Do you want to join a multi-disciplinary team working to highlight the issues being faced by indigenous and forest peoples across the world? Forest Peoples Programme is a human rights organisation that stands in solidarity with indigenous and forest peoples. Our work is built on long-term relationships with local communities and we create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures.
We are looking for a motivated and collaborative new member of our conservation and human rights team to assist and support our work on supporting indigenous peoples and local communities in their self-determined conservation efforts, and to address human rights violations linked to conservation actions.
Across FPP, at the grassroots we are supporting indigenous and local communities to protect their lands and resources so that they are free to govern, sustainably use and manage them using their own practices and traditional knowledge. This includes empowerment around community-based monitoring and information systems for their territories; support for local practices on sustainable use and conservation of natural resources and adaptation to climate change impacts; and for initiatives to strengthen traditional knowledge, governance, indigenous languages and sustainable livelihoods. This role sits within a team initiating a new Project supporting the development of guidance and training materials for indigenous peoples and local communities in assessing and selecting conservation policy pathways that can support local self-determination.Within this Project and beyond, we provide accompaniment, training, and support to partners and a wider indigenous network of organisations involved in conservation policy arenas, to raise awareness among policy-makers and the general public, and influence setting and implementation of relevant policies, laws, and programmes. We co-organise events and support production of knowledge products and materials, for instance to highlight the important contributions of indigenous peoples and local communities to global conservation and sustainability goals, and the value of indigenous knowledge.We are looking for someone who has research and work interests in indigenous-led and community-led conservation initiatives and actions. The role works in close coordination with the wider Environmental Governance Programme and under the management of a Senior Policy Advisor within that programme. This post is guided by FPP’s core principle of peoples’ right to self-determination.
Duties And Key Responsibilities
- Contribute to development and tracking of the project team’s work plan and calendar with key dates, deliverables and actions.
- Co-convene and support team meetings, including agenda drafting, note-taking, and monitoring of follow-up points.
- Support the Project Lead with communication with grant partners, e.g. sharing relevant information and news; developing partnership agreements and getting signatures and transactions in place; supporting partners to develop their workplans, budgets, narrative and financial reports.
- Assist with the compilation and drafting of overall work plans and reporting to the donor.
- Support and track outputs against an established Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, working with partners to assemble and systematise information.
- Assist in planning, preparation and organising of project-related events, workshops or meetings, working closely with FPP’s admin/logistics and finance teams.
- Possibly accompany the project team on international trips and meetings to lend a hand where needed.
- Support fundraising efforts to continue and expand this work.
- Participate in FPP meetings and staff sharings, as required.
Skills And Experience
- Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-cultural, dispersed team of FPP staff and partners to achieve shared objectives.
- Proven communications and writing skills, with sensitivity for other cultural norms.
- Ability to deal with sometimes hectic and stressful peak periods around key events or launches of publications.
- Experience in working directly with indigenous and forest-dependent peoples’ organisations and communities is highly desirable.
- Ability and willingness to travel.
- Proven skills in analysing and condensing down large volumes of information into concise summary documents/reports in English (this role is primarily in English).
- Experience with project administration (including budgets) and logistics work, and supporting meetings.
- Knowledge of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, including the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework is highly desirable.
- Strong alignment with FPP’s values and principles.
- Fluency in, or good knowledge of, Spanish or French is desirable.
- Salary range £26,500 – £30,000 depending on qualifications and experience
- Part-time: 2.5 days a week (50% FTE)
- Location: Preferably working from the FPP office in Moreton-in-Marsh UK. Remote working would be considered for the right candidate. Availability for some team meetings at the FPP offices would be required
- Benefits include:
- 25 days leave per year pro rata, plus all public holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year when the office is closed
- Reporting to: Maurizio Farhan Ferrari, Senior Policy Advisor on Environmental Governance
To apply for this post, please visit our website via the Apply button to submit your CV and covering letter.Closing date for applications: 31st May 2023
About Forest Peoples Programme
Forest Peoples Programme supports the rights of peoples who live in forests and depend on them for their livelihoods. We work to create political space for forest peoples to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures. Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) was founded in 1990 in response to the forest crisis, specifically to support indigenous forest peoples’ struggles to defend their lands and livelihoods. It registered as a non-governmental human rights Dutch Stichting in 1997, and then later, in 2000, as a UK charity, No. 1082158 and a company limited by guarantee (England & Wales) Reg. No. 3868836, with a registered office in the UK.