Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Job ads posted for USAID youth project (correction added)

Screenshot from World Learning website
World Learning, a global non-profit organization based in Brattleboro, Vermont, has begun a search for a director, in-country coordinator and trainer or trainers for a USAID-funded democracy project in Cuba.
Important note - and this corrects information I posted on July 6: The jobs won't be filled unless World Learning is awarded the project. The organization is competing for the opportunity to operate the youth program and plans to submit its proposal during the week of July 11, a World Learning staffer said in an email.

Job candidates are asked to apply online at the World Learning website.
The project - called “Making Space: Places for Youth Expression in Cuba" - is aimed at boosting free expression among youth ages 12 to 24 years of age (See Cuba Money Project for details on the youth program).

Below is the job ad for the director, or chief of party:

Description:
World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking a Chief of Party for the USAID-funded “Making Space: Places for Youth Expression in Cuba” project. Permanent location of project office TBD. Expected duration – 3 years. Recruitment contingent upon successful award of the project. Please transmit CV and cover letter (in English) with Chief of Party on the subject heading as soon as possible, explaining why you are best qualified for this position to WLCuba@yahoo.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Background: This three-year project will focus activities on Cuba’s youth (ages 12 to 24) to increase opportunities for youth-to-youth interaction in Cuba, allowing the country’s young citizens to experience freedom of association and freedom of expression in social spaces organized outside state authority. It will optimize their opportunities to gather and express themselves in order to encourage their increased participation in civic, social, and community activities on the island.


The Chief of Party must be a dynamic, flexible, adaptable team player with demonstrated leadership ability and demonstrated experience working in closed or insecure environments. Coupled with relevant advanced degrees from accredited universities, the candidate must have at least 10 years of progressive experience managing similar programs.

The Chief of Party will:
  • Provide overall technical and programmatic leadership for project activities through direct implementation, provision of strategic guidance, and supervision/mentoring of project staff.
  • Create networks with civil society communities in Cuba to effectively collaborate and accomplish project tasks.
  • Ensure delivery of results and quality contract deliverables and communication products.
  • Serve as chief liaison with USAID, local stakeholders, donor representatives, and other U.S. government offices to ensure relevant and appropriate programming.
  • Act as World Learning’s project representative in Cuba and key contact point for USAID/LAC staff and inquiries.
  • Oversee project budgeting and ensure adherence to financial controls.
  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting on program activities.
  • Supervise key personnel, operations staff, and oversees management of other staff.

Qualifications:
  • Must have significant experience specific to youth leadership and civil society development.
  • Must have experience working in closed and insecure environments.
  • Must have prior experience as a Chief of Party, Deputy Chief of Party, or position with significant responsibility for oversight of human and financial resources, preferably for a similarly sized donor-funded project.
  • Advanced degree in related field required.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish.

This is the job ad for the in-country coordinator:

Description:
World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking an In-country Coordinator for a youth capacity building program in Cuba: Making Spaces- Places for Youth Expression in Cuba. The short-term position will require residence in Cuba. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project. Please transmit CV and cover letter (in English) with Making Spaces, In-country Coordinator on the subject heading as soon as possible, explaining why you are best qualified for this position WLCuba@yahoo.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Background: This three-year project will focus on activities on Cuba’s youth (ages 12-24) to increase opportunities for youth-to-youth interaction in Cuba, allowing the country’s young citizens to experience freedom of association and freedom of expression in social spaces organized outside state authority.

In-country Coordinator will be responsible for:
  • Recruiting youth participants for training programs
  • Liaising with local NGOs and Community Groups
  • Organizing capacity training for NGO leaders and community group representatives
  • Developing partnerships with local officials and community groups

Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of experience working with community organizations focusing on youth development programs, including leadership initiatives and working with marginalized populations
  • Experience working in complex and sensitive political environments
  • Experience working in Cuba and/or the Latin America and Caribbean region
  • Training design and delivery experience
  • Fluency in English and Spanish
  • Bachelor’s degree in education, sociology or related field
  • Cuban nationals strongly encouraged to apply
The position will report to the Project’s Chief of Party.

This is the ad for the trainer or trainers:

Description:
World Learning, a global non-profit organization, (www.worldlearning.org) is seeking trainers and trainers of trainers for a youth capacity building program in Cuba: Making Spaces- Places for Youth Expression in Cuba. The short-term position will require travel to Cuba and other countries in the region over a period of three years. Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project. Please transmit CV and cover letter (in English) with Making Spaces, Training Specialist on the subject heading as soon as possible, explaining why you are best qualified for this position WLCuba@yahoo.com. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Background: This three-year project will focus on activities on Cuba’s youth (ages 12-24) to increase opportunities for youth-to-youth interaction in Cuba, allowing the country’s young citizens to experience freedom of association and freedom of expression in social spaces organized outside state authority.

Training Specialist will be responsible for:
• Delivery of Training of Trainers interventions
• Overseeing delivery of initial and refresher trainings and provision of ongoing follow-up support for the youth training program for target age groups

Qualifications:
• At least 10 years of experience as a trainer and/or trainer of trainers for youth development program, including leadership initiatives and working with marginalized populations
• Experience working in complex and sensitive political environments
• Experience working the Latin America and Caribbean region
• At least 3 years experience implementing international development programs, experience with USAID preferred
• Training design and delivery experience
• Fluency in English and Spanish
• Bachelor’s degree in education, sociology or related field

The position will report to the Project’s Chief of Party.

2 comments:

Rich Haney said...

USAID-funded "democracy projects in Cuba," such as this new one involving World Learning, will continue the half-century process of wasting tax dollars designed to transform the island into a U. S. -approved democracy. Josefina Vidal, the Cuban minister in charge of monitoring such things, has repeatedly stated that "the underlying purpose of such dollars is to derive a reaction from Cuba that will then be used to demean us, as with the Brothers to the Rescue airplanes that actually dropped leaflets over Havana." Is she right or is it simply more politically correct and safer to ignore a significant comment, or analysis, from the targeted island itself. Of course, the money spigot targeting Cuba has been open for over half a century and there are powerful people, not to mention 27 electoral votes, that want to keep it open another half-century or so because, HEY, "We're gonna get rid of Castro any day now!" In the meantime, most of these USAID dollars will stay in the U. S. too and if it gets on the island some people might get arrested. Is that the intention, along with giving more tax dollars to anti-Cuban types? When will taxpayers get the courage to question such USAID expenditures? Josefina Vidal has stated she would welcome U. S. tax dollars that buy "school supplies for Cubans" but I seriously doubt she will welcome U. S. tax dollars designed to teach Cuban children to dislike or overthrow, etc.,the Cuban government. And the simple fact is this: Vidal will have as much to say about this latest batch of U. S. tax dollars as the anti-Cuban sponsors in the U. S. Congress. On the other hand, U. S. tourism free-flowing to the island would have influenced Cuban youth over the last five decades or so but, oh yes, such U. S. freedom has been off-limits for one spot on this entire earth -- nearby Cuba! The ones making money on the Cuban issue are not the idiots but those in the majority who have allowed it to happen decade after self-defeating decade are beyond being just idiotic. As USAID targets "Cuban youth" what is the answer to this question: Who cares the most about Cuba's youth, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen or Josefina Vidal?

Cuba Journal said...

Mr. Haney: Ros Lehtinen, who is called "La Loba Feroz" (the fierce she wolf) in Cuba (and in my blog too!) is the daughter of a policeman from the regime of General Fulgencio Batista, according to reports published by various Cuban websites.)

She kisses the rear end of Uncle Sam every day. Inside Cuba she is a left zero. She has no credibility, since she is purely motived by hate. Typical U.S.ultra-right-winger!