Institute for International Cooperation and Development

IICD Michigan was incorporated in 1997 as a not-for-profit educational organization in the state of Michigan. IICD Michigan is an independent non-profit. The Internal Revenue Service has determined that IICD Michigan is an organization as described in the revenue code 501(c) 3. This means that IICD is exempt from federal taxation of its activities and that donors can deduct donations to IICD from the income declared in their tax return.

 

JOB OPENING:

Job Title:  International/National Relations Manager

JOB SITE: 56968 Dailey Road, Dowagiac, Michigan 49047

JOB DUTIES: 1. Assist other management staff in creation and development of partner networks around the world where IICD Michigan works and plans to work, developing new partner possibilities for cooperation; 2. Cooperate with and maintain relationships with IICD Michigan’s project partners abroad and coordinate the projects in Africa and Latin America with IICD Michigan offices; 3. Identify target audience of individuals and companies for fundraising purposes; 4. Prepare press releases and information for other media; 5. Respond to requests for information about IICD Michigan's activities; 6. Develop and maintain IICD Michigan website; 7. Assist other management staff in recruitment of participants in IICD Michigan programs; 8. Be in charge of IICD Michigan’s international public relations. This includes relations with government agencies, NGOs and schools overseas with which IICD Michigan cooperates. 9. Make overall outreach strategy plan aka communication plan to target audience, monitor implementation, analyze the results of the implementation monthly to improve the plan for the following month, and supervise and oversee outreach activities carried out by IICD Michigan teachers and participants; and 10. Supervise the production process of videos, articles, reports and presentations made by program teachers and participants and ensure the quality of these products before use and distribution and to ensure compatibility with public relations efforts.

RATE OF PAY: $69,700.00 annual salary

EDUCATION: Four year degree (U.S. or foreign) or equivalent in the field of public relations, education or related field. Will accept educational equivalency evaluation prepared by qualified evaluation service or in accordance with 8 C.F.R. §214.2(h)(4)(iii)(D) .

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Three months experience working in a development organization in Africa, Latin America or another part of the developing world.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENT: Must be willing to travel a total of six weeks per year in Africa and Latin America.

EXPERIENCE: Three years experience in position as offered or as public relations manager, educator or related position.

CONTACT: Please mail cover letter and curriculum vitae to Ms. Anne Katrine Wendelboe, Director, Instructional Development/Research, IICD Michigan, 56968 Dailey Road, Dowagiac, MI 49047 or e-mail cover letter and curriculum vitae to Ms. Wendelboe at – no phone calls please This notice is being provided as a result of the filing of an application for permanent alien labor certification for the job opportunity described here. Any person may provide documentary evidence bearing on this application to the Certifying Office of the Department of Labor at the following address: U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Harris Tower, 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 410, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.

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In February, the first thing that we did was visit the project’s preschools. In Dowa, the province where we live, there are three preschools. We announced to the community that we will work with these preschools. We met the village chief, the preschool community chairperson, the members, and the volunteer teachers.

We started to monitor the preschools everyday and saw what the problems were. After monitoring a preschool for a week we found many problems to be solved, so we suggested a village meeting and held the meeting in each village. We brought some points about the preschool’s work and issues; about the porridge, uniforms, and the preschool community member’s work. We brought up the points and asked what they think, and how they will solve them. Those three meetings were our first time to mobilize and discus with the village people, so we were a little bit nervous but everything went very well.

After the first meetings we felt that it should be the village people who should hold the meeting. The DIs’ role is to attend and to give advice so they can think together, but not to lead the meeting because that’s their meeting not ours. We think that it’s good when the DIs hold the meeting, but the best way is to support the village people so they can hold the meetings by themselves. When the meeting comes from them they feel more responsible about it, so we emphasize to them this idea.

In March, when the second meeting was supposed to be held, LILAMBWE village announced to us that they were ready to hold that second meeting. When we attended that meeting, I was so encouraged by them. They organized the meeting and brought points that they discussed by themselves. We (DIs) just listened and gave advice and at the end of the meeting they choose the solutions and decided what they will do.

I thought this was a really good example of how the village meetings can be. I believe other villages can do the same. So now we highlight this to other villages that the meetings need to be held by them and solutions need to be from them. So this week (week 9) another two villages will also hold meetings. I hope it will be a nice meeting as well. Also this week, on Saturday, we will hold a “Preschool Meeting” with all our preschool’s teachers, preschool community members, and the chiefs, this will happen in DAPP’s Teacher Training College. That meeting is to see each other’s village and to discuss how they need to organize the work to run the preschools better. We will prepare the first meeting and we will suggest to them to continue these meetings by themselves.

Two of our preschool buildings are not proper, so now we are also building with the village people. We are organizing the work and how they will get materials. We, together with DAPP, will support with materials. To our surprise, on the 26th of March, LILAMBWE village came to DAPP, they brought some materials so they started the construction by themselves. We are really happy and we appreciate that people are so welcome and encouraged to work with us to develop the preschools together.

 

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