International Finance Advocate, Amazon Watch

Amazon Watch, a San Francisco, CA based environmental and human rights non-profit, is seeking a passionate professional for the position of International Finance Advocate to continue and expand our work monitoring, engaging and challenging international financial institutions (IFI), such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im), and the Brazilian National Development Bank (BNDES). These banks and others are significant funders of destructive development mega-projects throughout the Amazon Basin, such as the Belo Monte Dam Complex. These banks are also positioning themselves as channels of climate financing, such as REDD Readiness funding through mechanisms like the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and the Forest Investment Program (FIP), as well as REDD pilot projects which need to be monitored to ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights and territories are respected.

Of particular importance to our work in the coming years is the emerging role and impact on the Amazon of BNDES whose portfolio of loan disbursement is now larger than those of the World Bank, IDB and US Ex-Im combined. In 2010, BNDES disbursements totaled $101 billion. While the majority of loans disbursed are concentrated in Brazil’s construction, electricity and mining industries, the Bank is expanding its lending throughout the Amazon and Latin America. Many already consider it to be the most significant development bank in the Western Hemisphere.

The International Finance Advocate will build upon Amazon Watch’s history of monitoring, engaging with and challenging IFIs in collaboration with our indigenous and international NGO allies throughout the Amazon Basin, as well as our national and international allies in the north, to promote fair policies and best practices, including free, prior and informed consent (FPIC).

About Amazon Watch:

Founded in 1996, Amazon Watch is a dynamic nonprofit organization that protects the rainforest and advances the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin, the world’s largest rainforest. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems. Amazon Watch has successfully led a number of groundbreaking victories for indigenous peoples’ rights and the environment through effective campaigning and communications strategies; educating corporations, shareholders, the media and the public; and strengthening the capacities of our indigenous allies.

Amazon Watch continues to grow organizationally and programmatically, significantly increasing our impact and exposure in recent years in order to meet the challenges of defending the rainforest and advancing the rights of our indigenous allies. Our dynamic and growing staff work out of four different offices to expand public awareness and support the intrinsic value of indigenous peoples’ stewardship of the land and the global significance of the Amazon rainforest, especially as it relates to climate change. We are dedicated to increasing the capacity of indigenous peoples to advance their rights and legalize their territories, and will continue to challenge the existing development paradigm and champion alternatives to the fossil-fuel development model.


• Implement a targeted strategy for Amazon Watch’s IFI work, including bank engagement, campaigning and communications work. 

• Monitor and comment on current policies of IFIs with financing geared towards indigenous peoples, climate change and the Amazon.

• Inform key allies, indigenous and NGO, on current policies and opportunities to engage with and publicly pressure IFIs, including coordinating region workshops. 

• Work in collaboration with key allies and coalitions including: Bank Information Center (BIC), BankTrack, IFIs en la Mira coalition, Plataforma BNDES, Articulaçao, ISA, COIAB and others. 

• Work in collaboration with Amazon Watch Campaigns, Communications, and Climate Teams in particular. 

• Participate in Amazon Watch’s organizational planning process. 

• Frequent travel to national and international meetings and conferences.

• 3-5 years experience in leading corporate or bank campaigns nationally and internationally;

• Fluency in Portuguese and Spanish, oral and written

• Strong leadership skills with the demonstrated ability to lead productive and vibrant teams, manage multiple priorities and deadlines, and guide decision-making processes;

• Strong facilitator of meetings and coalitions;

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;

• Travel or work experience in Brazil and/or Western Amazon; 

• Possess strong cross-cultural awareness and the ability to build strategic alliances.


Commensurate with experience, plus health, dental, chiropractic, and matching retirement plan option.


Please, no calls. Send résumé, three references, and cover letter about why you would like to join our team and why you are the best candidate for the job to:

Paul Paz y Miño, Managing Director

Amazon Watch

221 Pine Street, Suite 400

San Francisco, CA 94104

Or, by email to:

If you submit your application via email, please name and save your attachments with your first and last name in the title, such as: “Ana_Martinez_Cover_Letter.doc” and “Ana_Martinez_Resume.doc.”


Thank you.