Program Coordinator for Africa

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Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI)
Washington, D.C., United States
Apply by 31 May 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 8 March 2018

Job Description

We are looking for a dedicated individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and passionate team.

The Program Coordinator for Africa is responsible for ensuring the smooth and effective implementation of projects in the Africa region, as well as contributing to the global activities and outreach of RRG. This responsibility requires demonstration of effective and proactive decision-making, to ensure the goals and vision agreed to by the Partners, Collaborators and Program team.

The Program Coordinator will pro-actively manage the implementation of planned activities within a dynamic environment of shifting priorities, overcoming impediments and solving problems, while maintaining effective communication with Senior Management and effective teamwork with staff, and with RRI Partners and Collaborators. The Program Coordinator will achieve this through a broad range of duties, including technical, administrative and supervisory tasks.

The Program Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Director, Africa Program.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Project Management and Technical Assistance

Manage programs supporting the work of Partner organizations active in Africa, under the supervision of one or more Program Directors;

Coordinate the program-related work of Partner organizations and Collaborators, building capacity and ensuring effective communication between actors;

Assist the convening of regional and country-level planning of the RRI in Africa;

Provide intellectual input to regional planning and development of the RRI work program in Africa, applying knowledge of the international institutions, national governments, local NGOs, academic institutions, rural villages, and household economies in Africa

Manage consultants contributing to these programs, including negotiating compensation, TOR development, and tracking and review of deliverables;

Prepare technical and progress reports for these projects in accordance with donor guidelines;

Assist in the preparation of financial reports and financial projections related to project implementation;

Assist in development of and be responsible for monitoring of program budgets, expenditures, and workplans to ensure programs will achieve the results anticipated within the resources and time allocated;

Ensure proper documentation of program activities, outputs, and lessons learned.

Contribute to the Tenure Facility project identification and appraisal in the region and ensure complementary with RRI’s engagement in country;

  • Communications

Write clear and concise technical text for inclusion in publications, reports, articles, and other communication products;

Edit and contribute to technical text that has been written by other RRG staff, RRI Partners and Collaborators;

Develop, manage, and regularly update content of RRG and network websites and fora related to projects in the Africa region.

  • Networks

Support and help strengthen networks of RRI Partners and Collaborators;

Connect RRI with strategic networks across Sub-Saharan Africa and facilitate better mobilization and learning;

Collect and proactively disseminate relevant publications, articles, news, and data to networks;

Organize all aspects of RRG-coordinated meetings, conferences, and exchanges concerning RRI work in the Africa region, including: agenda development; securing appropriate facilities; contracting facilitators, presenters, and translators; managing logistics of participant travel, lodging, and visas; ensuring comprehensive documentation during the meetings; and coordination and production of outputs.

  • Organizational Planning and Management

Participate in team assessment of organization-wide and Initiative-wide progress toward RRI’s goals and vision;

Support the organization, convening, and documentation of RRI planning meetings;

Manage workload of one Associate and temporary interns, and serve as mentor for the development of their professional skills and experience.

Develop and manage the work plan of the RRI Facilitator based in the region;

Other Tasks

As assigned.


Advanced degree, Master’s degree required, preferably in International Studies, Environment, Social Sciences, Law or another related field. PhD or equivalent level of study is preferred.

A strong background in human rights, natural resource management or forestry, policy, rural development, and/or environmental or international law is required.

At least 5 years of  postgraduate professional experience working in Africa playing  a leading role in projects to support communities to advance rights-based forest conservation, rural development, poverty alleviation, and/or human rights; or projects engaging with governments, civil society organizations, and donors to advance the above.

Demonstrated ability to initiate and coordinate projects without intensive supervision.

Professional fluency in English and French is required

Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Ability and confidence to effectively and respectfully facilitate meetings that include a range of diverse participants, from representatives of forest communities to high-ranking government ministers.

Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people showcasing respect for different cultural perspectives and approaches toward accomplishing shared goals.

Ability to travel extensively in Africa and other regions and on short notice.

Strong analytical skills and unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation.

Prior supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with a demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to unexpected circumstances and new opportunities with positive attitude.

Exceptional candidates will have:

Extensive knowledge and understanding of the technical capacities of civil society organizations and government agencies in Africa

Experience with and understanding of the national political contexts in Africa

Particular experience and understanding of RRI priority countries in Africa: DRC, Liberia, Kenya

Strong interest in advancing the rights and improving the livelihoods of rural and forest peoples

Strong interest in helping to strengthen capabilities of developing country leaders


Please send a resume, along with a cover letter, including the date when candidate is available to begin work to The subject line of the email must read: Program Coordinator for Africa. 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.

Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Please, no phone calls or recruiters.

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.

About the Organization

RRI Coalition, guided by a number of community organizations and Indigenous People's representatives, comprises a wide spectrum of organizations, including community and Indigenous Peoples' organizations, research institutions, development assistance organizations, and local and international advocacy and human rights groups. We analyze and report on global trends in forest tenure and land rights, and catalyze coordination between important constituencies at all levels including local civil society, private investors, governments, and other influential change agents.

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