Forest Campaign Manager
Location: Washington, DC
We are looking for a pro-active campaigner to lead BIC’s forest work. Our forest campaign aims to draw global attention to the adverse impacts on forests due to IFI lending— particularly the private sector lending of the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Over the next year, the campaign will establish an IFI Watch group to monitor IFC lending operations, develop a screening tool for project level impacts on forests, and advocate for practices which minimize the footprint of IFC lending on forests and indigenous or forest dependent communities.
The Campaign Manager will be based in BIC’s DC office with occasional travel abroad.The Manager will report to BIC’s Executive Director, and will supervise BIC’s Senior Forest Program Associate. Visit http://www.bicusa.org/issues/forests/ for our past Forest Campaign Work.
1) Program Management
- Implement BIC’s forest program grants, which include:
- Overseeing implementation a research project focused on understanding development finance flows which impact forests; project level case studies of best and worst practices; and benchmarking of international standards for forests. This analytical work will serve as an evidence base and input for strategy development and advocacy in subsequent forest campaigning.
- Launch a campaign to strengthen forest-related standards and practices at the IFC, towards the goal of minimizing the negative impacts of IFC loans on forests and local and indigenous communities. Draw global attention to the adverse impacts on forests of the private sector lending practices of the International Finance Corporation and private sector companies.
- Engage senior staff of World Bank and IFC, and World Bank Group (WBG) Executive Directors, the US Government, and in some cases other governments, to advocate for BIC and CSO partner positions on WBG forest policy, strategy, and practices.
- Engage in advocacy related to uptake of screening tools and strong forest standards at the Green Climate Fund and in the supply chains of private companies.
3) Convening Role
- Work actively with the forest and environmental CSO community, and build an international coalition to advocate for shared goals of reducing global deforestation at IFIs.
- Collectively construct joint proposals and work plans among engaged CSOs.
- Hold discussions, strategy meetings, and workshops with various stakeholders (CSOs, IFIs, etc.).
4) Management and Fundraising
- Connect with, and reach out to, potential donors to communicate the value of BIC’s forest program.
- Take the lead in developing relationships with funders, developing fundraising leads, and writing grant proposals and grant reports for BIC’s forest campaign.
- Strong understanding of key forest issues and drivers of deforestation.
- Pro-active, with ability to reach out and work with CSO groups, forest communities, World Bank Group decision makers, donors, and other stakeholders. Ideally has an existing network of global organizations engaged in international forest advocacy.
- Strong communication, organizing, and writing skills.
- At least seven years of experience in environment or development fields, preferably related to international forest advocacy.
- Master’s degree (preferred) in a relevant field such as environmental studies, political science, economics, or international relations.
- Understanding of how private sector activities impact forests as well as local and indigenous forest dependent communities, and an understanding of supply chain management.
- Experience and familiarity with international financial institutions, including the IFC.
- Familiarity with climate finance and international climate commitments, including the Green Climate Fund and New York Declaration on Forests.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary will be commensurate with experience. BIC offers outstanding benefits including generous annual leave with pay, health insurance, and a friendly work atmosphere in an international team.
Send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15th, 2015. Write “Forest Campaign Manager” on the subject heading. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. Due to capacity constraints, BIC will only reply to short-listed candidates.
BIC is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply, regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, or sexual orientation. To learn more about BIC, visit our website at www.bicusa.org.