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The following positions are currently open with Rights and Resources Group. Please check this site periodically for future vacancies.
- Regional Director for Asia
- Program Finance Administrator
Regional Director, Asia, Country and Regional Programs
The Regional Director for Asia is the key instigator in setting the Coalition’s strategy for the Asia Region within a dynamic environment of shifting priorities. The Regional Director should possess flexibility, problem solving and multicultural skills, and maintain effective communication with the Regional Facilitator, RRI management and staff, RRI Partners and Collaborators, and other relevant actors from governments and civil society.
The Regional Director proactively leads the implementation of RRI’s projects and events and ensuring accelerated achievement of RRI goals in the Asia region. Main responsibilities include leading the annual country and regional planning process to set collective goals, agree on strategies to reach them, and develop concrete plans for action and engagement. The incumbent would also supervise the work of a Regional Facilitator, helping Partners and Collaborators to identify and build new relationships and synergize and optimize their efforts. The Regional Director conducts this work in collaboration with RRG's Management, RRI Partners and Collaborators, and with the support of the Regional Facilitator who is based in Asia, and the Regional Associate, based in Washington, D.C.
The Regional Director also contributes to the global activities and outreach of RRI, and ensures that RRI's global knowledge informs strategic action in Asia. These responsibilities require effective and proactive decision-making to link the engagement and activities in the Asian region to the broader goals and vision and thematic areas agreed to by RRI. The Regional Director will fulfill these responsibilities through a broad range of technical and administrative duties.
This is a full-time position based in Washington DC.
1. Program Management and Technical Assistance (55 %):
Manage the Asia country and regional Program working closely with the Sr. Director, CRP;
Guide the Asia country and regional planning processes for identifying strategic activities towards the RRI objectives as proposed by Partners and Collaborators and as ratified by Partners/Collaborators active in Asia and RRG, building capacity and ensuring effective communication;
Provide intellectual leadership and contribute to fostering optimal design and maximizing impact of RRI country and regional programs at country and regional level; ensuring strategic orientation, intervention to reach RRI’s tenure and poverty targets; and strengthening local organizational capacity to advance RRI’s agenda of tenure, policy and market reforms; in the field of tenure rights policies;
Work closely with RRI Partners and Collaborators;
Guide the preparation of concept notes and contracts against approved activities and manage consultants directly contracted by RRG, including negotiating compensation, TOR development and tracking and review of deliverables;
Prepare technical, progress and monitoring and evaluation inputs and reports in accordance with RRI and donor guidelines;
Strengthen networks of civil society organizations working on tenure policy reform in Asia with the Regional facilitators, using intimate knowledge of the technical capacities of the organizations and political contexts to build effective learning networks across the region and in priority countries;
Contribute in the preparation of financial reports and financial projections related to project implementation.
2. Staff Management (15 %):
Manage and supervise the work of the Regional Associate, overseeing adherence to RRG protocols in monitoring and evaluation, reporting of CRP programs, proper documentation of program activities and narrative contributions;
Oversee the work of Asia facilitator(s), closely coordinating assignments and work performed, and assisting the host institution, where appropriate, with the facilitator(s)’ orientation and supervision;
Contribute to the recruitment of facilitator(s) as required.
3. Contribution to Strategic Thinking and Global Programs (25%):
Contribute significantly to one or two global programs activities according to professional/personal interest and fit with country-regional program, and other demands of the organization;
Contribute with intellectual knowledge to strategic themes of RRI knowledge gathering and strategic analysis, providing strategic and critical comments to analysis/studies produced by Partners and Collaborators;
Give presentations on behalf of RRI related to RRI mission and objectives, contribute to publications, and write and contribute to text describing RRI activities and programs in Asia and communications outreach, in multiple languages if appropriate;
Oversee the development, management and timely updating of the Asia program content on the RRI website.
4. Participate in organization wide governance and planning meetings and periodic assessments of RRI progress and performance (5%)
A strong background in land tenure reforms, natural resource management or forestry, rural development policies. An advanced degree is required; PhD preferred or a strong mix of academic training and country, field level experience.
10 to 15 years experience working with policy reform processes that deal with rights-based forest conservation, rural development, poverty alleviation, and/or human rights in the relevant region.
Demonstrated ability to initiate and coordinate projects without intensive supervision.
Demonstrated ability to manage personnel and lead teams.
Demonstrated fluency in spoken and written English and a relevant Asian language are required.
Strong writing and analytical skills.
Ability and confidence to effectively and respectfully facilitate meetings that include a range of diverse participants, from representatives of forest communities to high-ranking government ministers.
Respect for different cultural perspectives and approaches toward accomplishing shared goals.
Willingness and ability to undertake frequent international travel.
Preferred candidates will have:
Extensive knowledge and understanding of the technical capacities of civil society organizations, forest and land agencies in Asia, and similar experiences in other parts of the developing world.
Particular experience and understanding of RRI priority regions and countries in Asia: South Asia and Southeast and East Asia, particularly India, Nepal, Indonesia, China, the Pacific Islands and the Mekong Region and knowledge of land and political economy issues in other parts of Asia.
Strong interest in advancing the land and forest rights and improving the livelihoods of rural and forest peoples.
Strong interest in helping to strengthen capabilities of developing country civil society organizations and leaders
Please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org with the position title “Regional Director for Asia – 2013” in the subject line. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.
Program Finance Administrator
The Program Finance Administrator maintains Finance and Administration’s working relationships with RRI’s Programs, providing oversight of Program expenditures and interactions with Programs. The Administrator will implement and sustain efficient and transparent procedures and processes for managing the institution’s financial and other resources; ensure compliance with donor requirements and U.S. law while detecting potential risks to the organization; monitor expenses against Program budgets; ensure expense allocation to the appropriate projects and objectives of the organization; prepare financial reports to management and Programs; and build capacity of Programs in financial and contractual management. Overall, these responsibilities contribute to creating greater efficiency and smoother functioning of the organization, as it provides services to RRI’s Partner and Collaborating organizations.
The Program Finance Administrator will work closely with the Director of Finance and Administration, other Directors, and Program Managers to ensure the smooth relationship with Partners, Collaborators, consultants, and other institutions and individuals interacting with the Initiative.
This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, and exceptional organizational skills. This position also requires high standards of ethical conduct, as the Program Finance Administrator will work with confidential information and be entrusted with roles within the institution’s internal fiscal controls. The position requires excellent communications skills and multicultural awareness, as the Program Finance Administrator will work extensively with RRI’s diverse global partners and all levels of staff, and must be prepared to assist with time-sensitive matters outside the realm of pre-defined duties.
This position will offer opportunity for the Program Finance Administrator to gain experience in all areas of non-profit organization financial management, build management and interrelationship skills within the context of an international non-profit coalition, and learn about trends in the improvement forest governance and land tenure rights reform from the activities of the coalition.
This position reports to the Director of Finance and Administration.
This is a full-time position based in Georgetown, Washington DC.
Essential Job Functions
- Financial and Institutional Management
- Serve as primary liaison with Program staff regarding program expenditures and budgets, and proactively build, maintain, and strengthen these relationships with Program staff
- Convene monthly review meetings with each Program to review expenditures and budget, project cash flow requirements, and identify potential risks to organization and coalition.
- Prepare Program expenditure reports for monthly review meetings and other purposes as appropriate.
- Provide assistance and training to Program staff to understand accounting reports and to manage their Program expenditures and budget.
- Work with Senior Program Administrator and other relevant Program staff to refine processes for efficiency and effectiveness, while maintaining quality documentation and compliance
- Alert Director of any Program’s potential deviation from approved budget, and of any reallocations requested within that Program’s budget.
- Assist program staff to properly account for and document the expenses of their program while ensuring compliance with budget restrictions, donor regulations, and RRG’s policies and procedures.
- Monitor each program’s tracking of subrecipient financial and audit reports
- Serve as Finance’s reviewer of subrecipient financial and audit reports to ensure compliance with agreements and donor restrictions, and enter appropriate entries and adjustments into accounting system, in coordination with Accountant.
- Review pending new subagreements and contracts for compliance with RRI’s policies and best practices, assessing risk and managing identified risks with Program.
- Provide capacity building to Program staff on contracting best practices and compliance.
- Assist Director to determine proper allocations to appropriate projects, thematic areas, and programmatic objectives.
- Review accounting transactions to ensure proper and optimal allocation to projects.
- Prepare a monthly projection of cash flow needs for Program implementation for inclusion in overall organization cash flow projections.
- Prepare other management accounting reports, as requested.
- Serve as part of institution’s system of Internal Controls, independently reviewing and verifying appropriateness of transactions and reconciliations within an assigned component of Finance.
- Identify unusual potential risks to the institution or coalition, and convey those to the Director.
- Contribute to the planning, development, training, and implementation of integrated institutional systems, tools, and procedures to achieve greater efficiency and handle the growing complexity of the organization.
- Assist in the preparation for organization’s annual internal and external audits.
- Other duties as assigned by the Director
- Minimum 5 years experience participating in the management of finance at a non-profit organization, preferably in an international context
- Demonstrated decision-making experience in project-based accounting and grants administration
- Advanced Microsoft Word and Excel skills required, and strong Access or other database skills preferred
- Experience with an advanced accounting software required; BlackBaud Financial Edge strongly preferred
- Experience with financial administration of subgrants and subcontracts
- Thorough understanding of U.S. FAR (Federal Acquisitions Regulations) required; familiarity with U.K., Norway, Sweden, Germany, and/or E.U. grant regulations strongly encouraged
- Fluency in English required, with French or Spanish proficiency advantageous
- Strong sense of teamwork, with ability to interact collaboratively, respectfully, and enthusiastically with a diverse set of program staff and coalition partners
- Fastidious organizational skills within a dynamic environment of shifting priorities
- Flexibility to embrace a range of duties as organization needs require, and to predict and proactively address gaps in coverage by the Finance and Administration team
- Dedication to our coalition’s mission
Please send a resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to email@example.com. The subject line of the email must read: “Program Finance Administrator – 2013”.
Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.
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.