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Mission and Vision

GOAL began operating in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1998, when the organization responded to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, which left more than 10,000 people dead or missing, displaced hundreds of thousands and delayed economic development in the subregion by decades.  In the years that followed, GOAL implemented a major emergency rescue and recovery program focused primarily on Honduras, which was the country most affected by the disaster. Following this relief effort, GOAL established a regional base in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, from where it began to develop a broader program in the LAC (Latin America and Caribbean) region to respond to the humanitarian needs of this disaster-prone region and address the root cause of vulnerability and poverty related to high levels of social exclusion and inequality. GOAL currently employs around 200 employees in the LAC region and implements projects/programs in Honduras, Colombia, Haiti, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic and aims to expand operations to Paraguay and other LAC countries.

Internships with GOAL in Honduras offer university students and recent graduates the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to their mandate, their lines of work and the actions that are being developed in the country. Under the supervision of a staff member of the Grants Unit, the intern can gain a deeper understanding of GOAL's organizational objectives in Honduras in humanitarian aid, especially in the fields of population and development, gender, livelihoods, early warning systems.  These internships are not considered as professional practices, nor are they framed under the national norm of this figure.

Grants Department

The grants and new business unit is part of the knowledge management unit, focuses its actions on identifying, building initiatives, and following up on project initiatives until their approval-financing, works in coordination with monitoring and evaluation, and communications.

General summary of the Grants Internship:

  • You will support with your internship the Honduras and Colombia office with his internship in all matters pertaining to the grant portfolio, multi-donor contracts and with Donors and other stakeholders.
  • With your internship you will support the Country Director (CD), Program Director (ACDP), Program Managers (PM) and Donor Compliance Manager and other staff members.
  • You will be actively involved in pursuing new donor opportunities; monitor donor trends; lead/collaborate in the proposal development process to produce high-quality concept notes and proposals in English.

The Intern will support with the following functions or activities:

  • Organize meetings
  • Work plans.
  • Tracking progress and research key areas to feed into the program design
  • Support with concept notes and new proposals to different donors in collaboration with Headquarters and the Department of Labor.
  • It will be part of the harmonization of grant management approaches, systems, procedures and strategies at the level of both countries.

Essential functions of the internship for the Grants Department:

Proposal Development:

  1. A. and distributing information to relevant staff (Opportunity Tracker).
  2. Actively support in the development of concept notes and high-quality proposals (RFP/RFA) in English and Spanish.
  3. Contribute to the logistics of grant opening meetings, grant closing meetings.
  4. Support in the presentation of new projects in global, regional or high-risk Project Review Committees (PRCs).
  5. Assist in the follow-up and updating on the site of the winning proposals team in Sharepoint (improve as needed).
  6. Support in ensuring that all the unit information is entered and updated in sharepoint.
  7. Assist in updating proposals and the reporting schedule.
  8. Have an involvement in donors and partners communication when developing proposals or reports.
  9. Be part of the Liaison Team with other departments to highlight and, when necessary, support in resolving identified grant management issue.
  10. Assist in the review or preparation of contracts and agreements.
  11. Support in the timely translation of the request for proposals from English to Spanish for the technical team.

Other activities that the Intern is required to support:

  1. Review, edit the Bi-weekly Report with all inputs from relevant parties in the Country Office, and send the final draft to the Country Director for submission.
  2. Provide general support for the implementation of contracts to all offices.
  3. Actively support the management of consulting agreements.

Intern Profile:

  • Student of the careers of Business Administration, Project Management
  • Preferred Master (MBA, PM, Finance).
  • Professional fluency 100% English both written and oral. (This will be evaluated.)

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in Spanish and English.
  • 100% professional fluency in English (oral and written).
  • Highly organized.
  • Methodical and strategic thinker.
  • Project management skills.
  • Good interpersonal skills.
  • Leadership (ability to lead by example)
  • Public speaking skills.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Power Point, others).

RESOURCES

  • The incumbent will receive logistical support (computer, cell phone) and transportation, when necessary for project activities.
  • The incumbent will have a physical space available to work in the GOAL office in Tegucigalpa or Colombia.
  • GOAL will provide the necessary biosecurity equipment to carry out the project activities.

SAFEGUARD

Children and adults in vulnerable situations must be protected to the greatest extent possible from deliberate or inadvertent actions and failures that put them at risk of abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and other harm. One of the ways GOAL demonstrates this ongoing commitment to protection is to include rigorous background checks and references in the screening process for all candidates.

RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN THE GOAL

Along with our Safeguarding Policy, GOAL is an equal opportunity employer and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offering a job with GOAL is expected to adhere to the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Comply with GOAL's policies and procedures regarding safeguarding, the Code of Conduct, health and safety, data protection and confidentiality, do no harm principles and unacceptable behavior protocols.
  • Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or adult in a vulnerable situation, or any irregularities within our programming area.
  • Report any concerns about inappropriate behavior by GOAL staff or partners.

About the Intern’s Position:

At the end of the period, the interested party will be provided with all the documentation that supports and validates the development of the professional practice / internship / volunteering. Likewise, and according to the performance evaluation, the corresponding letters of recommendation and work certificates are extended.

GOAL has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Child Protection Policy, which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants and children from exploitation. GOAL also has a confidentiality policy ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of GOAL, acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organisation without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL will be expected to adhere to these policies any job offer made is also subject to police clearance. GOAL is an equal opportunities employer.

This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL reserves the right to change this document. Any published closing dates are estimated.  Due to the nature of GOAL’s work we aim to fill vacancies as quickly as possible.  This means that we will close adverts as soon as we have found the right candidate and this may be before the published closing date.  We would therefore advise interested applicants to submit an application as early as possible.