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Project Manager Latam - Quito, Ecuador

Deadline: 22/10/2021

Earthworm Foundation (EF) is an international dynamic non-profit organization, which helps companies, transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

EF is seeking a Project Manager Latam, based in Quito, Ecuador.

EF is looking for a highly professional, passionate for social and environmental justice, motivated by working with and for supply chains that are good for nature and people to be part of our Ecuador office as full-time employ, supporting the LATAM region in implementing policies, commitments and actions of members and clients across Latam supply chains.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in more than 15 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects and build client relationships with exposure to different tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in field visits to companies operations and conduct interviews with employees and community members to evaluate the companies’ performance around sustainability priorities. Create reports on findings;
  • Develop and deliver training to companies’ staff, community participants and civil society representatives;
  • Provide training, advice and tools to companies on how to evaluate and address the social and environmental impacts of their operations;
  • Support activities to respect customary land rights, such as the implementation of Free, Prior, Informed Consent processes; documentation of traditional land tenure systems being used by local peoples; participatory mapping of customary land and resource use; and land conflict resolution processes;
  • Contribute to EF country and regional plans and initiatives to address social and environmental challenges in commodity supply chains;
  • Support the business development activities;
  • Prepare budgets and do administrative tasks for the regional office;
  • Identify companies and commodities that present opportunities to increase our impact on responsible commodity production in Latam;
  • Effectively represent EF at events and conferences;
  • Develop member-related communication tools and documents;
  • Communication with external stakeholders as necessary for outreach and research, and to develop strong relationships with other organizations and experts.

Additional expectation in being a good professional in the role:

  • Delivery on time and on budget;
  • Strong discipline of delivering quality outputs in a timely manner;
  • Consistent completion of required administrative tasks i.e. TS, Expenses, in accordance to the procedures in place;
  • Active contributing to the country and organizational goals;
  • Strive to live the EF values in everything they do;
  • Financial accountability, systematic checking of figures and budget availability;
  • Submission of timesheets within given timelines.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of Project Management or Business Management and Development experience in a relevant field. Ideally in the manufacturing, agriculture or forestry sectors touching supply chain management, procurement, quality control, environmental management, social impact or labor relations;
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline to the position and a minimum of 8 years relevant work experience;
  • Experience working on social aspects of natural resource management programs; and/or community development programs; and/or company operations;
  • Experience with working across multiple cultures & time zones;
  • Responsible, organized, honest, disciplined and committed person with work, with high capacity for teamwork, collaborative.

Personal characteristics:

  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability and supply chains.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive, self-motivated and has a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Strong facilitation and negotiation skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills;
  • Strong writing and reporting skills;
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Passion for high quality work;
    • Respect for each other.

Language skills:

  • Fluency in Spanish (native);
  • Proficiency in English (written & spoken).

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Based in Quito, Ecuador;
  • Local travel to companies and supply chains operations in Ecuador and occasionally other countries within the region;
  • For the development of his/her activities, he/she will be permanently coordinate with Line Manager and regional/global teams;
  • Work in-person and via phone and email with EF global teams and international company representatives.

Other information:

  • Fixed-term contract:
    • Start: Immediate;
    • End: June, 2022, possibility to be renewed based on available projects.
  • Authorisation to work in Ecuador required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to k.marcano@earthworm.org.

Please put your “last name” and “PROJECT MANAGER LATAM” (Example: PEREZ – PROJECT MANAGER LATAM) in the subject line of the email, application will be received by Friday 22nd of October 2021. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview over Skype.

Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.