Forestry and Community Natural Resource Management (NRM) Specialist (LAC-based)

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Winrock is seeking Forestry and Community NRM candidates for anticipated upcoming environment-focused projects in LAC. Position is contingent upon receipt of donor funding.


  • Contribute to project technical direction and activity implementation in areas agreed upon with the COP/PD;

  • Identify and build on successful practices in achieving improved natural resource management at the community level;

  • Facilitate relationship building with relevant government agencies and other local stakeholders;

  • Organize, track, and attend meetings with stakeholders, and represent the project team at external meetings and conferences as needed;
  • Provide technical support to developing policies, strategies and plans related to biodiversity, NRM, and forestry;
  • Communicate and coordinate with project staff on technical questions related to natural resource management (NRM) and forestry, work planning and program implementation;

  • Provide management oversight to a range of project staff focused on NRM and forestry;

  • Work closely with local NGO partners, providing technical oversight;

  • Visit project areas regularly to assure progress towards activity objectives and goals;

  • Support and monitor the implementation of annual work plan and progress report preparation, monitoring all deliverables;

  • Research and keep updated on any relevant developments in the NRM and forestry sector, and provide related reports and technical inputs as necessary;
  • Support knowledge management and continued project learning across all collaborators;
  • Address and proactively identify problems and challenges, and adapt to evolving institutional, financial, and political realities on the ground;

  • Carry out other tasks as assigned by the COP/PD and Winrock.


Skills, Knowledge, and Experience:

  • Advanced Degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Ecology, or related field.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience working on NRM and forestry.
  • Strong understanding of political practices, legal frameworks, regulations, and procedures governing land use, as well as an appreciation for and initiatives to address current challenges.
  • Experience working with relevant Ministries and government officials.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong and effective relationships with multiple stakeholders.
  • Exceptional communication skills, including writing.

  • Fluency in written and oral English required; fluency in written and oral Spanish desirable.