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Readvertised: Education Program Development Manager

Refugio Rafael
Cochabamba, Bolivia

Job Description

Job Description


Refugio Rafael is a non-profit project under the direction of the Ayllu Foundation of Bolivia and World Peaces of Columbus, Ohio. Our mission is to provide a secure, nurturing environment for families while also providing community-wide opportunities for economic and educational development.

Refugio Rafael is located in the heart of a Quechua community outside the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia. The refugio is a unique community support facility, staffed by local people and assisted by international partners. It provides supplemental education, economic development, medical assistance, and a secure home for single parent families.

World Peaces is actively fundraising to support our mission and improve the quality of our educational programming. Refugio Rafael currently provides basic ECD and Remedial Education for primary and secondary grade students.

Reports to: Board Development Chair                                                 

Duty station: Cochabamba, Bolivia                                       

Duration: Full-time, 3-6 months (negotiable), extension contingent on fundraising

Compensation: Contingent on fundraising

Start date: July 1, 2023

Role and responsibilities

The Education Program Development Manager (PDM) will lead on institutional fundraising for our mission, including compensation for the position. The PDM will also be responsible for program quality and the re-alignment of our programming with INEE Minimum Standards. Day-to-day responsibilities may include:

  • Representing the refugio in Education Sector and Working Group forums as a technical professional
  • Liaise and collaborate with relevant local authorities and other key stakeholders
  • Revising educational content in an inclusive, culturally aware manner
  • Engaging with other mission-aligned NGOs on the ground
  • Coordinating and responding to external fundraising opportunities as they arise, with a focus on securing multi-year grants
  • Mapping of institutional and foundation donors; creating and implementing a grant-based fundraising strategy
  • Creating and implementing a strategy to double the reach of after-school programming, with a focus on targeting the most vulnerable children, particularly girls
  • Elevate refugio programming from Remedial Education (homework help, after-school clubs) to more structured Non-Formal Education (NFE)
  • Creating an action plan alongside local government to expand the reach of the refugio to a mega hogar, providing community center and education services to the community
  • Lead on development and writing of project proposals/logframes/workplans/budgets in line with the fundraising strategy; design technical direction and ensure high quality of projects
  • Coordinate and manage Education project implementation (activities, budget and project documentation) in line with proposals, strategies and donor requirements once funding acquired
  • Provide supervision, motivation, and support to the Education team, including recruitment, orientation, training, and performance management
  • Ensure capacity building of project staff and the transfer of key skills; support capacity building of teachers and other education personnel
  • Other duties as assigned

Desired competencies

  • Candidates with a university and/or advanced degree preferred; relevant experience in the field of Education, PSS or Child Protection considered in lieu
  • Documented results related to the position’s responsibilities
  • Solid computer skills, including MS Word, PPT, Excel
  • Demonstrated intercultural communication skills
  • Experience working in low resource settings
  • Ability to work diligently both independently and in a team setting
  • Knowledge about own leadership skills/profile
  • Knowledge of the Education context in Bolivia
  • Experience working with children and/or educators required
  • Experience liaising with multiple stakeholders including government, donor, UN and NGO partners an asset
  • Experience with strategic development, including proposal and budget creation
  • Experience with project/program start-up/scale-up an asset
  • Understanding of SPHERE and INEE Minimum Standards preferred
  • Eligibility for a Bolivian visa is required
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, both written and verbal, is required; Quechua an asset

Application Process

Application Process

What we offer

  • Travel and lodging to/from duty station
  • Ability to set your own salary, within reason, contingent on fundraising
  • Opportunities to conduct research and grow your academic portfolio
  • Opportunities to apply the INEE MS in real time
  • Growth and development opportunities with support from a diverse, international and intercultural women-led team
  • Opportunities to build the brand and portfolio of a growing non-profit
  • Individual support and mentorship from a global roving Education in Emergencies Specialist from a high-profile INGO


  • Please send a current PDF of your CV to and include “Education PDM” in the subject line. In lieu of cover letter, send a message in the body of the email (max 250 words) confirming your understanding of the compensation structure. Please describe one possible approach to raising those funds in brief.
  • Questions may be directed to the email address above.
  • Graduate students and researchers are encouraged to apply; the World Peaces team can provide strong support for research and academic grant proposals beyond the scope of this assignment.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
  • To stay true to our mission, those who identify as women, immigrants, Indigenous peoples, or with ties to Central and South America are strongly encouraged to apply. Due to the nature of the position, native Spanish speakers will be prioritized.