ERA Ecosystems Restoration Associates Inc. – Multiple Openings

REDD+ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST

LOCATION The position will be based in the town of Inongo (Bandundu Province, DRC), with regular ongoing fieldwork throughout the Mai Ndombe Conservation Concession area. Visits to Kinshasa and Vancouver Canada may also be required.

JOB TYPE: Initial 3 month contract with monthly extensions as needed.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Oct 19th 2011

POSITION OVERVIEW: ERA Ecosystems Restoration Associates Inc is a pioneer in restoration and conservation-based carbon offset projects, with regional focuses on forests and forest-dependant communities in British Columbia Canada, and the Congo Basin.

ERA was recently awarded management rights to a 299,645 ha concession in Bandundu Province by the DRC Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Nature and Tourism (MECNT). Formerly a logging concession, the area will now be managed as a community-based REDD+ project, lasting for 25 years. The project will generate carbon credits through the cessation of legal and illegal timber harvesting, and by facilitating the transition of local communities towards sustainable land use. Carbon Revenues will in turn be used by local communities for much needed infrastructural improvements and livelihood enhancements inside the project area.

ERA views this flagship project as an opportunity to contribute to good forest governance in the Congo Basin by ‘setting the bar high’ on social, socioeconomic,  and environmental standards at an early stage in the evolution of REDD in the DRC.

ERA is seeking an experienced Community Engagement Specialist to provide guidance and leadership as it establishes protocols and methods in community engagement and participatory project design in the coming months, and puts these methods in to practice on the ground.  

RESPONSIBILITIES

–  Contribute to REDD+ project design by providing input on best practices, tools and methodologies in Social Baseline Assessment (SIA), Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA), Participatory Mapping, and other inclusive planning techniques.

–  Lead a team of 10 Community Stewardship Facilitators in the development of tools and methods to improve decision-making capacity, accountability and transparency of 26 village based Local Development Committees.

– Provide input into ongoing awareness raising and capacity building processes, towards the objective of achieving meaningful Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from local stakeholders.

– Facilitate integration of best practices for gender and ethnic inclusivity into Local Development Committee decision making process.  

–  Work with Project Operations Manager, CCB Program Coordinator, and community conservation officers to plan for the monitoring of socioeconomic indicators throughout project cycle, in conformance with the CCB standard.

– Report to the CCB Program Coordinator, based in Vancouver.

QUALIFICATIONS

 Required

-Advanced degree in Anthropology, Political Science, Human Geography or other relevant field.

-At least 8 years experience working in a field setting with forest dependent communities, preferably in Central Africa.

-In-depth knowledge of community-based resource management issues and Indigenous Rights issues, with a regional emphasis on the Congo Basin

-Understanding of biodiversity conservation, adaptation to climate change, and other REDD-related issues.

-Experienced facilitator with understanding of conflict resolution techniques.

-Extensive experience in implementing Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory Mapping, and other inclusive community planning techniques with rural stakeholders.

-Fluent in French and English

Desired

-Familiarity with the dynamics of REDD / forest carbon projects and carbon standards, particularly the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard.

-Fluent in Lingala, Kituba, and/or local dialects in the Mai Ndombe region.

-Knowledge of DRC forestry and tenure law, the Code Forestier, and Cahier de Charge process.

-Experience working with communities in the Mai Ndombe region (Inongo, Kesenge, Mpatambalu, Selenge, Ngongo Mose etc), particularly indigenous Pygmy communities

-Experience managing a large scale project with a heavy logistical component

COMPENSATION:

Negotiable

TO APPLY

Submit cover letter (maximum two pages), CV, and compensation expectations to:

Jane.boles@eraecosystems.com ,

Subject Title: REDD+ Community Engagement Specialist Position.

We thank all applicants for their submissions, but only short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.
 

REDD+ Operations Manager

LOCATION The position will be based in the town of Inongo, with regular (daily) fieldwork throughout the Mai Ndombe Conservation Concession area. Visits to Kinshasa and Vancouver Canada will also be required.

JOB TYPE: Full time position renewable on an annual basis with an initial 3 month probationary period

APPLICATION DEADLINE:   Oct 19th 2011

POSITION OVERVIEW: ERA Ecosystems Restoration Associates Inc is a pioneer in restoration and conservation-based carbon offset projects, with a focus on forests and forest-dependent communities in British Columbia Canada, and the Congo Basin.

ERA was recently awarded management rights to a 299,645 ha concession in Bandundu Province by the DRC Ministry of Environment, Conservation, Nature and Tourism (MECNT). Formerly a logging concession, the area will now be managed as a community-based REDD+ project, lasting for 25 years. The project will generate carbon credits through the cessation of legal and illegal timber harvesting, and by facilitating the transition of local communities towards sustainable land use. Carbon Revenues will in turn be used by local communities for much needed infrastructural improvements and livelihood enhancements inside the project area.

ERA views this flagship project as an opportunity to contribute to good forest governance in the Congo Basin by ‘setting the bar high’ on social and environmental standards at an early stage in the evolution of REDD in the DRC.

ERA is seeking an experienced Project Manager to oversee the on-the-ground aspects of the project, including the supervision of ongoing community-driven infrastructural improvement projects, and overall leadership of 26 Local Development Committees. The Operations manager will work closely with the Program Directors while they are in the project area, and will lead a team of 10 Community Stewardship Facilitators, who are responsible for carrying out engagement work with 26 Local Development Committees, representing     7150 households.

RESPONSIBILITIES

-Supervise community-driven infrastructural development and livelihood enhancement projects, including but not limited to fuelwood plantations, school construction, agricultural diversification and intensification initiatives, fish stock enhancement initiatives, etc.

-Lead a team of 10 Community Stewardship Facilitators in their roles as facilitators of REDD awareness raising, participatory land use planning, and other engagement activities in the project area.

-Take overall responsibility for the distribution of carbon revenues to Local Development Committees, and the transparent spending of carbon revenues by Local Development Committees as prescribed by inclusive Stewardship Planning process.

-Play active leadership role in implementing Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Plans, Leakage management Plans, and other monitoring systems prescribed under VCS and CCB carbon standards, including the supervision of local Ecoguard crews.

-Take guidance from and report to ERA Congo Manager (based in Vancouver and DRC) on implementation work, and report to CCB Program Coordinator on CCB Plan.

-Report regularly by Skype and submit monthly progress reports to senior management team in Vancouver, Canada

-Liaise with NGO partners such as WWF, and with government partners including Provincial, District and Territorial authorities, and MECNT officials, both in the project area and in Kinshasa, as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required

–  Degree in conservation, resource management, forestry, or other relevant field.

–  Extensive experience managing large community-based development projects with a natural resource management focus and major logistical component in a challenging and remote setting, preferably Central Africa

– Experience playing leadership role in community based agriculture or agroforestry or community based natural resource management project, preferably in Central Africa.

– Experience managing large budgets

– Familiarity with the dynamics of REDD+ and forest carbon projects (political and technical issues, carbon markets, project life cycles, etc)

–  Fluent in French and English

–  Proficient with Excel, Word, ArcGIS software

– Experience in implementing Participatory Rural Appraisal, Participatory Mapping, and other inclusive community planning techniques with rural stakeholders.

Desired

-In-depth knowledge of community-based resource management issues and Indigenous Rights issues, with a regional emphasis on the Congo Basin

-Experience with Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) standard.

-Experienced facilitator with understanding of conflict resolution techniques.

-Understanding of biodiversity conservation, adaptation of vulnerable communities to climate change, and other REDD-related issues.

-Experienced facilitator with proven conflict resolution skills.

-Fluent in Lingala, Kituba, and/or local dialects in the Mai Ndombe region.

-Knowledge of DRC forestry and tenure law, the Code Forestier, and Cahier de Charge process.

-Experience working with communities in the Mai Ndombe region (Inongo, Kesenge, Mpatambalu, Selenge, Ngongo Mose etc), particularly indigenous Pygmy communities.

COMPENSATION:

ERA offers a competitive international salary that is negotiable and commensurate with level of qualification and experience.

TO APPLY:

Submit cover letter (maximum two pages), CV, salary history and expectations to:

Jane.boles@eraecosystems.com ,

Subject Title: REDD+ Operations Manager

We thank all applicants for their submissions, but only short listed candidates will be contacted. No phone calls please.

 

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