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FPP is seeking a Project Manager for the project entitled: REDD financing, Human Rights and Economic Development for Sustainable Poverty Reduction of forest communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo

14 September, 2011

The UK Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) (www.forestpeoples.org) is an international NGO which promotes the rights of indigenous and tribal forest peoples to their forests, lands and livelihoods. Our staff comprises specialists in human rights, anthropology, international law, development and tropical forest ecology

FPP is seeking an experienced individual knowledgeable about Congo Basin forest issues to manage a high-profile 3 year project funded by SIDA, to promote rights protection and poverty alleviation around REDD pilot projects across the Democratic Republic of Congo.  The project will be supporting protection for human rights alongside sustained investments in economic development activities with forest communities, on the basis of their free, prior and informed consent, targeting REDD pilot project areas in 6 DRC provinces. 

This project is a collaboration between FPP and 6 national NGOs working on forest issues in Bas Congo, Equateur, Oriental, Bandundu, North Kivu and South Kivu.  It aims to ensure that rural forest communities who will be most affected by REDD pilot initiatives on the ground across the DRC will be able to protect their rights and maximize the benefits they receive from these schemes, while helping to create an enabling environment for long-term rural economic development in their areas. i.e., making REDD work for local people. 

The project will adapt and deploy a cutting-edge technology platform to enable real-time monitoring of project implementation on the ground across the 6 provinces, as well as the mapping of community customary lands everywhere this project will work.  Deployment of this technology on the ground will be linked with significant project investments in the technical, electronic and logistical capacities of trusted local partners who will be contracted by our successful candidate to deliver project activities with forest communities in all 6 DRC provinces.    Our successful candidate will interact with a technical team who will deploy the new technology and train the project manager and local partners in its use.

The post requires someone who is good facilitator with a proven capacity to collaborate with civil society and government agencies in the DRC, and to communicate with everyone from hunter and farmers to ministers, and also the local and international media.  The successful candidate will be prepared to promote and mainstream the participation of indigenous peoples and especially women in project implementation at all levels.   This work will be backed up by human rights trainings that will be carried out by FPP’s Legal and Human Rights Programme. 

As project manager, the successful candidate will be responsible for:
•    monitoring the delivery of all project activities on the ground, backed up by data from the new technology platform, partner reporting, and regular visits to the field;
•    monitoring project expenditures with support from administrative officers in the DRC and the UK, as well as annual audits;
•    reporting to FPP and SIDA on the work undertaken and the key results achieved for communities using the project logical framework, in conjunction with project director;
•    designing and implementing remedial measures to ensure that project implementation stays on schedule, and;
•    facilitating dialogues and information sharing between community representatives and local partners with REDD pilot project promoters, including inter alia the government of the DRC, private operators, and conservation organisations.

The successful candidate will be paid an international-level salary and be based in an office in Kinshasa, and s/he will be supported by financial administration staff in the DRC and the UK.  S/he will report to a UK-based project director who will also support project implementation in the DRC.  Fluent French writing and speaking is a requirement of this post. 

All applicants should send a current CV along with a maximum 2-page covering letter summarising their suitability for this post, along with a indication of their availability.

To apply for this post:

Please fill in and return the application form along with a current CV and covering letter by email to info@forestpeoples.org.

Closing date  for applications: 1st October 2011

Interviews: mid-October 2011 for commencement of post as soon as possible thereafter

We regret that we are unable to contact those candidates who are not short-listed.