Careers – Jobs, Fellowships and Internships

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Want to work with VEGA? We are often seeking to hire part-time paid interns and consultants and full-time fellows and staff to work in our home office in Washington, D.C.

VEGA is led by a tightly knit team of dedicated staff who are passionate about volunteering, economic growth and collaboration.

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Available Positions:

Program Manager
Communications & Advocacy Fellow

Intern with us

Part-time interns work with the Programs, Business Development, and Communications & Advocacy teams at VEGA on integrated projects for up to 20 hours per week. Our internships are hands-on and and a great way to get involved in the D.C. international development community.

Interns receive an hourly wage and 100 percent Metro transportation reimbursement. Most internships last 4-6 months and hours are flexible. Applications are considered on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you are interested in working with VEGA as an intern, please send a letter of inquiry to jobs@vegaalliance.org.

Available Positions:

Farmer-to-Farmer Intern

Become a consultant for us

VEGA frequently hires fee-based and pro bono consultants to work with us on a part-time basis on adhoc projects. These project might include proposal development, research, or knowledge management. If you are interested in working with VEGA as a part-time consultant, please send a letter of inquiry to jobs@vegaalliance.org.

Available Positions:

Evaluation Committee Specialist

Available Position Descriptions


Program Manager 

Location: Washington, D.C.
Start Date:  
August 2017

Summary
Are you passionate about project management and looking for an opportunity to broaden your skills with a small, growing, tight-knit, dynamic, and collegial team of professionals? Are you interested in collaborating with thirty prominent economic-growth NGOs and USAID to further a wide array of economic growth programs worldwide? Do you want to avoid being pigeon-holed into one skill set and seek to learn and grow in a number of areas including knowledge management, grants management, volunteer impact, and evaluation? Does the power and impact of volunteerism resonate with you?

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) is seeking candidates for a Program Manager position. The Program Manager will be responsible for the management and support of a select portfolio of Associate Awards under VEGA’s Leader with Associate Award (LWA) with USAID and management of sub-awards under the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project (SPSP). Under VEGA’s F2F SPSP Program, the Program Manager will provide capacity building support to ensure that sub-awardees meet Farmer-to-Farmer program requirements and uphold best practices in international volunteer management.

Responsibilities for the management of sub-awards and Associate Awards under both F2F SPSP and VEGA LWA sub-awards includes monitoring program progress; assuring compliance with USAID rules and regulations; maintaining positive relationships with USAID/donors, implementing organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

In addition, the Program Manager will contribute to business development and communication efforts; assist with the implementation of VEGA and F2F knowledge management activities; and contribute to ongoing efforts to improve VEGA and F2F SPSP program management policies and procedures.

The Program Manager will report directly to the Managing Director of Programs and Compliance but will work with all VEGA staff members.

Responsibilities

1. LWA Program Management

  • For those programs assigned, liaise and serve as the primary point of contact with Missions/Bureaus to ensure that all Associate Award requirements are fulfilled and obligations are met in a comprehensive and timely manner;
  • Monitor and proactively engage with implementing partners to support and ensure compliance by the Implementing Organizations with VEGA budget planning, management, reporting requirements, and other terms and conditions outlined in the sub-award;
  • Support or lead the management of LWA proposal competitions. Tasks include: recruiting an external proposal evaluation committee (PEC), communicating among membership on deadlines and required documents per the NoFO, serving as the Secretariat during PEC meetings, conducting award negotiation and executing awards between VEGA, USAID, and the Implementing Organization.
  • Ensure timely and quality program and financial reporting by VEGA and the Implementing Organizations, as required by Associate Awards;
  • Adhere to VEGA’s Standard Operating Procedures in management of the sub-awards;

2. Farmer-to-Farmer Program Management

  • Provide support and capacity building to sub-awardees to meet F2F requirements. This can include, but is not limited to, support with: award compliance, fielding volunteers, safety and security, monitoring and evaluation, budgeting, communications, and program management;
  • For those F2F SPSP Grants assigned: review milestone submissions to ensure all milestones are met with sufficient verification; review monthly updates, work plans and final reports; ensure M&E reporting is submitted with accuracy and quality; review PDP invoices for completeness, compliance, and accuracy; conduct site visits as needed; coordinate between grantee, VEGA, and USAID to address any challenges or concerns during grant implementation;
  • Support the F2F SPSP Project Director in semi-annual, annual, and final report writing; knowledge management initiatives; and M&E data collection and verification;
  • Provide any additional support, as needed, to the SPSP Director.

 3. VEGA Organizational Support

  • For all programs assigned, serve as the primary liaison with Implementing Organizations and the VEGA’s Managing Director of Advocacy Communications to gather information for VEGA success stories, knowledge sharing amongst Members, and data to support VEGA’s mission;
  • Contribute to VEGA’s strategic plan through supporting the Program Department’s objectives and work plan;
  • Assist with coordination of VEGA Quarterly Program Management Meetings
  • Conduct vetting per VEGA’s standard operating procedures on new VEGA Members and annually on existing members;
  • Represent VEGA at conferences, working groups, webinars, and other events;
  • Support other ongoing or new VEGA programs as required and needed.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in a field relevant to international development; Master’s preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of experience working in an international NGO environment.
  • Experience managing USAID cooperative agreements, grants, or sub-awards, with knowledge of 2 CFR 200 and ADS.
  • Experience serving as a volunteer or knowledge of best practices in international volunteer management.
  • Experiencing providing capacity building services to NGOs to improve policies and systems.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work under pressures and tight deadlines with accuracy, professionalism, and a sense of humor.
  • Experience living or working overseas for an extended period of time a plus.

Application Instructions
VEGA will conduct interviews on a rolling basis until the position is filled. To apply, please send a resume, a cover letter with salary requirement to jobs@vegaalliance.org.

Compensation
Salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s experience. VEGA offers an excellent benefits package.

VEGA is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.

About VEGA
The Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that brings together its 30 members to implement economic growth projects overseas. Our member organizations incorporate highly-skilled volunteers into their programs. Our mission is to mobilize our Alliance’s 100,000 highly-skilled volunteers to stimulate sustainable economic growth in emerging markets. We believe that increasing economic growth is the best way to help people lift themselves out of poverty and improve their quality of life. That’s why our programs are committed to serving women, youth, and others who are ready to be entrepreneurs or learn new business skills. Our core values are:

  • We believe economic growth that emphasizes innovation, local partnerships, and integrated solutions, is the best way to promote prosperity
  • We believe in the power of volunteerism
  • We believe in the spirit of collaboration as an alliance of NGOs partnering with donors and corporate, philanthropic, and community organizations


Communications and Advocacy Fellow

Location: Washington, D.C.
Start Date:  
September 2017

Job Description

The Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) seeks a Communications and Advocacy Fellow to be based in Washington, D.C. for a temporary one-year, full-time paid fellowship with generous benefits which could become a permanent employment opportunity based on performance and budget considerations. The Communications and Advocacy Fellow will report to the Managing Director of Communications and Advocacy to provide critical support for the organization—with about 50% support specifically for the Farmer-to-Farmer Program.

This is a very hands-on position that offers a variety of extraordinary opportunities for an individual interested in global development, economic growth, volunteerism, communications, advocacy, Congress, State, USAID, government, research, social media, websites, blogging, writing & editing, graphic design, database management, surveys and nonprofits.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create content and graphics for VEGA websites, including VEGAalliance.org and Farmer-to-Farmer.org; social media; marketing materials; Annual Report; and other publications
  • Oversee/manage daily upkeep of VEGA websites, including basic troubleshooting and editing
  • Produce content for and manage dissemination of monthly VEGA Newsletter, F2F Newsletter and other email communications
  • Contribute to VEGA’s and F2F’s social media outreach and campaigns using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn
  • Conduct research and produce content to support advocacy efforts including producing hill packets, relevant promotional one-pagers, MOC profiles and volunteer profiles
  • Assist with outreach to members, partners and stakeholders on advocacy and communication campaigns
  • Track and analyze metrics across communication channels
  • Support and contribute to knowledge management and dissemination for VEGA programs and members and for F2F community
  • Monitor and research VEGA Member, F2F Implementing Partner, and key potential partners/stakeholder websites and social media accounts and other sources for content
  • Maintain the database of volunteer profiles and success stories, as well as other target audiences
  • Assist the production of printed marketing materials
  • Monitor and triage the communications@vegaalliance.org inbox
  • Assist with meetings and events
  • Provide other support as needed

The professional qualifications and personal qualities:

  • Passion for global development and volunteerism
  • Recent graduates and graduate students welcome to apply
  • Availability to commit to a year, full-time
  • Superb written and oral communication and research skills
  • Experience with graphic design, such as infographics and marketing materials
  • Experience using social media and blogs to promote an organization, campaign or project
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others in support of a positive work environment
  • Ability to competently manage multiple priorities with an attention to detail and quality
  • Self-motivated, highly flexible and able to work independently
  • Experience with a content management system such as WordPress or Drupal required
  • InDesign experience required, Illustrator a plus
  • Experience with HTML a plus
  • Experience with MailChimp and Survey Monkey a plus
  • A no-job-too-small attitude and a sense of humor required

To apply for the fellowship, please submit a cover letter, resume and three examples of original writing and three examples of original graphics/design (links preferred, attachments accepted) with “Communications and Advocacy Fellow” in the subject heading to jobs@vegaalliance.org.

Please Note: Due to the high volume of applicants, only those who qualify will be contacted regarding the next steps. All applications must be complete with required materials to be considered.

Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) is a consortium of 30 member NGOs that generate more prosperity through partnerships that bring together highly skilled volunteers with people around the globe seeking opportunities for self-reliance. Since 2004, VEGA has partnered with the U.S. government on 59 economic growth programs in 47 countries, saving more than $32 million taxpayer dollars and nearly doubling the program value through cost share and leverage, including more than 44,000 days of volunteer service.

To learn more about VEGA, please visit:

VEGAAlliance.org | Twitter | Facebook

Farmer-to-Farmer.org | Twitter | Facebook 

VEGA is an equal opportunity employer. No phone calls please.


Farmer-to-Farmer Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.
Start Date:  September 2017

The Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA) seeks a part-time paid intern to provide support to its Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Special Program Support Project. F2F promotes sustainable economic growth, food security and agricultural development worldwide. Volunteer technical assistance from US farmers, agribusinesses, cooperatives, and universities helps developing countries improve productivity, access new markets, build local capacity, combat climate change and conserve environmental and natural resources. This people-to-people exchange promotes international goodwill, understanding of US foreign assistance programs and private involvement in development activities.

The intern will work at VEGA’s Washington, DC office with an anticipated start date of September 2017. The internship will be for three months with potential for extension. This is an excellent opportunity for hands-on experience in program management and international volunteerism.

The intern’s primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting with ongoing program management tasks related to SPSP, including managing grants, collecting data, and reporting;
  • Supporting knowledge management activities, including virtual seminars and special studies/resources that benefit the F2F community;
  • Supporting maintenance of F2F.org, ensuring that program information and resources are up-to-date;
  • Reviewing and providing feedback on reports, blogs, and postings;
  • Preparing for program-related travel by F2F staff;
  • Supporting other administrative activities, such as database maintenance, as needed.

Desired qualifications and attributes:

  • Current graduate student or recent graduate;
  • Availability to work up to 20 hours per week;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office and Excel;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Proactive and able to maintain quality while manage multiple priorities;
  • Experience using content management systems, such as Drupal or WordPress;
  • Experience or interest in volunteerism and international development;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work collaboratively to support a positive work environment;
  • Cultural sensitivity;
  • Sense of humor.

Interns receive an hourly wage and public transportation reimbursement. To apply for the F2F intern position, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@vegaalliance.org. The application deadline is August 18, 2017, but we will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis.

VEGA is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization based in Washington, DC. The mandate of VEGA is to implement sustainable economic growth programs in developing countries in key areas such as private sector development, financial services, agribusiness development and opportunities for rural and urban poor. To learn more about VEGA, please visit www.vegaalliance.org, and to learn more about Farmer-to-Farmer please visit www.farmer-to-farmer.org.

 


Evaluation Committee Specialist

Location: Flexible
Start Date:  Varies

VEGA seeks qualified individuals to serve on evaluation committees for VEGA member proposals submitted under VEGA’s Leader with Associate (LWA) agreement. Selected applicants will be placed on a roster and contacted when requests for application are submitted to VEGA. Evaluators will be offered an honorarium of $500. Each committee will be comprised of 3 evaluators, including a representative of the program funder. Please be aware that an opportunity may not arise for several months. VEGA will contact a short-list of candidates on a rolling basis to check on availability and answer questions about the process.

Requirements:

All members of the Evaluation Committee must:

  • Sign a VEGA Proposal Evaluation Committee Non-Disclosure and Non-Bias Agreement.
  • Adhere to the provided Guidelines for VEGA Proposal Evaluation Committee Members.
  • Not be affiliated (a current/past employee, consultant, or volunteer) with VEGA Alliance Members.

Qualifications: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree preferred;
  • At least ten years of diverse experience in the field of economic development required;
  • Prior work experience abroad required;
  • Fluency in English required;
  • Experience contributing to USAID proposals and/or program implementation preferred;
  • Experience participating in a proposal evaluation team preferred;
  • Familiarity with USAID preferred.

To apply, please send a resume to jobs@vegaalliance.org with Evaluation Committee Specialist in the subject field. Please no phone calls. Thank you for your time and consideration in advance.