About Landesa: Landesa is an international nonprofit dedicated to ending global poverty by securing land rights for the people experiencing poverty around the globe. Founded in 1981, Landesa has worked in 50 countries throughout the world, with central office staff in the U.S. (Seattle, WA and Washington, DC) and regional offices in China, India, Liberia, Myanmar, and Tanzania. Landesa partners with governments, civil society, and companies to develop pro-poor and gender-sensitive laws, policies and programs that have helped strengthen land rights for more than 180 million families. The organization is supported by NGOs, foundations, donor agencies (USAID, World Bank, etc.), world leaders, educational institutions, and individual supporters around the world.
Job Summary: The Specialist joins Landesa’s growing climate change program to advance our Africa and Asia programs’ climate mitigation and adaptation efforts on the ground. Landesa prioritizes climate action strategies that center smallholder rights and sustainable rural livelihoods as essential to effective, long-term climate mitigation and adaptation. He/she provides research and analysis in addressing climate change challenges in the context of land-focused international development projects and programming. This individual should be able to address questions such as: How are land and resource tenure regimes likely to change in a world where climate conditions are also changing? What flexible and politically acceptable approaches to tenure and rights exist? How might these approaches differ for individual versus collective tenure regimes? What incentive structures and pragmatic approaches can be designed to support sustainable livelihoods and climate mitigation targets at the same time? Working closely with Landesa Africa and Asia program colleagues, the Specialist develops climate change capacity of Landesa staff, manages relevant assignments, projects, and tasks, and helps pursue project funding through designing projects, writing technical sections of proposals, preparing budgets, and projecting timelines. This individual will steward and manage important community, government, and funder relationships.
Reporting and relationships: The Specialist reports to the Climate Change and Land Tenure Specialist and works closely with Project Leads, Program Directors, and Regional Directors to address climate change project needs in any of Landesa’s geographies or areas of work.
Availability: The Specialist will be expected to work a standard workweek of 40 hours plus additional hours as necessary to get the job done. The position will engage colleagues in a variety of time zones across Africa and Asia and entails meetings outside of typical work hours. This position may require international and domestic travel of up to 40 days annually post pandemic. Currently staff are WFH. Post pandemic, we are anticipating a hybrid approach. Days in the office are be based on need and negotiated with your supervisor.
Essential Job Functions
Education and Professional Experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Work Environment and Working Conditions for Travelers to Developing Countries: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be exposed to working conditions and hazards which are prevalent for the location and/or country of assignment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is primarily performed indoors with some potential for exposure to safety and health hazards related to electronics work. The employee may be required to travel overseas and domestically. When traveling in a developing country, the employee may be exposed to: Physical Hazards (illnesses, noise, extreme temperatures, wet or humid climates, etc.), Road Hazards (unfinished/dirt roads, potholes, traffic-related accidents, etc.), and Atmospheric Conditions (odors, dust, fumes, smog, etc.).
Additional Comments: The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
About Landesa: Landesa is an international nonprofit dedicated to ending global poverty by securing land rights for the people experiencing poverty around the globe. Founded in 1981, Landesa has worked in 50 countries throughout the…