volunteers

How To Apply

MPI is currently accepting applications for Program Directors. Click here for application deadlines and to learn more about the position:

2018 Application Deadlines: April 5, 2017