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Self-Help International seeks a highly motivated individual to serve as Deputy Director.  This individual must be committed to the alleviation of poverty and hunger and promoting sustainable rural development.  This is a full-time role based in Des Moines, IA.

Mission and Operational Philosophy:

Self-Help International is dedicated to alleviating hunger by helping people help themselves.  Alleviating hunger is addressed by assisting the rural poor, small scale farmers and related enterprises in developing countries to become self-reliant in meeting the needs of families and communities through training, education, leadership development, and other forms of assistance.

As an organization, SHI maintains capacity and focus in meeting human needs related to agricultural advancement, microcredit, nutrition and health, clean water, collaborative relationships and broadening awareness of global food insecurity issues.  Programs selected and funded must remain within the capacity of the organization to provide adequate oversight and by definition be developmental in nature.  Though in the short term startup funds may be necessary, the goal of long-term sustainability is a requirement.  Individual and community involvement is essential with an emphasis on a gradual transition to self-reliance.

Overview:  The Deputy Director serves as the second-in-command and right hand to the Executive Director.  The Deputy Director leads fundraising activities, maintains a productive pattern of decision making for the organization, assists the Executive Director and Country Directors with the development of systems and structures needed for Self-Help program centers, is accountable for the wise use of all resources, and takes on special projects as needed.

Reports to:  Executive Director

Duties:  Shall include but are not limited to the following:

  • Supports the Executive Director (ED) in representing Self-Help in dealings with other organizations, individuals and the general public.  Articulates the SHI mission and operational philosophy established by the Board.
  • Works with the ED, Board of Directors, and its committees to execute annual program and income generation plans with goals and indicators, and the annual budget
  • Develops and maintains collaborative relationships and communications with staff of all three country offices
  • Assists in annual evaluation of the program plan, budget and income generation plan. 
  • Creates reports to the Board based upon the preset goals developed for the program plan, income generation plan, and budget.
  • Leads the development and implementation of fundraising strategies that generate $1M in annual operational revenue, including planning and executing annual fundraising events and campaigns.
  • Maintains positive relationships with existing supporters and builds relationships with new supporters.
  • Oversees organizational communications strategies to communicate the mission of Self-Help, including the creation of the quarterly newsletters and monthly e-newsletters.
  • Assists the Executive Director as directed


  • Bachelor’s degree required with cross-cultural work experience. Master’s degree in relevant area strongly preferred.
  • Passionate commitment to mission and service in the alleviation of poverty and hunger
  • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, including good writing, interpersonal and public speaking skills that will translate into grant writing and public speaking opportunities
  • Experience with and understanding of the work of governmental and non-governmental organizations in international development
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships, both inside and outside Self-Help International including, but not limited to, businesses, community organizations, churches, and individuals
  • Ability to inform constituencies of the work and needs of the SHI programs to ultimately increase and strengthen financial support
  • Ability to develop and refine systems and structures that serve the needs of the organization
  • Demonstrated ability to practice sound financial management
  • Fluent in English; Spanish and/or Twi and/or Dagare language skills a plus

Travel:  Domestic travel (primarily within Iowa) and overseas travel to Ghana and Nicaragua required

Compensation: $50,000 – $70,000 annual salary, commensurate with experience. Benefits include 15 days paid time off + holidays, parental leave, health, dental, and vision insurance, professional development assistance, and employee assistance program.

Primary Work Location:  Des Moines, IA   

Work authorization: Candidates must be authorized to work in the USA.

To apply: Submit a cover letter and résumé with reference details and salary requirements to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from January 30, 2023 until the position is filled. Anticipated start date mid-March. 

SHI does not evangelize or seek to promote any particular faith or religion. Self-Help programs are offered regardless of the race, creed or nationality of the recipients and without adverse distinction of any kind, and are not used to further a particular political or religious standpoint.

SHI is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. SHI encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, people who speak a language in addition to English, and people with unique lived experience or diverse professional or personal backgrounds and perspectives.

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