TitleOrganizationLocationDeadlineDescriptionExternal website link
Project Manager - South East Asia Forest PolicyBirdlife International Kuala Lumper, Malaysia 11/19/2017

The Project Manager will work with BirdLife Partners to coordinate the delivery of a five year €5 million initiative, funded by the European Commission (EC), aimed at building the capacity of civil society organisations in South East Asia to participate effectively in forest monitoring, management, planning and policy processes. The focal countries of the project are Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea. The Project Manager will play the lead role in ensuring the activities are delivered in line with the project scope, timeframe, funder rules and budget. In addition to overall project management duties, this role will also involve capacity building for the partners in this project to engage in forest governance. This will include training support on forest policy, management, conservation planning and land use planning. 

Global Conservation Policy CoordinatorBirdlife International Cambridge, UK11/19/2017

The candidate will support the implementation of the BirdLife International Global Strategy by: coordinating engagement by the BirdLife Secretariat and BirdLife Partnership in the biodiversity-related conventions, in particular the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); leading the BirdLife Partnership’s engagement with the CBD, including conducting policy analyses, developing policy positions, representing the partnership and, as appropriate, providing strategic support for national level implementation; working with the Head of Policy, Global Policy Division and Programme Coordinators, contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of policy advocacy strategies to influence priorities, policies and legislation for the benefit of bird and biodiversity conservation; working with Partners, regional secretariat and communications staff, raising awareness of, widening the engagement in and developing capacity for policy and advocacy initiatives.

Project Officer - South East Asia Forest PolicyBirdlife International Cambridge, UK11/19/2017

The Project Officer will be responsible for monitoring and reviewing the project’s €5 million budget and spending to ensure it complies with the rules of the European Commission and to help ensure the successful implementation of the project. In addition, the officer will support the project manager in their duties including monitoring project activities and risks and coordinating project management groups and meetings. They will also help lead the project reporting and evaluation.

Business Development and Sourcing Manager Latin AmericaFirst Climate Markets AGLatin America12/31/2017

The Business development and Sourcing Manager will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring the development of Latin American carbon markets and developing related business opportunities for First Climate.
  • Developing and managing a network of business partners in the LatAm region.
  • Developing First Climate’s carbon and green energy sourcing strategy in Latin America with a focus on CERs, VERs, and I-RECs.
  • Engaging with standard bodies and other relevant market stakeholders.
Kleinhans Fellowship For Community Forestry ResearchRainforest AllianceLatin America02/28/2018

The Rainforest Alliance has a long history of working with forest communities that have established their own locally managed enterprises, providing them with training and technical assistance on sustainable forestry practices, value-added processing, business administration, market access and more. Recognizing that sound scientific inquiry can help to guide technical assistance for local development, our Kleinhans Fellowship supports research that seeks solutions to the challenges faced by the community forestry model.

The fellowship provides funds for research that is oriented toward solving real-world problems as defined by CFEs. Moreover, the planning, implementation and dissemination of research results will be carried out in participatory manner to ensure that it has practical value for communities and helps to inform their action plans.

The Kleinhans Fellowship provides a two-year stipend of 20,000 USD per year to support research that addresses one of the following topics:

  1. Markets for lesser-known species and non-timber forest products (NTFPs). Most community forestry products are unlikely to reach international markets, but domestic markets in many tropical forest countries are being flooded with illegal wood products, making it hard for legitimate operations—especially CFEs—to compete. The absence of markets for lesser-known species and NTFPs further impedes optimal forest management and is a critical hurdle that must be overcome if CFEs are to become economically viable. The fellowship supports research that systematically documents and analyzes the creation and maintenance of domestic markets for diversified forest products, helps determine what drives success and recommends future actions.
  2. Biodiversity management practices. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) forest management standard requires practices that conserve biodiversity, such as the protection of High Conservation Value Forests and the creation of riparian buffers. The Kleinhans Fellowship supports research that explores the feasibility of implementing such practices at the community level and their effects on the economic viability of CFEs.
  3. Social organization and governance. Technical assistance programs are often limited in their ability to invest in organizational capacity building. The fellowship supports research that investigates modes of social organization and highlights both problems and innovative, replicable solutions for CFE governance. Topics of interest include equitable participation and transparency in decision-making and benefit-sharing; human resource management and business training; and governance aspects such as CFE bylaws, compliance and legal status.
  4. Multi-community enterprises. Without access to financing, CFEs often get mired in debt, are beholden to high-risk, high-cost lenders and cannot invest in developing their businesses. CFEs are often encouraged to work together to aggregate supply, invest collectively and access financing, but it can be difficult to put these strategies into practice. The fellowship supports research that examines multi-community enterprises, documents and analyzes their successes and failures, and makes recommendations for future investment in the development of such ventures.

The Rainforest Alliance is most interested in research that could potentially be applied to the ongoing work of our TREES program which trains communities and small- and medium-sized enterprises to harvest and manufacture forest and non-timber forest products in a sustainable manner, and market these goods to responsible businesses and consumers around the world. Toward that end, the geographic scope of the Kleinhans Fellowship is restricted to Latin America, with a preference for the following locations:

  • Mexico – states of Chihuahua, Durango, Michoacán, Mexico, Hidalgo, Puebla, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo and Campeche
  • Guatemala – Petén, Verapaces and Western Highlands
  • Honduras – Muskitia region
  • Peru – Madre de Dios and Ucayali regions