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Project Coordinator - International Development (Not Construction

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Serena Paulus
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San Luis Obispo, Ca
 non   profit 
Category:Nonprofit / Social Services
Listing Type:Job
Employment:Full Time
Company:Lifewater International

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Nearly one billion people in our world struggle to survive without safe water. Almost two-fifths of our world’s population lacks the security and dignity of a simple latrine. Lifewater International is committed to working toward a world where all people have access to these essential resources.

Lifewater International is a Christian nonprofit organization established in 1977 that helps communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America gain safe water, adequate sanitation, and effective hygiene practices that they will enjoy for generations. Focusing on sustainability, Lifewater and its qualified volunteer field trainers equip in-country partner organizations in the three crucial components of water development: water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Lifewater’s partner organizations then use Lifewater training and resources to help local communities meet their basic water and sanitation needs. Through this, they gain confidence in their own ability to nurture the health and well-being of their people.

Job Title: Project Coordinator
Category: Full-time, salaried
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Closing Date: This applicant search is open until filled.

Job Description

Lifewater Project Coordinators are responsible for managing all aspects of Lifewater’s projects with international partner organizations. This involves project assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation. It includes coordination of water, sanitation, and hygiene training programs offered through Lifewater, logical framework design, work plan development, project budgeting, tracking expenditures, proposal writing, and program monitoring and evaluation. Project Coordinators are required to travel to in-country partner locations to provide support and coordinate training as needed to build partner capacity and skills in project management. Project Coordinators report directly to the Director of Projects.

Major Responsibilities

Work collaboratively with partners to assess, plan, and implement key water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs within rural communities
Manage partnerships in all phases:
Design collaborative partnership agreements
Design 18-36 month work plans
Write proposals to raise funds (in collaboration with Lifewater’s development department)
Assess and facilitate training with partners at their locations
Coordinate Lifewater training courses with partners utilizing Lifewater field trainers
Develop monitoring and evaluation plans for programs
Track project finances
Prepare field activity reports for donors
Manage program activities to achieve timely and rapid implementation, ensuring program quality and good stewardship in all activities at all times
Create efficient project management systems
Participate in organizational and departmental planning and team meetings
Work effectively with all stakeholders, including local organizations, governments, NGOs, CBOs, and churches
Network and cooperate with other humanitarian organizations whose activities affect Lifewater programs

Qualifications and Skills

In agreement with and able to support Lifewater’s Christian identity and Core Values
Degree in international development preferred
Technical skills related to water, hygiene or sanitation preferred
Five years experience in project management, including budgeting, scheduling, and personnel allocation
Strong administrative and financial management skills and excellent organizational skills
Relevant work experience of more than two years in the field of international development. One year of employment must be in a management position.
One to two years living and working internationally preferred
Excellent people and project management skills to handle complex, multi-faceted projects
Strong writing skills, particularly in writing reports and proposals for donor organizations
High level of proficiency in spoken and written English
Sound understanding of international development issues, strategies, and theories
Ability to travel internationally up to three months per year. Willing to consider future relocation abroad
Proficiency with MS Office

Lifewater’s Core Values

We are Christians.
Colossians 2:6–13, Philippians 2:5–11
We are followers of Jesus Christ, living and working to God’s glory.
We strive to love, forgive, and serve others as Christ has done for us.
We pray for wisdom and guidance in all that we do, recognizing that God alone empowers us to work effectively.

We believe in the inherent dignity and worth of all people.
Romans 12:3–8, Genesis1:27–28
We believe that all people are created in God’s image and endowed with God-given gifts.
We strive to treat all people with dignity and respect.
We believe that God’s Spirit empowers people to participate in God’s work on earth.

We are committed to the poor through holistic ministry.
Isaiah 61:1–4, Colossians1:15–20
We believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ has the power to bring wholeness to all aspects of life: spiritual, physical, emotional, and social.
We proclaim the gospel in word and action.
We work alongside the poor to understand and respond to the complex, systemic causes of poverty.

We practice partnership.
1 Corinthians12:12–30, Matthew 25:31–40, John 17:20–23
Recognizing that we cannot alleviate poverty alone, we work in partnership to bring about lasting improvements to people’s health and well-being.
We believe that partnership honors others’ God-given gifts and responds to Jesus’ instructions to work together in unity.

We are committed to good stewardship.
Matthew 25:14–28, 1Corinthians 4:2, Colossians 3:23
We recognize that our resources are entrusted to us to benefit the poor, and we strive to use them wisely to bring about sustainable solutions.
We strive to glorify God by working with excellence, transparency, and accountability.
We mentor partners, who in turn mentor communities, to discover their own gifts, assets, and abilities and to employ them for the common good.

Please send a cover letter along with your resume.

Please note all applicants must be legally eligible for employment in the United States and able to travel internationally to/from U.S. destinations.

Compelled by God’s call and the global water and sanitation crisis, Lifewater International equips partner organizations and works with them to empower communities in developing countries to gain safe water, adequate sanitation, effective hygiene, and the knowledge of Jesus’ love.
Our vision is a world where every person has access to safe water, improved health, and the knowledge of Jesus’ love.

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