Job Vacancy at RFUK
Development of global online platform for tropical forest community maps
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 in London but 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.
The closing date for applications is 31st July 2014. For further information, including the full job description and details of how to apply please contact us.