Forest Trends seeks an energetic, sharp, and highly organized professional to join our Green Infrastructure for Water Security Project team based in Lima, Peru, as the Technical Assistant to the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party. This position will be a full-time, salaried position that will be contracted by Forest Trends’ office in Peru.
About Forest Trends and the Green Infrastructure for Water Security Project
Forest Trends is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that works to conserve forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms. Forest Trends carries out its work in three broad areas:
- Providing transparent information on ecosystem values, finance, and markets through knowledge acquisition, analysis, and dissemination;
- Convening diverse coalitions, partners, and communities of practice to promote environmental values and advance development of new markets and payment mechanisms; and
- Demonstrating successful tools, standards, and models of innovative finance for conservation.
Forest Trends’ Water Initiative works to change the way water is managed by scaling green infrastructure investments through financing mechanisms, so that green solutions are key part of a multi-pronged approach for water security.
The Green Infrastructure for Water Security project is executed by the Invierte Verde Consortium, led by Forest Trends, through a cooperative agreement with USAID’s Peru mission. The project works to improve the enabling environment for adopting green infrastructure within the Peruvian water sector; to improve information generation and management to support evidence-based decision making for green infrastructure project planning, design, and implementation; and to design and implement green infrastructure projects that can serve as models for replication elsewhere in Peru. The Project began in December 2017 and has a duration of 5 years, with an overall budget of $15 million.
Technical Assistant Responsibilities
The Technical Assistant will support the Chief of Party (COP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) by ensuring fluid communication and coordination within the Project’s technical team and with key Project counterparts (government, private sector, and civil society), as well as by supporting the preparation of project reports to donors and stakeholders.
Specifically, the Technical Assistant will carry out the following responsibilities:
1) Coordinate meetings, agendas, materials, minutes, and follow-up activities with key Project partners (approximately 30% of effort), including:
- The Project’s Advisory Board, which includes high-level representatives of the Peruvian Government, USAID, and Forest Trends leadership;
- The Project’s Strategic Planning Committee, composed of leadership of the organizations of the Invierte Verde Consortium; and
- Other clients, collaborators, and implementation partners from government, civil society, and the private sector.
2) Support timely and effective project reporting (approximately 30% of effort), including through:
- Gathering material from partners for quarterly and annual operational reports, lessons learned summaries, and other communication products to be prepared especially in English;
- Drafting Project operational reports with attention to summarizing critical advances and outcomes amidst changing context; and
- Contributing to the preparation and production of program reports, newsletters, blogs, publications, and presentations for public, partner, and stakeholder audiences.
3) Support efficient and responsive project management (approximately 20% of effort), including through:
- Supporting the development and maintenance of clear and actionable annual work plans, in collaboration with partners;
- Assisting with research and analysis on technical and policy issues;
- Maintaining regular communication among project team, COP, and DCOP to track project progress, identify additional support or course changes needed, and ensure follow-through on deliverables including reporting.
4) Support the coordination of high-level events, site visits, workshops, and side events with Project partners and experts (approximately 10% of effort); and
5) Other duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates will demonstrate the following minimum skills and experience:
- Bachelor degree required in relevant field – for example, economics, policy, communications, environmental sciences or related field;
- Full professional fluency in English and Spanish;
- Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to summarize complex information in succinct and accessible terms;
- Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work across cultures and with geographically dispersed teams;
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
- Fully proficient with Office 365 and Google Docs/Drive applications, communications technologies (e.g., GoToMeeting), and social media; able to leverage these and new tools to ensure effective
communication and coordination among the Project team;
- Desire to learn about and support the science, financing mechanisms, and policies supporting green infrastructure in Peru; and
- Availability to travel up to 40% of the time.
In addition, the following qualifications are highly desirable:
- Graduate degree in a related field.
- Experience working in development projects, especially USAID;
- Experience organizing high-profile events and/or working regularly with high-level officers from the public or private sectors;
- Applicable knowledge of green infrastructure, conservation finance, or watershed conservation; and
- Knowledge or skills in applicable programs such as: InDesign, Constant Contact, Tableau, or content management systems such as WordPress.
Candidates need to be eligible to work in Peru. The anticipated salary range for this position is PEN 9500 – 10500/month, and the incumbent will be eligible for a competitive benefits package provided by Forest Trends’ Peru office, in addition to Peru-mandated social and health benefits.
Qualified candidates should submit their cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to [email protected] no later than March 2, 2018 for immediate consideration.