This is a campaigning role to monitor the impact of REDD+ (reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation) in the Congo Basin on communities’ human rights, land rights and livelihoods as well as to lobby institutional donors to reform or withdraw from harmful projects and policies where necessary. Whilst an ability to identify and supervise ‘action research’ will be important, the post will be suitable for someone with experience in bringing about change through networking, campaign strategising and organisation, communication, lobbying, and with a passion for the issues concerned.
The post-holder will be responsible for the organisation’s campaign and policy work on Climate and Forests. Based in our London office, s/he will be responsible to the Research and Policy Coordinator and will work with some of our key partner organisations in the region and internationally. Specific responsibilities will be to:
Implement a campaign strategy, including both the Rainforest Foundation and its southern partners, focused on the implementation of major REDD+ programmes in the Congo Basin region, in the context of global climate change and forest policy, in consultation with the Research and Policy Coordinator, Executive Director and members of the Programmes team;
Monitor relevant international, European, UK and Central African REDD+ programme developments, in the context of wider climate change policy, forest policy and forest community rights;
Support local and national NGOs and networks in the Congo Basin region to obtain, analyse and critique key documents relating to REDD+ policies and programmes in their countries, and to mobilise effective advocacy responses where necessary;
Identify, commission, supervise and where necessary conduct the research necessary to support the campaign;
Liaise with other organisations as appropriate to ensure that Congo Basin region NGOs are able to effectively engage in the national and international debates on climate change and forests;
Prepare to publications standard, and oversee the production of, campaign and programme materials and publications, including leaflets, briefings, reports and internet material, in consultation with the Communications team;
Develop and conduct relevant media outreach in consultation with the relevant teams;
Represent the organisation in relevant local, national and international fora, on relevant policy issues, in consultation with the Research and Policy Coordinator;
Assist in the identification and development of field projects which have the potential to support the Rainforest Foundation’s climate change policy strategy;
Supervise the work of consultants, researchers and volunteers as appropriate;
Perform other tasks as may from time to time be requested by the Research and Policy Coordinator or Executive Director.
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