Volunteer Project Manager: Haiti
vOLUNTEER pROJECT mANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION
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
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
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
Project management experience in the energy, construction, or international development industry
Fluency in French
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
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
Submit a resume and one page cover letter describing your interest and qualifications for leading a global solar development project with Twende Solar to email@example.com. Applications are due by April 8th.