Project Officer – Responsible Finance Programme (Latin America)

The organisation

Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) is an international NGO that supports forest peoples to assert their rights to control and manage their territories and forests.

FPP supports communities to open up space to address the various threats to their human rights, and particularly their territorial and resource rights. FPP’s work, which mainstreams gender considerations, involves providing legal and technical assistance to indigenous peoples and other forest dependent communities to secure their human rights; on facilitating local community governance through mechanisms including territorial mapping, participatory land tenure assessments, documentation of traditional knowledge; and holding international financial institutions and companies accountable where they violate or risk violating the human rights of forest peoples. FPP works with forest peoples in South America, Africa, and Asia, to help them secure their rights, build up their own organisations and negotiate with governments and companies to ensure that any economic and conservation activities on their lands respect their rights to self-determination. 

 

The role

We are seeking a dynamic and driven person, to start as soon as possible, with administrative and financial skills, to join our team working with forest peoples in Latin America, primarily in Peru and Colombia.

The role will involve support of project administration and operations, including direct relations with local partner organisations on project planning, implementation and reporting to donors. You will work with FPP policy advisors, project officers and the finance team and will report to the Responsible Finance Programme Coordinator.  The successful candidate will be a competent Spanish speaker with proven skills in spoken and written Spanish. Prior experience in and knowledge of one or more Latin American countries would be an advantage. The role will be based in FPP’s office in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK. It may involve occasional travel to the region for meetings with local partners. Fluency in both Spanish and English is essential for this role and candidates who do not have advanced skills in both languages will not be considered.

 

Responsibilities

  • Primary responsibility (with input from field staff and the finance team) for preparing partner contracts, project/activity planning, budgeting and narrative and financial reporting.
  • Liaising with FPP staff (including Policy Advisors, Project staff and finance staff) in relation to field activities, budgeting, reporting and monitoring and evaluation;
  • Liaising with local partners in relation to drawing up partner agreements, related project schedules and reporting requirements for projects, and acting as a focal point within the FPP head office for local partners;
  • Providing remote (and occasionally in-country when needed) capacity building support to local partners in relation to project management, finance, planning, reporting, computer/IT skills, communication and procedures, monitoring and evaluation etc.;
  • Contribute to regular discussions with colleagues to ensure project implementation decisions are consistent with FPP’s Theory of Change and fit with specific country strategies;
  • Attending project management meetings for projects when required; 
  • Assisting partners with information technology issues where required;
  • Occasional informal Spanish-English translation and interpreting.

 

Qualifications and experience

  • University degree or other relevant qualification with some experience in project management;
  • Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English. An advanced level of Spanish and English (from the outset) are essential for this role;
  • Strong financial literacy and budgeting skills are essential, and previous experience with NGO grant budgets is preferred;
  • Previous experience working and/or living in Latin America in the context of a non-governmental organisation is desirable.
  • Understanding of, and strong commitment to, the mission and vision of FPP, and interest in human rights issues, are essential;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including in a cross-cultural context;
  • A positive approach, patience and flexibility;
  • Excellent ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Excellent computer skills, efficient use of online communication networks/databases;

 

Terms

  • Full-time, based in Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom.
  • One-year fixed contract, with extension possible subject to funding and needs.
  • Salary range £20-£26,000, depending on qualifications and experience.
  • The right to live and work in the UK is required for this role.  

 

To apply for this post

Please submit a covering letter and CV by email to info@forestpeoples.org, including your name and ‘Project Officer RFP’ in subject line.

Closing date for applications:  17:00 GMT, Friday 14 December 2018.

 

We regret that we are unable to contact or give reasons to those candidates who are not short-listed.