Funding Officer

  • Posted on 21 April 2021
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Job Description

The Programme

Partnerships for Forests aims to support the emergence of a new investment model in which the public sector, private sector companies and wider communities can achieve better returns from sustainable forestry and land use than they are able to from deforestation and land degradation.

The main objective of the programme is to support a set of public-private-partnerships (PPPs) and initiatives which demonstrate how the private sector can contribute to a reduction in rates of deforestation, as well as a range of related enabling activities to address the policy environment.

Outcomes will include improved and more sustainable prevention of deforestation, reforestation of degraded land and leverage of private finance. The programme also aims to support a transformation to sustainability in markets for commodities associated with deforestation, including timber, palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board. The programme is currently operating in four regions (East Africa, West and Central Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America).

P4F builds public-private partnerships to demonstrate that sustainable forestry can achieve better returns than deforestation and land degradation. To achieve this, P4F works with policy actors to create an enabling environment for these innovative partnerships, and transforms commodity markets traditionally associated with deforestation, such as timber, palm oil, soya, beef, and paper.

For more information, please visit www.partnershipsforforests.com

The Role

The Funding Officer will support the Project Funding (Project Funding refers to both grants and technical assistance used to fund project activities) workstream lead in the oversight, management, and administration of the P4F Project Funding portfolio. You will work closely with the Regional Teams and the Bristol headquarters, offering you excellent oversight of the global programme. Specific duties will include supporting the Project Funding workstream lead by:

  • Supporting the administration and operation of the P4F grant mechanism, including review of financial reporting, and quality review of grant approval and grant implementation documentation.
  • File and database (dashboard/ SharePoint/ touchstone etc.) management – QA’ing data integrity, running reports, trouble shooting queries and designing system improvements.
  • Supporting the general programme administration, including the preparation of payment approval forms, the coordination of forecasting, meeting coordination, maintaining programme asset registers, and conducting audits.
  • Coordinating financial sign-off and approval processes in accordance with the corporate delegation of authority policy.
  • Serving as a coordination point for programme consultants and service providers where necessary.
  • Participating in programme and process improvement working groups.
  • Performing any other duties reasonably required by the Project Funding workstream lead.

You will also provide support to the Regional Teams (located in Accra, Addis Ababa, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, and Bogota) as required, including by:

  • Supporting and contributing to the development of grant approval documentation, such as through supporting budget scrutiny and due diligence and risk reviews.
  • Supporting the grant implementation process, such as through supporting grant-related procurement, contracting, reporting, and auditing.
  • Participating in and supporting the logistics of field visits, spot check audits and regional capacity building training.

You may also be required to act as a point-of-contact for ongoing projects and/or investments managed from the Bristol office.

Education and Experience

Required

  • University degree in a relevant subject (e.g. environmental studies, agriculture, economics, business management) or professional project management or administration experience.
  • Experience with or interest in the environment, forestry, private sector development, PPPs, sustainability, or agriculture commodity value chains.
  • Financial acumen and the ability to interpret and analyse financial data.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office user (including but not limited to advanced ability with Excel).
  • Fluency in English - excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organisational skills and careful attention to detail.

Desirable

  • Project Management qualification.
  • IT skills/ qualifications.
  • Experience with FCDO-funded or other large international development programmes.
  • Fluency in another relevant language – French/Spanish/Portuguese/Bahasa.

Your profile

  • Adaptable (keen to try new approaches, employs agile thinking, flexible and open to change).
  • Detail orientated.
  • Innovative (intellectual curiosity, solution-based problem solving).
  • People skills (communication, follow through, respect for individual, interpersonal relationships, networking).
  • Proven problem solver.
  • Passionate and committed to the sector and field-based work.
  • Accountable (ensures work quality, organisational skills).

Location

The position is located in Bristol, where our UK team are based. However, we are open to consider anyone working in a suitable time zone to be able to work across all of the regions (your working hours would need to cross over with Indonesia and Colombia), and based in a country with a Palladium office.

We are willing to consider requests for part-time work for the right candidate, and have flexible working conditions, to enable our staff to balance their work and home commitments.

Palladium is currently recruiting for a similar role on our GSMA project based in Bristol. Please indicate in your application if you also wish to be considered for this role.

About the Organization

Company Overview:

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact - the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.


For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved - and is committed to continuing to improve - economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.


Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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