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Central America and Mexico Program Manager

Department: ANDE
Location: Guatemala City, GC

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Since its founding in 1949, the Institute has been driving change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most critical challenges facing communities in the United States and around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners.

Job Description

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) is looking for someone passionate about Small and Growing Businesses (SGBs) and their role in developing businesses models which create a more sustainable and equitable world.


ANDE is recruiting for a new Central America and Mexico Program Manager based in Guatemala on an initial three-year contract. The position will report to the Head of the Central America and Mexico Chapter. The position is contingent on contract award.

The work of ANDE

As the leading global voice of the SGB sector, ANDE believes that SGBs are a powerful yet underleveraged tool in addressing social and environmental challenges. Since 2009, ANDE has grown into a trusted network of nearly 300 collaborative members that operate in nearly every developing economy. ANDE works to grow the body of knowledge, mobilize resources, and connect the institutions that support the small business entrepreneurs. ANDE is part of the Aspen Institute, a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society.

Target Profile:

You are excited about taking on new tasks and challenges and are eager to create great relationships with others and you excel at organization, time management, project planning, and fixing problems on the fly. You think of yourself as the ultimate team player and leader and your team knows they can count on you to keep all the balls you are juggling in the air. The ideal candidate is as good at taking charge to get things done as they are to delegate tasks to a project team. This person is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the sector.

The Job Spec

You are excited about taking on new tasks and challenges and are eager to create great relationships with others and you excel at organization, time management, project planning, and fixing problems on the fly. You think of yourself as the ultimate team player and leader and your team knows they can count on you to keep all the balls you are juggling in the air. The ideal candidate is as good at taking charge to get things done as they are to delegate tasks to a project team. This person is excited about engaging with many cultures and learning about the SGB sector.

  • Day to day work involves grant-funded project management.
  • Leading the project team including regional staff with day-to-day support like organizing projects, process and strategy with clear timelines, deliverables and communication.
  • Acting as project manager for ANDEís U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Guatemala Entrepreneurship and Development Innovation initiative (GEDI). You know everything about the project and keep it moving.
  • Supporting programmatic activities, especially when in-person.
  • Each day will be different, but this role will provide exposure to a wide variety of skills experience and topic areas throughout the small and growing business space in developing countries.

Job Function:

The Program Manager is part of the Central America and Mexico team at ANDE. ANDE dedicated to delivering on the organizational mission through managing projects to the benefit of ANDE members and the broader SGB sector.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Project manage the USAID funded GEDI initiative including promoting, tracking completion of deliverables and support with budget tracking as needed, coordinating project with involved staff, communicating with funder(s) where appropriate, managing grant reports, and other project management tasks as needed.
  • Lead the design of the initiativeís workplan including programmatic activities and regranting facilities.
  • Design and manage the regranting facilities with a focus on de-risking investment.

Necessary Leadership Behaviors and Experience

  • Bachelorís degree with 5-7 years of progressive experience in program or project management minimum. Certification is a plus.
  • Proven ability to manage coordinators, consultants, and assistants to execute program tasks, providing oversight, direction, leadership, and support
  • Experience with databases and managing technology operations.
  • Fluent in Spanish and English. Excellent written and oral communications skills and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse groups of staff and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to handle deadlines, prioritize multiple and simultaneous tasks, and demonstrate strong project management skills.
  •  Background or familiarity with developing country small and growing business sector and impact investment preferred.
  • Ability to work productively both autonomously and with a small team.
  • Ability to report into multiple leadership positions.
  • Guatemalan or currently have work permission to work in Guatemala

Application Instructions - Please submit a cover letter including salary expectations and resume through the online portal. Applications without a cover letter and salary expectations will not be considered.

We are only recruiting candidates who are legally authorized to work in Guatemala and those who do not require sponsorship.

The Aspen Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all District and federal laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.

Candidate must have the ability to work under pressure and handle stress. Candidate must also have the ability to meet the regular attendance policy of the Aspen Institute.

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