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  • Senior Associate, ATEMs Program
  • Senior Director, Programs

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

RRI’s Alternative Tenure and Enterprise Models (ATEMs) thematic program is intended to support the development and mainstreaming of economic development models that respect and strengthen the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the forested areas of developing countries. Within the broader mandate of the ATEMs program, RRI has catalyzed the creation of the Interlaken Group, an informal network of individual leaders from influential companies, investors, government, and international organizations. The purpose of the Group is to expand and leverage the financial and political capital of companies and investors to support secure land rights in the developing world. The Interlaken Group is co-chaired by RRI and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and has rapidly become the leading “precompetitive” mechanism to leverage private sector action to support secure land rights in the developing world. RRI’s growing private sector engagement portfolio consists of a suite of activities spanning Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

The Senior Associate is responsible for helping guide RRI’s ATEMs Program under the guidance of the RRI Associate Director, Private Sector. The Senior Associate will be responsible for linking the strategic goals of the ATEMs program to regional and global operating plans. The Senior Associate will handle details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The Senior Associate will be flexible to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that the work is completed within established deadlines. A collegial and cheerful demeanor is essential.

The Senior Associate will lead specific components of the Coalition’s efforts to leverage private sector support for community land rights to drive more inclusive economic development in the developing world. The Senior Associate coordinates activity across the Interlaken Group and RRI’s broader private sector engagement portfolio. The Senior Associate will lead elements of collaboration with other thematic (Gender, Climate, Tenure Tracking, etc.)  and regional programs in delivering programmatic outcomes.

The Senior Associate must develop a thorough understanding of, and be a voice for, the RRI/RRG—a skill acquired through demonstrated effective work in the organization.  The individual must be ready to exercise judgment, discretion, and ownership of responsibilities expected from the Senior Associate, based on the overall guidance provided by the Associate Director.

This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC for a term of one year. It is classified as exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.


ATEMs Program (80% of time)

  • Develop strategies and plans to coordinate activity across ATEMs team, international experts, and RRI Coalition to scope, initiate, and coordinate Interlaken Group engagement in priority countries in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
  • Represent RRI and the Interlaken Group and deliver effective messages and presentations in relevant forums.
  • Oversee meeting planning and execution, including all logistical, travel, administrative, and research support to meetings and events held at national, regional, and global levels, including ensuring successful international Interlaken Group events.
  • Coordinate the work and take ownership of the outcomes for RRI Regional efforts of RRI Coalition members to engage and influence the private sector.
  • Author high-quality and relevant analytical briefings and project updates as input to RRI publications, reports, planning process, RRI website, RRI quarterly email updates, and monthly meetings reports, ensuring the ATEMs program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach
  • Organize high level meetings of private sector, CSO, government, and community leaders to deliver results.
  • Liaise directly with corporate, investor, and CSO members to maintain engagement of Interlaken Group.
  • Lead continuous improvement of the Interlaken Group website, including periodic updates to functionality and design.
  • Support development of donor proposals; contribute to M&E process and reporting, ensuring documents are prepared on time to reflect the program’s impacts and the decisions of the ATEMs program, Interlaken Group and coalition.
  • Ensure effective and efficient ATEMs program administration, adhering to RRI administrative protocol and deadlines by proactively and independently communicating internally and externally and resolving issue directly using independent judgment or, where available, established protocols.
  • Directly manage consultants and/or temporary staff.
  • Compile and manage data, draft communications to stakeholders, draft reports, and provide general support to the project team and consultants.
  • Mentor junior Associates and other staff and willingly undertake other tasks as requested.

RRI Institution-wide Activities including advancing work on Strategic Themes (20% time)

Each Senior Associate is expected to devote up to 20% of their time to the overall institutional needs of RRG, including both contributions to strategic analysis or networking support for one of the four priority themes (Gender, Rights and Climate, Realizing Rights, and Tenure Tracking) and support to institution-wide functions, such as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Coalition and Strategic Networks or Communications, including support to the appropriate member of the RRG Management Team as needed, as coordinated with the Associate Director, ATEMs.

Strategic Analysis and Background Research (15%)

  • Carry out secondary literature reviews or background research for regions or thematic areas regarding the presence and relevant investment work of international, national, and regional institutions, private sector, civil society or political and legal trends.
  • Provide support related to a strategic theme of intellectual interest, carrying out research or strategic analysis, authoring position papers, providing critical comments on analysis created by RRI Partners and Collaborators, collecting and disseminating relevant publications, articles, news and analyses, supporting networking activities of RRI Partners and Collaborators.
  • Provide support to organization of networking events, including exchanges across regions and thematic areas.

 Institution-Wide Support (5%)

  • Provide support to the appropriate member(s) of the Management Team on institution-wide functions as requested, including correspondence with Partners and Collaborators to build the Coalition, support to develop and execute on plans for the Strategic Proposal III guiding framework, author or edit narrative reports to Partners and Coalition, and support planning and monitoring, including the Independent Monitor.
  • Project manage and/or author donor proposals, concept letters, grant applications, interim or final narrative reports to support institutional-wide fundraising activities.


  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree plus relevant land-tenure or private sector work experience required. Educational degrees with a focus on business, economics, natural resource management, or related social science strongly preferred.
  • At least 3-5 years of work experience with International NGOs, development institutions or civil sector organizations preferred.
  • Prior work with the private sector on forestry and agriculture supply chains is strongly preferred. Demonstrated knowledge of natural resource tenure and/or private sector issues preferred.
  • Exceptional and demonstrated writing and research skills; Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills and attention to detail with the ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in the short and long term.
  • Demonstrated leadership of projects and/or teams, including management of independent consultants/researchers.
  • Strong communication, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Professional fluency in French, Spanish, or other relevant language is very strongly desired.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, with the flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment.
  • Initiative and ability for self-directed, independent work.
  • Strong computer skills (specifically Microsoft Word and Excel).
  • Analytical problem-solving skills.
  • Experience living/working abroad preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the year.
  • Strong candidates will also have an interest in social justice, equity, human rights, and international development and a passion to be part of a team working closely and collegially together to advance global progress on these issues.


Please apply here with resume and cover letter. Applications will be accepted immediately through May 31, 2019 and interviews conducted on a rolling basis

The Senior Director, Programs will hold primary responsibility for leading the design and implementation of the strategic and operational programs of the Rights and Resources Group (RRG), the coordination mechanism of the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI), a global coalition dedicated to dramatically scaling-up global recognition and support of the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. The Senior Director will also support the President of RRG in ensuring the development and execution a comprehensive strategy across the (RRI) Coalition to advance RRI’s mission, goals, and targets.

The incumbent will join the President and Chief Operating Officer as a member of the Executive Team to provide overall oversight and leadership to RRG. S/he will also be a member of the Senior Management Team, the group of Program Directors who jointly develop, lead, and manage program strategies, plans, and budgets, for RRG and RRI. The Senior Director will represent RRG and RRI internationally to advance RRI’s goals and position and to provide thought leadership towards mobilizing greater global awareness and action for RRI’s mission. S/he will support and manage the Directors of RRG’s Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement, and Regional Programs for Africa, Latin America, and Asia. The Senior Director sets goals, monitors work, and evaluates results to ensure that departmental and organizational objectives are met and are in line with the needs and mission of the Coalition. This full-time position will be based in either Washington D.C. or Montreal, Québec.

The Senior Director, Programs will develop deep knowledge of program and regional plans and will focus on the following three areas: strategic program leadership, external relationships, and team and program management.

1. Strategic Leadership

  • Support the President in developing and implementing overall program strategy for the RRI Coalition, and partner with the RRG Program Directors to ensure the development and implementation of international, regional, and country program strategies and work plans.
  • Share leadership for organizational strategy as a member of RRG’s Executive Team and Senior Management Team, including: the development of organization-wide and departmental annual goals, strategies, and desired outcomes, along with the development of corresponding budgets; and for creating and sustaining an organizational culture that attracts and motivates a diverse, exemplary staff, enables collaboration and strategic innovation.
  • Responsibility for overall work quality and integration of learning and best practices in all programs at the organizational and Coalition levels.
  • Lead efforts to identify and assess how emerging trends and issues may impact the cause of Indigenous Peoples and community rights and self-determination, and the relative position, relevance, and effectiveness of the RRI Coalition and the specific programs of RRG.
  • Responsibility for catalyzing and mobilizing support for new strategic initiatives to further strengthen the field of indigenous and community rights globally.
  • Ensure the development and execution of RRG’s global engagement strategy and play a leading role implementing this strategy in the international arena.

2. External Relationships/Engagement

  • Represent RRG and RRI at international conferences and other relevant events and provide thought leadership regarding RRI’s mission. Share leadership and responsibility for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support RRI’s mission.
  • Ensure strategic engagement with RRI Coalition Partners, Affiliated Networks, Collaborators, Fellows, and other international organizations and leaders, to optimize RRI’s effectiveness and contributions to global development.
  • Support the RRG President and Program Directors in building relationships with international stakeholders, including indigenous and community leaders, government officials, fellow NGOs, and donors, and increase RRI’s visibility within the international development, investment, and intergovernmental communities.
  • Present Program Management Reports to the Board of Directors and/or Board committees and donors; prepare and present other reports to the Board or President as requested.

3. Team and Program Management

  • Support, learn from, train, and mentor Program Directors on development of program strategy, program management, and project-level management of program staff; ensure resources are available and utilized to develop strong technical leadership for each program area.
  • Establish and monitor progress of each program towards the five-year strategic objectives.
  • Support development and integration of regional and cross-cutting global thematic initiatives including, Gender Justice, Alternative Tenure and Economic Models, and Rights and Climate.
  • Conduct site visits to the extent necessary to measure program performance, ensure quality, and track outcomes.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A deep personal and professional commitment to RRI’s mission of transforming political economies globally to recognize and support the rights and self-determined development of the world’s Indigenous Peoples, and marginalized ethnic minorities and local communities through secure collective land and resource rights.
  • Demonstrated humility and commitment to listening to, learning from, and then supporting indigenous and local community leaders, members, and organizations to help them design and develop their own agendas and strategies, and leveraging public, civil, and private sector organizations to support those agendas.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and leading strategic analyses and effective advocacy campaigns that respond to local indigenous or community demands and strategically mobilize and coordinate diverse organizations to leverage globally significant impact.
  • Highly energetic with an ability to work independently, travel internationally up to 25% of the time, and maintain a strong commitment to teamwork across multiple organizations.
  • Creative and independent thinker with a track record of thought leadership and success in achieving organizational objectives, including through conception and implementation of new ideas.
  • Strong executive and program management skills. Ability to balance competing priorities; work effectively in complex situations and within tight deadlines. Capacity to oversee programs and professional program staff located in remote geographies.
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal and non-verbal. Superior public speaking skills with an ability to make and use distinctions as to types, frequency, tenor and levels of communications, depending upon circumstances, audience, recipient, and content.
  • Ability to work effectively and constructively with a range of internal and external partners; work as a collaborative member of teams including administration, development, communications, operations and other program teams. Ability to lead, motivate and direct others, both as a team leader and a team member in support of the team leader.
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas strongly desired: nonprofit performance measurement; ethics and accountability, particularly when working with marginalized populations; and/or leadership development.
  • Eagerness to join an enthusiastic team of passionate and hard-working individuals who are committed to: doing their best to help Indigenous Peoples, and local communities advance their rights and aspirations, relentlessly innovating, holding each other to the highest standards, and supporting each other in the quest to make this world a better place.

Professional Qualifications:

  • Graduate or professional degree (or experience equivalent) in a relevant field (law, international studies, economics, social science, business, etc.) strongly desired.
  • At least 15 years of relevant experience working in the international development arena. Significant experience as an executive/leader in a civil society organization.
  • Existing, strong, relationships with Indigenous and community leaders, and leaders of other organizations and donors active in the international forest, land, natural resources and indigenous rights arenas, and proven ability to build trust and strategic coordination towards common goals.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Expertise in fundraising and donor relations, knowledgeable of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Exceptional public speaking ability, as both a researcher and as an advocate.
  • Strong software skills; proven ability to proficiently use Outlook Work, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Internet.
  • Fluency in either Spanish or French strongly desired, fluency in other additional languages desired.

To apply:

Please apply here with resume and cover letter. Alternatively send both to hr [at] with the Subject line: “Senior Director, Programs”. Applications will be accepted immediately through May 31, 2019 and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.