Solar Project Coordinator

Since its formation four years ago, ClearWater has been supporting an indigenous-led movement for clean water, cultural survival, and rainforest protection in the northern Ecuadorian Amazon. What started as a project to provide clean drinking water to indigenous families by training local indigenous technicians, coordinators, and accountants has grown into the formation of an indigenous alliance with the goal of implementing community-led projects that empower indigenous peoples and their capacity to defend their lands and cultures against the threat of industrial destruction in the region.

ClearWater seeks an individual who is inspired by and committed to the struggles of indigenous peoples. This person is a motivated person who has experience working for nonprofits in field-based positions, takes initiative and is excited to spend time living, learning, and building together with the indigenous nationalities in their communities. This is not a job for the timid, the egotistical, or those afraid of spiders. This is a position for someone who feels truly passionate about indigenous territorial defense, human rights, and rainforest conservation and who is willing to get muddy in the process.

The ClearWater Solar Project Coordinator will be based in Lago Agrio, Ecuador. He or she will work closely with ClearWater’s staff and indigenous partner organization, the Ceibo Alliance, in leading the Solar Project, as well as with our Berlin-based partner, Love for Life. He or she will also support the organization in ongoing logistics, administration and capacity development work. Salary is competitive for the field.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience managing sustainable development work in rural communities with NGOs/nonprofit organizations (required)
  • Experience working in cross-cultural settings and in rural areas.  You have worked successfully for extended periods of time in remote areas with limited access to modern resources.
  • Organizational development experience, including participating in planning processes with grassroots organizations (a plus)
  • Administrative & logistical tasks experience
  • Spanish and English fluency (both written and spoken, required)
  • Knowledge and/or experience with solar technology and/or rainwater catchment systems (a plus but not required)
  • Humility, patience, a passion for learning, and the ability to drink chicha are all very important (if you already know what chicha is, you’re on the right track)
  • Capacity to evaluate complex situations and utilize wise and responsible judgment
  • Writing skills (blogs, foundation proposals, grant reporting)
  • Photography and videography skills (a plus)
  • Ability to work without much supervision
  • Valid drivers license

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the planning and project work for the Solar Project (including relationship building and work with international project partner)
  • Manage all project-related budgeting, procurement and logistics
  • Support capacity-building trainings for community Solar technicians
  • Support the logistics and administrative work of the ClearWater and Ceibo Alliance teams
  • Document Solar Project work and provide content for ClearWater’s social media platform and blog
  • Assist in grant proposal and report writing and project accounting
  • Translate program documents into English and Spanish
  • Travel to local communities in rural areas around the region (as required)

This position is based in Lago Agrio, Ecuador and requires 40-60% travel to rural areas. ClearWater is a small and dedicated team. The responsibilities for this position will vary and evolve.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to materials received by Friday, September 8th. Expected start date is as soon as possible in September 2017! All interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter in English and Spanish as attachments with “Solar Project Coordinator” written in the subject line to: shanti@giveclearwater.org.