Program Coordinator Northwest Mexico

Position Summary

Working closely with the Program Officer for Northwest Mexico, Grants Management and other staff, as appropriate, the Coordinator will utilize his/her expertise to continue to enhance the quality of grantmaking in the Region by assisting in identifying potential grantees and grantee projects which fit into the mission of Christensen and the specific strategy of the Northwest Mexico Program, facilitating the grant application process in coordination with Program Officer and Grants Management, monitoring and evaluating grantees and projects and facilitating the grant planning, reporting and evaluation process and promoting collaboration and networking.

Position Responsibilities

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Identifying Potential Grantees

  • Identifying and assessing potential grantees who can help advance The Christensen Fund’s mission, particularly among the custodians in the identified priority program landscapes
  • Assessing existing organizations within the Region and their ability to implement projects which directly benefit steward/Indigenous communities including assessment of use of effective bottom-up and culturally-affirming approaches.

Facilitating the Grant Application Process

  • Advising potential grantees on the requirements of grantee organizations, guidelines and definitions for fundable initiatives, projects within the scope of Christensen’s mission, themes, and program strategy for the Northwest Mexico region and assist applicant organizations for proposal formulation.
  • Review proposals, make recommendations and provide feedback to potential grantees.

Facilitating Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting

  • Evaluating on-going grantee processes for use of effective bottom-up, culturally affirming community development approaches.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the implementation of selected grant activities.
  • Evaluating experienced and potential outcomes of selected portfolio activities.
  • Assess the implementation capacity, needs, context and priorities of grantee organizations and make recommendations to fill gaps as appropriate.
  • Review grant reports for and provide feedback, as necessary.
  • Provide inputs to assess the outcomes of Northwest Mexico Program in advancing The Christensen Fund’s mission and its strategy for the Region.
  • Recommending potential grantee stories for larger communication efforts

Facilitating Collaboration and Networking

  • Facilitate and attend grantee convenings clustered around a common theme of work or common landscape.
  • Encourage, evaluate and provide specific suggestions to improve the collaboration and networking among grantees and other like-minded communities and organizations
  • Advising Christensen and grantees on like-minded institutions working locally which could potentially co-fund or support projects and capacity building initiatives.

Terms of Engagement

  • The Coordinator will be engaged for six months beginning from the date of employment with the possibility of extension subject to a review at the end of the six month period.
  • The Coordinator’s workload and schedule is expected to be variable from month to month and over the term of this engagement but is expected to average 50 % percent of the total work time over the course of the six month engagement.
  • The Coordinator is expected to travel regularly within the region during this engagement.
  • The Coordinator will develop, maintain, and update an engagement plan mutually agreed with the Program Officer for Northwest Mexico on a periodic basis.
  • The Coordinator is expected to submit regular reports to the Program Officer for Northwest Mexico outlining and evaluating activities, and making appropriate recommendations.
  • The Coordinator will also be expected to meet regularly with the Program Officer for Northwest Mexico and Grants Managers either virtually or in-person, keep them apprised of travel plans and location and where required be available for the periodic virtual Christensen staff related meetings.
  • The Coordinator reports to the Program Officer for Northwest Mexico and works in Grantmaking teams with Grants Manager(s), consultants and other Christensen staff as appropriate.

Skills and Qualifications


  • Strong written and oral communications skills in Spanish and English
  • Advanced university degree or equivalent combination of educational and work experience
  • Minimum 5 years experience working on complex projects in indigenous regions in Chihuahua or Sonora, (program/project administration, implementation and evaluation, technical cooperation, programming and budgeting)
  • Deep understanding of effective bottom-up culturally-affirming community development processes.
  • Knowledge and experience of the culture and current issues specific to the indigenous areas within the region and biocultural processes.
  • Ability to build relationships with the governmental and non-governmental actors, local communities and stewards of biological and cultural diversity and to maintain effective partnerships.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and evaluate issues related to biological and cultural diversity in the region and produce relevant recommendations and background documentation.
  • Ability to genuinely value others’ ideas and expertise, ability to learn from stewards.
  • Well-organized, self-sufficient, and IT-savvy (e.g. proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and web-based applications). Must be able to work flexibly and effectively from mobile and virtual office.


  • Fluency in one or more of the many indigenous languages spoken in the Region.
  • Understanding mission and values of the Christensen Fund.
  • Understanding of the institutional framework in the region and capacity for institutional analysis.
  • An interest in cultural and biological diversity.

To Apply

Applicants are invited to submit a letter of interest, resume in English and contact information to: by November 10, 2016. Please indicate “Program Coordinator Northwest Mexico” in the subject line of your e-mail. We seek to have someone in place as soon as possible. Review of credentials will begin immediately. No phone calls please.