REDD+ Advisor (Net-Zero Deforestation Zones Project) – Rainforest Alliance

Position Summary: 
 
The REDD+ Advisor will contribute to strengthening the institutional and local capacity required to facilitate the implementation of REDD+ demonstration activities, policies and legal frameworks in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. S/he will coordinate the execution of climate-related work plan strategies and activities of the Rainforest Alliance and partners’ USAID/DOS Net-Zero Deforestation Zones project that will support the development of REDD+, through strategies to address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in priority landscapes in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. This position will require close coordination with staff from multiple Rainforest Alliance divisions, in particular the Climate Program, and amongst various project partners, including AIDER in Peru, Fundacion Natura in Colombia, and Ecolex and Condesan in Ecuador. 
 
Responsibilities: 
Developing REDD+ and Climate Change Actions and Policy and Strengthening Institutional Capacities
  • Provide strategic guidance and policy expertise to local and national stakeholders and government agencies on the development and implementation of REDD+ programs, policies, and incentive structures that support best management practices in agriculture and forestland management;
  • Provide ongoing technical support to regional and national REDD+ roundtables;
  • Contribute to the development of credible and transparent institutional, economic, legal and regulatory REDD+ programs, policies, and incentive structures;
  • Contribute to strengthening understanding of Social and Environmental Safeguards, and their inclusion within REDD+ strategies within the Andean Amazon;
  • Support Rainforest Alliance staff and partners to articulate the relationship between project work plan strategies and activities with the Rainforest Alliance’s conceptual model for Net-Zero Deforestation;
  • Provide technical and policy guidance to Rainforest Alliance staff and partners on REDD+, PES and net-zero deforestation programmatic design, strategies, social and environmental safeguards or standards, market development and other thematic areas;
  • Provide oversight, guidance and quality control on technical assistance and capacity building associated with climate-friendly best management practices and participatory Measurable, Reportable, Verifiable (MRV) criteria;
  • Identify and share information related to participatory MRV experiences and methodologies with RA and partner field staff in forestry, agroforestry and agrosilvopastoral systems;
Project Coordination
  • Coordinate the effective implementation of sustainable agriculture and forestry activities that contribute to REDD+ and net-zero deforestation goals in the project countries;
  • Facilitate efforts in capacity-building and active participation of key stakeholders – particularly indigenous groups, rural farmers and forest-dependent communities – in the development and execution of PES and REDD+ strategies;
  • Regularly meet with supervisor and core members of the project management team, and communicate and coordinate with Rainforest Alliance staff from field and international offices;
  • Identify similar project experiences or lessons learned within or outside the region to facilitate knowledge transfer
  • Manage relationships with, and coordinate amongst, project partners, national government agencies, civil society groups, other key stakeholders to achieve the project objectives;
  • Harmonize and coordinate implementation of project work plan with other programs (including ICAA2, FCMC, SilvaCarbon, etc.) in the project countries, both those led by the Rainforest Alliance as well as external initiatives;
  • Cultivate new productive working relationships with all key project stakeholders, in particular government agencies, e.g. Ministries of Environment, Agriculture and Natural Resources, REDD+ roundtables and relevant REDD+ and/or climate change Programs;
Project Management and Administration
  • Prepare periodic work plans and reports for donor and internal use, including coordination of the work plan development and technical reporting process with different Rainforest Alliance divisions and partners;
  • Conduct periodic site visits to assess project performance and adaptively manage accordingly;
  • Monitor sub-grantees’ project performance, particularly around policy and technical climate change issues by reviewing quality and consistency of content and deliverables, holding periodic meetings, etc.;
  • Author/contribute to donor reports as well as to publications which disseminate lessons learned and document the achievements from the project;
  • Develop consultants’ scopes of work and manage consulting agreements;
  • Contribute to the development of annual budgets;
  • Spearhead coordination of country and regional management meetings and workshops;
  • Identify opportunities for counterpart funding and support proposal development in coordination with the Climate program and Rainforest Alliance development team; and
  • Other duties as assigned. 
Qualifications: 
  • Master’s degree in forestry, ecology, environmental science, policy, environmental economics or related discipline required;
  • Minimum 7 years of experience working in forests and climate change, particularly related to REDD+ mechanisms, with at least 3 years of experience in Colombia, Ecuador and/or Peru;
  • Minimum 4 years of project management experience;
  • Field-level experience in sustainable forest and/or sustainable agriculture management;
  • Strong working knowledge of UNFCCC policies, REDD+ and PES schemes and voluntary carbon markets, and forest sector and climate change policies of focal countries;
  • Familiarity with REDD+ SES preferred;
  • Prior experience on USAID funded projects;
  • High level of knowledge of both local-level stakeholders and regional organizations working in agriculture and forest management and forest carbon;
  • High level of familiarity with regional and international development, agriculture and forestry trends, programs, organizations and funders in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru;
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, environmental issues and sustainability practices;
  • High level of organizational and managerial ability;
  • Successful track record in fields of forest carbon project development, auditing and/or application of MRV systems strongly preferred;
  • Fluency in Spanish and English – U.S. State Department FSI equivalent 3/3 Spanish and English;
  • Excellent communication, writing, editing, public presentation and strategic thinking skills;
  • Ability to travel approximately 30 percent of the time, nationally and internationally, with frequent in-country travel, sometimes to remote areas; and
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office and internet). 

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