We are looking for a Forest Governance campaigner to manage a large grant and support local partners in Ghana and Liberia.
A. Key areas of responsibility:
1. Campaign tasks
• Supporting partner organisations in Ghana and Liberia and in the implementation of their in-country work.
• Managing the relevant grant(s), including monitoring implementation; writing and compiling three-monthly narrative reports and being the liaison between the funder(s).
• Facilitating and/or participating in relevant NGO networks and coalitions (e.g. UK NGO coalition; Liberia NGO coalition).
• Facilitating and organising information flows between partners, the EU and UK Government.
• Guiding and/or carrying out research and presenting results to relevant target groups.
• Participating in and organising meetings/seminars with Government, Commission officials and MEPs.
• Networking with people in the UK Government, EU Institutions and relevant representatives of EU Member States.
• Writing regular campaign updates and articles for, among others, Fern’s newsletter EU Forest Watch (10 issues per year) and FLEGT VPA updates.
2. General Fern tasks:
• Staying informed at a general level about Fern’s campaigns;
• Fundraising for the successful continuation of Fern campaigns related to improving forest governance (average Euro 150,000/year);
• Carrying out general managerial and administrative tasks, shared between all staff;
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• Fulfilling Fern’s policies on reporting on meetings, producing work plans etc;
• Managing the campaign budget in close co-operation with Fern’s financial officer;
• Maintaining a proper filing system on issues relevant to the position;
• Ensuring Fern’s reputation as a professional organisation is maintained at all times.
B. Other job requirements
• Travel. As Fern is an international organisation with offices in two countries and activities in numerous countries, travel will be necessary to attend crucial meetings.
• Flexibility. Fern is a campaigning organisation, and flexibility will be required in working hours, for example in the case of preparing urgent funding proposals, budgets etc.
C. Person specification
We are looking for a strong, well-organised professional; a good team worker and networker who is able to communicate well - both orally and in writing - across different cultural backgrounds. Someone who shows initiative and works quickly and accurately; is politically astute and a quick learner.
• At least three-years’ experience in developing, implementing and evaluating campaign plans.
• A good understanding of the interface between forests, human rights, consumption and climate.
• Experience in working with NGOs.
• Perfect oral and written English and excellent writing skills.
• Excellent organisational and computer skills.
• Good team worker.
• Ability to prioritise and manage a high workload.
• Willingness to travel frequently within the EU and abroad.
• Experience in working with NGOs in Africa.
• Experience of facilitating NGO networks, developing joint (NGO) positions and facilitating meetings involving a broad range of views, interest groups and cultural approaches.
• Understanding and experience of applying power and gender analysis in forest governance.
• Familiarity with fundraising procedures and reporting requirements of funders, notably DFID.
• Ability to establish and maintain good working relationship with partner organisations at grassroots level, Government and Commission officials and MEPs.
• A good understanding of the functioning of EU institutions.
• Experience in advocacy work, preferably at EU level.
• French speaker.