[act-ma] Hiring Business Consultant for Guatemala bike program

Bikes Not Bombs mail at bikesnotbombs.org
Thu Aug 13 12:16:46 PDT 2009


International Business Consultant position for an exciting nonprofit  
appropriate technology center and bicycle retail store in Guatemala.   
Maya Pedal is the organization that makes and markets “bici- 
maquinas,” labor-saving, cost-effective pedal powered inventions, to  
individuals and cooperatives who are off the electrical grid and  
can’t afford diesel generators.  Maya Pedal has amazing technology  
but lacks sound financial and organizational stewardship.

Job Description:

Bikes Not Bombs (BNB),Working Bikes Cooperative and Maya Pedal(MP)  
seek a Spanish-English bilingual person who has small business  
management and sales background, and experience with nonprofits. This  
job will require developing a marketing plan and a business plan for  
the organization, Maya Pedal, a nonprofit appropriate technology  
center in San Andres de Itzapa, Guatemala. To be an effective  
consultant in this job you’ll need to be able to work well with  
people and yet be straightforward in your assessment for  
restructuring the financial oversight and management of the  
organization. First order of the day will be to assess the current  
state of operations and develop a business plan and an annual budget.  
The second task of work will be to develop and implement a marketing  
strategy. Thirdly, you will make recommendations as to how the MP  
Board should be comprised and help to start new board development  
process. Finally, you will oversee a hiring process to find  
appropriate administrative personnel for Maya Pedal. Job duration is  
six months and is expected to begin in early to mid October.  Lodging  
is supplied in beautiful San Andres de Itzapa, Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

Job pay will include a round-trip air fare, a return transition  
stipend, international emergency medical insurance and a $550 stipend  
per month.

Experience working internationally with small businesses in Latin  
America Is an important plus. This is a tremendous opportunity for  
someone who wants to gain hands-on working experience with Latin  
American indigenous nonprofits and marketing of Appropriate Technology.

Job tasks will include:

• Review and report on current fiscal solvency of Maya Pedal

• Review and establish an appropriate accounting system

• Assessment of current sales department and marketing strategy

• Some direct involvement in customer relations/sales

• Development of a business plan for Maya Pedal

• Assessment of functionality of Board of Directors and recommendations

• Creation of an annual budget and financial reporting system

• Help to develop a marketing plan

• Research possibilities of web based, on-line giving procedures

• Participation in management and shop staff meetings

• Work with internal committee to hire administrative personnel for  
Maya Pedal as recommended and agreed upon by Maya Pedal and  
international stake holders. This will include review of potential  
candidates and training personnel once hired.

Please send your resume and cover letter by September 8, 2009  to:

hiring at bikesnotbombs.org

or check out the link on the Bikes Not Bombs web site at:

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