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  • External Evaluator (team), Tenure Facility
  • Digital Communications Officer
  • Intern, Asia Program
  • Intern, Tenure and Enterprise
  • Intern, Accounting
  • Intern, Tenure Tracking
  • Associate, Africa Program

Rights and Resources Group (RRG) seeks to engage an External Evaluator (team) to develop and implement an appropriate methodology to analyze complex information and conduct a robust evaluation of progress during incubation of The Tenure Facility. The External Evaluator (team) must bring judgment and experience in both (a) collective tenure security, (b) strategic grant-making and learning and c) organizational development, especially the establishment of international, network-based organizations and support mechanisms.

The Tenure Facility is being set up to serve as a demand-based, responsive, and adaptive financing institution that seeks to provide rapid financing and technical assistance to local and national change agents to address the insecure community land and resource rights that drive conflict and undermine progress on global human rights, environment, and development goals.

The purpose of the external evaluation is to document and independently test assertions of impact and learning during the Tenure Facility incubation phase, and to provide recommendations for the establishment phase. The evaluation will focus on the emerging institution rather than provide a grant by grant evaluation. The evaluation will examine the Tenure Facility’s current and evolving institutional structures, its strategies and approaches to implement its theory of change, including technical support and grant-making processes as well as how the grant-making is connected to the emerging learning platform. The external evaluators will assess existing documents and independently gather evidence and diverse stakeholders´ insights on how the Tenure Facility can best achieve its mission and suggest areas for improvement as the Tenure Facility becomes established.

Proposals responding to the detailed Call for Proposals and TOR are requested by no later than midnight June 7, 2017. For questions or clarifications please contact Ms. Sandra Leon (sleon@rightsandresources.org).

The Digital Communications Officer implements RRI’s digital communications strategy—across all digital outputs, ensuring clarity, coherence, and consistency in RRI communication across all dissemination channels. S/he utilizes her/his knowledge base and ease with online media to oversee the organizations suite of websites and social media. S/he keeps abreast of new technologies, identifies trends/ideas to adopt, and helps create new features that broaden support for issues that the organization addresses.

S/he applies RRI’s brand principles to new products and makes suggestions for adapting the branding framework to changing needs. S/he is responsible for working closely with all staff and relevant consultants to ensure compliance with brand guidelines. S/he acts as a central point of contact and assistance regarding digital and visual communications issues for all RRI staff and service providers.

The Digital Communications Officer undertakes these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big‐picture goals. S/he is flexible and comfortable meeting deadlines in a highly dynamic environment.

This is a full-time position based in Georgetown, Washington DC. Under the direct supervision of the Director, Strategic Communications, he/she will be responsible for:

1. Technical, digital, and graphical support

Act as a point of contact and assistance for RRI staff and external audiences for all issues relating to digital and visual communication, from technical assistance to graphic design support:

  • Manage RRI’s digital presence, including the maintenance and regular updates of www.rightsandresources.org and related sites (e.g., www.communitylandrights.org, www.interlakengroup.org and megaflorestais.org);
  • Implement and oversee RRI’s social media and digital content strategy to ensure maximum efficiency and effectiveness, including:
    • Administrating the creation and publishing of relevant, original, high-quality content;
    • Creating a regular publishing schedule;
    • Implementing a content editorial calendar to manage content and plan specific, timely campaigns;
    • Expanding RRI’s digital audiences;
    • Promoting content through social advertising.
  • Manage the newsletter and other email communications using MailChimp.
  • Create attractive graphs and illustrations from Excel data, PowerPoint files etc.; redraw existing graphs and illustrations to increase attractiveness for use on social media and the website as well as in presentations and publications;
  • Build and maintain an RRI image bank specifically oriented to RRI’s work, to help find quickly the appropriate images depending on requirements;
  • Provide high quality print files;
  • Support webhosting contractor in their graphic design needs. Help identify and implement technical interfaces between web and print publishing;
  • Provide in‐house training on digital communications to build internal competencies.
2. Brand Development

Handling graphic design needs of RRI communications, ensuring timely delivery of eye‐catching designs fully consistent with RRI branding under tight deadlines for print and digital products:

  • Develop an up‐to‐date Brand Manual as a reference for staff and service providers;
  • Increase the visibility and use of RRI’s findings by helping to break down RRI’s research and analyses into easily usable formats;
  • Photo research and rights handling;
  • Coordinate with, and provide guidance to, service providers in preparing branded materials;
  • Oversee the production of animations;
  • Plan, co‐ordinate and implement the visual communication concept for the RRI’s annual set of meetings, including the timely preparation of save the dates, programs and other materials;
  • Design digital elements such as presentations, website banners and other digital elements, including full web pages;
  • Design publications covers, programs, briefs, newsletters, invitations, and other products.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Communications, Marketing, or other relevant field.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in digital and/or social media marketing.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Work experience managing a website with CMS, WordPress preferred.
  • Work experience with digital measurement metrics and producing performance reports, as well as using Google Analytics.
  • Must be fluent in English. Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish preferred.
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented.
  • Graphic design skills preferred, particularly skills with Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Basic HTML skills preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term.
  • Excellent communications skills, comfortable liaising with diverse array of consultants, collaborators, and stakeholders from across the globe.
  • Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures and work in teams.
  • A passionate interest in social justice, equity, and human rights.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr@rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Digital Communications Officer”.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn more at www.rightsandresources.org.

The Asia program of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is looking for a creative and passionate intern who will be closely involved in the program, learning about RRI’s work on indigenous and forest communities’ rights to land and natural resources.

The Asia Intern will work closely with and report directly to the Director of the Asia Program, and in coordination with the Associate for Asia. The Asia Intern will actively contribute to the implementation of the program’s strategy in 2017, including communications, outreach, the contracting process, as well as correspondence with organizations in the region.

RRI is a global coalition that supports the developing world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities to secure their rights to own, control, and benefit from the natural resources they have depended on for generations. RRI’s Asia Program fosters cooperation among Partners, Collaborators, and Affiliated Networks in the region to carry out effective advocacy strategy to influence decision makers to prevent negative impacts on forests and collective rights and operate as a unified front to voice their need for secure land rights on national and international stages.

This is a part-time (20 hours per week), paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Term: up to six months

Responsibilities

  1. Assist the Asia program with communications and outreach.
  • Assist in the liaising with Communications & Outreach staff to ensure key Asia information and success stories are readily available on RRI’s website and social media.
  • In coordination with the Communications team, assist the Asia team to craft, post, and maintain event pages and blogs.
  1. Assist the Director and the Associate in preparation of the annual contracting process.
  • Support in the review of budgets for the contractual process of 2017.
  • In coordination with the Associate, draft contracts and amendments for the implementation of RRI’s 2017 strategy in Asia.
  • Assist in the preparation and documentation of the analysis of Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) proposals.
  1. Support the Asia program with specific research and projects as needed.
  • Assist with background research for the development of institutional reports and analyses.
  • Assist with research for specific regional country activities as assigned by the Program Director and Associate.
  1. Assist with editing reports for monitoring and evaluation of the Asia program strategy.
  • Assist in reviewing deliverables from Partners’ and Collaborators’ reports of the 2016 strategy.
  • Write short summaries of results and impacts of Partners’ and Collaborators’ reports.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated working knowledge about the Asia region required; knowledge of forestry, environmental sciences, Indigenous Peoples and natural resources management is an advantage.
  • Working ability in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in one of the following areas: political science, environmental studies, forestry, natural resource management, or similar area of study.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills;  professional-level writing and speaking in a South Asian language and/or Chinese is preferred.
  • Flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks.
  • Excellent time management capability.
  • A professional, collegial, and cheerful demeanor.
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate responsibility and interest as a member of the Asia team.
  • Ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr@rightsandresources.org. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. The subject line of the email must read: “Asia Intern 2017.”

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the internship.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the internship and support Rights and Resources’ mission.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as the coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition that supports the developing world’s Indigenous Peoples and local communities to secure their rights to own, control, and benefit from the natural resources they have depended on for generations.

RRI’s Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement (SAGE) program produces pertinent and timely transnational analyses, and fosters engagement in a manner that facilitates the use of RRI’s research by coalition members and other key stakeholders to carry out effective advocacy strategy at the international and country levels to prevent negative impacts on forests and collective rights. The Alternative Tenure and Enterprise Models (ATEMs) thematic program houses RRI’s work to engage and influence the private sector to support secure land tenure. The program coordinates the activities of the Interlaken Group, the leading platform for engaging multinational companies and investors to support community land rights. The SAGE program is looking for a creative and passionate intern who will be closely involved in the program, learning about RRI’s work on indigenous rights to land and natural resource tenure rights, and engaging the private sector.

The individual will work closely with and report directly to the Senior Analyst, Private Sector to contribute actively to the program’s strategy particularly in relation to the Interlaken Group and related private sector engagement activities.

This is a part-time, paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington DC.  The position requires 30 hours of work per week, with compensation at a competitive hourly rate based on skills and experience.

Responsibilities

  • Provide support to upcoming international Interlaken Group events in Indonesia and Stockholm.
  • Generate correspondence to support coordination of the Interlaken Group.
  • Update Interlaken Group website and coordinate with designers.
  • Support RRI and SAGE annual planning process.
  • Compile and manage data, draft communications to stakeholders, draft reports, and provide general support to the project team and consultants.
  • Willingly undertake other tasks as requested.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional and demonstrated writing and research skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Professional fluency in French, Spanish, or other relevant language is very strongly desired.
  • Strong computer skills (specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access) and internet savvy.
  • Knowledge of natural resource tenure and/or private sector issues preferred.
  • Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures.

Successful applicants will possess:

  • Familiarity or demonstrated interest in international context, and demonstrated interest in the issues at the heart of the Rights and Resources program of work.
  • Completion of at least bachelors-level education, preferably in business, economics, natural resource management, or related social science.
  • Initiative and ability for self-directed, independent work.
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment.

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr@rightsandresources.org.  The subject line of the email must read: “Tenure and Enterprise Internship – 2017”.

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the internship.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the internship and support Rights and Resources’ mission.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no telephone calls.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Accounting Intern will assist the organization with specific General Ledger accounting functions, particularly Accounts Payable. The Accounting Intern will maintain proper, audit-ready documentation of financial transactions in the organization’s accounting files. The Accounting Intern will also provide assistance on other aspects of financial management of the organization, in collaboration with other Finance and Administration staff. By providing assistance in these functions, the Accounting Intern will gain experience in the functioning of a project-accounting based non-profit organization in both Accounting and related organizational management functions.

The Accounting Intern will undertake these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The Accounting Intern will be flexible to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that the work is completed within established deadlines. The Accounting Intern will also demonstrate trustworthiness and best ethical practices, and exhibit leadership in transparency and accountability.

The Accounting Intern will work under the supervision of the Senior Manager of Accounting.

This position is a part-time, paid position based in Georgetown, Washington, DC, with regularly scheduled hours of 15-25 hours per week, and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

Essential Job Functions

  • Assistance with Accounts Payable function, including:
    • Entry of financial transactions into accounting system (BlackBaud Financial Edge);
    • Verification that transactions are approved and adequately coded before entry;
    • Ensuring payments under contracts comply with payment terms;
    • Review and import of employee travel expense reports and credit card accountings;
    • Proper documentation of all transactions maintained in organization’s accounting files.
  • Assistance with Accounts Receivable and Journal Entries for Balance Sheet accounts as appropriate.
  • Serve as part of institution’s system of Internal Controls, fulfilling role to independently review and verify appropriateness of transactions and reconciliations.
  • Identify unusual potential risks to the institution or Coalition, and convey those to Management.
  • Contribute to efforts of the Finance and Administration department for the planning, development, training, and implementation of integrated institutional systems, tools, and procedures to achieve greater efficiency and handle the growing complexity of the organization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • At least one year of college-level education in Accounting (or a related field).
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred.
  • Ability to interact collaboratively with program staff.
  • Flexibility and willingness to proactively embrace a range of duties as organization needs require.
  • Spanish or French language ability a plus.

Strong candidates will also have an interest in indirectly contributing to advancement of social justice, equitable and sustainable livelihoods, and human rights, and will have a pride to be part of a Finance team that enables the Coalition to advance global progress on these issues.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to hr@rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Accounting Intern – 2017”.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) seeks an Intern to support the Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement (SAGE) team, with an anticipated term of employment from mid-May to mid-August 2017, with the possibility of extension. We are looking for a hard-working, detailed oriented individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and contribute to the effectiveness of our small and dedicated team.

The Intern will have the unique opportunity to work closely with RRI’s forest tenure data. This research-oriented position is excellent for a dedicated and enthusiastic individual to increase familiarity with the context of community forest tenure in a wide range of countries, improve skills related to research and data analysis, and gain experience in the sectors of human rights and international development while contributing to the work of an international coalition advancing these causes.

The individual will report directly to the Tenure Analyst, and will work closely with other SAGE team members.

This is a part-time, paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington, DC.  This internship requires approximately 30 hours of work per week, with compensation at a competitive hourly rate based on skills and experience.

 

Responsibilities

  • Support the update of RRI’s core analytical work tracking global forest ownership:
    • Conduct desk research in English (and potentially Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French) related to community and smallholder forest ownership in a wide range of countries
    • Assist in the review of legislation concerning Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ land and natural resource rights
    • Manage correspondence in English (and potentially Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French) with RRI Partners, Affiliated Networks, and Collaborators, as well as outside experts, in a professional and courteous manner
    • Input data and perform functions in Excel, with particular attention to detail
  • Assist in ongoing project management for this work, including consultancy contracts, tracking budgets and expenditures, and reporting
  • Support RRI’s thematic research on land and forest tenure, climate change, private sector engagement, gender, and conservation as required
  • Provide general program assistance for the Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement (SAGE) team, and willingly undertake other tasks as requested

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental science, forestry, economics, or related discipline highly desired; post-graduate studies in one of these fields preferred
  • Understanding of land and natural resource tenure, environmental science/policy, conservation/climate change, and/or international development issues, as demonstrated through coursework and/or previous work experience
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office necessary, particularly Word, Excel and Access; knowledge of GIS and web platforms also valued
  • Strong and demonstrated research skills, with the ability to discern and compare differences in the value and reliability of various data sources
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple, time-sensitive assignments
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Must be fluent in English. Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish strongly preferred
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with professional manner and respect for other cultures
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment

 

To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr@rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Tenure Tracking Intern – 2017.”

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Associate is a key member of RRI’s Regional Programs. The Associate will contribute to developing and achieving the program’s annual goals. The Associate will perform the job duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully while focusing on big-picture goals. The Associate must possess and promote a collegial and cheerful demeanor, and must also be flexible and able to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that all duties are completed within established deadlines.

There is a high threshold for accountability, the exercise of judgment, discretion, and ownership of responsibilities expected from the Associate, based on the overall guidance provided by the Program Director.

The Associate will work under the supervision of both the Program Director, Africa and the Deputy Director, Africa.

This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

Essential Job Functions

Africa Program  (3/4 time)

Contribute to representing, managing, and implementing the Africa Program (1/4 time) as follows:

  • Contribute to Africa program work/activities with the lead on a select number of countries under the guidance of the Africa Director
  • Backstop and coordinate RRG’s Africa program work under the guidance of the Africa Director
  • Represent the Africa team at national and international meetings in absence of Regional Director, Deputy Director, and/or when delegated
  • Literature reviews, background research or preparation of background documents, contributions to, writing and editing of strategic analyses, policy briefs, and support to networking activities around priority themes in Africa
Support the Africa Program (3/4 time) as follows:
  • Provide general administrative support for the Africa Program
  • Track projects in Africa, draft contracts, track and review financial and narrative deliverables, and initiate payments for activities in consultation with the Africa Regional Director
  • Prepare background documents for RRI’s participatory Planning Process for Africa (country and regional levels)
  • Consolidate budgets and work plans for Africa and support to the contracting process
  • Prepare Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) memos and documentation for Director’s review before submission to Senior Management
  • Assist with correspondence (in French & English) with Partners and Collaborators engaged in regional and country plans and activities
  • Provide needed logistics and research support to meetings held at national, regional, and global levels throughout the year, including note-taking, visas, and travel arrangements
  • Undertake preliminary and background research into potential projects and opportunities for collaboration in countries and regionally, as requested by the Program Director
  • Assist in the coordination and drafting/translating (English/French) high-quality relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required as input to the Africa portion of RRI’s website, RRI quarterly updates, monthly meetings reports, and other RRI publications ensuring that the Africa Program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach
  • Report on Africa region activities in accordance to donor requirements/areas of focus
  • Update event announcements, regionally-specific news, and relevant content to Africa portion of RRI’s website in English and French
  • Coordinate with the RRI Communications team to develop op-eds, twitter updates, and articles about RRI issues
  • Edit and translate minor or internal documents for RRI use and distribution in French and English
  • Contribute to preparation and facilitation efforts for RRI global planning and governance meetings
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Africa Regional Program Director and/or the Deputy Director
RRI Institution-wide Activities including advancing work on Strategic Themes (1/4 time)
  • The Associate will devote approximately 1/4 of work time to the overall institutional needs of RRG, potentially including both contributions to strategic analysis or networking support for one of the four priority themes (Gender, Rights and Climate, Realizing Rights, and Alternate Tenure and Economic Models) and support to institution-wide functions, such as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Coalition Management and Outreach, including support to the appropriate member of the RRG Management Team as needed. The specific areas for contribution will be determined by the CRP Director based on the Associate’s skills, knowledge, and experience, and based on the current needs of the organization.
  • This may include:
    • Literature reviews, background research or preparation of background documents, contributions to and editing of strategic analyses, policy briefs, and support to networking activities around a priority theme
    • Drafting of Terms of Reference and contracts, tracking deliverables, and payment activities
    • Preparation of background documents for Director’s needs
    • Support to planning and organizing of staff retreats or team assessments
  • Assist with correspondence, note-taking, translation of short documents and simultaneous translation, and RRI strategic engagement in global activities

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree or above in African Studies, Environment, Human Rights, International Development, Anthropology, or other relevant field with a focus on natural resource management and governance, Master’s degree preferred.
  2. Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in Africa or in an Africa-focused context. Work experience within an international organization, non-governmental organization (NGO) or with civil society organizations (CSOs) strongly preferred.
  3. Professional fluency in English and French is required.
  4. Strong analytical and writing skills.
  5. Experience working with budgeting and contracting.
  6. Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events (examples: conferences, dialogues, planning meetings, etc.). Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term.
  7. Excellent communications skills, comfortable liaising with diverse array of collaborators and stakeholders from across the globe.
  8. Strong computer skills including advanced Microsoft Word skills, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, and savvy with social media.
  9. Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment.
  10. Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures and work in teams.
  11. A passionate interest in social justice, equity, and human rights, and a passion to be part of a team to advance global progress on these issues.
  12. Ability to travel overseas, particularly to sub-Saharan Africa.

To Apply

Please send a resume, along with a cover letter, date of work availability, salary expectation, and a short writing sample to hr@rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Associate, Africa Program”.

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the position.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the position and support Rights and Resources’ mission.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.