Nicaragua Country Consultant

The Country Consultant in Nicaragua will provide leadership in the development of World Renew’s strategy in-country and provide leadership to the overall strategy, policies and performance of the Ministry Team.

PURPOSE:

This position will be based in Nicaragua and will provide leadership in the development of World Renew’s strategy in-country and provide leadership to the overall strategy, policies and performance of the Ministry Team. As a country consultant, this position is responsible to ensure that in-country and regional strategies are in alignment with World Renew’s Strategic Plan and Foundational Policies. This position will be responsible for all the partner organizations and directly implemented projects in Nicaragua and will be the lead consultant with one to five partner organizations. At least one of them will be organizationally complex.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

Program Consultation

  1. Work with one to six partner groups, providing consultation and training to improve policies, programs and systems and ensure that the same is happening with partners that receive consultation from other field staff. Implement and improve quality of community development programs, (ensuring outcomes).
  2. Implement and improve community development strategy (ensuring community capacity building, community resilience and the attainment of impacts).
  3. Strengthen partner organizations (ensuring organizational capacity building).
  4. When necessary, implement disaster response programs in coordination with World Renew’s International Disaster Response team.
  5. Investigate and follow-up, as appropriate, regarding new partner options.

Field Activities

  1. Coordinate in-country strategy and ensure alignment with World Renew’s strategic plan and foundational policies.
  2. Responsible for all World Renew activity in-country -- budgeting, planning, quarterly reporting, and coordinating with other agencies for joint activities.
  3. Represent World Renew in networks of other international and/or local development, educational and/or mission organizations in country. Collaborate with these organizations, as possible and when expedient to the work.
  4. Network with government officials and fulfill the requirements to maintain World Renew’s legal status in the country.

Regional Team Activities

  1. Fill a leadership role in the Latin America Ministry Team, developing other staff in the region and acting as a mentor to another country/team member.
  2. Provide leadership in programming, strategies and policies (i.e. coach others in areas of technical expertise; develop ability of other staff to consult more effectively with partner organizations).
  3. Help evaluate programs in the mentor country, as appropriate.
  4. Provide leadership and assist in one of the LAMT roles.

Organizational Activities:

  1. Produce plans, reports and narratives as required.
  2. Liaise with a Functional Team; act as a resource/trainer; fulfill reporting requirements or improve reporting systems; coordinate communications with donors; identify Best Practices, or assist in relief activities.
  3. Host country mentor, team leader or home office staff when necessary

Constituency Relations and Resource Development

  1. Communicate with individuals and supporting churches; host church groups or other constituents.
  2. Write and manage field grants.
  3. Support partner organizations in establishing and maintaining funding from multiple donors.
  4. Collaborate closely with the members of the Grants sub-team and International Disaster Response Team, along with local partners, to develop proposals to external donor and manage the implementation of projects funded through institutional grants.
  5. Other Activities Perform other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Recruit, contract, and provide leadership to country-level staff in the country.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Membership in a Christian church and agreement with the doctrine of the CRC signified by signing a covenant statement.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to promote a work environment that values diversity and equality, as well as have respectful relationships with others
  3. Committed to working towards gender equality, equity and justice in all aspects of our programming, plans, policies and organizational structure
  4. Compassionate and respectful of other cultures
  5. Commitment to core development and relief concepts, models and values
  6. Proactive and able to work with minimal supervision
  7. Demonstrated ability to implement, improve and integrate community development programs through consultation
  8. Demonstrated ability to help organizations improve relationships with multiple stakeholders
  9. Able and willing to work in a team setting; able to develop team skills in others
  10. Basic competence in Microsoft Word and Excel required
  11. Experience managing projects funded with grants from institutional donors, including experience doing planning, budgeting, project management, performance monitoring, reporting and evaluations of grant-funded projects 
  12. Skills in budgeting, financial reporting and providing financial oversight

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  1. A bachelor’s degree
  2. Minimum of 5 years of cross-cultural experience
  3. Minimum of 5 years of community development or organizational consultation experience

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

Fluency in both English and Spanish is required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  1. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  2. Living conditions with unreliable access to water and electricity, increased exposure to illness and insecurity, as well as occasional political instability
  3. Stress of travel in a developing country 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described in this position description are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.