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Background

The Amazon Emergency Fund is being launched (May 2020) at the invitation of Coordination of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin (COICA) and its member organizations in nine countries to address health emergencies and other problems in the Amazon. The collaborative fund is established by a founding circle of NGOs, indigenous organizations, donors, advisors and local funds that will work together to respond quickly to threats posed by the Covid-19 pandemic to communities in the Amazon basin.
For more information on the fund, please see: amazonemergencyfund.org

The Fund will be based on the following principles:

  • Strengthen existing structures and minimize the need to create new structures
  • Rely on existing networks for distribution of aid
  • Simple, dynamic, agile and in good faith process of decision making
  • To inform and consult existing networks
  • Channel 100% of the funds raised to communities in the Amazon.
  • The primary beneficiaries will be indigenous communities, however a smaller part of the funds will be allocated to other traditional Amazonian communities.

An NGO Technical Secretary will share responsibilities with an indigenous Technical Secretary likely based in Quito Ecuador. Both Technical Secretary will report to the eight-person Amazon Emergency Fund Steering Committee. The NGO Technical Secretary will be housed at the Rainforest Foundation US offices in New York City or the Amazon Watch offices in San Francisco.

Responsibilities

  1. Co-Lead implementation of a fundraising plan that includes crowd funding, outreach to major donors and high net worth individuals.
  2. Co-Lead implementation of a communications plan that includes efforts to publicize the emergency and the responses in traditional and new media.
  3. Support a participatory process to refine criteria and approval process for funds /grants.
  4. Support a participatory process to refine due diligence steps and eligibility requirements for receiving funds.
  5. Regularly communicate and closely coordinate with the indigenous Co-Coordinator of the Fund and the structures of indigenous organizations at the regional, national and local levels.
  6. Support the development of a pipeline of projects to fund.
  7. Develop transparency and accountability measures to publicize the activities and impacts of the Fund.
  8. Co-Lead, in conjunction with the Fund Steering Committee, regular monitoring of Fund finances, grants and activities.
  9. Co-facilitate regular meetings of the Fund Steering Committee and documentation of same.
  10. Support outreach and communication with Founding Circle, Circle of Advisors on Fund activities.
  11. Organize participatory evaluations of the Fund.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

  1. 4-7 years of experience in designing and leading effective fundraising campaigns in an environmental, climate and/or international policy context;
  2. Demonstrated commitment to environmental justice, human rights, and/or climate change;
  3. Superior analytical, writing, and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to write clearly and compellingly for a variety of audiences, including policymakers and the general public;
  4. Demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of people and groups, including coalitions and indigenous peoples’ organizations;
  5. Demonstrated experience and comfort with public speaking in an array of formats and contexts;
  6. Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  7. Ability to work both independently and in close coordination with a team, take initiative, exercise good judgment, and follow through;
  8. Authorization to work in the US;
  9. Ability to travel periodically and for extended periods;
  10. Excellent English and Spanish language skills

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  1. Knowledge of Portuguese or French
  2. Experience working with or living in indigenous communities;
  3. Experience with a variety of communication tools and technologies, including developing talking points, social media, and blogging;
  4. Experience working with press and doing media interviews;
  5. Sense of humor and ability to operate well in a relaxed, collaborative, and informal work environment.

This is a full-time consultancy based in New York City that reports to the Amazon Emergency Fund Steering Committee. In light of the current health crisis, we will support this consultant in working remotely until offices re-open. Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar non-profit positions.

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé via email to jobs@rffny.org with the subject line “Amazon Emergency Fund Technical Secretary.” The position will remain open until filled. Desired start date is as soon as possible. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

RFUS encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, religion, disability, or veteran status. Women and indigenous people are encouraged to apply.