Program Officers, Latin America & the Caribbean
Haiti Programs, US Based
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The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, a leading philanthropic force helping communities create the conditions children need to thrive and the nation’s fifth largest foundation, is seeking nominations and applications for two Program Officers for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs, one focused on Health and another one focused on Income Generation, for its programs in Haiti. In recent years, the foundation has sharpened its focus on improving conditions for vulnerable children, concentrating on three key factors of success and their intersections: education and learning; food, health, and well-being; and family economic security. The Haiti team partners closely with community stakeholders and policy makers to create a network of organizations working together to advance Haiti’s economic stability, racial equity, and community and civic engagement, while increasing access to quality education, healthy food, and medical care for children and families in need.
Serving under Rui Mesquita Cordeiro, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Programs, and alongside with Alix Cantave (Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, focused on Haiti) the two new Program Officers will provide expanded leadership to key program efforts that nurture opportunities for positive, systemic change in health and economic development in southwest and central Haiti. The new Program Officers will have the unique opportunity to build new partnerships and expand the foundation’s work in the region to address both immediate and long term challenges by: enhancing partnerships with community networks and alliances working toward improving the quality, access, and management of food and water systems within rural communities; partnering with local economic and financial institutions to better support and increase income-generating activities in ways that are culturally relevant and appropriate as well as training, education, and technical assistance; and building capacity in the healthcare workforce so mothers and babies have increased access to culturally competent healthcare from birth to early childhood. These initiatives are focused on improving conditions for vulnerable children and families and the communities where they live. The new Program Officers will join a dynamic, passionate, and committed team based in Boston, Mexico City, and Battle Creek, Michigan dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Haiti.
The successful candidate for each role will possess a deep and sophisticated understanding of the socio-political contours of Haiti. S/he will possess demonstrated organizing experience including the skill to facilitate authentic, productive dialogue within diverse communities and settings, and will have the cultural fluency to curate a portfolio reflective of the community’s needs and responsive to the wisdom of local mores and leadership. The new Program Officers will bring a strong team orientation, a high tolerance for ambiguity, and the ability to adapt quickly to change. Substantial work experience in health or economic development in Haiti as well as fluency in Haitian Creole, French, and English are required. A Master’s degree in health, health policy, social work, public administration, economic development or a field relevant to the portfolio is preferred. This position is based in the US with extensive travel expected. US work authorization is required.
This search is being conducted with the assistance of Carolyn Ho and Courtney Thomas of Nonprofit
Professionals Advisory Group. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary expectations, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: WKKFPOHAITI@nonprofitprofessionals.com. Please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.