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  • Executive Director, The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility
  • Fall Intern, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement

Location: Stockholm, Sweden – Visa sponsorship possible

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (“The Tenure Facility”) is a unique new institution that provides financial support to major projects designed to advance land and forest tenure security and the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities (IP/LC). It is responsive to the growing global land and forest tenure crisis that often pits communities, businesses, and governments against one another. The Tenure Facility is the first and only institution exclusively focused on securing collective rights to land and forests. The Tenure Facility is a unique learning platform where governments, private actors, and IP/LC learn together.

The Tenure Facility is designed to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of Indigenous Peoples and local communities´ organizations working with governments to secure collective land and forest rights, and is informed by and engages with the private sector as well as existing international instruments and institutions including REDD+, FIP, DGM, FCPF, multilateral banks, and bilateral programs. It is currently supported by the Swedish International Development Agency, the Ford Foundation and the Acacia Conservation Fund, and is actively seeking additional donors.

The Tenure Facility is being incubated by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), based in Washington D.C. The Tenure Facility will become fully independent in early 2017. An Interim Board of Directors for the Tenure Facility was established in January 2016. The Tenure Facility also benefits from guidance by an international multi-stakeholder Advisory Group that includes representatives of the regional IP/LC networks ROPPA, AIPP, COICA and AMPB, and representatives from World Bank, IFC, Landesa, FAO, UN-REDD, and TMP Systems.

Overview of the Position

The Executive Director (ED) of the Tenure Facility (TF) reports to the Board of Directors of the Tenure Facility, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Tenure Facility staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission.

This is a new position with some start-up responsibilities and activities. The TF secretariat will be established in Stockholm, Sweden by December 2016.  The ED, based in Stockholm, will direct a small secretariat staff, as well as a team of expert consultants providing technical assistance in Africa, Asia, South Pacific and Latin America.

Essential Job Functions

  • The ED be thoroughly committed to the Tenure Facility’s mission and have demonstrated executive experience leading organizations working with the issues and institutions that focus on collective land and forest rights for IP/LCs and climate change at national and international levels.
  • Achievement of mission and strategic objectives, in accordance with board direction;
  • Establish TF as highly credible and respected institution among international institutions
  • Liase with leaders and other institutions within the international development arena to advance the mission of TF.
  • Preparation and implementation of annual and multiannual work programs;
  • Day-to-day direction and management of TF staff, including recruitment;
  • Preparation and organization of Tenure Facility Governing Board meetings, and implementation of governing board decisions;
  • Fundraising;
  • Preparation and execution of TF budget, ensuring that it is managed efficiently and according to the principles of sound financial management;
  • Facilitating cooperation between TF and other stakeholders;
  • Communication with constituencies and the public in relation to all matters within TF mission.


Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals
  • Actively engage and energize The Tenure Facility Board members, partnering organizations, relevant government agencies, and funders
  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong board of directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing local operations as well as for the national rollout
  • Lead, coach, develop, and retain The Tenure Facility’s high-performance team.
  • Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents

Fundraising, Communications and Outreach:

  • Expand revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and growth
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations to create and maintain a stronger brand
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities
  • Begin to build partnerships in new areas, establishing relationships with peers and other leaders
  • Be an external local, national and international presence that publishes and communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes of programs as a model for international replication.

Eligibility requirements


  • All nationalities eligible, all candidates will eventually require a Swedish work permit – Visa sponsorship possible


  • Advanced degree, Master’s degree required, preferably in International Studies, Environment, Social Sciences, Law or another related field
  • Experience in supporting implementation of collective land and forest, and experience working with Indigenous Peoples and/or Local Communities´ Organizations is required
  • Professional fluency in English and either French and/or Spanish required
  • 15 years’ postgraduate professional experience.
  • 5 years’ executive management experience.
  • A track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff
  • Demonstrated experience having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
  • Organizational management experience with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget
  • Past success working with a board of directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation
  • Prior experience liaising with international institutions, including multilateral development banks, bilateral and multilateral donors, and private actors.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed
  • A demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to unexpected circumstances and new opportunities with positive attitude.

Preferred Attributes, Abilities and Skills or Experiences:

  • Experience with legal frameworks affecting/defining national or international organizations’ operations;
  • Experience mainstreaming gender issues and conflict resolution
  • Experience /understanding of public administration at national or subnational level
  • Organizational start-up and operationalizing experience demonstrating the ability to assume an existing portfolio of programs, a defined mission, policies, obligations and funding.
  • Knowledge and experience in collective land and forest tenure policy implementation
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
  • Experience working with private sector on IP/LC tenure issues is a plus
  • Experience working with Indigenous Peoples is a plus

Application Process

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the position and The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the position.

3) How you learned of this position.

In your résumé/curriculum vitae (CV) candidates should at least detail the most recent 5 years in which they acquired management experience: (quantify; staff & consultants supervised, Budget and program size, achievements, etc.)

The Tenure Facility has hired Global Recruitment Specialists to assist with this recruitment effort. Please do not call or email RRI. Send your cover letter explaining how you believe your skills and experiences meet the needs of the position and the organization and an updated copy of your résumé/CV to:

Patrick Shields, Executive Director and Search Manager

Global Recruitment Specialists “Positioning You for Success”

501 Westport Avenue,

Suite 285, 

Norwalk, CT 06851

+1 203-899-0499

Terms of Reference

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 level to prevent negative impacts on forests and collective 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.

The individual will work closely with and report directly to the Land Policy Advisor to contribute actively to the program’s strategy particularly in relations to the Gender, Global Engagement, and Land Rights Now/Global Call to Action portfolios.

This is a full time (40 hours per week), paid internship for Fall 2016, based in Georgetown, Washington, DC.


Support successful implementation of Gender Justice portfolio:

  • Coordinate, contribute to, and review analytical products contributing to RRI’s Gender Justice portfolio (e.g. gender-differentiated impacts of LSLA, customary tenure).
  • Support global engagement and outreach to women’s networks as part of RRI’s Gender Justice portfolio.
  • Support coordination of Gender matrix team to ensure effective communication and collaboration on gender across RRG.
  • Liaise with gender donors and experts to share updates and foster RRI’s learning and consolidation of gender strategy.
  • Draft and review media and donor-related communication relevant to Gender Justice portfolio to ensure that reports, press releases, as well as quarterly updates and reporting are accurate and effective.
  • Respond to peer review requests so that external work on gender and tenure accounts for RRI position.
  • General project and budget management, including preparing and processing new agreements, liaising with consultants, tracking deliverables, maintaining project budgets and arranging payments.

Support successful implementation of the Global Engagement Portfolio:

  • Support organization of the November 2016 RRI Strategic Update meeting and 2017 International conference.
  • Design and maintain global engagement calendar and database, and liaise with RRI staff, and other key stakeholders to align calendar and database with portfolios of RRI partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Liaise with RRI’s Outreach staff to ensure key SAGE information and success stories are readily available on RRI’s website and through social media.
  • Assist to craft, post, and maintain event pages, news blogs, and web pages.

Assist in all stages of the SAGE 2016 strategy:

  • Assist in the preparation of the SAGE section of RRI´ work plan for 2017.
  • Support coordination and preparation for international events in coordination with RRI’s regional teams, Partners and Collaborators.
  • Assist as a point of contact for event participants, engaging participants at all stages from invitation to post-event follow-up.

Other duties:

  • Provide written translation from French and/or Spanish to English and vice versa, as needed.
  • Assist with specific research and projects, as needed.
  • Assist with monitoring and evaluation of the Gender, Global Engagement, and Land Rights Now program strategies, such as reviewing reports from Partners and Collaborators and writing short summaries of said reports.


  • Professional fluency writing and speaking in English and a second language, particularly French or Spanish
  • Working ability in Microsoft Word
  • Flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent time management capability
  • A professional, collegial, and cheerful demeanor
  • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate responsibility and interest as an integral part of the SAGE team
  • Ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. The subject line of the email must read: “SAGE Intern.”

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.