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Job Title: Program Officer, New York, NY (Apply by Feb. 1, 2019)

Job Title: Country Coordinator in Armenia (Apply by Dec. 21, 2018)

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Job Title: Program Officer

Location: New York, NY

Deadline: Apply by February 1, 2019

Pure Earth

Pure Earth (formerly Blacksmith Institute) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. Since its inception in 1999, Pure Earth has completed more than 50 cleanup projects in 22 countries.

Hazards of Pollution

Industrial wastes, air emissions, and legacy pollution affect the health of more than 100 million people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk. Tens of thousands of people are poisoned and killed each year. Others have reduced neurological development, damaged immune systems, and long-term health problems.

Focus on Highly Polluted Places

The priority of Pure Earth is to work in locations throughout low- and middle-income countries where human health is most affected by pollution.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Assist in development and monitoring of annual work plans, budgets, and associated deliverables;
  • Prepare, edit, and disseminate project-related reports and documents, including progress updates, project inception, mid-term, and final documents and reports, blog posts and other social media, and academic articles on research;
  • Prepare project contract documents (subcontracts, sub-agreements, purchase orders, and Memoranda of Understanding) as requested;
  • Oversee all domestic and international project-related travel processes. Seek any necessary funder approvals and prepare required documentation;
  • Work closely with the country and headquarters finance teams to develop, monitor, track and analyze annual, quarterly and monthly expenditures compared to project budgets. Ensure that project budget projections are accurate and expenditures and contracts are properly tracked and documented;
  • Review expense reports, cash requests, and timesheets and collaborate with finance staff and country offices to correct any errors identified and all quarterly financial filings are prepared accurately and submitted to funders on time;
  • Ensure grants compliance;
  • Manage procurement process, serving as headquarters point person as needed in the field, particularly during risk mitigation projects;
  • Liaise with field office staff on all operational, technical and project-related concerns including personnel issues, annual reviews, and hiring decisions;
  • Facilitate consultant involvement in field work including contracting, expense reports, invoicing, accounts payable, and reporting;
  • Participate in proposal writing, budget development, and strategic initiatives for the program team as a whole as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • A Master’s degree in public health, environmental science, or related field;
  • A minimum of 5 years of project management experience;
  • Excellent written communication in English;
  • Experience in finance, administration, and management, developing and tracking budgets, logistics and operations;
  • Experience with US government-funded projects highly desirable;
  • General knowledge of environmental health, international development, or related field desirable;
  • Comfortable working with remote teams as well as acting independently, multitasking and prioritizing, working under pressure and meeting tight deadlines;
  • Ability to work and communicate with a diverse group of people of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including editing and writing skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint required;
  • GIS or statistical analysis skills highly desirable;
  • Fluency in Bahasa, French, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, or Vietnamese beneficial.

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to travel locally and internationally up to 30% of the time;
  • Position is based in an office, requiring sitting at a desk most of the day;
  • Field work can be physically demanding in difficult climates;
  • Requires lifting of 10-25 lbs. and carrying equipment during travel and field work;
  • Position is based in Pure Earth’s New York headquarters at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY. Relocation is not funded.

Compensation and Benefits

USD 50-70k/ year depending on experience. Standard benefits package.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to jobs@pureearth.org 

 

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Job Title: Country Coordinator in Armenia

Location: Yerevan, Armenia

Deadline: Apply by Dec. 21, 2018.

Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute
Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute is an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving
pollution problems in low and middle-income countries, where human health is at risk. Since its
inception in 1999, Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute has completed more than 70 cleanup projects in 21 countries.

Hazards of Pollution
Industrial wastes, air emissions, and legacy pollution affect the health of more than 100 million
people worldwide. Women and children are especially at risk. Tens of thousands of people are
poisoned and killed each year. Others have reduced neurological development, damaged
immune systems, and long-term health problems. The number of people affected is comparable
to HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. Yet pollution is one of the most underreported and underfunded
problems in the world.

Focus on Highly Polluted Places
The priority of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute is to work in locations throughout the developing world where human health is most affected by pollution. Our programs involve a multi-step process of:

  • Identifying polluted places in the developing world, with nominations received from
    members of the international community and through the internet;
  • Assessing the health risks at those locations by:
    – Reviewing nominations with a Technical Advisory Board of leading international specialists on a rolling monthly basis.
    – Visiting candidate sites with likely high health risk implication, and conducting an Initial Site Screening, a triage protocol that validates likely health implications, and enables the design of an intervention.
  • Designing and implementing a remediation strategy tailored to the specifics of the site in question, using local champions to implement the project in a cooperative fashion.

Country Coordinator
The Country Coordinator reports to the Regional Director(s) and is responsible for carrying
out the following activities:

  1. Coordinate projects of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute with the EECA Program Director (“Regional
    Director”) to identify, hire and train Toxic Sites Identification Program Independent Investigators with appropriate skills, experience and local knowledge.
  2. In coordination with the Regional Director, organize training sessions for Independent Investigators to learn the ISS protocols.
  3. Coordinate with Independent Investigators in the assigned country and coordinate Initial Site Screenings, including locations, priorities, timeframes, budgets, goals, logistics, and other issues as required.
  4. Review proposed sites before assessments are conducted to ensure that they are appropriate and within the scope of the Toxic Sites Identification Program.
  5. Review Investigator’s financial reports and expenditures to ensure complete and honest reporting.
  6. Conduct ISSs at suspected contaminated sites, either as an independent investigator or as part of training and quality oversight for independent Investigators.
  7. Prepare monthly reports on TSIP activities within the country and submit the reports to the Regional Program Director.
  8. Review all Initial Site Screenings submitted to the database in the country to ensure their completeness, accuracy, and clarity.
  9. Review older Initial Site Screenings that are not marked “approved” and respond to comments by Regional Directors and technical staff.
  10. Coordinate Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute or Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute partner projects in the stated country, including coordinating and managing as necessary matters related to contracts, logistics, project schedule, quality, health and safety, expenses, payments, government
    approvals, communications, stakeholder relations and reports.
  11. Arrange and coordinate meetings with governments, partners, contractors and others as necessary.
  12. Manage communications on behalf of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute with governments, partners, contractors and stakeholders, and manage Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute contractor, partner or donor relationships in the stated country.
  13. Represent Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute, the Toxic Sites Identification Program and Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute projects appropriately before the public, governments, and stakeholders.
  14. Assist Program Directors in creating reports and summaries relating to the TSIP
    program, projects, pollution issues or other matters relating to Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute work; such reports may be for donors, governments, partners or the public.

Requirements

Skills and Experience

  1. Minimum three years of relevant work experience in the field of environmental health,
    environmental management, international development, or other related field.
  2. Minimum one year of project or program management experience.
  3. Excellent computer skills, including fluency with MS Office.
  4. Ability to operate comfortably and effectively in diverse cultural environments.
  5. Ability to speak publicly.
  6. Ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identify
    priority activities and assignments; adjust priorities as required; allocate appropriate
    amount of time and resources for completing work; foresee risks and allow for
    contingencies when planning; monitor and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
    use time efficiently
  7. Ability to work autonomously.
  8. Experience with grants management and reporting.

Education
An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in a relevant discipline is preferred. A first level university degree in combination with seven years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.

Language
Fluency in English and Armenian, both written and oral, is required.

Travel
This position requires occasional traveling within the country.

Compensation
This is a position with varied number of hours per months depending on the program activities in the country. Most common compensation is about 1000 USD/month.

Equal Opportunity Employment
It is the policy of Pure Earth/Blacksmith Institute to provide equal opportunity for all qualified persons and not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

How to Apply
Apply by Dec. 21, 2018. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to julia@pureearth.org