Regional Coordinator, South American Gran Chaco

October 6, 2017

Position Title: Regional Coordinator, South American Gran Chaco
Reports To: Regional Director Latin America and Caribbean
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina with frequent travel in the Gran Chaco region (Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia).

Church World Service (CWS) is a not-for-profit organization working to eradicate hunger and poverty and to promote peace and justice around the world. To help build and maintain a diverse team, CWS actively seeks candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, use of a guide or support animal, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

To Apply: Please visit the link below to apply directly online to this position.

Church World Service (CWS) seeks a Regional Coordinator for the South American Gran Chaco region to lead it in developing and implementing innovative development, humanitarian and advocacy programming in the region. The Regional Representative develops new and nurtures existing CWS partnerships, and identifies opportunities for CWS program growth and expansion in the region. This position is based in the CWS Buenos Aires, Argentina office, with frequent travel throughout the region.

In Latin America and the Caribbean region, CWS provides funding, technical assistance and advocacy support to local efforts to eradicate hunger and poverty and promote peace and justice in Haiti, Central America and the Gran Chaco region of South America (Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia). In the Gran Chaco region, CWS partners with ecumenical, interfaith and secular civil society organizations to carry out its mission. CWS partners have a demonstrated commitment to human rights, sustainable development and democracy. Maintaining mutually challenging, respectful, caring and transformative relationships with CWS local implementing partners is central to CWS working methodology and principles.

To promote inclusive and just development in the South American Gran Chaco region, CWS works with civil society partners in the areas of: indigenous peoples´ rights, right to land, food security and water; participatory community development and women and youth empowerment. Through Comunidades en Accion Gran Chaco Sudamericano CWS also supports grassroots efforts in urban centers. When invited, CWS accompanies state-community partnerships and collaboration that seek to address issues prioritized by the urban and rural poor and other marginalized groups.

Primary Purpose

The incumbent will serve as the full-time representative of CWS in the trinational Gran Chaco region, supporting partners implementing CWS-funded programs, working with current and potential donors to expand the CWS funding based, and interpreting CWS programs in the Gran Chaco to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

The Regional Representative will be someone able to work remotely with a group of partner organizations and NGO colleagues based in the Gran Chaco, someone passionate about social change who understands the value and strategic function of fundraising in creating that change, an excellent listener and avid learner and also someone who – when appropriate – can cast a vision and lead a team to fulfill the vision. The Regional Coordinator will be someone who enjoys working in partnership, valuing current partners´ existing strengths, knowledge and capacity, understanding the value of organizational capacity development and self-assessment and someone who can stand up for CWS and negotiate difficult situations and conflicts in a respectful manner.

Essential Duties

1.- Context-appropriate partners support and program management

  • Accompany and support local partners in required aspects of program implementation e.g. advocacy support, organizational capacity development, monitoring and learning, and budget monitoring.
  • Participate in Comunidades en Acción Gran Chaco Sudamericano initiative as CWS representative.
  • Develop, adapt or create new programs initiatives to address new and/or emerging needs.
  • Look for ways to support CWS partners to self-assess and strengthen their organizational and programmatic capacity. Build CWS capacity in parallel to partners.

2.- Resources Mobilization and Strategic Partnerships Development

  • Represent CWS with government, intergovernmental, civil society and faith-based partners, stakeholders and forums in the region; and cultivate new relationships relevant to CWS programs and strategies
  • Draft concept notes, proposals, reports, engagement content, appeals and donor communications.
  • Provide grant management support, including internal processing of grants, deliverables, and incoming payments; tracking deadlines and external interactions; and maintaining paper files on grants.

3.- Communications and Program Interpretation

  • Provide timely analysis and information (including stories, pictures and videos) in English to CWS Communications area, advocacy allies and donors about CWS programs, partners and participant communities.


  • Work collaboratively with staff colleagues in the Latin America and Caribbean office
  • Translate documents as necessary to facilitate planning and communications
  • Perform other duties and activities as deemed necessary
  • Undertake other projects and leadership/management duties, including supervision of interns, as requested.

Understanding of global humanitarian and development opportunities and challenges; specific experience and knowledge related to Latin America and the Caribbean required.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor degree (Masters preferred) in a relevant subject e.g: social sciences, anthropology, development studies, NGO management.
  • At least 5 years professional experience in managing complex development projects ideally in Latin America and the Caribbean. Demonstrated experience of coordinating multi-country projects involving diverse local partners strongly preferred. Track record of establishing and nurturing true partnerships.
  • Knowledge and understanding of: land and natural resource rights, program management; resilient livelihood, food security, human rights and strengthening civil society.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in designing and managing implementation of Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks, ensuring accountability to both donors and target communities.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including skills in written and oral communications in English and Spanish; demonstrated knowledge and experience of social media a strong advantage.
  • Ability to organize work independently, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively within a team and in support of colleagues and partners and to provide leadership and direction while remaining respectful in potentially stressful environments.
  • Commitment to a partnership approach and to CWS core values
  • Willingness to spend significant amounts of the time working in the South American Chaco region (average of one week per month)