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- Contract-to-Hire Associate, Latin America Program
- Global Tenure Reforms Learning Manager
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.
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 Latin America Program, specifically to the Director, Latin America 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. A collegial and cheerful demeanor is essential.
The Associate must be fluent in Spanish and familiar with 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 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 Director.
The Associate will work under the supervision of the Director of Latin America Program. This position is a full-time contract-to-hire position based in Washington, DC, and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.
Essential Job Functions:
Support the Director, Latin America Program as follows:
- Provide general administrative support for the Latin America Program, assisting the Director and Facilitator(s) as appropriate.
- Under the guidance of the Director, take proactive ownership and responsibility for the following:
- 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 contracts and amendments as needed.
- Track projects in Latin America, e. g. project deliverables; review financial reports and manage payment activities consistent with RRI’s accounting tools.
- Draft 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.
- Assist the coordination of annual regional and country planning, prepare background material for planning meetings, providing updated information to Coalition members, and consolidating inputs for preparation of the annual work book.
- Assist in the coordination and drafting of high-quality and relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required for RRI publications, reports, the planning process, 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 and contribute to various research and analytical activities in the region.
- Prepare Draft Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) RRG memos and documentation for program-level review before submission to management and to the Board.
- 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 Network, Fellows, and other relevant actors.
- Contribute to developing, monitoring and evaluating country and regional strategies, including annual planning, under direction of Director, and Facilitator(s) as appropriate.
- Contribute to M&E processes 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 the Strategic Communications Program, manage Latin America webpage and updating event announcements, regionally-specific news, and relevant content to blogs in English and Spanish on RRI website.
- Effectively contribute to the smooth administration of the Latin America Program, adhering to RRI administrative protocol and deadlines by proactively and independently communicating and seeking resolution of issues, consulting the Program Administrator, Program Director or other relevant RRG staff using best judgment before taking independent action.
- Supplement as appropriate activities of the regional Facilitator acting as an informational resource to RRG staff, Partners, Collaborators, Affiliated Networks, Consultants, and other relevant stakeholders to help them understand and facilitate RRG activities in the region; respond 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 Director of Latin America Program.
- 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, Affiliated Networks, 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, Affiliated Networks, 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.
- 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.
- Excellent English and Spanish written and verbal communication skills required;
- Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events. Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term;
- Ability to handle multiple tasks, perform well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives;
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, and internet savvy; and other digital tools;
- 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;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
- Ability and willingness to travel overseas if required;
- Familiarity and demonstrated interest in international context and issues at the core of RRI’s Latin America Program of work.
Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample in English and in Spanish to email@example.com. 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, emails or recruiters.
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.
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;
- 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.
- 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
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.