Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator Honduras (PMER Coordinator)
Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator Honduras (PMER Coordinator)
MCC cover all basic needs; Travel expenses to and from assignment, local transportation related to assignment, food & household allowance, housing, personal Allowance, vacation allowance, Education for children, Retirement Plan, Life Insurance and Death Benefits, Student Loan reimbursement, and Resettlement Allowance.
San Pedro Sula
Honduras is a Central American country located in the northern part of the region. It is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south, and it shares borders with Guatemala to the west and northwest, El Salvador to the southwest, and Nicaragua to the southeast. The country has a diverse landscape that ranges from tropical beaches to high-altitude mountain ranges.
The population of Honduras is predominantly of mixed indigenous and Spanish descent, although there are also Afro-Caribbean, Palestinian, and Chinese communities. Spanish is the official language, but many indigenous languages such as Lenca, Garifuna, and Miskito are also spoken.
Honduras has a rich cultural heritage and a long history dating back to the ancient Mayan civilization. It was later ruled by the Spanish Empire and gained independence in 1821. In modern times, Honduras has faced numerous challenges including political instability, poverty, and drug-related violence.
Despite these challenges, Honduras has a growing economy driven by the export of coffee, bananas, and other agricultural products. The country is also home to a growing tourism industry, with its natural beauty, cultural attractions, and adventure tourism opportunities attracting visitors from around the world.
In Nicaragua, Managua is unique in that it has no downtown. Following the 1972 earthquake, central Managua was never rebuilt, resulting in an urban sprawl of markets and businesses springing up wherever people are living. Street vendors are intertwined with well stocked stores offering an ample and varied supply of consumer goods. The assurance of genuine Nicaraguan hospitality stands in constant tension with the increasing threat of violent crime.
Managua’s infrastructure is relatively well developed. Public bus routes and taxis abound, and there is access to telephone, fax, and internet. The postal service is quite reliable and health care is available for those who can afford it. A variety of public, church sponsored, and private schools are found throughout the city.
The tropical climate of Nicaragua brings two six-month seasons–a dry and rainy season. The low altitude of Managua and its bordering lake of Xolotlán makes the heat of the city a bit uncomfortable at times. However, the more mountainous regions of Nicaragua have a much cooler climate.
Each of the three Anabaptist conferences with which MCC relates has active congregations in Managua that welcome participation of MCCers. The worship is generally quite active and includes much singing. Most of the churches are in lower income neighborhoods but often have a number of university students and a few professionals.
May 12, 2023
Jun 01, 2023
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active participation in a Christian church or Christian community; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
Minimum Education Level: Undergraduate degree in relevant field
Minimum Experience: International experience required, MCC experience preferred
Demonstrated skills in planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting (PMER), previous experience supporting local institutions in PMER, and community development preferred.
Ability to listen to and accompany partners.
Ability to handle work under challenging circumstances and patience when not seeing immediate results from own work.
Ability to work as part of a team and willingness to learn from others.
Ability to work independently and take initiative.
Willingness and ability to use public transportation.
Commitment to live simply and model MCC values to GSL participants.
Skills in managing people and connecting to volunteers making them feel safe, welcome and listened to while also challenging them to grow and learn new things.
Skills in administration and program software (Microsoft Office & Databases) are needed.
Prior experience working internationally in a similar organization is helpful.
Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s).
The Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator will be one of two people collaborating in this role, working alongside MCC Nicaragua & Honduras Representatives and admin in accompanying the various projects and partners of MCC Honduras & Nicaragua through planning, monitoring, evaluation, and coordination of MCC exchange programs through relationship building, site visits, and coordinating exchange events.
The MCC Nicaragua & Honduras program oversees projects in both countries and this position will be part of a team that works together to share the program monitoring and evaluation (PME) and MCC Connecting People Coordinator (CPC) functions. As a part of this team, this role will be supervised by the MCC Nicaragua & Honduras Representatives and will work alongside a PME Coordinator counterpart in Nicaragua. The strength of this position will be in the diversity, collaboration and flexibility in learning, serving and complementary working styles. The Honduras team member will take the lead on responsibilities related to the GSL program, the Nicaragua team member will take the lead on responsibilities related to PMER processes, and the Nicaragua & Honduras Rep will take the lead on emergency response processes. Each of these roles has the responsibility for both PME and GSL processes in their respective countries but will have the support of the other team members as needed (see attached Roles in the PME/GSL team document).
Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator will be located in San Pedro Sula, Honduras and will be traveling to Nicaragua occasionally.
MCC wants people to have a sense of the adjustments that workers typically need to make in this location. Listed below are some of those challenges as well as ways workers typically adjust, and even thrive in this new environment:
• Working together with local communities, project staff, and leaders can be a challenge as there are a variety of opinions, perspectives, and ways of accomplishing a task. This requires patience and humility.
• Expressing and understanding complex and western-oriented PMER concepts is an ongoing challenge that requires creativity, cultural sensitivity and the ability to listen well.
• This position maintains a balance between traveling to communities for project accompaniment and time spent doing office work. Ability to navigate between these modes of work is essential.
• Frequent delays or unpredictable circumstances can make coordinating travel and logistics difficult. Frequent travel can be emotionally draining and cause difficulties in building deeper local relationships. Patience and flexibility are important, and effective self-care is essential.
• Living amid a context of sociopolitical tension or unrest is a challenge. MCC invites all its workers to find and depend on local communities of support made up of friends, members of a local church, partner agencies, etc., and to take advice given by these persons seriously.
• While parts of Honduras have modern infrastructure and conveniences, they may not be consistently reliable. Certain realities of life in Honduras can be physically and emotionally challenging (e.g., hot humid weather, rough or unpaved roads, unreliable water and power supply, tropical diseases, gender stereotypes, fear of crime).
• As in many cities, the worker should be very cautious about being out at night alone. Petty crime and theft require vigilance with respect to belongings and personal safety. The worker is required to follow MCC’s security protocol and needs to become accustomed to using her/his community as the most important source of security, even when it might infringe on one’s independence and mobility.
• Violence, even if not experienced personally, is emotionally taxing and can cause constant levels of stress and trauma that need to be recognized and addressed throughout the worker’s term. Workers need to be aware of their own needs and take actions to make sure they have the support and rest they need. MCC offers psychological and counseling assistance to workers who need support in any area (not just in trauma) during their term.
• Local Anabaptist churches are welcoming to MCC participation in their church life. It may be a challenge for the worker to adjust to a different pace of worship and church life.
• Dengue, chikungunya and Zika are health concerns in all in Honduras.
Extreme Heat; Political instability; Security issues; Occasional evening and weekend work
A. Planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting – PMER (35%)
1. Support representatives and partner organizations in the project proposal development process including research, assistance in needs assessment, translation, feedback and application of MCC project design tools.
2. Support the representatives in managing the administrative project reporting process, including translation (primarily Spanish to English) and PlanWin database management.
3. Conduct site visits to each MCC partner; look for ways to support (training, teaching, feedback, listening) and provide feedback on projects and reports; helping to develop more robust indicator measuring tools; research project themes, etc.
4. Monitor project reports from partner organizations and help manage evaluation processes, including internal and external evaluations of projects as needed.
5. Work with the representatives and connecting people’s coordinator to assess ongoing partner issues and needs and develop strategies for effective support.
6. Look for ways to connect partners and to foster and facilitate partner exchanges that can lead to mutual learning and transformation.
B. GSL and Connecting Peoples Responsibilities (50%)
1. Administer the MCC service-exchange programs in Honduras, Learning Tours & Church engagement: SALT (Serving and Learning Together), YAMEN (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network) and IVEP (International Volunteer Exchange Program)
2. Work with interested outgoing IVEP and YAMEN applicants through the recruitment, selection, placement and pre-departure orientation processes. Help develop a local selection committee to assist in these duties.
3. Work with incoming SALT and YAMEN workers, assisting with selection, pre-arrival details, in-country orientation and debriefing, arranging assignments and housing and helping provide support during the year, including on-site visits and monthly check-ins (travel required).
4. Manage residency and visa documentation process for all GSL service workers under the direction of the MCC representatives.
5. Liaising with national organizations to find new partners and create appropriate placements for GSL participants.
6. Learning Tour and group visits. Planning and accompanying visitors to the MCC program. Working in close coordination with Reps to define themes and content.
7. Engage with Anabaptist churches, creating awareness about MCC vision-mission, MCC programs and service with MCC and recruiting participants for our GSL programs.
8. Write articles about GSL and our projects and encourage GSL participants to share reflections as well.
9. Maintain institutional Facebook page and keep photos and stories and other content up to date to help promote the work of CCM Honduras/Nicaragua with the youth of the churches and constituency.
10. This position will require extensive Hosting-both of team members as they visit from Nicaragua or GSLers who are checking-in. We want this role to help extend the family/community feel from Nicaragua into Honduras and our work that is being done there.
C. Administrative responsibilities (10%)
1. Manage Honduras bank account.
2. Translate documents and reports between Spanish and English as needed.
3. Assist with administrative tasks and special projects as needed.
4. Prepare the annual report for the Honduras Government (in collaboration with the Legal Representative of the MCC Honduras Program).
D. MCC team responsibilities (5%)
1. Participate actively and creatively in team meetings and retreats (3 annually plus one Christmas gathering) and other team events.
2. Submit plans and reports to the MCC Nicaragua and Honduras representatives according to the planning schedule.
3. Participate regularly in the life and worship of a local church.
The Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator for Honduras has two principal roles as a member of a team. The Honduras Coordinator will take lead role in GSL, helping to create and fill volunteer positions for SALT, YAMEN and IVEP. They will supervise volunteers and follow up with partner organizations in Honduras to create and maintain strategic partnerships and exchange opportunities. This position will be part of a team which support the MCC representatives in the GSL programs by accompanying participants and partners in several ways, including position writing, accompanying service workers in their experiences and reporting, and conducting dedicated visits to each participant (at least twice a year) to provide feedback, support, and ensure that they feel included in the MCC team. This position requires managing relationships with local partner organizations well to ensure expectations are clear and met. They will also assist the Nicaragua Coordinator as needed in topics of GSL, exchanges, and managing MCC systems in the English language.
The Project, Relations & Connecting People Coordinator will also work with the MCC representatives for Nicaragua & Honduras to monitor, evaluate and report on MCC supported projects in Honduras, maintaining constant communication with the Reps and their PME Coordinator counterpart in Nicaragua to ensure that reporting is reviewed and processed in a timely manner, and fostering relationships with partners to ensure MCC is aware of project progress.
The worker will support the process of communication and reporting on MCC’s work in Honduras, including keeping the MCC project database up to date, translating documents from Spanish to English, and responding to project questions from other parts of MCC.
The worker will be directly responsible to the MCC representatives for Nicaragua & Honduras.
MCC Nicaragua and Honduras’s current priorities are to:
1. accompany partners in areas of agro-ecology, food security, health, education and disaster response.
2. work in peace and justice, especially in the areas of women’s empowerment and Protection policies for women, children and adolescents.
3. strengthen connections between churches and communities and groups through the “Connecting Peoples” program and service programs as SALT (Serving And Learning Together), YAMEN (Young Anabaptist Mennonite Exchange Network) and IVEP (International Volunteer Exchange Program).