The Position – Project Coordinator
Full time position
Start Date: September 15, 2016
Trojes, El Paraiso, Honduras
Pure Water for the World, Inca non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the health of children, families and communities in the developing countries by providing them with sustainable water solutions, sanitation and hygiene education.
Pure Water for the World operates in Honduras as Agua Pura Para el Mundo (APPM). APPM has been working in the municipality of Trojes since 2009, typically serving about 15 communities per year with a field staff of about 8. We are committed to continuously improving the quality of our work as our work continues to scale up.
On most days, field staff are scattered across the countryside, working alone or in pairs. They must work independently, which is very different from the typical situation in which leadership is always present. All staff members need to work productively, responsibly and independently. We must encourage and cultivate our staff’s motivation, dedication to our cause, analytical skills, problem-solving ability, initiative, knowledge, and so on. That takes a special kind of Coordinator.
Key areas of responsibility
Supervise all aspects of PWW’s project implementation in Trojes:
- Coordinate project planning with Country Director: set priorities, determine scope and budget, and establish schedule for implementation
- Strategically analyze APPM’s methodology and make improvements where possible; facilitate field staff doing the same. Utilize monitoring results for this when available. Oversee internal research conducted by staff or volunteers
- Proactively ensure ample communication between Trojes, Tegucigalpa, and U.S. offices
- Network with local and national government agencies and international NGO’s.
- Oversee field staff’s work, such as informational meetings, training sessions, filter installation and check-ups, latrine installation, deworming campaigns, etc. Routinely accompany and assist staff in the field to better understand their work and how things are going.
- Identify weekly plans and necessary tasks with field staff; ensure all are assigned accordingly
- Track and document progress and facilitate staff’s reflecting on their work and finding ways to stay on track, amplify successes, and solve problems
- Provide frequent, constructive feedback to field staff. Be open to feedback as well.
- Ensure that field staff receive necessary training Assist with hiring and training of field staff and volunteers.
- Supervise inventory and ; request orders when needed
- Provide monthly reports to project management
- supervise office management tasks, such as maintenance of vehicles, etc .
- Keep accurate records, prepare and submit timely reports for senior management and donors.
- Assist as needed with grant applications
- Assist as needed to carry out donor visits
- Other duties as assigned
Preferred Characteristics, Skills, and Qualifications
- Experience in water and sanitation, project management and strong leadership skills
- Enthusiasm and dedication to guide APPM in continuous improvement
- Ability to thrive on challenges in an ever changing environment
- Fluent in Spanish and English. Candidate needs to communicate in Spanish and English effortlessly. This includes written and oral communication
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving ability
- Highly organized and able to work with deadlines
- Experience in training and empowering others. Preferred: experience in facilitation and participatory techniques
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, e-mail/internet and Skype
- Require completed university training in relevant field such as management, education, engineering, international development, health, or water and sanitation.
- Excellent vehicle and driving skills; ability to obtain motorcycle license
Training available through PWW
- Biosand filter installation, operation, and maintenance
- Effective facilitation skills for trainers
- Water systems.
- Water analysis
- Mapping with GPS
- Latrine construction
Honduras Country Director
Trojes field staff and Honduras and USA management
Trojes office is sparsely furnished but does have computers and a printer-scanner. Reasonably cheap and reliable internet is available using USB modems. Transportation is typically by motorcycle or pick-up truck, over very rough roads.
30-%, may vary
Occasional travel will likely be needed to Tegucigalpa for coordination, and to remote areas of Trojes, the Danlí area, or elsewhere, to oversee implementation.
Will be discussed in personal interview. Please include salary expectations in your cover letter.