Job Title Project Coordinator
Location Berkeley, CA with option for some remote work
Type Part-time contractor (Approximately 25 hours per week)
Start date April 20th, 2017
Applications Please send your resume and a cover letter to info@womensearthalliance.org

 

About WEA

Women’s Earth Alliance is in its 11th year (www.womensearthalliance.org). We work around the world training women in resource impoverished locations to regenerate water, food, and clean energy for their communities. Our Trainings equip women with technical training (such as solar cookers, water pasteurization, sustainable farming, seed saving, safe water technologies, and composting toilets), entrepreneurial training, and seed funding, so they can protect their environment, generate income, and improve communities from the inside out.

WEA has implemented 125 women’s environmental and entrepreneurship projects in 18 countries – training, funding, and catalyzing 5,000 women to advance safe water, clean energy, regenerative farming, women’s land rights, and more. WEA’s model creates cascading benefits – to date, WEA graduates have equipped 750,000 more people with life-giving environmental solutions. They are winning political positions, expanding economic opportunities for women and girls, and receiving national and global recognition.
 

Background

In 2006, 30 women met to create a framework for transforming the world. We gathered together for a visioning meeting in Mexico City to design the priorities and action plans for an unprecedented initiative to take shape. From South Africa to Israel, Australia to Haiti, our group of 30 visionary women leaders came together and shared strategies on issues of health, sanitation, land issues, water rights, toxics, sustainable micro-businesses, and more. We agreed upon a set of shared values and principles, identified key strategies, established regional hubs, and mapped out our first projects.

Since its start — one circle of 30 women — WEA has given rise to thousands more circles. The actions women take in WEA’s programs are simple but profound — saving indigenous seeds, planting native trees, teaching solar cooking, launching sustainable farms, providing safe water, preserving traditional knowledge, building composting toilets, and protecting land rights in some of the most resource rich but threatened regions on Earth.
 
Current WEA projects include the following 

  • Planting Seeds of Resilience in Southern India – In 2013, WEA and Vanastree began a partnership to support the sustained organizing and capacity building of rural women leaders and small-scale forest home gardeners in the Malnad region of Karnataka, India to preserve traditional knowledge, promote indigenous seed saving practices, support climate adaptation and mitigation, and further the rights of women farmers.
  • WISE Women’s Clean Cookstoves Project – In 2015, WEA launched a partnership with Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) to hold capacity-building trainings for women leaders from Kaduna State in Nigeria to promote and sell clean cookstoves. Through trainings that include clean cookstove business training, leadership and advocacy skill development, and financing for clean cookstove purchasing, WEA and WISE are now working intensively to improve the health and safety of women, reduce deforestation, and increase household savings.
  • Together for H2OPE – In Spring of 2016, Numi Foundation and Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) launched an innovative partnership to ensure clean, safe drinking water to the Tonganagaon tea community in Northern Assam, India. Together with our local NGO partners, Chamong Tea Company, and the Tonganagaon community, we aim to provide access to safe drinking water to all 6,500 residents of India’s largest organic, Fair Trade tea community, for generations to come.

 

Responsibilities

Overall Project Coordinator Roles

  • Lead and support WEA partners to achieve project targets.
  • Coordinate project implementation, budget management, and monitoring and evaluation with partners according to project design and partnership agreements.
  • Manage resources assigned to projects and serve as the primary liaison between partners in the field and WEA.
  • Support the leadership of WEA partners, including identifying opportunities for growth, capacity building, empowerment, and partnerships.

Project Implementation Quality

  • Ensure, in coordination with the project partners, that projects’ strategic objectives and results are fully accomplished and meet expected technical quality standards.
  • Provide project technical support in monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Support project partners to design and implement quality trainings using WEA toolkits, resources, and learnings.
  • In collaboration with WEA staff and project partners, identify and document lessons learned and best practices.
  • Identify existing and/or potential project bottlenecks and challenges. Coordinate with appropriate WEA staff to strategize and address challenges as needed.

Financial Management and Administration

  • Manage project budgets, including disbursements of funds from WEA to project partners and tracking partner spending and needs against project budgets.
  • Support project partners to generate timely reporting.
  • Liaise between project partners and WEA Co-Directors to complete and manage partner agreements.

Project Documentation, Reporting, and Multimedia

  • Support in documenting project developments and successes for internal use, as well as for social media, donor communication, and marketing materials.
  • Keep project design documents up to date, including project one-pager, concept note, proframe, budget, and timeline.
  • Coordinate with partners to develop final project reports based on final project evaluations.
  • Support WEA staff in multimedia storytelling by coordinating with project partners and facilitating narratives, photography, and other multimedia outputs.

Growth, Learning, and Innovation

  • Identify and promote learning and innovation opportunities within and between projects to continually improve project quality and organizational growth.
  • Facilitate the use of M&E data to improve program quality and facilitate learning to enhance skills and knowledge of project partners and WEA staff.
  • Support WEA learning, growth, and innovation through documentation and sharing, and knowledge management.

Representation and Advocacy

  • Participate in events and fundraisers.
  • Support in strengthening linkages with existing and potential partners.

 

Key Working Relationships

Internal: WEA Co-Directors, Program Strategist, Program and Operations Manager, and interns
External: Project partners
 

Qualifications and Skills

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree with preference for a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, International Relations, or related field
  • Minimum of 6 months experience living and working internationally
  • Previous experience designing, managing, and/or supporting international development projects
  • Strategic thinking and capacity to manage multiple priorities at the same time. Experience working with partnerships
  • Inter-personal skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to motivate diverse types of partners.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, and flexibility
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word and Excel
  • Exceptional written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and volunteers
  • A good understanding of electronic and social media
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • A track record of being able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Ability to work in a fast‐paced, entrepreneurial environment

 
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
 

Reports to: Co-Directors and Program Strategist
Compensation: $1,875-$2,500 per month for 25 hours, commensurate with experience
Applications: Please send your resume and a cover letter to info@womensearthalliance.org

 

WEA is fiscally-sponsored by Earth Island Institute. EII is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.