Project Coordinator (Livelihoods)

About Voices GY

Voices GY is a registered Guyanese non-profit organisation, active since April 2018. Our mission is to strengthen social cohesion, cultural integration and human rights in the country through targeted projects and partnerships. As an organisation, we are founded on a community-based approach towards a more cohesive and inclusive Guyana. Previous projects have included English tuition for migrants and refugees; support through training and grants to migrant entrepreneurs; regional needs assessments on education and social integration; mental health support; social cohesion events; and multimedia productions on minority rights and cultures.

Background

Approximately +14,000 Venezuelans, Returning Guyanese and indigenous refugees have entered and become resident in all regions of Guyana in recent years. Among the range of legal, social, educational and psychological challenges that migrants are exposed to both in periods of transit and once resident is the need for targeted livelihood support. The prevalence of unemployment and the precarious conditions under which employed migrants often work not only exacerbate other difficulties, but also compound the pressures and dependencies upon host communities.

Migrants residing in border regions (particularly Regions 1, 7 and 9) face a different set of challenges to those residing in urban centres, including isolation from markets; lack of access to basic services and humanitarian aid; lack of internet access and skills training; and in some cases a lack of land on which to undertake subsistence activities. Host communities, in turn, are often disproportionately burdened by the arrival of migrants who may place strains on already-under pressure health and education services; land and food resources; and, in some cases, law and order as a result of increased subsistence theft. 

On the other hand, the challenges faced by migrants in urban settings are often skewed towards other priority areas. In order for migrants in Guyana to access the job market (either through employment or through entrepreneurship) a number of barriers exist, including a lack of resources; a lack of accurate, consistent and accessible information; anecdotal evidence of a prevalence of discrimination and exploitation in the workplace; legal obstacles in the obtainment of documentation and registration; lack of access to financing opportunities and credits; and more. Whilst some migrants will seek to start their own businesses, others may be more comfortable working within existing Guyanese companies, often as unskilled labourers.

 

About the role

After successfully piloting support through online capacity building and micro-finance to ten Venezuelan entrepreneurs in 2020, Voices GY will once again partner with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Guyana during 2021. In this extended project, training and grants will initially be provided to twenty selected migrant entrepreneurship initiatives in regions 3, 4 and 9. This support will be complemented by the parallel development of an entrepreneurship guide for migrants; outreach and collaboration with the private sector to establish stronger dialogue with potential employers of migrants; and translation of key information and documentations to facilitate the legal establishment of migrant-owned enterprises in Guyana.

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the satisfactory completion of all project deliverables, including the procurement and purchase of grant items to beneficiaries. Throughout the Project Coordinator’s term, he/she will be required to maintain strong communication with the Voices GY team, our partners, and the beneficiaries. 

The Project Coordinator will be assisted in their work and will report to the Project Manager, and will have oversight over the Project Assistant.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To participate in meetings with Voices GY management, partners and beneficiaries as and when required.

  • To represent Voices GY in communication with a range of third-party actors, including institutional stakeholders (GRA, Department of Citizenship, etc.) and private sector counterparts.

  • To maintain close oversight of the development of beneficiary-led projects, through virtual communication and physical site visits.

  • To visit institutions with beneficiaries to support with legal and institutional compliance.

  • To attend and support online training and capacity building sessions.

  • To work with the Project Assistant to undertake the timely procurement of grant items and coordinate delivery and handover

  • To prepare project reports and basic accounting records

  • To lead the organisation and logistics of a final graduation event

  • To work with the Project Manager to identify key stakeholders and undertake outreach to private sector leaders.

  • To organise meetings and public talks with private sector involvement.

  • To provide input, ideas and revision to the Entrepreneurship Guide.

  • To coordinate with partners in government for the translation and distribution of work materials, and distribute these once produced.

  • To oversee and coordinate the work of the Project Assistant

  • To work with the Project Manager to coordinate outreach to region 1.

 

Requirements

  • Education: An undergraduate degree in a related field and 4+ years’ experience OR a postgraduate degree in a related field and 3+ years’ experience.

  • Experience: in the areas of small business & entrepreneurship, livelihoods support and financing, humanitarian assistance, economic development, community empowerment, or other similar areas.

  • Languages: Ability to communicate in spoken English and Spanish (B2 level or above)

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders including CSOs, government institutions, intergovernmental organizations and suppliers (private sector)

  • Experience coordinating staff and/or volunteers

  • Experience with remote work is a plus.

  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) and Google Drive

  • Strong communication and teamwork skills, punctuality and self-drive

  • Experience with financial reporting is a plus

 

*This position is full-time and based in Georgetown, Guyana*

To Apply

To apply, send the following documents to voicesgy@gmail.com by 12 midday on Monday 14th December. Applicants who fail to provide all documents will not be considered.

  • Cover Letter

  • CV

  • Contact details for 2 referees (email and telephone)

 

Voices GY is not only an Equal Opportunities Employer – diversity is at the root of all that we do and strive for. We welcome applicants of all backgrounds and identities to apply and enrich the work we undertake.