International Volunteer Program Coordinator
The International Volunteer Program Coordinator plays a key role in mobilizing the international volunteer community.
As HPHA grows, the goal is to increase awareness about the individual volunteer program. Individual volunteers commit to a full-time schedule and contribute tremendously to both HPHA’s projects and it’s mission. The Individual Volunteer Coordinator (an individual volunteer themselves!) is responsible for the contact, recruitment, interviewing, orienting, follow-up and contracting of full-time long-term international volunteers.
- Manage contact with potential individual volunteers via email in a timely and professional manner.
- Recruit and interview potential volunteers and maintain contact throughout the selection process.
- Direct the process of selection, attention and follow-up with incoming individual volunteers.
- Lead welcome, orientation, and initial training for new volunteers.
- Translations between Spanish and English.
- Manage database of individual volunteers.
- Various tasks in support of the National Director.
- High level of both Spanish and English.
- Strong interpersonal communications and organizational skills.
- An understanding of how non-governmental organizations and social projects work.
- Teamwork oriented, flexible, and able to interact with diverse groups of people.
- Preferably the volunteer will have their own computer.
- 32 hours per week.
The Field Assistant position works to support and facilitate brigades.
Brigades are defined as groups of volunteers who come together to work in the different communities where HPHA implements its different projects. The volunteers help to carry out the HPHA mission by serving families and communities while providing a unique volunteer experience across socioeconomic and cultural strata. Brigades range from local companies participating in a day build activity, to groups of international volunteers (Global Village Program) who integrate in the community for up to two weeks. The volunteers help to strengthen the two main lines of work that HPHA focuses on, which are the integrated housing solutions and human and community development. Brigades represent a way for many volunteers to learn about HPHA for the first time, while also serving as an important channel through which potential donors are established, and new partnerships with companies and institutions are made.
The Field Assistant position is multi-faceted as it ranges from office tasks to hands on participation. This position gives the volunteer the opportunity to see a very wide scope of the work that the organization does, through interactions with the families, volunteers, donors, and both National Office and Local Office staff. In general, this position allows for great interaction and learning from many of the different actors that are involved with HPHA.
This position is ideal for an energetic person who works well under pressure, is patient, flexible, and dedicated to facilitating an experience that is transformative for both the volunteers, the communities, and for all of those involved.
- Assist with the organization, implementation and logistics of brigades.
- Prepare all paperwork involved with brigades.
- Provide on-site support with both national and international brigades (Approximately once a month it is required that the volunteer travel about one to two weeks to Santa Fe, or Buenos Aires for the international brigades.
- Serve as an on-site supervisor to ensure health, safety and security of volunteers.
- Act as an on site translator.
- Serve as HPHA liaison/representative with knowledge of Habitat’s mission.
- Provide general support to the Brigades Coordinator.
- Database management.
- Input brigade participant data, generate analysis and process evaluations.
- Keep orientation manuals and information up to date.
- Give pre-brigade talks/presentations.
- Informative talks to large audiences, either corporate or institutional.
- Arrange internal trainings.
- Prepare PowerPoint presentations on subjects related to the area.
- Travel to local offices to train local staff.
- Spanish and English fluency, both written and oral.
- Strong verbal communication skills; excellent people skills.
- Ability to problem-solve and think creatively.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Excel, Word,) and internet.
- Experience working in multi-cultural environments and group management is strongly preferred.
- Due to housing availability, position is not suitable for families.
- College degree preferred.
- 32 hours per week (after a week on site the volunteer is entitled to 1 week off).
- Commitment to Social Justice and interest in community development and international issues, as well as putting ones “faith in action.”
The Field Assistant will work in the National Office under the supervision of the Brigades Coordinator. Although no monetary compensation is provided, simple housing is available at no cost. All costs (transportation, lodging, food) are provided for the volunteer when travelling with the Global Village groups, and National Brigades.
How to Apply:
Please contact Megan Kaseburg, International Volunteer Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. All applications are due by Monday, May 16th.