Director Land Policy for Land Records Initiative

Apply by 6 September 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 August 2018

Job Description

Are you excited about making everlasting contribution to the landless poor (especially women), a risk taker, passionate about innovative development interventions, keen to bring changes in policy and meaningfully engage with national/ state government land admistrators, then this could be your dream job. You may not necessary be an expert on land rights but should be committed towards it.

Landesa is a global not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 that creates opportunities for the world’s poorest women, men and communities to improve their lives through strengthening their land rights. Recognized as a Top 10 NGOs in the world in the last two global rankings, Landesa has worked in more than 50 countries and currently operates in ten, including India. The organization is widely supported by partners, including NGOs, foundations, donor agencies, educational institutions, and individual supporters throughout the world.. Landesa India partners with the state and national governments and organizations to help poor, rural women and men gain secure rights to land and the opportunity to build a better future.

Landesa is a Recipient of Lui Che Woo Prize in 2017 as well as The Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2015

Through the Land Records Initiative (LRI) Landesa has embarked on an exciting yet challenging project to work on the land records updation activities in Telangana, and also understand current status and plans for records updation in other states. The 18 months project commences around September 2018 and the insights and recommendations may lead to the second phase spanning 3-5 years.

The Director Land Policy (DLP) will lead the LRI project to identify the gaps and challenges in rural land records updation. The DLP will work closely with government land administrators to assess recent efforts to improve land records, understand current processes, and explore alternatives for ensuring that the land rights of the rural poor and women are reflected in government records.

For the success of this assignment we need a committed teamplayer, managing people with professionalism, respect and emotional intelligence. Ability to think and work independently, with a track record of success in achieving organizational objectives and leading the thorough conception and implementation of new ideas. Strong communication, presentation, and written skills are essential for this position, along with passion for research, policy and advocacy, land rights related work and bringing in positive changes to the lives of poor and marginalized women and men.

Advanced University degree in law, business administration, public policy or any other relevant discipline is required as educational background and at least 5-10 years of relevant work experience in law, business administration or public policy. Passion for land tenure systems will be an added advantage.

About the Organization

Landesa (formerly RDI) is an international nonprofit organization working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people. For over 40 years, RDI has worked in over 45 countries to help get land rights to more than 100 million people. RDI partners with governments, foreign aid agencies, and others to design and implement laws, policies, and programs that provide opportunity, further economic growth, and promote social justice. Our services include land-related field assessments, institutional assessments, helping in legislative drafting and policy advice, development of follow-on regulations and procedures, land administration consulting, gender and intra-household assessments; social impact studies, implementation planning, implementation monitoring, training, public education programs, and program design and management. RDI lawyers are also skilled in project financial and progress reporting, scheduling, logistical planning, monitoring, and change management. Areas of expertise: Land policy and reform Women's rights to land Common property resources and management regimes Credit and mortgage Land market development Privatization and collective farm reform Titling and registration Dispute resolution Legal advocacy Legal empowerment Legal aid and education Land administration.

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