Guatemala: Local Programme Assistant

Organization: Li Ch'utam
Country: Guatemala
Closing date: 31 Dec 2016

Local Programme Assistant (LPA)

LICHUTAM is an international development organization based in El Valle del Polochic – Guatemala, working with an indigenous Maya community with the aim of promoting sustainable development and improving their livelihoods through innovative solutions. The Polochic Valley is one of the most disadvantaged areas of Guatemala. Education is still a privilege only few can afford as most rural communities are affected by low income, high levels of poverty and low access to basic services (health, electricity, water). Our projects serve two Maya Q’eqchi speaking communities –‘Nueva Mercedes’ and ‘La Ceiba’, a population total of 600 people.

We are a small and young organization, a group of eager and practical people that want to make a difference in development. We are recruiting a Local Programme Assistant for a flexible term (ending in August 2017), the support the current Local Programme Coordinator (LPC). The LPA will assist the LPC in leading a team of up to 3 volunteers to implement the following projects , and in the project implementation itself:

  1. Supporting teachers in the classroom at the primary school in Nueva Mercedes;

  2. Extracurricular Activities, computer classes, arts and crafts and mind-training games and sports;

  3. Scholarship Program: monthly scholarships to students in Secondary School and High School;

  4. Family Projects: kitchen gardens, teaching planting/harvesting techniques, providing technical support.

Job Profile

Main Responsibilities:

· Assist in field coordination and management of LICHUTAM projects (planification, implementation and evaluation);

· Support the management of local and international volunteers;

· Contribute, as designated by LPC, administrative follow-up and budget control of the projects;

· Actively contribute on field reporting to LICHUTAM International Board (Guatemala and Germany);

· Support the LPC in partnership network development (local and international NGOs, governmental agencies, associations, local schools, etc.)

· Develop a trustful relationship with the community;

· Assist in managing and updating social networks, writing articles for blog;

· Other support as might be assigned by LPC in order to successfully implement the projects and Li ch’utam’s strategy/objectives.

Candidate profile

We are looking for a commitment up until August 2017 in the field, in order to support the current LPC. Simultaneously develop a long-term relationship of trust with the Maya community and take ownership within the organization.


BA or MA in a relevant discipline (e.g. development, social sciences, international relations, economics)


· Fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken);

· Team management and coordination ;

· Project Cycle Management;

· Ability to adapt to a tropical climate in a rural environment;

· Ability to work in an international, multicultural, multiethnic environment and intercultural communication skills;


· "Hands-on" attitude & result-based management*;

· Field experience in developing countries is desirable;

· Solution oriented and able to multitask/ set priorities.

Conditions :

· All living and operational expenses (accommodation, food and local work-related travel) covered by LI’ CHUTAM;

· Volunteers together in the “El Igloo’ lodge – a modern European style house with all commodities (water, electricity, gas, high-speed internet) provided;

· A recommendation letter upon successful completion of the assignment will be provided upon demand.

IMPORTANT : We do not cover the flight costs to Guatemala and we cannot offer a salary.

This is a unique opportunity to gain humanitarian field experience for those of you looking to pursue a career in international development, to live at the heart of a one of the most beautiful tropical regions of Central America, to improve your Spanish skills and to lead a young team in a grassroots organization. The LPA role suits highly motivated people who want to make a visible difference in local development.

How to apply:


Please send CV and Cover Letter to and This position is to start as soon as possible and will be closed when a suitable candidate is identified.

If you are a successful applicant, we will contact you to arrange a Skype interview shortly.

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