Associate, Africa Program

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 29 August 2018
Entry-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 12 June 2018

Job Description

The Associate for the Africa Program is a key member of RRI’s Regional Programs. The Associate will contribute to developing and achieving the program’s annual goals. The Associate will perform the job duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully while focusing on big-picture goals. The Associate must possess and promote a collegial and cheerful demeanor, and must also be flexible and able to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that all duties are completed within established deadlines.

There is a high threshold for accountability, the exercise of judgment, discretion, and ownership of responsibilities expected from the Associate, based on the overall guidance provided by the Program Director.

The Associate will work under the direct supervision, Africa and the Africa Program Coordinator, in consultation with the Program Director, Africa.

This position is a full-time position based in Washington DC, and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act.

Essential Job Functions:

Africa Program (3/4 time)

Contribute to represent, managing and implementing the Africa Program (1/4 time) as follows:

  • Contribute to Africa program work/activities with the lead on a select number of countries under the guidance of the Africa Program Coordinator
  • Backstop and coordinate RRG´s Africa program work under the guidance of the Africa Coordinator
  • Represent the Africa team at national and international meetings in absence of Regional Director, Program Coordinator, and/or when delegated
  • Literature reviews, background research or preparation of background documents, contributions to, writing and editing of strategic analyses, policy briefs, and support to networking activities around priority themes in Africa

Support the Africa Program (3/4 time) as follows:

  • Provide general administrative support for the Africa Program
  • Track projects in Africa, draft contracts, track and review financial and narrative deliverables, and initiate payments for activities in consultation with the Africa Program Coordinator
  • Prepare background documents for RRI’s participatory Planning Process for Africa (country and regional levels)
  • Consolidate budgets and work plans for Africa and support to the contracting process
  • Prepare Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) memos and documentation in coordination with the Program Coordinator for Director’s review before submission to Senior Management
  • Assist with correspondence (in French & English) with Partners and Collaborators engaged in regional and country plans and activities
  • Provide needed logistics and research support to meetings held at national, regional, and global levels throughout the year, including note-taking, visas, and travel arrangements
  • Undertake preliminary and background research into potential projects and opportunities for collaboration in countries and regionally, as requested by the Program Director and Coordinator
  • Assist in the coordination and drafting/translating (English/French) high-quality relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required as input to the Africa portion of RRI’s website, RRI quarterly updates, monthly meetings reports, and other RRI publications ensuring that the Africa Program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach
  • Report on Africa region activities in accordance to donor requirements/areas of focus
  • Update event announcements, regionally-specific news, and relevant content to Africa portion of RRI’s website in English and French
  • Coordinate with the RRI Communications team to develop op-eds, twitter updates, and articles about RRI issues
  • Edit and translate minor or internal documents for RRI use and distribution in French and English
  • Contribute to preparation and facilitation efforts for RRI global planning and governance meetings
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Africa Program Director and/or the Program Coordinator

RRI Institution-wide Activities including advancing work on Strategic Themes (1/4 time)

  • The Associate will devote approximately 1/4 of work time to the overall institutional needs of RRG, potentially including both contributions to strategic analysis or networking support for one of the four priority themes (Gender, Rights and Climate, Realizing Rights, and Alternate Tenure and Economic Models) and support to institution-wide functions, such as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), Coalition Management and Outreach, including support to the appropriate member of the RRG Management Team as needed. The specific areas for contribution will be determined based on the Associate’s skills, knowledge, and experience, and based on the current needs of the organization.
  • This may include:
    • Literature reviews, background research or preparation of background documents, contributions to and editing of strategic analyses, policy briefs, and support to networking activities around a priority theme
    • Drafting of Terms of Reference and contracts, tracking deliverables, and payment activities
    • Preparation of background documents for Director´s needs
    • Support to planning and organizing of staff retreats or team assessments
  • Assist with correspondence, note-taking, translation of short documents and simultaneous translation, and RRI strategic engagement in global activities


  1. Bachelor’s degree or above in African Studies, Environment, Human Rights, International Development, Anthropology, or other relevant field with a focus on natural resource management and governance.
  2. Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in Africa or in an Africa-focused context. Work experience within an international organization, non-governmental organization (NGO) or with civil society organizations (CSOs) strongly preferred.
  3. Professional fluency in English and French is required.
  4. Strong analytical and writing skills in English.
  5. Experience working with budgeting & contracting.
  6. Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events (examples: conferences, dialogues, planning meetings, etc.). Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term.
  7. Excellent communications skills, comfortable liaising with diverse array of collaborators and stakeholders from across the globe.
  8. Strong computer skills including advanced Microsoft Word skills, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, and savvy with social media.
  9. Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and fast-paced office environment.
  10. Courteous and professional manner, with respect for other cultures and work in teams.
  11. A passionate interest in social justice, equity, and human rights, and a passion to be part of a team to advance global progress on these issues.
  12. Ability to travel overseas, particularly to sub-Saharan Africa.

To Apply:

Please send a resume, along with a cover letter, date of work availability, salary expectation, and a short writing sample to The subject line of the email must read: “Associate, Africa Programâ€�.Â

Your cover letter should at least address the following topics:

1) Why you are interested in the position.

2) How you believe your skills and experiences will meet the needs of the position and support Rights and Resources’ mission.

About the Organization

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. Learn more at

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