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Hivos Country Coordinator – Ecuador and Peru

Hivos

Description:

The All Eyes on the Amazon (AEA) Program is a coalition of 11 organizations with the target goal of protecting 8 million hectares of forests and safeguarding local people in the Amazon region of Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. The Program combine a multi-skilled team working on environmental and human-rights activism, advocacy, law enforcement, transparency, and technologies for forest monitoring.

The AEA is operating at four strategic levels of intervention to achieve its goal.

First, it applies innovative technologies for collecting evidence, monitoring and evaluating deforestation and business and financial chains affecting local forests and people. Second, it uses on-the-ground and large-scale spatial data for promoting campaigns and law enforcement at local, national, and international levels. Third, it develops and applies tools and mechanisms for securing rights of local people and activists, financing local forestry teams, and recognizing property rights of indigenous people in the Amazon.

Aim of the job:

The Country Coordinator will have the responsibility for the implementation of the Program in Peru and Ecuador.

With the support of the Program Director, she/he will act as technical leader for the Program in Ecuador and Peru and will ensure the effective implementation of all the actions of the partners in the country, support and stimulate the learning and exchange with the Ecuadorian and Peruvian sites and the development of the scope of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Program.

She/he will also be responsible for the strategic engagement with relevant local and national stakeholders on the All The Eyes in the Amazon agenda, and for communicating for internal and external stakeholders the Program development.

Functional context:

The forest and the inhabitants of the Amazon are priority targets for conservation, climate change, development, and human rights actions. Local communities, especially indigenous people, and forests are under pressure like never before in the world’s largest remaining rainforest.

Actions against threats to forest and people in the Amazon demands innovation and social coalition among stakeholders committed to provide local communities with innovative tools for defending their rights and local resources

Responsibilities:

  • Oversees the technical implementation of the All Eyes on the Amazon in Ecuador and Peru working in close collaboration with the Program partners and with attention to timeline, deliveries and quality assurance.
  • Promotes effective integration of activities and products with the regional strategy of the Program, including the work led by the Country Coordinator in Brazil, Linking & Learning Coordinator and the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist.
  • Support the Program Director in coordinating and maintaining effective communication with consortium partners working in Ecuador and Peru
  • Establishes and/or implements procedures for the program implementation, such as operational plans, indicators, accountability, monitoring, among others
  • Executes the program under criteria of excellence and in compliance with the policies of design, procedures, management and implementation of programs established by Hivos.
  • Advises the Program Director on project implementation, including any risks and modifications to achieve the Program’s goals.

Profile

Knowledge and experience:

  • Master in Natural Resources Management, Forest Management, Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Public Policies, or other relevant field is preferred.
  • At least 10 years of work experience in the Amazon region.
  • At least five years of experience in project management (designing, planning, implementation, management and supervision) linked to conservation, sustainable resource management, environmental and indigenous peoples’ rights and related issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act strategically, effectively manage complex processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement, function as a good team player in multicultural settings, and respond rapidly to emergent challenges and opportunities.
  • Strong familiarity and experience in risk and conflict management.
  • Excellent oral and written skills are needed, both in Spanish and English.

Competencies

Level skills

  • Knowledge on key public and private policies, laws and international agreements related to environmental conservation, indigenous peoples’ rights, territorial planning and environmental public policies in the Amazon.
  • Experience working with multi-stakeholders in the region, including international organizations, government agencies, private sector and CSOs, in particular indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Established network with relevant organizations engaged on supporting local people, forest protection, and environmental activism in the Amazon.

Job Skills

  • Institutional: Cooperation; Influence; Conceptual skills; Persuasiveness; Decisiveness.
  • Functional: Innovative; Networker; Entrepreneurial.
  • General: Professionalism; Respect for each other’s role; Accountable’ Level of initiative; Transparency.

Here you can check the terms of reference for this vacancy.

Like to apply?

To apply for this position please submit your CV in Spanish and a motivation letter in Spanish and English (no more than one page, including salary proposal and two professional references) to dortiz@hivos.org and gcevallos@hivos.org no later than August 30th (name the two files with your first and last names).

Please specify the position name you are applying for ‘All The Eyes in the Amazon – Ecuador/Peru Coordinator’ in the ‘subject’ line of your email. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Since this is an Ecuador position, we will only consider people eligible to work in Ecuador.

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