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  • Associate, Latin America Program
  • Research Assistant, Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement
  • Associate, Asia Program

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.


We are looking for a full-time dedicated individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and passionate team.

The Associate is responsible for providing administrative support to RRI’s Latin America Program, specifically to the RRI Program Director for Latin America. The Associate will undertake these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The 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 Associate must be fluent in Spanish and familiar with administration work, the politics and human rights status of the region. To become successful in the role, they must develop a thorough understanding of the RRI/RRG organization and administrative functioning acquired through demonstrated effective work in the organization. As such, 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 Regional Program Director.

The Associate will work under the supervision of the Program Director. This 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:

Administrative support to the Director, Latin America Program as follows:

  • Effectively contribute to the smooth Latin America Program administration, adhering to RRI administrative protocol and deadlines by proactively and independently communicating and seeking resolution of issues, consulting the Program Director or other relevant RRG staff using best judgment before taking independent action.
  • Provide general administrative support for the Latin America Program, assisting the Program Director, Program Manager and/or Facilitator(s) as appropriate.
  • Support the contracting process via consolidation of budgets and work plans for Latin America, reviewing and providing input to concept notes and drafting all Latin America Program collaborative and consultancy contracts and amendments as needed.
  • Tracking projects in Latin America, e. g. project deliverables; review financial reports and manage payment activities consistent with RRI’s accounting tools and each of the donor requirements.
  • Drafting correspondence with Partners, Collaborators, Affiliated Networks and Fellows during the planning/contractual process to facilitate ensuring concept notes, contracts, reporting and payments are completed in a timely fashion and accurately reflect program/activity objectives.
  • Assisting the coordination and logistics of annual regional and country planning, preparing background material for planning meeting, and providing updated information to Coalition members, and consolidating inputs for preparation of the annual work book.
  • Assisting in the coordination and drafting of high-quality relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required as input to RRI publications, reports, planning process.
  • Support the program in the drafting of information about Latin America strategy for RRI’s website, RRI quarterly email updates, and monthly meetings reports, ensuring the Latin America Program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach.
  • Provide backup support, such providing documentation to contribute to research and analytical activities in the region, when requested.
  • Prepare draft Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) RRG memos and documentation for program level review before submission to management and to the Board, and prepare contracts ensuring fulfillment of requirements and procedures.
  • Manage and provide logistical, travel, administrative and research support to meetings and events held at national, regional and global levels, including contributions to note-taking, generating of reports or briefs, translation of short documents, and simultaneous translation.
  • Maintain and update contacts of Latin America Partners, Collaborators, Affiliate Networks, Fellows, and other relevant actors.
  • Contribute to developing, monitoring and evaluating country and regional strategies, including annual planning, under direction of Program Director and with the support of Facilitator(s) as appropriate.
  • Contribute to M&E process and reporting, ensuring documents are prepared on time to reflect the program’s impacts and the decisions of the Latin America coalition.
  • In coordination with Communication’s and Outreach Department, manage Latin America web pages and update event announcements, regionally-specific news and relevant content to blogs in English and Spanish on RRI website.
  • Supplement as appropriate activities of the regional Facilitator acting as an information resource to RRG staff, Partners, Collaborators, Consultants and other relevant to help them understand and facilitate RRG activities in the Region responding to requests for information about RRI projects and policies in the Region and providing key information and/or channeling these requests to the Facilitator.
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Latin America Program Director.
  • Assist the LA Director in all responsibilities related to RRI support to the Tenure Facility projects.

Organization Planning and Institution-wide Support:

  • 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 for implementing the operating plans for the Strategic Proposal III guiding framework, support preparation of narrative reports to donors, and support planning and monitoring, including the Independent Monitor.
  • Provide support related to a strategic theme of intellectual interest, contributing to and/or carrying out research or strategic analysis, 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.
  • Edit and translate minor or internal documents to/from English and Spanish.
  • Prepare regional and thematic presentations for planning and governance meetings.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support to RRI governance and global planning meetings, including contributions to note-taking, translation of short documents and simultaneous translation.
  • Participate in governance meetings, staff retreats, and team assessment of organization wide and coalition wide progress towards RRI goals and vision.
  • Support the organization, convening and documentation of coalition planning meetings.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree (preferably with some focus on project administration, international development, human rights, and/or environment, and experience in Latin America) required with 3-5 year of experience in program administration, including contracts, budgets, tracking tools; or Master’s degree with 1-3 years of experience.
  2. Excellent English and Spanish written and verbal communication skills required;
  3. Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events. Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term;
  4. Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives;
  5. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, and internet savvy; and other digital tools; experience with social media highly appreciated.
  6. Ability to work well in a team environment, with the flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks;
  7. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  8. Ability and willingness to travel overseas, if required;
  9. Familiarity and demonstrated interest in international context and issues at the core of RRI’s Latin America Program of work.

 To apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample in English and in Spanish to hr [at] rightsandresources.org. The subject line of the email must read: “Associate, Latin America”. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. 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 a Research Assistant to support the Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement (SAGE) team. We are looking for a hard-working, detail-oriented individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and contribute to the effectiveness and capacity of our small and dedicated team.

The Research Assistant will have the unique opportunity to work closely with RRI’s Tenure Tracking Program monitoring Indigenous Peoples’, local communities’, and rural women’s tenure rights to lands, forests, water, and other natural resources in 75+ countries around the world, and at the intersection of SAGE’s Rights and Climate and Gender Justice programs. This research-oriented position involves understanding and documenting community-based tenure in a wide range of countries and contexts, comprehensive data analysis, and effective engagement in sectors related to human rights and international development while contributing to the work of an international coalition advancing these causes.

The individual will report directly to the Senior Tenure Analyst and work closely with other team members, including the Tenure Analyst and the Director of Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement. This position is a full-time position based in Montreal, Canada and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act. The individual will work remotely while based in Montreal, with regular in-person interaction with other Montreal-based staff, as well as frequent travel to RRI’s office in Washington, DC.

Essential Job Functions:

Analytical Support – 80%

  • Support cyclical updates to RRI’s Tenure Tracking databases through the activities outlined below. In 2019-2020, activities will support the update of RRI’s Land Tenure Database:
    • Conduct desk research in English (and potentially Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French) related to community-based land tenure in a wide range of countries;
    • Input data and perform calculations and other functions in existing Excel databases, adhering to established guidelines and paying close attention to detail;
    • Manage long-term written correspondence in English (and potentially Spanish, Portuguese, and/or French) with RRI Partners and Collaborators, as well as outside experts, in a timely, professional, and courteous manner; and
    • Assist in the review of legislation concerning Indigenous Peoples’, local communities’, and rural women’s land and natural resource rights.
  • Develop progressive competency across RRI’s five Tenure Tracking databases on land, forest, freshwater, and women’s tenure rights globally, supporting the Sr. Tenure Analyst/Tenure Analyst in responding to both internal and external information requests in a time-sensitive manner;
  • Support RRI’s cross-thematic research on climate change, private sector engagement, gender justice, and conservation as required (no more than 20% of time); and
  • Provide general program assistance for the SAGE team, and willingly undertake other tasks as requested.

Administrative Support – 20%

  • Assist in ongoing project management for the SAGE team, including consultancy contracts, tracking budgets and expenditures, and drafting donor reporting.

The Research Assistant undertakes these duties in a systematic and precise manner, exhibiting professionalism, analytical rigor, and a capacity to handle details carefully without compromising attention to big‐picture goals. They are flexible to work effectively in a highly dynamic environment with both in-person and remotely-located colleagues, always ensuring that assigned work is completed by established deadlines. The Research Assistant also demonstrates trustworthiness and best ethical practices, exhibiting both transparency and accountability.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental science/policy, forestry, economics, anthropology, international development, or related discipline required (graduate studies in one of these fields preferred). At least 1-3 years of experience in a related field highly desired;
  • Knowledge of resource tenure, environmental science/policy, conservation, climate change, women’s land and natural resource rights, and/or international development issues, as demonstrated through coursework and/or previous work experience;
  • Strong and demonstrated research skills, including experience / training in data collection and analysis using both qualitative and quantitative methods. A background in statistical analysis would add value;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives;
  • Professional fluency in English required. Professional fluency in French and/or Spanish strongly preferred, and fluency in Portuguese would add value;
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, social media and internet savvy; and other digital tools (GIS, large data analytics capabilities will add value).
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, with professional manner and respect for other cultures and ability to maintain interaction with remote staff;
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast‐paced environment, while working with both remotely-based and office-based team members;
  • Willingness to travel frequently to RRI office in Washington, DC.

To Apply:

Please send the following application materials to hr [at] rightsandresources.org.  Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. The subject line of the email must read: “SAGE Research Assistant”.

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter – At a minimum, cover letters should address how your background, skills, and qualifications align with the position, as well as how this position fits within your broader career goals
  3. Short writing sample in English (1-2 pages maximum)
  4. Short foreign language writing sample (1-2 pages maximum, in French, Spanish, or Portuguese)

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.


We are looking for a dedicated individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and passionate team. The Associate is responsible for providing support to RRI’s Asia Program and Climate thematic area of RRI’s SAGE Program. The Associate will undertake these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The Associate will be flexible to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that the work is completed within established deadlines.

The Associate must be familiar with the politics and land/human rights status of the Asia region. To become successful in the role, they must develop a thorough understanding of the RRI/RRG organization and functioning acquired through demonstrated effective work in the organization.  As such, 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 Asia Regional Program Director.

The Associate will be responsible for providing support to RRI’s Asia Program and Rights and Climate thematic area of RRI’s SAGE Program. The Associate will work under the supervision of the Asia Program Director. This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, USA or in Montreal, Canada and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

Essential Job Functions:

Support the Program Director, Asia as follows:

  • Provide general programmatic and administrative support for the Asia Program, ensuring implementation of program directly or via management of temporary staff or consultants.
  • Ensure proactive delivery of critical program activities under the direction of Asia Program Director
  • Managing the contracting process via consolidation of budgets and work plans for Asia, reviewing and providing input to concept notes by collaborators and drafting all Asia contracts and amendments.
  • Working with collaborators/consultants in Asia to ensure completion of project requirements, e. g. project deliverables; review financial reports and manage payment activities consistent with RRI’s accounting tools.
  • Corresponding directly with Partners and Collaborators during the planning/contractual process to facilitate ensuring concept notes, contracts, reporting and payments are completed in a timely fashion and accurately reflect program/activity objectives.
  • Authoring quality relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required as input to RRI publications, reports, planning process, RRI website, RRI quarterly email updates, and monthly meetings reports, ensuring the Asia program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach.
  • Prepare ready-to-submit quality Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) RRG memos and documentation for management review before submission to the Board.
  • Support Asia Program Director in meetings/events planning and execution, including all logistical, travel, administrative and research support to meetings and events held at national, regional and global levels, including authoring summary briefs, identifying best practices for sharing and supporting simultaneous translation.
  • Engage with Asia Partners, Collaborators, Affiliate Network and other relevant actors, gathering updates on changes to plans, priorities and staff. Be able to navigate the political and social elements of coalitions engagement.
  • Developing, monitoring and evaluating country and regional strategies, including planning, under direction of Asia Program Director.
  • Contribute to M&E process and reporting, ensuring documents are prepared on time to reflect the program’s impacts and the decisions of the Asia coalition.
  • In coordination with Communication’s and Outreach, manage Asia webpage and update event announcements, regionally-specific news and relevant content to blogs in English and/or additional languages on RRI website.
  • Ensure effective and efficient Asia 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.
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Asia Program Director

Support the Rights and Climate thematic initiative of SAGE Program as required for both administrative and programmatic work, under the direction of the Program Director, SAGE.

Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree required with a focus on International Affairs, Political Science, Human Rights, South/Southeast Asian Studies, or other relevant field. Master’s degree desirable.
  2. Direct field experience working on relevant themes related to land and forest rights in one or more South or South-Asian country is strongly preferred. Experience and background in issues related to climate change, landscape restoration etc. would add value.
  3. Experience of working with networks, coalitions and civil society, especially in a facilitating role is a plus.
  4. Professional fluency in English required; proficiency in Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and/or other Southeast/South Asian languages highly valued.
  5. Familiarity and demonstrated interest in international context and issues at the core of RRI’s Asia Program of work.
  6. Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events. Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term;
  7. Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives;
  8. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, social media and internet savvy; and other digital tools (GIS, large data analytics capabilities will add value).
  9. 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.
  10. Ability to work well in a team environment, with the flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks;
  11. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  12. Ability and willingness to extensively travel overseas, particularly Asia;

To apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to hr [at] 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 Program Associate”.

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

Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.