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Community Resiliency Program Manager

Santo Domingo

Counterpart International is a global development organization that empowers people and communities to implement innovative and enduring solutions to social, economic, and environmental challenges. For nearly 50 years, Counterpart has been forging partnerships with communities in need to address complex problems related to economic development, food security and nutrition, and building effective governance and institutions.

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Counterpart International is seeking a Community Resiliency Manager to join a team to implement the Coastal Community Climate Change Resiliency Framework in the Dominican Republic. Counterpart International applies innovative approaches to building the capacity of community leaders, institutions and the constituents they serve in the Dominican Republic to transform the way coastal communities manage their natural resources for environmental sustainability and improved livelihoods, particularly in coral reef and mangrove ecosystems. We work with public and private sector leaders to 1) strengthen the national level resiliency enabling environment; 2) enhance the capacity of local institutions and communities to assess, formulate, advocate for, and implement improved coastal climate resiliency strategies & programs; and 3) increase youth opportunities for coastal conservation education and engagement. Counterpart implements the Coastal Communities Resiliency Program in cooperation with its national and international partners. These partners provide technical expertise to support international best practices to communities, policy makers, and private sector leaders in scientific research and evidenced-based project design and implementation.


• Lead programmatic efforts supporting Counterpart’s partners to implement activities that support the three objectives of the Resiliency Framework, which include enabling the policy environment, empowering and mobilizing communities, and creating opportunities for youth in marine biology and conservation.

• Implement community climate resiliency assessments, providing technical assistance and guidance to local organizations and leaders.

• Contribute to the capacity development of local organizations by ensuring that Counterpart’s Organizational Capacity Development (OCD) best practices are adapted to the local context and institutionalized as appropriate. Topic areas include but not limited to: financial management, procurement, human resources, program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, outreach and communication, to enhance their ability to promote climate resiliency.

• Facilitate communication, cooperation and linkages between institutional partners to ensure alignment in their activities supporting the three objectives of the Resiliency Framework.

• Engage the for-profit private sector to partner in the Framework.

• Support the Country Representative in strategic partnership development, coordinating and communicating effectively to achieve best results.

• Promote and support projects in rice and fish value chains; sustainable fishing practices; coral reef gardening; experiential learning strategies; blue carbon initiatives; and other activities promoting resiliency that apply sound science, community participation, income generation and sustainability.

• Facilitate communication between government officials, communities and private enterprises to foster additional support for climate resiliency programming.

• Contribute to grant-seeking, new business and proposal development as needed.

• Train trainers through capacity building strategies using curricula, workshops, and other instruments.

• Ensure that social inclusion strategies (gender, youth, other disenfranchised groups) are integrated into all capacity building tools, methodologies and activities.

• Write program reports to headquarters and the donor (in English).

• Document successes, challenges, and lessons learned and synthesize them to both contribute to smarter programming and share with Counterpart and project donors through regular program reports.

• Promote and Increase the participation of educational institutions by co-facilitating the nation-wide implementation of youth opportunities created through the framework with partners.

• Contribute to building a national strategy for blue carbon mitigation and adaptation including local and national awareness of mangrove and reef climate resilience efforts in adaptation and mitigation through interactions with educational and policy-making institutions, as well as with the private sector, including presentations, workshops, round tables, and media promotion.

• Frequent travel within the DR required.

• Other duties as assigned.


• Advanced degree in marine biology, environmental science, conservation, community development or a related sector.

• A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience planning, implementing, and evaluating programs

• Experience in rural communities, organizational development and/or community mobilization.

• Willingness to learn.

• Demonstrated leadership, supervisory and organizational skills.

• Training/Presentation skills: A high level of interpersonal and communication skills, comfortable facilitating dialogue and presenting in front of diverse audiences.

• Facilitation skills: Ability to work well in a team environment, able to work effectively with cooperative groups, donors, project staff, and other beneficiaries.

• Commitment to social inclusion, demonstrated experience a plus.

• Ability to work independently and on a team

• Computer skills in Microsoft Office—Word, Powerpoint, Excel—and use of the Internet.

• English and Spanish fluency required.

Compensation commensurate with experience.


To apply for this position please visit:

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 Select the position

 Click on “Apply”

 Please include CV and a cover letter stating your availability and salary expectation.

QUESTIONS: For questions regarding the application process contact Ines Suriel at or Paul Guggenheim at in Santo Domingo. Tel: 809-542-6273

Please apply via our website at

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Counterpart International
  • Location: Santo Domingo
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Architecture, Building and Property Management
    • Social Affairs
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2015-11-23

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