Guatemala currently has one of the highest levels of poverty throughout Latin America, with rural areas and indigenous populations disproportionately affected. In recent years, the Guatemalan government has increased efforts towards poverty reduction and greater economic equality through the implementation of a number of agreements, national policies, and normative and political frameworks. The Community Economic Development (CED) Program supports a number of national strategies and creates a space for Volunteers to focus on prioritized populations (women, youth, and indigenous) through capacity building efforts with the overall goal of advancing gender equity and financial inclusion in the communities of Guatemala. The project has a two-pronged approach, focused on both strengthening organizations (governmental, non-governmental, and community-based) and the training of individuals in leadership positions to ensure the transfer of essential knowledge and practices—with a specific focus on personal money management skills and basic business skills-- to community members and leaders.
When working to strengthen organizations, Volunteers will work at the local, municipal (county) and departmental (state) levels to promote increased collaboration, information transfer and resource sharing between and among project stakeholders, which may include governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations. Volunteers will facilitate participatory tools and exercises with an assets-based approach to enable communities to recognize their strengths and be agents of their own change. They will also use coaching skills to support work partners to increase collaboration with strategic partners and contextualize and implement information transfer and resource sharing at the local level to the benefit of prioritized populations
Volunteers will also work to strengthen the capacity of community leaders and groups to implement projects that support and promote gender equity and financial inclusion in a participatory manner. This work may include helping to conduct a participatory organizational capacity assessment, co-planning and co-training asset-based community development sessions, and/or co-facilitating project design and management processes. In their day-to-day work, Volunteers play a critical role in accompanying organizations throughout their gradual organizational capacity development process by providing a unique ongoing and supportive presence.
When working with individuals, Volunteers will help train local actors on personal money management and basic business skills, as well as use coaching skills to help community members apply new skills and knowledge directly to their lives. These trainings will also include topics of gender equity and financial inclusion. Volunteers will co-facilitate participatory tools and exercises with work partners to identify and collaborate with local organizations for technical advice.
Work partners for CED Volunteers include representatives from the Women’s Secretary of the Presidency (SEPREM), Women’s Municipal Office (DMM), Ministry of Economy (MINECO), and local Economic Development Offices (OFE). In all facets of the CED program, Volunteers are always expected to take the role of a co-facilitator and co-trainer, to promote the sustainability of the project in the community. Volunteers’ projects and day-to-day activities are intended to contribute to improved performance of the community organizations with which they work; increased collaboration among community organizations that support prioritized populations; and greater local contextualization and implementation of nationally available resources to prioritized populations. Through the collective efforts of all CED Volunteers, the CED project will increase the agency of priority populations to advance gender equity and financial inclusion for both themselves and their communities.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check