Reporting Officer - ASM Formalization & Responsible Sourcing

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 December 2020
  • Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 20 March 2021
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Job Description

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant. Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department

Mines to Markets (M2M) - Pact’s Mines to Markets Signature Initiative assists mineral-dependent communities to gain lasting benefits from the more sustainable use of the natural resources around them. Pact takes an integrated approach to its work in the mining sector: we link mining to livelihoods, governance, health, environment, and the strengthening of local, regional and national institutions. The M2M program is currently active in eleven countries, working with all scales of mining from large scale industrial operations (LSMs) to individual Artisanal and Small-scale Miners (ASMs) and their communities, in remote areas. For more information on current and some past projects at www.pactworld.org/mining.

Position Overview

Elevated scrutiny from the news media, advocacy groups, and other international organizations of child labor and other human rights abuses in the copper-cobalt (2C) supply chain in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has prompted a surge of interest in Pact’s M2M program by a range of existing and prospective donors. Industry and consumer demand for responsible sourcing, as well as increasing regulation of transparency and supply chain accountability, are important drivers of change in the mineral sector’s practices at all scales of extraction, processing and trade. Pact’s work addressing due diligence and traceability in the tin, tantalum and tungsten (3T) supply chain is an example of our integrated development approach working at scale over time in DRC, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. By working in partnership with industry, government, miners and other stakeholders, Pact develops and delivers solutions for the mining sector that make business sense, are locally appropriate, meet international standards, and continually evolve in changing environments and with constructive input. Beyond the 3Ts, Pact has a long track record of working in the copper and cobalt sector on responsible practices and sourcing, most recently implementing a demonstration project on formalization of cobalt production at a key site in the Kolwezi area of Lualaba Province, DRC.

Our portfolio encompasses the formalization of artisanal and small-scale mining in addition to interventions for large-scale mine operators (LSMs) to strengthen human rights, their engagement with mining communities, and transform their relationships with ASM activities into socially and commercially constructive ones. Such interventions are focused on developing the capacity of mine operators, cooperatives, and regulators to work together to make ASM safer, more transparent, more professionalized, and meet ambitious international responsible sourcing goals.

Anticipating significant expansion of our work in this sector, Pact seeks to recruit a M2M Reporting Officer. The Reporting Officer acts as key point of contact in the management of reporting at and between the field level and Pact management. This includes the reporting of risks and incidents in mineral supply chains that do not comply with responsible mining standards, for instance occupational health and safety risks, instances of child labor, illegal activities, corruption, insecurity, etc.

The reporting officer position is a one-year assignment with possibility to extend providing funding is available. This position can be based in Washington, DC, or a country where Pact has a country office in depending on the candidate’s experience and precise location. The project coordinator must have excellent connectivity to internet and speak and write fluent both English and French. This position is contingent on confirmation of funding.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in developing and implementing a reporting process including reporting guidelines, tools, and templates
  • Ensure that the reporting process is aligned fully with donor requirements and schedules
  • Integrate all information received at various levels from the field teams to compile project reports and indicator data from the field staff and present programmatic reports according to donor requirements.
  • Liaise with the M&E team to reflect project results
  • Ensure timely and accurate reporting including high data quality, assurance of data completeness and accuracy, editing narrative field reports, baseline studies, external communication documents
  • Translate project’s reports or other updates from English to French or French to English as needed
  • Ensure that reports are supplemented by photographs or other visual material to increase its interest and accessibility
  • Liaison with project teams on any protocols, data collection issues, data errors, or other reporting issues
  • Ensure that reported risks and incidents are followed up on by project teams and closed in a timely manner
  • Participate in staff or Program management activities as required
  • Other duties as may be required

Basic Requirements

· Masters’ degree and 3-5 years of experience.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Strong sense of responsibility, personal initiative, and follow-through

· Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, multi-task environment

· Ability to work as part of a team and to coordinate across departments

· Ability to travel in remote areas

· Must be fluent in English and French

· Experience in the Great Lakes Region preferred

· Understanding and/or experience in the artisanal mining sector in Africa a plus

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.

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