In December of 2016, USAID awarded a five-year Cooperative Agreement to World Vision and its implementing partner, RTI (Research Triangle Institute) to carry out the Community Roots Project. The overall goal of the Community Roots (CR) Project is to support efforts by the Government of Guatemala (GoG), civil society, private sector and community actors to address the underlying causes of violence and irregular migration. •Community Roots will work with municipalities and communities to develop strategies for reducing violence, address the causes of violence, promote community policing strategies and practices, and connect youth to educational and employment opportunities as a strategy to dissuade illegal migration to the United States.
The Community Roots project will work in a total of four departments, 20 municipalities and minimally, 80 communities. The project is working in the departments of Chiquimula in the eastern region of the country, (which has a heavier focus on violence) and the Western Highlands part of the country (Huehuetenango, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango), which has less incidence of violence and more of a focus on irregular migration.
SCOPE OF WORK
The candidate will support the Community Roots technical team in moving forward technical programming across project objectives. S/he will work closely with the Deputy Chief of Party/Programs, the Deputy Chief of Party/Operations, and the Violence Prevention Manager in planning and operationalizing project concepts, and supporting other project staff in activity implementation.
- Work closely with project technical leadership to develop plans and operationalized steps and timelines for implementing program ideas
- Develop scopes of work for new activities including grants activities; develop processes for activity implementation and designation of roles & responsibilities for staff
- Document project plans and strategies, and produce written reports and guiding documents for project implementation
- Support identification of implementing partners and grantees for project activities, and support cultivation and management of relationships with implementers
- Provide guidance and surge support to field-based staff for discrete activity implementation, as needed
- Provide guidance and support to project staff in meeting grants benchmarks and adhering to grants cycle timelines for grants preparation, implementation, monitoring/evaluation and closeout
- Other support to the Community Roots technical program, as needed.
- 7+ years• experience with international development programs in Latin America, including direct experience with all stages of grants development, implementation and closeout. Ample experience preparing grants proposals as part of international development programs.
- Excellent speaking, reading and writing skills in both English and Spanish
- Excellent organizational, critical thinking and diplomacy skills
- Ability to work successfully under tight timelines, across multiple project activities, and with a variety of stakeholders across cultural contexts.
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