Overview

Reports to: Director, Communities & Territorial Governance Initiative
Location: Panamá City, Panamá

Opportunity:
Forest Trends’ Communities & Territorial Governance Initiative (CTGI) partners with indigenous and other
local communities on innovations and strategies to secure their rights, livelihoods, and cultures. Building
effective advocacy, resilient local economies, and cultural self-governance is the foundation of our work.
Supporting indigenous and local communities to thrive in their homelands is one of the most effective
safeguards against deforestation. The Program Manager will support the CTGI’s Director, working with a
dedicated and passionate team, to further develop and successfully implement the program’s strategic
vision and projects’ activities, in accordance with Forest Trends policies and procedures and donor
requirements.

Primary Responsibilities:
Programmatic and Development
• Applies broad knowledge and expertise to assist CTGI’s Director and Forest Trends to formulate,
scale, develop and fully implement the program’s vision in support of indigenous peoples and local
communities in key geographies.
• Oversees workstreams and day-to-day implementation of CTGI projects and grants, including
oversight and coordination of work plans and deliverables by project staff, consultants, and subawardees, and timely delivery of financial and narrative reports.
• Supports CTGI’s Director and Forest Trends leadership with grant writing, and development of new
initiatives to promote the strategic objectives of the program, as well as cultivating donor relations.
• Ensures, with the support of technical team, compliance with Forest Trends policies and procedures
and all donor requirements, including all aspects of sub-recipient budget and performance
monitoring, timely submission of accurate financial and program progress and final reports.
• Supports, with the CTGI Director, hiring and supervision of program support staff and consultants.
• Ensures timely production and quality of program communication products, including newsletters,
publications, blogs, and website content in coordination with CTGI Director as well as Forest Trends
communications staff.
• Develops and maintains excellent working relationships with other Forest Trends staff, consultants,
indigenous and local communities’ organizations, funders, corporate partners, government
agencies, and other stakeholders relevant to the program’s mission.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Financial and Operational
• Leads, in collaboration with CTGI’s Director and Forest Trends finance team, program and proposals
budget development and execution. Prepares program budgets and cash projections, as well as
monitors and ensures that program budget performance and cash balances are on track.
• Ensures timely and proper procurement management processes for consultants and vendors,
including compliance with corresponding donor requirements and institutional procurement
policies and procedures.
• Ensures appropriate contracts are in place and administer consultant and vendor contracts. Track
deliverables against contracts, follow up with consultants and vendors to ensure timely and
accurate delivery, invoicing, and payment.
• Ensures timely and accurate financial reporting and-or invoicing to donors, including preparation
and submission of financial reports and invoices.
• Serve as an institutional expert on GTGI donor policies and procedures and inform consultants and
partners of institutional financial and procurement standards.
• Responsible for producing documentation and other evidence as requested for auditing purposes.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:
• Previous and documented experience with managing grants from bi-lateral and multilateral
agencies. Familiarity with donors’rules, regulations, policies, procedures and other USG compliance
and monitoring requirements required.
• Experience in writing successful funding proposals, donor relations, and managing complex
contracts and grants required.
• Demonstrated professional experience in financial management, budgeting, contract and work
planning, ideally with an NGO/Non-for profit organization.
• Minimum 5 years’ experience working with indigenous and/or local communities in Latin America.
• Strong writing and communication skills, including writing and editing articles or publications.
• Strong skills in Microsoft excel
• Undergraduate degree in related field required; advance degree preferred.
• Highly organized and efficient, with a proven ability to manage diverse activities under pressure to
ensure timely, high-quality results.
• Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a variety of people and organizations, internally
and externally, in an international and multi-cultural environment.

Additional Skills and Attributes:
• Fluent reading, writing, and speaking English and Spanish required; additional working knowledge
of Portuguese preferred.
• Flexible approach to work and willingness to travel.
• Ability to work independently and with a team.

Location: This position will be based in Panamá City, Panamá
Closing date is August 31, 2022. Anticipated start date is September 20, 2022.
To be considered, please submit your resume and a cover letter expressing your interest in and fit for the
role to: bborges@forest-trends.org

About Forest Trends

For two decades, Forest Trends has pioneered the idea that creating economic value in our forests and natural ecosystems is one of the most powerful incentives for sustaining them.Forest Trends works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a range of environmental finance, market, and other payment and incentive mechanisms.