Senior Advisor (Private Sector)

Rights and Resources Initiative

Washington DC or remote, , US

The Rights and Resources Initiative’s (RRI) Alternative Tenure and Enterprise Models (ATEMs) thematic program is intended to support the development and mainstreaming of economic development models that respect and strengthen the rights and livelihoods of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the forest areas of developing countries. Within the broader mandate of the ATEMs program, RRI has catalyzed the creation of the Interlaken Group, an informal network of individual leaders from influential companies, investors, CSOs, government, and international organizations. The purpose of the Group is to expand and leverage private sector action to secure community land rights. The Interlaken Group is co-chaired by RRI and the IFC, and has rapidly become the leading “pre-competitive” mechanism to leverage the financial and political capital of companies and investors to support secure land rights in the developing world.

The Interlaken Group has been successful in generating considerable momentum at the global level among progressive multi-national companies and investors to support secure land rights. Group members have collaborated to generate new tools and guidance to help companies and investors align their operations with the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure, and to define corporate responsibility in legacy land issues. These tools are already being tested and adopted by relevant organizations.

Results are encouraging, but the Group is exploring opportunities to expand its impact. Priority action areas for scaling up impact, as identified by the Group include:

  • Scaling up awareness and promotion of new tools at the global level;
  • Initiating Interlaken Group dialogues in priority countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to engage local and regional-level companies and investors;
  • Continuing the production and review of relevant tools, strategies, and studies; and
  • Expanding Interlaken Group capacity, learning, and influence through the addition of new members and systematizing reporting of lessons learned, among others.

RRI, as the de facto secretariat of the Interlaken Group, is seeking an experienced individual to lead and coordinate new efforts to scale up the impact and influence of the Interlaken Group. The Senior Advisor would advise the work of the broader ATEMs program, and contribute to RRI’s efforts to secure the land rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the forested, developing world.

The Senior Advisor will work under the supervision of the Director of Strategic Analysis and Global Engagement, and in close coordination with the Senior Analyst, Private Sector.

This is a full-time position based in Washington D.C. or remotely, as relevant.

Start date: January 2017. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.


  • Operationalize Interlaken Group work plan to develop priority action areas to expand impact and reach of the Group.
  • Collaborate with ATEMs team, international experts, and RRI Coalition to scope, initiate, and coordinate new Interlaken Group engagement in priority countries in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia.
  • Identify opportunities to pilot Interlaken Group guidance and tools in priority countries in Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, and coordinate the provision of finance or technical assistance to respond to opportunities.
  • Develop relationships and build key partnerships with relevant international processes and stakeholders in priority commodities, sectors, and policy dialogues.
  • Lead and facilitate high level meetings of private sector, CSO, government, and community leaders to deliver results.
  • Liaise with corporate, investor, and CSO members to maintain sense of ownership and coordinate activities.
  • Represent the Interlaken Group and deliver effective messages and presentations in relevant international forums and the media.
  • Document and communicate lessons learned within Interlaken Group, and externally.
  • Identify funding opportunities and lead development of donor proposals; lead and collaborate in the production of donor reporting.
  • Support and contribute to the ATEMs program, and other RRI country and thematic programs, as required or relevant.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Advanced degree in business, international development, economics, natural resources management/policy, or equivalent.
  • At least 15 years work experience in the international space, including engaging companies on sustainable supply chains. Prior work on forestry and agriculture supply chains is a plus.
  • Experience living in and working on these issues in developing countries is a prerequisite.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and coordinating diverse stakeholder groups to deliver results.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing, or evaluating implementation, of standards for corporate achievement of sustainable commodity supply chains.
  • Prior work experience with a consulting firm, NGO, or company addressing land and natural resources issues.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and executing qualitative and/or quantitative research and analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing proposals, project monitoring, and donor reporting (DFID experience a plus).
  • Demonstrated experience liaising and delivering messages in a multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Ability and confidence to effectively and respectfully facilitate meetings that include a range of diverse participants, from representatives of forest communities to high-ranking government ministers.
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people at all levels, showcasing respect for different cultural perspectives and approaches toward accomplishing shared goals.
  • Professional fluency in English and either French and/or Spanish required.
  • Commitment to locally driven, sustainable economic development.

To Apply

Please send a resume, along with a cover letter, including the date when candidate is available to begin work to [email protected]. The subject line of the email must read: Application: Senior Advisor – Private Sector. Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

  • Why you are interested in the position.
  • How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the position.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.