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  • Associate, Africa Program
  • Intern, Gender Justice Initiative
  • Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager

The Associate for the Africa Program 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 direct supervision of the Africa Program Coordinator, in consultation with the Program 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 represent, 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 Program Coordinator
  • Backstop and coordinate RRG’s Africa program work under the guidance of the Africa Coordinator
  • Represent the Africa team at national and international meetings in absence of Regional Director, Program Coordinator, 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 Program Coordinator
  • 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 in coordination with the Program Coordinator 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 and Coordinator
  • 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 Program Director and/or the Program Coordinator

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 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.
  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 in English.
  5. Experience working with budgeting & 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 [at] 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.

This position requires flexibility to work both independently and collaboratively with regional and thematic teams in a dynamic environment, while ensuring that work is completed within established deadlines. We are looking for a dedicated Intern who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and passionate team. This is a part-time, paid internship based in Georgetown, Washington D.C., with compensation at a competitive hourly rate based on skills and experience. The internship will on average require the individual to work 20-30 hours per week. Given the nature of our work, there will be periods of time where the required commitment will increase.

This individual will report directly to the Director of the Gender Justice Initiative and work in coordination with RRI’s regional programs.


RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Assist the Gender Justice Program with communications and outreach

  • Synthesize study findings, event outcomes, and other initiatives related to gender;
  • Provide written translation as needed;
  • Conduct desk research as-needed to support developing projects;
  • Assist in drafting, translating, and editing brief documents on tenure rights, REDD+, forestry, gender, sustainable enterprises, and related themes, as requested;
  • Draft emails/communications to project teams;
  • Draft content for RRI’s blog, website, and/or social media channels.

2. Assist the Director in preparation of the annual contracting process:

  • Assist in reviewing project contracts, proposals, and deliverables as requested for the implementation of RRI’s 2018 Gender Justice strategy;
  • Assist team in processing payments to grant recipients and consultants;
  • Assist in drafting and editing project contracts according to organizational and donor protocols.

3. Provide general administrative support for the Gender Justice team;

4. Assist in the coordination of conferences and events, and willingly undertake other tasks as requested, including:

  • Support budget management;
  • Interact with and support project researchers, and manage data for project;
  • Support logistics for convenings spearheaded by the Gender Justice Initiative.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or comparable field of study highly preferred;
  • Professional fluency in French is strongly desired;
  • Exceptional organization and planning skills, with meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects (in both the short and long term);
  • A self-starter who can prioritize competing demands and demonstrate responsibility;
  • Excellent writing, research, and communications skills:
    • Ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct content for outreach and reporting
    • Ability to edit and summarize text written by others, and to make complex text more accessible without compromising message and content.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with courteous and professional manner and respect for other cultures;
  • Knowledge of gender justice and/or natural resource tenure issues preferred;
  • Strong computer skills (specifically Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access) and internet savvy.

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr [at] rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: Gender Justice Intern.

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 Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of development organizations dedicated to advancing the land and resource rights of women, Indigenous Peoples and local communities. It supports local and Indigenous Peoples’ struggles against poverty and marginalization by promoting global commitment and action towards policy, legislative, and market reforms that secure their rights to own, control, and benefit from natural resources, especially lands and forests.


OVERVIEW OF THE POSITION

Reporting to the Director of Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement (SAGE) at RRI, Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager is responsible for capturing and leveraging lessons learned from global efforts to operationalize and implement the legal recognition of community land and resource rights. Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager facilitates and accelerates technical / operational learning to secure the tenure rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, and indigenous and rural women. Leading RRI’s thematic engagement on Realizing Rights, s/he will document and disseminate lessons learned generated by existing and emerging strategies and instruments, including efforts by the Tenure Facility; facilitate learning across constituencies; and help strengthen the effectiveness of dedicated tools, strategies, and investments.

By developing robust analyses of the factors that enhance or hinder the implementation of collective tenure rights, s/he will provide technical support to the Tenure Facility, and develop guidance—as appropriate—to state authorities, development partners, private sector representatives, land rights defenders, and other identified partners and collaborators—to accelerate the implementation of tenure reforms.

This is a full-time regular position based in Montreal, Canada.


OVERARCHING RESPONSIBILITIES

Reporting to the SAGE Director, Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager is responsible for leading RRI strategic analysis and global engagement on Realizing Rights:

  • Update and fully develop RRI’s Realizing Rights Program and engage RRI staff, Partners, Collaborators and the Tenure Facility to identify the key objectives and major deliverables that will inform RRI contributions towards Realizing Rights, including strategic analyses and knowledge sharing events and opportunities;
  • Contribute to Tenure Facility (TF) learning, liaising with the TF Executive Director to advise the development of selected projects and interventions;
  • Facilitate learning exchanges between TF project proponents and other key constituencies supporting the realization of collective tenure rights, including international development partners, government representatives, companies and investors, and tenure-focused organisations and initiatives operating at local, national and international levels;
  • Contribute to the realization of the strategic goals and objectives of RRI and the Tenure Facility;
  • Support RRI efforts to deliver targeted and high quality strategic analyses;

JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Work with the SAGE Director to develop and implement RRI’s Tenure Learning strategy;
  • Work with key RRI counterparts—including the TF Program Management Team—to capture operational learning from the implementation of tenure reform projects;
  • Monitor, track and document the performance of tenure implementation initiatives and summarize key findings for distinct audiences;
  • Develop a knowledge dissemination strategy targeted to the learning needs of key constituencies, and assist in the development of a knowledge sharing platform to scale-up learning on the implementation of tenure reforms;
  • Share / disseminate lessons learned, organize horizontal exchanges and convenings, or hold dedicated events at national, regional and global scales; and
  • Represent RRI in key national, regional and global events.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least 10 years’ professional experience, including 3 years managing international projects in the field and 2 years working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Africa, Asia, or Latin America;
  • Advanced degree in a field related to forestry, natural resource management, social or natural science, public policy, international development, or project management;
  • Professional fluency in English, and French or Spanish is required
  • Demonstrated experience in monitoring and reporting project-level performance in international development—experience responding to the demands of major bi-lateral donors and private foundations preferable;
  • Prior experience working in management in non-profit organizations, or related alliances and networks;
  • Proven operational expertise, linked to the planning, management and delivery of projects in developing country contexts;
  • Proven knowledge management expertise and technical writing skills;
  • Prior experience facilitating knowledge exchanges essential;
  • Demonstrated integrity, strives for excellence, and experience leading initiatives;
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends
  • A team player, able to foster positive and supportive work environments
  • A successful track record in setting priorities; keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making
  • Willingness to travel extensively

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, along with a cover letter, including the date when candidate is available to begin work to hr [at] rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager.  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.

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 an Equal Opportunity Employer.