Country Coordinator, Guatemala
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.
Pact strives for a world where all people are heard, capable, and vibrant. The Programs Team helps realize this objective by bridging program management, technical support, and business development, enabling Pact to achieve its global strategy. We ensure program excellence through continuous learning, monitoring and evaluation and provide organizational and industry-wide thought leadership by leveraging a complementary set of cross-functional, multi-disciplinary skills, expertise, and experiences. The Programs team: influences progressive change through the development and implementation of global and regional strategies and business plans; supports advancement of innovative solutions; pursues new business opportunities; and drives effective internal and external engagement to maximize Pact’s impact across the globe. Across all aspects of its role, the Programs Department adheres to and promotes a culture of inclusion, accountability, and respect.
The US Department of Labor (USDOL) International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a Project to Increase Collective Action to Address Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Other Unacceptable Conditions of Work in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The objective of the project is to increase collective action to address child labor, forced labor, and other unacceptable conditions of work in all three countries. There are two outcomes that support in the achievement of the project objective: 1) increased resiliency of civil society organizations (CSOs) and workers’ organizations and 2) improved enabling environment for CSOs and workers’ organizations. The project will work closely with civil society actors, especially those that are led by or represent people of African descent, Garifuna, and indigenous populations, relevant government agencies and the private sector to better address issues of child labor, forced labor and other unacceptable working conditions. The award period of performance will be 4.5 years and this position is contingent upon award.
The Country Coordinator will provide day-to-day management and coordination of project implementation in their respective country. Under the supervision of the Project Director, the Country Coordinator will lead the planning and implementation of country-specific activities, the development and/or modification of technical tools and resources that address the local context, programmatic reporting, and sharing of insights and lessons learned with internal and external stakeholders. The Country Coordinator will build coalitions with government stakeholders, private sector, local communities, representative bodies, workers’ organizations, and CSOs to address labor issues. They will provide technical support and develop the capacities of partner organizations. The Country Coordinator may also be responsible for identifying and monitoring the work of relevant local staff, consultants, and subcontractors.
- Support the Project Director in planning and implementation of country-activities, grounded in the program’s strategic objectives and adhering to expected technical quality and reporting requirements.
- Guide annual workplan decisions and all report preparations for the respective country; manage local staff and budget to expected results; and support the identification and management of local grantees.
- Facilitate interaction, collaboration, and collective action between diverse stakeholders focused on improvement of working conditions and adherence to local/international labor laws.
- Provide technical support, working hand-in-hand with local workers’ organizations and CSOs to identify strengths and weaknesses and develop tailored capacity-building strategies to include management, leadership, use of data, compliance with government regulations and requirements, and advocacy.
- Ensure the cost-effective use of Pact resources.
- Ensure compliance with Pact and donor requirements, policies and regulations.
- Provide in-country oversight of all local subgrants, in close coordination with the project’s Small Grants Manager, ensuring compliance with donor regulations and Pact policy; coordinate and/or conduct monitoring visits to grantee activities.
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience in a leadership position working with CSOs and/or workers’ organizations.
- Proven experience addressing labor-related issues, including child labor, forced labor, and other unacceptable conditions of work.
- Demonstrated experience in building coalitions with CSOs, workers’ organizations, government agencies, private sector actors, and local communities to address labor and social/economic issues.
- Understanding of gender, racial, and equity issues in respective country.
- Ability to provide the financial and programmatic management and to oversee the work of staff, consultants, and subcontractors.
- Fluency in Spanish is required. Fluency includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
- BA/MA degree in an area relevant to this project such as labor law, public policy, sociology and project management
- Experience in project management, supervision, administration, and implementation of US Government-funded cooperative agreements and/or contract (including meeting deadlines, achieving targets, and overseeing the preparation and submission of required reports).
- Working knowledge of English and relevant local language(s).
- Preference given to nationals from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.