Rights-Based Rainforest Protection and Management Adviser

Rainforest Foundation Norway
Mariboesgate 8, 0183 Oslo and remote work
Rights-Based Rainforest Protection and Management Adviser
07. mars 2024
Ines Luna Maira, ines@rainforest.no, 00000000

Exciting opportunities as Rights-Based Rainforest Protection and Management Adviser at the Peru and Colombia program at RFN

Rainforest Foundation Norway seeks an experienced thematic advisor for the Peru and Colombia program

Rainforest Foundation Norway (RFN) is one of Europe’s leading organisations in the work to protect the world’s rainforests and strengthen the rights of indigenous peoples, in cooperation with indigenous and environmental organisations in Southeast Asia, Central Africa and the Amazon. Over the course of more than two decades, RFN has steadfastly built up our engagement in the Amazon in partnership with national civil society partners.

We are seeking a Rights-Based Rainforest Protection and Management Adviser at the Peru and Colombia program to develop and roll-out RFN country specific policy approach, priorities and plans in alignment with RFN overall strategy.

Location: RFN has its HQ in Oslo. The position will be base in Oslo or alternatively RFN may be open to the position being based on another country location. The position will require work across multiple time zones, extensive travel, and collaboration with colleagues in different countries.

Rights-Based Rainforest Protection and Management (RBR) Adviser at the Peru and Colombia program

The RBR adviser at the Peru and Colombia program is expected to enable the country team able to achieve results and generate RFN added value through rights-based rainforest protection (RBR) of large, contiguous rainforest areas.

Key responsibilities

  • Develop and roll-out RFN country based RBR approach aligned with thematic priority development of RFN
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of RBR focused partnerships/projects, in line with the country(-ies) and partnership frameworks and other RFN policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to all strategic objectives within the country framework(s) and specifically deliver results and monitor achievement on strategic objectives
  • Contribute to strategic positioning and implementation of RFN work for RBR at country(-ie) level. This includes representing RFN and giving both the country team and partners strategic advice on relevant policy issues.
  • Ensure implementation of RFN’s cross-cutting policies and capacity building activities in partner portfolio.
  • Contribute to development of programs and projects in RFN, including fundraising and sharing of results.
  • Contribute to best practices and learning on relevant issues for the Department of International Programs/RFN.

The list over key responsibilities is not exhaustive. Other tasks and responsibilities can be added, including tasks outside the described area of responsibility.

Qualifications, skills and experience 

  • Advanced knowledge in policy analysis acquired through higher education (normally a master's degree) and/or relevant experience. Formal education can be compensated with documented and relevant experience.  
  • A self-starter, capable of working autonomously or collaboratively within a multicultural team with limited guidance from a manager.  
  • Language and communication: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Spanish. Knowledge of Norwegian or additional rainforest country languages is an asset.
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and analytical skills with problem-solving ability and demonstrates experience in assessing opportunities, challenges, and stakeholders with which to engage.

Personal attributes

  • Respectful, trustworthy, and credible.
  • Ability to act as a representative for RFN.
  • Willing and able to travel in the field and work with partners.
  • Good collaboration skills including the capability to “translate” between positions and across cultural divides to make people pull in the same direction.
  • Excellent writing and synthesising skills. This includes extensive experience with delivering and producing reports on deadlines.
  • Great networking skills with proven experience in building professional relations and networks.

We can offer  

  • A permanent, 100% position
  • An exciting, dynamic and meaningful job in an international organisation.
  • A working environment characterized by diversity, generosity, humor and skilled, motivated colleagues.
  • Salary according to agreement and good insurance and pension schemes.
  • Flexible working hours and freedom to shape your own work.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development.

Rainforest Foundation Norway supports indigenous peoples and traditional populations of the world’s rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and secure their customary rights. RFN was established in 1989 and works alongside local environmental, Indigenous, and human rights organizations in the main rainforest countries in the Amazon region, Central Africa, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. RFN is an independent organization, and part of the international Rainforest Foundation network, with sister organizations in the United Kingdom and the USA.