The following positions are currently open with Rights and Resources Group. Please check this site periodically for future vacancies.

  • Associate, Country and Regional Program (Latin America)
  • Regional Facilitator, Southeast Asia

The Associate is responsible for providing support to RRI’s Latin America Country and Regional Program (CRP), specifically to the Latin America Regional Program Director, as well as contribute to the overall institutional needs of the Secretariat (RRG). The Associate will undertake these duties in a highly professional, systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. Successful candidates will be flexible and able to work effectively in a highly dynamic environment (independently and across teams), while ensuring that the work is completed within established deadlines. Successful candidates will also have a passion for social justice, equity, and human rights. A collegial and cheerful demeanor is essential.

The Associate will work under the supervision of the Latin America Regional Program Director. This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, with the potential to travel overseas , and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

1) Support the Regional Program Director, Latin America Program as follows:

  • Provide general administrative support for the Latin America Program
  • Consolidate budgets and work plans for Latin America and support the contracting process
  • Track and monitor projects in Latin America. This includes tracking and reviewing financial and narrative deliverables and servicing payments for activities in consultation with the Latin America Regional Director and Facilitators in Central America and South America
  • Contribute to the preparation and compiling of background documents for RRI’s participatory Planning Process for Latin America (country and regional levels)
  • Provide logistical support for meetings held at national, regional, and global levels, such as finding conference rooms and hotels, note-taking, processing international visas, and making international travel arrangements
  • Assist with correspondence to Partners and Collaborators engaged in regional and country plans and activities
  • Support the South America and Central America Facilitators as needed
  • Undertake preliminary and background research into potential national and regional activities and projects in Latin America
  • Assist in the coordination of and writing content for the Latin America portion of RRI’s website, RRI quarterly email updates, and monthly meetings reports
  • Update event announcements, regionally-specific news and relevant content to blogs in English and Spanish
  • Edit and translate minor or internal documents to/from English and Spanish
  • Contribute to the preparation and facilitation efforts of RRI’s global planning and governance meetings
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Latin America Regional Program Director and the CRP Director

2) Support RRI Institution-wide activities

  • Provide 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
  • Draft terms of references and contracts,
  • Tracking deliverables and payments
  • Prepare background documents for RRG Directors
  • Provide planning and organizational support for 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

  • Must be bilingual in Spanish and English (must have written and spoken professional fluency in both languages), proficiency in Portuguese a plus. T
  • Bachelor’s degree with a focus on Latin American Studies, Environment, Human Rights, or other relevant field
  • 2-3 years of experience working in Latin America or in an international organization focused on Latin America
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and Spanish, including strong research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Previous administrative professional experience
  • Strong organizational and computer skills in Microsoft Office, Concur travel and Expense
  • Must be able to travel overseas

TO APPLY

Please send a resume, cover letter, and a short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample in English and Spanish to hr@rightsandresources.org with “Latin America Program Associate 2014” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with interviews to begin on May 6, 2014. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as the 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 (RRI) is seeking candidates for Southeast Asia Regional Facilitator, based in Indonesia.

For more information about RRI Partners and Collaborators (P&C), please visit our Partners and Collaborators page.

The RRI Southeast Asia Regional Facilitator will work closely with the Asia Program Director and the Washington-based team to facilitate the planning process, communications, monitoring and technical assistance to all RRI activities in the Southeast Asia region. Key responsibilities include:  (a) working with partners and collaborators to convene annual review and planning meetings at country and regional level, by facilitating the steps leading up to the planning process; (b) the preparation of complete concept notes and budgets, under the direction of the Asia Director, for processing of contracts by the Asia Regional Associate based in Washington DC; (c) prepare and update strategy notes in collaboration with regional and country Partners and Collaborators; (d) assist Partners and Collaborators (P&C) to engage with RRI global programs; (e) encourage synergies and cross-regional learning among RRI P&C, and (f) maintain regular communication with and among Partners and Collaborators in the region, and with country and regional program CRP-Asia team at RRG in Washington.

The Southeast Asia Regional Facilitator works independently, and does not represent any one Partner or Collaborator during annual work planning or implementation.   This position is funded as an annual employment contract (through January of each year) at a hosting institution in Indonesia.

The Facilitator will perform an established work plan, adjusted according to RRI´s strategic priorities to support the RRI annual work plans approved by RRI Board in January.

This is a fulltime position based in Indonesia.  Requires frequent travel in region and working during evenings to communicate regularly with the Secretariat based in Washington DC.  Candidates must speak English, fluent Bahasa Indonesia, and at least one local language.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES

The Southeast Asia Regional Facilitator’s main tasks and responsibilities will be as follows:

1) Strategic Planning and Technical Assistance to Partners and Collaborators (P&C)  (50%)

  • Organize and facilitate review and planning team meetings at country and regional level to develop strategy, annual work plan and budget, under the direction of the Asia Director
  • Coordinate the preparation of regional and country plans and their documents, and facilitate peer review process
  • Encourage Partners and Collaborators links to each other and to government, research and civil society actors relevant to the effective achievement of their strategic outcomes/activities
  • Encourage and coordinate communications among regional Partners and Collaborators as directed by Asia Director and P&C according to a shared vision, and shared regional and national strategies, and harmonized work plans
  • Respond to and seek advice for regional Partners and Collaborators as directed by Asia Director
  • Work with P&C to finalize concept notes and ensure that agreed RRI guidance and standards are followed
  • Support the implementation of approved RRI activities following a plan of travel within the region as agreed with RRG, relevant Partners and Collaborators
  • Do the ground work to organize RRI-coordinated meetings, conferences and exchanges as directed by Asia Director (e.g. agenda, facilities and logistics, presenters, translators, travel/visas, meeting documentation, reports and other outputs)
  • Monitor and report on the implementation of the CRP Southeast Asia work plan and the context in which it is being implemented; inform RRG, Partners and Collaborators of any issues; and submit weekly tracker of activities update to Asia Director.
  • Seek reports and information from P&C for monitoring for donor reporting, and ensure that required information is submitted to RRG office in a timely  manner
  • Work under direction of Asia Director to facilitate communication and resolve issues with Partners and Collaborators

2) Strengthen the synergies among Partners and Collaborators in country and regional platforms and channel global RRI communications to Region (40%)

  • Proactively communicate findings and lessons from RRI activities globally to all relevant outlets and audiences in the region and to RRG, providing RRI with updates on new trends and issues requiring their reflection and attention
  • Provide text from Southeast Asia region for inclusion in publications, reports, articles and other communication products or edits to documents as requested by RRG, Partners and Collaborators, under direction of Asia Director
  • Regularly communicate with Partners and Collaborators in the Southeast Asia region and with RRI-related advocacy and community networks, disseminating RRI global and country/regional products, regionally relevant publications, news, and data
  • Serve as a focal point for RRI communications in the Southeast Asia region, working with the Asia Associate to regularly update the RRI blog and website with news and publications from Asia, monitoring and contributing to update the regional website content, and actively disseminating RRI products to regional news outlets and collaborators
  • Provide opportunities for cross-learning within Indonesia, as well as among country Partners and Collaborators in the Asia region on forest land tenure reform, climate change and enterprise development and other global RRI themes

3) Regional Analysis and Documentation (10%)

  • As directed by Asia Director, carry out/facilitate Southeast Asia regional analyses and report back on situation and issues related to forest tenure, rights, and forest management – primarily in Indonesia (secondarily Philippines and mainland Southeast Asia)
  • As directed, document and share important cases related to forest tenure models, forest based enterprise development, realizing rights and benefit enhancement and sharing by communities through tenure reform.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Great interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good listener
  • Self-starter who  takes good direction and can work independently
  • Excellent networker who cares about maintaining good relationships
  • Strong analytical skills related to rights and resources and strong understanding of tenure issues , with a particular understanding of  Indigenous Peoples’  and customary rights
  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Ability to monitor, update, and modify contracts and other RRI products such as, but not limited to, policy briefs, donor reports, and newsletters
  • Demonstrated ability to assist others to solve problems and manage conflicts
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work according to shifting priorities
  • Demonstrated maturity and good judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative in facilitating communication with and among partners & collaborators using RRG guidance as compass
  • Experience at grassroots mobilization as well as experience interacting with government agencies
  • Experience coordinating events and media savvy
  • Experience representing an organization
  • Masters (political science, social science preferred) or Law degree, with at least 2 years field experience working with community/NGO organizations

TO APPLY

 Applications are only accepted by email.  Send applications materials to hr@rightsandresources.org

Subject line of the email must read “ Southeast Asia Facilitator – 2014”

Interested candidates should submit: (1) a cover letter; (2) names and contact information for three persons who will serve as references; and (3) curriculum vitae including employment history and education – (cv or resume).

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