Peru Coordinator for Infrastructure & Indigenous Issues

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Lima, , PE

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Your position with TNC

The Peru Coordinator for Infrastructure and Indigenous Issues directs some or all aspects of protection, science, stewardship and community relations for a geographic area within a Business Unit (BU) or program. Serves as the principle contact to government agencies, other conservation organizations, foundations and the academic community.

This position works within the proposed USAID project “Promotion of Best Social and Environmental Management Practices in the Amazon Region,” and hiring is pending success of the project proposal.

Essential functions 

The Peru Coordinator for Infrastructure and Indigenous Issues will lead environmental governance activities geared towards creating an enabling environment for the adoption of Best Management Practices for reducing environmental and social impacts from infrastructure development in Oil and Gas, Mining, Hydroelectric, and Roads sectors in the Peruvian Amazon region.  The Peru Coordinator for Infrastructure and Indigenous Issues will work with staff of the USAID BMP project to bring together a variety of key stakeholders, such as: government entities, indigenous and local populations, and the private sector to identify, develop, and pilot Best Management Practices for sustainable infrastructure development in Peru.  This role includes management oversight of project environmental governance and social inclusion activities, as well as the corresponding project long-term and short-term personnel. The Peru Coordinator for Infrastructure and Indigenous Issues coordinates with project staff working at the national level, and under supervision of the Environmental Governance and Social Inclusion Advisor. S/he maintains good relationships with government, financial, private sector, and indigenous entities involved in the project.

Resonsibilities and scope

  • S/He leads the integrated management of the project in relation to the construction of the strategic approaches, the fulfillment of the objectives, the implementation of the activities, and reporting. In particular s/he will bring participation of government, indigenous groups, local communities to discussions with the private sector in the development of public and private Best Management Practices for infrastructure development in the Peruvian Amazon.  
  • Participate in the development and oversight of project work plans, budgets, contracts, reporting, and strategy updates, as needed. 
  • Develop and maintain relationships with relevant local, regional, and global entities representing key stakeholders in Peru to advance best practices for infrastructure
  • Research, analyze, and develop strategies to improve Peruvian policies and regulations for infrastructure development that will enable the adoption of Best Management Practices This position will report to the project Environmental Governance and Social Inclusion Advisor and internally to the TNC’s Peru Country Program Director.           
  • Programmatic scope may require cross-boundary work and relationships.           
  • Leads and manages team or project to support and improve conservation efforts.              
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.
  • Frequently makes independent decision based on analysis, experience, and context.

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy, management or other relevant field and 5 years of government relations or corporate sector experience, or equivalent combination education/experience.  
  • Experience leading or managing a major project or initiative;
  • Experience in developing relationships and working with key stakeholders from multiple sectors: public, private and civil society.
  • Experience and knowledge of the Mitigation Hierarchy;  
  • Language abilities (Spanish and English as defined by the Offerors in response to its unique implementation approach) sufficient to ensure effective communication with USAID and other USG entities.
  • Experience in partnership development with non-profit partners, community groups and/or   government agencies  
  • Experience negotiating.

Desired qualifications

  • Graduate level education in areas of knowledge related to the responsibilities under the Activity is preferable.
  • Experience and knowledge (institutional context, legal framework, environmental and social conditions, threats and opportunities) of the Peruvian Amazon region;
  • 5 years of experience in environmental governance and planning issues in the context of the Peruvian Amazon region, preferred.
  • Previous experience engaging with high-level government representatives at the national and/or regional levels, civil society groups including indigenous groups and federations in the Peruvian Amazon, in relation to the project target sectors: mining, hydropower, roads, and hydrocarbons.
  • Previous experience facilitating a multi-stakeholder approach or coalition, working with a variety of stakeholders to develop shared goals, work products, and/or platforms. 
  • Conservation knowledge and experience, preferably with experience working on conservation planning or project management. 
  • Understanding of regional and national policies influencing infrastructure development.
  • Previous experience working on indigenous rights and/or indigenous territorial governance, planning, and management. 
  • Previous work experience interfacing with government entities and/or indigenous populations.
  • Multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing conservation policy and plans.
  • Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Politically savvy. 

How to apply

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