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Sustainable Land Use and Livelihoods Specialist

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Washington, DC
Publicado hace 14 días

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 

  • Build Africa and Asia program staff capacity on sustainable natural resource management, sustainable livelihoods, and land-based climate mitigation and adaptation strategies as they relate to Landesa’s land tenure efforts. 
  • Collaborate with Africa and Asia program staff to effectively integrate sustainable land and forest management and livelihood considerations into project design and implementation. 
  • Perform research, analysis, and synthesis of topics and issues related to Landesa’s work on climate change in regions as assigned. 
  • Make policy, program, and project recommendations that are useful and realistic, given country realities and resources. 
  • Develop plans for implementing recommendations, including ensuring that gender considerations are addressed. 
  • Assess progress and results, identify problem areas, and take corrective steps to achieve program and project objectives. 
  • Manage projects in conformity with Landesa procedures on budgeting, human resource allocation and work planning, cost monitoring and control, monitoring travel schedules, and product preparation and delivery. 
  • Collaborate with government officials, other counterpart country nationals, international aid agencies, civil society, and corporations in the work. 
  • Advocate for legal and policy changes in country and global contexts. 
  • Manage relations and collaborate with funders, preparing and reviewing regular reports and contributing to fundraising efforts. 
  • Contribute to internal learning objectives by sharing research methods and findings with other staff, including through presentations. 
  • Prepare and deliver public education and awareness presentations consistent with Landesa’s educational strategic objectives.  
  • Perform other management and administrative tasks as assigned. 

Education and Professional Experience 

  • Required: JD or MA/MS in Environmental Policy/Science/Management/Law, Forestry, Resource Economics, International Public Policy (with a concentration in environmental policy), or a related field 
  • Required: 4-7 years of experience working with Indigenous Peoples and local communities on collective tenure efforts or natural resource management to advance climate mitigation and adaptation; experience in Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa preferred but not required 
  • Required: proven experience in fundraising and/or grant writing 
  • Preferred: education or professional experience in forestry and forest livelihoods  
  • Preferred: experience in women’s land rights and application of gender equity and social inclusion in all aspects of project design and implementation 
  • Preferred: experience working on law and policy at the intersection of climate change and land tenure with the ability to speak to concerns at the local, national, and international levels 

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Deep commitment to systemic and rigorous work to alleviate poverty and foster social justice  
  • Demonstrable skills in policy-oriented research and ability to develop policy recommendations that draw from an evidence base pertinent to the fields of land tenure and climate change 
  • Strong communicator both orally and in writing, who is clear, nuanced, rigorous and compelling, who can discern the appropriate type, frequency, tenor, and level of communication required for any given objective, circumstance, and audience 
  • Proven ability to provide support across Landesa’s program teams and to the advocacy and resource development programs 
  • Dedication and persistence working in a mission-driven environment as a constructive, solutions-oriented problem solver 
  • Ability and commitment to applying a gender-responsive and socially inclusive approach in his/her work 
  • Ability to collaborate with and support a range of stakeholders from different cultures and positions, including Landesa staff from all its offices, donors, government officials, and civil society organizations 
  • Comfortability with ambiguity, uncertainty, and change 

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…

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  • Flexibilidad
    A Tiempo Completo
  • Fecha límite de postulación
    5 de febrero de 2022
  • Educación
USD $70.000 - USD $82.000
/ año


Temporalmente A Distancia
El trabajo se puede realizar en o cerca de Washington, DC
Ubicación Asociada
Washington, DC, USA

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