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Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY)

The Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian organisation that works in defence of animal rights and environmental justice; it was founded in 1992. CIWY manages three separate refuges for wil...


Villa Tunari, Chapare, Bolivia

22 Oct 2013

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Compensation details:
CIWY is transitioning from an all-volunteer organization to one which compensates its employees financially. Funds are still unavailable to pay competitive wages, but the organization offers a salary of 1000Bs. per month (approximately $150USD). On top of this we will provide you with food and board.

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Director of Administration

Passionate about animals? Join us and help drive forward a rapidly expanding Bolivian NGO that manages three wild animal refuges.

Villa Tunari, Chapare, Bolivia

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Compensation details:
CIWY is transitioning from an all-volunteer organization to one which compensates its employees financially. Funds are still unavailable to pay competitive wages, but the organization offers a salary of 1000Bs. per month (approximately $150USD). On top of this we will provide you with food and board.

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Mid Level
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We are currently looking for a Director of Administration for an early 2014 start.

Organization Overview

Comunidad Inti Wara Yassi (CIWY) is a Bolivian NGO that, with the help of volunteers from around the world, works with wildlife and is a leader in increasing public awareness of the environment and its importance in its country. CIWY maintains three wildlife centres where it cares for injured or mistreated animals.

Founded in in 1992, CIWY has improved the lives of thousands of animals in Bolivia and held campaigns and educational programs in all of the country’s major cities. The main office is located in Villa Tunari. It has an annual budget of $360,000 and a current staff of 20, Bolivian and foreign alike. Most funding comes from volunteers, current and past, with the rest being made up of grants and support from organizations such as Friends of Inti Wara Yassi, Quest Overseas, The Monkey Sanctuary and One Voice.

We are currently looking to rapidly expand operations in order to care for an ever-increasing population of wildlife and to increase and improve our educational programs. The organization has been featured in the New York Times and on the BBC, and has the support of the Jane Goodall Institute and The Monkey Sanctuary in England.

Job Overview

The Director of Administration is responsible for accounting and administrative processes to support CIWY’s operations. He or she will maintain and improve administrative and financial systems, including accounting, policies, information technology (IT), and human resources. The Director of Administration reports to the President and supervises the organization’s Accountants and Administrators, currently three individuals.  He or she also works closely with the other Directors to plan and budget the organization’s activities.

We are looking for someone willing to help in multiple areas that at times may not seem to fit the assigned role. Since we are small, we work in a collegial fashion to help others and make improvements within the organization that normally would not be assigned to any one person. The work is dynamic and not a typical 9 to 5 one may be used to. You will be based at Parque Machia in Villa Tunari, Chapare, department of Cochabamba.


In this role you will be expected to:

  • Look for ways to increase revenue and at times collaborate with a British organization that assists us in raising funds.
  • Develop, review, and uphold internal policies related to both personnel and volunteers.
  • Recruit other motivated individuals to assist with the expansion of CIWY.
  • Prepare monthly and annual financial reporting materials to be used internally and for use on CIWY’s website.
  • Manage the budgeting, financial forecasting, and cash flow for the administration.
  • Supervise, direct and train Accountants and Administrators within the organization.
  • Perform data analysis to help budgeting and marketing.
  • Oversee employee contracts and pay and evaluate performance.
  • Assist with the management of Parque Machia as and when it is required.
  • Be willing to help care for wild animals should the number of volunteers become very low.

You will also be expected to fulfil the role of Volunteer Coordinator for Parque Machia:

  • Manage the park’s volunteers, including their registration and induction, the assignment of their work area and introduction to that area.
  • Translate meetings, announcements and talks for the volunteers.
  • Monitor and assess all activities performed by the volunteers.
  • Ensure volunteers follow the park rules, that they receive adequate training and are satisfied with their duties.
  • Contribute information about the work of the volunteers for the monthly and yearly reports.

Personal specification

The ideal candidate will meet the following requirements:

  • Either possess a bachelor’s degree in a related study OR have at least two years of experience in management or a related field. Five years’ experience preferred.
  • Be proficient in Spanish and English, both verbal and written.
  • Be innovative and eager to make improvements within the organization.
  • Possess superior written and verbal communication.
  • Maintain good organizational skills and willing to work in a team.
  • Demonstrate tolerance and adaptability, able to work under pressure and in a sometimes chaotic environment.
  • Be proficient in Word and Excel and generally very comfortable with computers.
  • Demonstrable capacity to manage, communicate and work with individuals of different ages and cultures.
  • Able to adapt to and respect the Bolivian culture and laws.

Time Commitment

The Director of Administration must commit to working six days per week. Four weeks of vacation is given per year.

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