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  • Development Officer
  • Intern, Asia Program
  • Intern, Tenure and Enterprise

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is seeking a highly motivated and self-organized individual as a Development Officer at its office in Washington, D.C. to manage RRI’s growing donor relations portfolio. In addition to overseeing engagement with existing donors, this position is a key member of a team responsible for identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding major gift and foundation prospects related to the organization’s fundraising goals and overall vision.

The Development Officer will work under the supervision of the Director, Strategic Communications and Donor Relations, in Washington, DC, in close coordination with the Chief Operating Officer, the entire Senior Management Team, and the wider Donor Relations team.

Key Responsibilities:

We are currently hiring a Development Officer to:

Soft Infrastructure Development

  • Oversee the expansion, integration, and maintenance of a new donor database (like Raiser’s Edge) to track and monitor all prospect contacts and calendar follow up, ensuring data integrity and actively updating key constituents’ records.
  • Ensure that key stakeholders throughout the organization have access to high quality and well organized information about existing grants and prospective donors, as needed.
  • Identify areas for improvement related to existing donor relations and grant management practices.

Strategy and Research

  • Establishes annual income development plan representing broad opportunities for donor prospecting, cultivation, retention, upgrade, acknowledgement, and recognition.
  • Partner with the Senior Management Team to determine metrics, strategies, and action steps needed to identify and develop a robust major donor program.
  • Research prospective and current donors to prepare RRG President and other staff for meetings and to inform strategies for otherwise engaging with prospective and current donors.
  • Map the broad field of potential donors, identifying prospects that seek to align themselves with RRI’s work.
  • Conduct prospect research to identify individuals with the capacity and affinity to make major gifts of $50,000 and up.
  • Generate a pipeline of major gift prospects across high net worth individuals, foundations, and bilaterals.
  • Develop and implement prospect-specific cultivation and solicitation strategies.

Donor Stewardship

  • Manage all required operations of the development department including: prospecting, proposal writing, reporting, database management, deadline supervision, knowledge management and dissemination of donor related materials and submissions.
  • Act as a resource for current donors, addressing questions, concerns and issues as they arise.
  • Work with Senior Management Team and program staff to develop and write winning grant proposals designed to secure funding from government programs, public institutions, private foundations, and individuals.
  • Ensure fund development efforts are carried out in keeping with the organization’s strategic vision, values, and mission
  • Facilitate training for staff related to fundraising systems, processes and best practices.
  • Collaborate with Senior Management Team and additional staff as need to support the development of grant budgets and agreements, and communicate grant implementation and reporting requirements with appropriate staff.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Seven years’ experience in grant writing and/or donor relations, including outreach to individuals, bilaterals and foundations;
  • Demonstrated experience in soliciting and securing gifts of $50,000 and above;
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to securing multiyear grants of $1 million and above;
  • Strong knowledge of the Foundation/Giving sector and established relationships with others in the fundraising sector for international development/environmental/human rights organizations;
  • Prior experience in utilizing and managing a donor database;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a diverse work team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse funders from USA, Canada, Europe and Asia;
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, with an ability to communicate effectively our mission and programs in a compelling and concise manner;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives; and
  • Experience working in Sharepoint.

 

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: “Development 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.