Overview

The Program Coordinator for Latin America is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of RRI’s strategies in the Latin America region, as well as contributing to RRG’s global activities and outreach. Effective and proactive decision-making will be required to ensure the goals and vision agreed to by RRI’s Partners, Collaborators and Program team are carried out.

The Program Coordinator will proactively manage the implementation of planned activities in a dynamic environment of shifting priorities, overcoming impediments, and problem-solving while maintaining effective communication and teamwork with the Director of the Latin America Program, Senior Management, staff and coalition members across the region. The Program Coordinator will achieve this through a broad range of duties, including technical, administrative, and supervisory tasks. He/she will have proven field experience in the Latin America region and knowledge of the regional political context and of the collective tenure and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant Peoples, local communities and the women within these groups.

The Program Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Director, Latin America Program, and in coordination with the Latin America Associate and regional facilitators.

This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.

Primary Responsibilities:

1. Project Management and Technical Assistance

  • Manage the workplan and related strategies of the Latin America program to support the work of RRI’s Partner and Collaborator organizations active in Latin America.
  • Coordinate administrative and technical tasks for the program with the Program Associate and supporting Partner and Collaborator organizations, building their capacity and ensuring effective compliance with RRG’s internal processes and program goals.
  • Help convene RRI’s annual regional and country-level planning meetings in Latin America, ensuring effective discussions between RRG team and coalition members.
  • Provide intellectual input to regional planning and development of the RRI work program in Latin America, applying knowledge from the region’s political context and diverse agendas of rightsholder organizations, governments, local NGOs, academic institutions, donors, and international agencies.
  • Manage consultants contributing to the Latin America program, including negotiating compensation, developing terms of reference, and tracking and reviewing of deliverables.
  • Prepare technical and progress reports on the program’s implementation and impact in accordance with donor guidelines and RRI’s monitoring systems.
  • Coordinate the preparation of financial reports and financial projections related to program implementation, ensuring proper documentation of activities, outputs, and lessons learned.
  • Manage the development and monitoring of program budget and expenditures to ensure its goals are achieved within the allocated resources and timelines.
  • Support the Program Director in implementation of the Bezos Earth Fund project in the Amazon region, ensuring compliance with the project’s coordinating mechanism and clear communication between the project’s regional partners.
  • Help the Program team identify and assess timely and strategic opportunities for funding under RRI’s Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) in the region.

2. Communications and Writing

  • Support the writing of clear and concise technical text for inclusion in RRI’s analyses, working papers, and communication products (e.g., blog posts, social media campaigns, and opinion pieces) to illustrate the program’s impact.
  • Contribute to technical analyses developed by RRG staff and RRI coalition members.
  • In coordination with the Program Associate and RRI’s Communications team, support the development of up to date content about the program’s impact and activities on RRI’s website.

3. Coalition Building and Maintenance

  • Help strengthen Latin American networks of RRI Partners, Collaborators, and Fellows by connecting their regional and country strategies; encouraging knowledge-sharing; and bringing together crucial new actors to complement and expand RRI’s reach and impact.
  • Coordinate the sharing of key analyses, news, and updates from Latin American networks with the broader RRI network.
  • Proactively support learning and exchange of experiences between the Latin America Program and other regional teams, and between regional and global coalition members.
  • Apply an equity lens to all programmatic work and strive to advance racial and gender equity both within the organization’s internal processes and through its external campaigns and activities.

4. Organizational Planning and Management

  • With support from the Program Associate, organize all aspects of meetings, conferences, and other exchanges concerning RRI’s work in the Latin America region, including: setting goals and agendas; securing facilities; contracting facilitators, speakers and translators; participant travel logistics; documentation of meetings; and coordination of outputs.
  • Participate in team assessments of organization-wide and Initiative-wide progress toward RRI’s goals and vision.
  • Support the convening and documentation of regional planning meetings.
  • Manage workload of the Program Associate and serve as a mentor for their professional development.
  • Develop and manage RRI’s Latin America facilitator’s work plan and duties.
  • In coordination with the Program Director and Associate, prepare donor proposals, concept notes, grant applications and narrative reports to support institutional-wide fundraising activities.
  • As appropriate, represent RRG/RRI at external events to speak about RRI’s work and impact in Latin America.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum Master’s degree in social sciences, environmental studies, human rights; forestry or international development or commensurate work experience in the field of land tenure rights.
  • Minimum of 7 years of proven field work experience in the Latin America region.
  • Experience working either with Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant, or Local community and women’s organizations is highly desired.
  • Excellent English and Spanish written and verbal communication skills required; Portuguese or French proficiency a plus.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the technical capacities of civil society organizations, particularly Indigenous, Afro-descendant, or Local community organizations.
  • Clearly demonstrated career interest in advancing community land and resource tenure rights; community-based livelihoods, natural resources management and conservation systems, and political voice and representation.
  • Flexibility, humility, and eagerness to learn and collaborate with a diverse set of actors.
  • Capability to work in a multicultural environment.

Benefits

Rights and Resources Group (RRG) recognizes the value of benefits to employees and their families. We take great pride in offering our dedicated and committed employees a competitive benefits package. Our comprehensive benefit programs provide you with a reliable, effective, and affordable array of choices that will meet your needs and those of your family.

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance; dependents and domestic partners eligible
  • 100% coverage of employee premiums for the following: short-term/long-term disability insurance, life insurance, travel insurance, and the employee assistant program
  • If eligible, 401(k) retirement plan with employer match
  • 25+ days of leave annually, in addition to paid holidays
  • Flextime and teleworking options
  • Tuition reimbursement up to $1,500 per year after 1 full year of employment
  • Dynamic growth opportunities with merit-based promotion philosophy

Rights and Resources Group (RRG) is committed to creating and maintaining a workplace in which all employees have an opportunity to participate and contribute to the success of the organization and are valued for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, RRG makes all employment-related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, political affiliation or belief, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation or any other category protected by applicable law.

About The Rights and Resources Initiative

The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) is a global coalition of more than 150 organizations dedicated to advancing the forest, land, and resource rights of Indigenous Peoples, local communities, Afro-descendant Peoples, and in particular the women within these groups. RRI’s members capitalize on each other’s strengths, expertise, and geographic reach to achieve solutions more effectively and efficiently. RRI leverages the power of its global coalition to amplify the voices of local peoples and proactively engage governments, multilateral institutions, and private sector actors to adopt institutional and market reforms that support the realization of rights.