JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Sports for Development Specialist
iACT is seeking an experienced and dynamic person to facilitate and expand our soccer programs with refugee and conflict-affected people, supporting children globally.
The sports for development specialist is responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of iACT’s Refugees United Soccer Academy and Darfur United programs, including further developing and implementing each program globally in partnership with refugee and conflict-affected people, supporting the leadership of refugee team members, documenting and expanding the impact of each program, and fundraising.
iACT welcomes diversity and does not discriminate on any basis, including race, ethnicity, age, gender identity, nationality, or sexual orientation. We encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color, and community members with a lived movement or displacement experience to apply. We seek to build a culture that allows everyone to fully bring themselves to the organization. We value vulnerability and honest exchanges, and respect each other for who we are.
*Candidates must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
Location and Hours: This is a full-time remote position. Our office is based in Hermosa Beach, CA, USA, but this position offers work-from-home flexibility. This position requires up to 30% to 40% annual travel to international locations.
Roles and Responsibilities
Manage iACT’s sports programs: Refugees United Soccer Academy, Darfur United men’s and women’s teams, and projects associated with these programs.
Provide essential support to ensure that iACT’s refugee-led programs run smoothly and efficiently, making sure refugee team members feel seen, heard, and supported—weekly—to achieve their program goals and objectives. This includes regular communication via messaging apps.
Develop detailed program and project plans to monitor progress and revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements and keeping the team aligned and on track with the established goals and vision.
Lead international trips with iACT staff, board members, and volunteers, ensuring the safety of team members and effectively achieving trip objectives. This may include facilitating international trip details such as visas, travel, accommodations, budgets, and training packets for iACT team members and training participants
Facilitate Refugees United Soccer Academy coaches training (soccer skills and drills and trauma-informed and mindfulness curriculum).
Work with refugee team members to track program budgets and maintain budgets for soccer programs.
Stay ahead of innovative and cutting-edge practices within the field of sports for development, trauma-informed care, and wellbeing.
Contribute to and, in some cases, spearhead articles, blogs, white papers, and reports.
Represent iACT and iACT sports programs at meetings, conferences, webinars, and community events as needed.
Facilitate next evolutions of iACT soccer program framework and curricula.
Support the executive director and partnerships manager in maintaining outward-facing relationships with donors, foundations, board members, partners, and peer organizations.
Support the global programs manager in facilitating and adhering to MOUs with global partners.
Research grant opportunities and write grant proposals.
Upon receiving a grant, ensure iACT is complying and achieving grant agreement objectives, outcomes, timelines, budgets, reporting, and ongoing relationship with the grantor.
Research and evaluate potential local and international partners (e.g., due diligence processes) for grant proposals and program expansion opportunities.
Produce reports, briefs, stories, and data when needed for funders (individual donors and institutional donors).
Lead ongoing evolution of iACT refugee-led approach, increasing leadership, ownership, and decision-making at the community level.
In partnership with MEAL consultants and refugee team members, facilitate the collection of program related data for monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning and maintain a well-organized MEAL database.
Prepare impact reports (program-related data, budgets, and stories of impact) as needed.
Experience and Attributes
Demonstrated ability to manage details, solve problems, and follow through on assignments with minimal direct supervision.
Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in a position of similar complexity and responsibility.
A bachelor's degree is preferred. Work experience can substitute for some education.
Program or project management experience of local or global projects, campaigns, and events is preferred.
Experience facilitating, building, and managing partnerships and relationships.
Demonstrated ability to work in a supportive role while also taking initiative.
Must have a strong personal work ethic, be organized, and detail-oriented.
NOTE: iACT paid staff is a small team with the expectation that everyone is willing to step in and contribute in any area as needed.
$48,000 to $58,000 based on experience and location.
Unlimited vacation days
Dental and medical healthcare
Wellbeing is prioritized and central to iACT culture. Our team is adaptable and supportive when team members need extra assistance or time away.
Monthly contribution toward cell phone bill
Annual stipend for professional development
This position will receive the tools needed to do their job including but not limited to a laptop computer.
Based in Los Angeles, iACT is an international organization demonstrating a new model of humanitarian action with a mission to inspire a more mindful humanitarian system. Our vision is a world where the dignity, humanity, and agency of conflict-affected people are recognized, affirmed, and supported. iACT works with people affected by conflict in using their agency and voice to co-create, facilitate, and expand early childhood education and soccer programs that meet the immediate and long-term needs of their community. Our US-based team is lean, currently consisting of four full-time individuals. Globally, we employ 226 people in Chad, Armenia, Central African Republic, Cameroon, and Mexico.
Compassionate Humanitarian Response as a practice of taking action grounded in love.
Relationships First as a practice of centering the people with whom we work in an atmosphere of mutuality and collaboration.
Principled Use of Power as a practice of recognizing existing power imbalances and making intentional shifts to create balance.
Radical Hope as a practice of always orienting toward hope to fuel, sustain, and resource us to continue the work.
Please send your resume, cover letter, and contact information to Sara-Christine Dallain at email@example.com. Please put in the subject line: Sports Development Specialist
If you have initial questions, please feel free to reach out to Sara-Christine.
We are accepting applications until we find the right candidate.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to learning about you!