WE ARE HIRING:
BPEACE PROGRAM LEAD GUATEMALA
This is a remote, Guatemala based, independent contractor position.
Our successful Program Leads are business-savvy, task-oriented professionals interested in making a lasting impact on communities where jobs can lift families and communities. They envision the role that businesses and jobs can play in decreasing violence in Central America.
As a Bpeace Program Lead you collaborate with and provide services for Bpeace’s Country Director based in Guatemala, and our international program teams charged with the implementation and excellence of the pro bono consulting and advisory services that we offer owners of small and growing businesses in crisis-affected communities.
You will use your business knowledge and interpersonal skills to:
- Recruit business candidates to apply to our program and strengthen local partner relationships.
- Build trust with the management teams of each of the businesses in the program portfolio.
- Assist them in defining and prioritizing specific challenges or opportunities to grow.
- Drive existing workplan outcomes, primarily measured in jobs created.
The outcome of your work will be stronger, sustainable businesses that create jobs for Guatemalans; and a consistently positive brand identity for Bpeace in Guatemala.
ANY IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES OR TRAVEL ASSOCIATED WITH THIS ROLE WILL BASED ON NEED, SAFETY, AND COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS.
October 1, 2021
Jobs…creating jobs…preserving jobs. The Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) is an award-winning nonprofit working in crisis-affected communities to grow small and medium-size businesses, create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women. More jobs mean less violence.®
Bpeace is a 501(C)3 nonprofit with a $1.5+ budget, operating across several countries. More than 400 business volunteers contribute volunteer time valued at $3 million. Annually, we are advising 150 small businesses in the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala, that employ 15,000 individuals and support 50,000+ families. More than 60% of the businesses in our portfolio are women owned or led.
Bpeace has operated since 2002, we are proud to consistently earn 5 stars on GreatNonprofits. We maintain a stellar reputation among our donors and partners, both corporate and nonprofit. We have a talented and motivated staff, an engaged Board of Directors and volunteer Skillanthropists from 14 countries.
Intentional community building, expert project management and ability to efficiently perform administrative tasks will drive meaningful Fast Runner and Skillanthropist experiences and program success.
Services provided by the Program Lead fall within two primary areas of responsibility:
- General program implementation support: Provide services that support recruitment and implementation activities, and perform administrative duties directly related to the Maximizer Forward program managed by Bpeace’s Country Director in Guatemala.
- Guide the Fast Runner Journey: You are a main point of contact for Fast Runners and will guide their experience deploying established tools, frameworks and methodologies You will need to quickly become familiar with each Fast Runner business in your portfolio and be able to facilitate the Bpeace Fast Runner Model of Assess, Recruit and Match. This includes:
- Counseling Fast Runners. You will ensure Fast Runners remain engaged and provide services that support them as they advance through the work plan, expand their businesses, create more jobs, solve business problems, and access new business opportunities.
- Connecting Fast Runners to international business experts. You will collaborate with Bpeace HQ in New York to support the delivery of consulting services from U.S. experts to Guatemalan Fast Runners.
Specifically, you will:
- Collaborate with the Country Director, disseminate applications, interview, recruit and on-board 20 new Fast Runner businesses that meet the Maximizer Forward program criteria.
- Directly manage and implement the existing Maximizer Forward workplan for 10 of these Fast Runners.
- Coordinate and summarize meetings, develop Scopes of Work, and facilitate follow up necessary to define and implement Business Growth Projects.
- Ensure Fast Runner participation in remote Learning Labs and one-on-one consulting sessions with Skillanthropists.
- Facilitate communication between Skillanthropists and Fast Runners via email and Zoom.
- Meet, on average, once every six weeks with each Fast Runner remotely or in person.
- Coordinate and manage logistics for Skillanthropist visits to Guatemala and ensure traveling Skillanthropists are taken care of and chaperoned when needed.
- Travel to visit existing and potential partners and stakeholders.
- Keep Skillanthropists up to date, engaged, and deployed as needed.
- Ensure key activities are well documented with photos and videos, and use the Salesforce CRM to manage data pertaining to your portfolio of businesses.
- Draft marketing and communication materials as needed—write Fast Runner profiles, contribute data and news for donor reports and newsletters.
- Promote Bpeace at networking events. Identify PR opportunities to showcase the Fast Runners and Bpeace’s work in the region.
- Perform administrative tasks and collaborate with the Country Director and Bpeace team to ensure that program activities and objectives are implemented and achieved.
- Provide services that support the Impact Manager in collecting data used to prove our impact and improve our service offering.
- Alert Bpeace’s Guatemalan Country Director to Fast Runner problems and opportunities.
- Help Fast Runners identify opportunities in the Guatemalan marketplace, and source financing.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Guatemala based. In-country travel required. Ability to travel internationally, if needed.
- Business background; 5+ years’ working in private sector or consulting.
- Undergraduate degree in relevant field of study such as business or economics.
- Self-directed and proven ability to excel providing project management and support services while working independently.
- Committed to a continuous feedback loop to analyze what’s working or not; adjust and advance.
- Fluent in Spanish and English. Excellent written and oral communications skills. Demonstrated full mastery of the English language—you can express yourself fluently and precisely, both verbally and in writing, and differentiate nuanced meaning in complex situations.
- Ability to work cross-culturally with diverse groups of staff and external stakeholders.
- Technology savvy; fluency in Salesforce or a similar CRM, Microsoft office, with an emphasis on Power Point and Excel; Dropbox, Zoom, Canva and Doodle or G-Suite Scheduling tools.
- Project management and problem-solving skills; resourceful, organized, and excellent attention to detail.
- A wide professional network that can be leveraged to identify and recruit Bpeace Skillanthropists, partners, and donors.
- Experience working remotely or in virtual setting.
- Driver’s license and car appropriate to transport international experts when necessary.
- Familiarity with nonprofits and program management. Experience working with USAID is preferred.
- Experience working with volunteers and small businesses.
- Exceptional relationship building skills; demonstrated trust building skills, as well as the ability to motivate and inspire.
- Excels at presenting information and communicating effectively with people of diverse backgrounds. Above average communications skills.
- Excellent judgement to make many critical decisions. Using your strong analytical skills, you are excellent at knowing when to make a call, and when to ask for help. When you have access to confidential information, you handle that knowledge thoughtfully and responsibly.
- Extremely flexible, with the ability to cope with diverse situations.
- Interest in having a lasting social and economic impact on crisis-affected communities.
- Collaborative self-starter, creative problem solver who responds with ease to changing priorities.
- Strong sense of adventure, creativity, curiosity, and possibility in pushing forward boundaries in measuring and communicating impact.
- “Do what it takes” attitude
REMOTE WORK TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Independent Contractors must have:
- Access to a secure, reliable hi-speed Internet connection.
- System minimum of 8GB RAM, 16GB preferred.
- A high functioning internal or external web camera and microphone.
Competitive daily rate.
WITH HEADQUARTERS BASED IN THE U.S., BPEACE IS A REMOTE ORGANIZATION, NO OFFICE IS PROVIDED.
This is a remote, project-based,12-month independent contractor position. You must be comfortable working 100% remotely and on Zoom and Slack. The contract period for this role may be extended or renewed contingent upon project funding.
Submit a resume and cover letter outlining 1) relevant experience; 2) why you are the best candidate for the position; 3) compensation requirements. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only qualified candidates should apply.
Bpeace is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all applicants and teammates. We recruit, develop and retain talent excited about building a community where we're all proud to belong.