Volunteer Project Manager: Haiti

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Twende, meaning “let’s go” in Swahili, is indicative of the organization’s proactive capabilities and dedication to sustainable development worldwide. Based in Portland, Oregon, USA, nonprofit Twende Solar leverages the talent and goodwill of the solar industry to bring high quality, low cost PV projects to communities in need around the globe. Through the installation of renewable energy systems, Twende aims to eliminate poverty, strengthen economies, protect ecosystems, and ultimately achieve a more equitable society. It takes a village—let's go solar, together!

Twende seeks to find a part-time, volunteer project manager to help us develop and bring to completion a project to electrify the school campus built by nonprofit Educate Haiti in Durissey, Haiti. Our current target is for an install in late August (2019) that coincides with the beginning of the new school year in September to lead classes in solar energy with the students.

Our model is to send a team of experienced and interested solar warriors to work with local electricians, solar contractors, and community members to install systems that are crowd-funded through grants, discounted equipment, and donations.

Roles and Responsibilities:

As Project Manager, you are responsible for:

  • Advising Twende Solar regarding solar supply lists and costs based on design

  • Exploring international shipping quotes, timelines, and customs processes

  • Regular communication and coordination with in-country project partners to determine logistics for supplies, timelines, and hosting volunteers.

  • Laying out project and install timeline

  • Supervise and participate in the installation

  • Complete a post project wrap up to document the successes, growth opportunities, and to share successes with project supporters

  • Obtaining and providing proof of supplementary travel medical insurance

Together, we will:

  • Host meetings with stakeholders (weekly for approximately 30 minutes, schedule flexible)

  • Procure project supplies in the US and in Haiti

  • Research transport, excursion, and accommodation costs in Haiti

  • Finalize project timelines and budgets

  • Identify potential grant opportunities

  • Announce the project to the public

  • Help raise funds for the project

  • Determine number and skill level of volunteers needed

  • Install the system

  • Experience local Haitian customs and culture

  • Plan for and conduct project handoff training and documentation for community

  • Celebrate the commissioning of the system

  • Share stories of the project with Twende supporters

Twende is Responsible for:

  • Final project design, budget, and timeline approval

  • Submitting grant applications

  • Finalizing and executing LOIs, MOUs, or any such contracts with partner organizations

  • Making project purchases

  • Marketing the project to potential partners, grantmakers, and volunteers

  • Volunteer procurement, vetting, and management

  • Leading and supervising volunteer fundraising

  • Flexibility in scheduling meetings to meet the demands of your full time schedule

Time Commitment:

  • Part-time, April-October 2019

  • Estimated 5 hours per week, depending on phase of project

  • Estimated 10-12 day travel to Haiti for install end of August/beginning September (this is still being finalized)

  • Weekly 30 minute progress meetings (via phone) with either Twende staff/Board, in-country project partners.

  • Three to four, 60-minute evening volunteer meetings in last three months leading up to installation.

  • Twende Fundraisers in Portland May 9 and June 20 - we would love to have you at one of them, if possible


  • Helping to bring electricity and opportunity to hundreds of students in rural Haiti

  • Experience managing an international project from start to finish

  • Stipend of $500 to help cover flight to Haiti for installation upon completion of required tasks

Minimum requirements:

  • Studies in business, engineering, renewables, international development or a related field

  • Demonstrated project management capabilities can be qualifying experience in lieu of formal studies

  • Strong interest in environmental issues and renewable energy

Preferred requirements:

  • Project management experience in the energy, construction, or international development industry

  • Fluency in French

Behavioral requirements:

  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • High attention to detail

  • Excellent Interpersonal and teamwork skills

  • Ability to work productively with limited supervision

  • Time-management skills

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment and to fly on an airplane for 14 hours with layovers

  • Speech/Reading: Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form. Ability to speak French fluently preferred.

  • Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 40 pounds

  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form

  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

To Apply:

Submit a resume and one page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for leading a global solar development project with Twende Solar to hello@twendesolar.org. Applications are due by April 8th.