Jobs at the Rainforest Foundation
Please see below for details of current vacancies at the Rainforest Foundation, as well as details for how to apply.
The Rainforest Foundation UK is looking to find a dedicated Programmes Administrator to provide key administrative, financial and logistical support to around 12 programmes staff (4 with full time support, and 8 with general support) who are managing a number of projects, primarily in the Congo Basin but also currently in Peru. The Programmes Administrator will work closely with the Head of Programmes.
ALL APPLICANTS ARE REQUESTED TO FILL IN AN APPLICATION FORM, AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BY CLICKING READ MORE BELOW. CVS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
The deadline for applications is Sunday 10th August 2014
Interviews will take place in the week of 18th August 2014
The post is a very exciting opportunity for the right individual to make a major contribution to securing the rights of forest people and protecting tropical forests.
RFUK has received funding from a US Foundation to investigate the feasibility and desirability of establishing a unified/global platform to make available digital geographical data relating to the occupation, use and customary rights over tropical forest land by indigenous and other traditional forest people. The concept has arisen as RFUK has developed its MappingForRights.org platform, but the feasibility study would also need to take into account the existence of other relevant platforms and other major forest community mapping initiatives in tropical forests.
The postholder will lead an intensive programme over 11 months to undertake this feasibility assessment. This will involve conducting high-level discussions with other organisations and initiatives, managing specialist consultants to assess specific areas of the feasibility, liaising closely with relevant staff in theUKoffice as well as inNew YorkandOslo. As well as a solid understanding of the technical issues (including knowledge/experience of using GIS in a participatory context) and the end application of such mapping data, the post will require a high degree of negotiation and consultation skills, and a demonstrable track record in working in inter-cultural contexts. A solid knowledge of the issues surrounding community land and resource rights is also essential. Knowledge of or a network of contacts with key indigenous organisations would be an advantage. Applicants will need to show that they are aware of the sensitivities that are likely to be critical in the feasibility of any such platform, especially in terms of intellectual property and concerns about the potential for misuse of data.
The post is based inLondonbut will require substantial travel, possibly in excess of four months in total during the 11 month period. The post is offered on a fixed-term contract basis for 11 months, but it is expected that the post-holder would support fundraising initiatives which could raise extra funds should the case for developing such a platform prove feasible and desirable, and there could therefore be the potential for the post to be extended to allow for actual development of such a global platform.