Senior Manager, Forests for People and Climate Initiative

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World Resources Institute

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27 days ago

This position can be based at our WRI office in the US, WRI offices in London or the Hague, as well as in offices in Brazil, Congo Basin or Indonesia.

Program Overview:

WRI’s Forests Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations, curb deforestation worldwide, and help to restore forests where they once were. The Forests for People and Climate Initiative (FPCI) aims to catalyze support and move funding to tropical forests and forest communities. The initiative will connect donors with high-impact solutions for ending tropical forest loss that support community-based organizations and their allies working to protect forests and the rights of those who defend them. WRI is supporting the FPCI to establish a monitoring, evaluation and learning mechanism and provide related data analysis across multiple geographies and scales.

Job Summary:

The Senior Manager will manage WRI support for the incubation and implementation of the Forests for People and Climate initiative. The Senior Manager will design and oversee the implementation of solutions to the Initiative’s field-wide monitoring and learning mechanism consistent with a “living strategy” approach. This mechanism will serve three functions: provide accountability towards desired results, foster learning and sharing between partners, and seek to answer critical learning questions that underpin the coalition’s shared strategies and theories of change, so that strategies can evolve and adapt. The Senior Manager will coordinate related activity across WRI’s global programs and international offices in Brazil, Indonesia and the Congo Basin and engage with the Initiative Secretariat, advisory board and field partners. The position is anchored in the Forest Program’s People and Forest Protection unit.

Job Responsibilities:

Leadership and Oversight of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (40%)

  • Lead design and deployment of a results framework and monitoring and learning strategy for the Initiative, consistent with a “living strategy” approach that nests bottom-up strategies and goals within a coherent global impact framework.
  • Proactively engage FPCI partners and other relevant experts and stakeholders through this process to enable collaborative design and co-create ownership of the framework and strategy.
  • Establish knowledge infrastructure and information technology solutions to support coordinated implementation of the monitoring and learning strategy across the Initiative, including real-time learning from the field and sharing of intelligence between partners.
  • Provide oversight of the execution of the monitoring and learning strategy and proactively work to refine, enhance, and adapt approaches over time.
  • Lead regular reporting and communications of Initiative progress, outcomes, and impacts to FPCI partners and stakeholders.

Supervise the MEL Specialist, Forests for People and Climate Initiative. Research and Innovation (30%)

  • Identify major data and knowledge gaps impeding effective implementation, evaluation and refinement of Initiative strategies.
  • Assess the technical landscape of opportunity to address key gaps quickly and tackle bigger research questions over the medium-term, and surface new forms of data that are priorities for the Initiative (e.g. related to governance, rights and social impacts).
  • Design and lead research projects to fill these gaps, harnessing relevant WRI initiatives and expertise as well as that of external research partners.

Project Management (30%)

  • Manage WRI’s contribution to the Initiative, including development of annual work plans, budgets, and progress reports
  • Recruit and manage staff or consultants as needed.
  • Coordinate and oversee inputs from staff across WRI working in different global initiatives and international offices to ensure timely execution of activities and delivery of outputs.
  • Work closely with the Strategy Lead, People and Forest Protection to anchor WRI’s contribution to the Initiative within WRI’s broader strategy on people and forest protection.
  • Meet regularly with the Initiative Secretariat and participate in field workshops and advisory group meetings as needed.

Job Qualifications:

  • Education: Masters’ degree in relevant field
  • Experience: Minimum 8 years of relevant professional experience. Demonstrated knowledge and expertise on issues related to tropical deforestation and strategies to address it, framed within a global context and in critical countries and regions like Brazil, Indonesia, and the Congo Basin. • Experience designing and managing complex, multi-partner projects in an NGO setting, with particular experience creating and communicating theories of change, logical frameworks, and MEL systems for project donors, partners, and stakeholders.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills and familiarity with geospatial data and mapping technology Managerial
  • Ability to multi-task and manage competing priorities in a team setting.
  • Collaborative problem solver who can take initiative, set priorities.
  • Experience in managing projects and budgets in complex projects that deliver results.
  • Team-oriented player, able to effectively respond to complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing organizational constituencies.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to details that drive implementation of projects.
  • Ability to travel internationally.
  • Languages: Verbal and written fluency in English required. Professional working proficiency in Portuguese, French, Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia is preferred.
  • Requirements: Work authorization is required in the country the position will be based in. WRI is unable to sponsor work authorization for this position.

Potential Salary:. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply: Please include a cover letter with your application.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is nearing $200 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.