Call for Applications: Programme Coordinator under the environment programme

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Position: Programme Coordinator under the environment programme
Section: Thematic Programmes
Duration of the Contract: 1 year with possibility of extension based on performance, (including 6 months probation)
Reports to: Section Head of the Thematic Programmes Section
Duty Station: AIPP Regional Secretariat in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Level of Education: Bachelors Degree in Environment and/or related fields
Date of Announcement: September 15, 2015

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) invites applications from qualified and competent candidates for the position of the “Programme Coordinator” in the Environment programme.

Background:

The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization founded in 1988 as a platform for solidarity and cooperation among indigenous peoples in Asia. AIPP actively promotes and defends indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights, sustainable development and management of resources, as well as environment protection. For detail visit www.aippnet.org

The environment programme of AIPP emanates from the recommendations of the impact evaluation conducted in 2011 by independent experts. Prior to this, it was implementing different activities such as traditional knowledge and biodiversity, collaborative management and learning network (CMLN), climate change and REDD. With the approval from 6th General Assembly in 2012, the programme was established and developed four-year (2013-2016) strategic plan. Since its inception, the programme has expanded and progressed noticeably contributing largely to achieving the goals and advancement of AIPP vision and mission.

The programme focuses on raising awareness and capacity building of the partners on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable resource management, indigenous knowledge and food sovereignty. It also focuses on advocacy and networking at different levels for promotion, respect and recognition of indigenous knowledge, livelihood practices and collective rights to land, territories and resources. The programme likewise facilitates the sustained engagement of indigenous peoples in mechanisms and processes related to the focus area of work at the national, regional and international level.

The framework is based on holistic, participatory inclusive and ecosystem approach, in a manner that will improve the knowledge management of the organization by sharing lessons learned and good practices to its members and wider audience.

I. Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Programme Coordinator:

Key Function: Supvervice and manange the successful implementation of the Environment programme that contributes to the protection, gaining respect and recognition of indigenous peoples collective rights to land territories and resources, and the indigenous knowledge on sustainable natural resource management systems, food sovereignty and livelihoods at local, national, regional and international levels.

The programme coordinator shall support to the overall implementation of the environment programme as provided in the strategic programme of AIPP outlined in the Operational Guidelines of the AIPP Organisational Manual to fulfill following objectives:

  • Indigenous peoples in Asia are strengthened to articulate and assert their rights and indigenous knowledge relating to climate change, biodiversity, natural resource management and food sovereignty at local, national, regional and international levels.
  • Indigenous peoples have sustained their engagements in the mechanisms, processes related to climate change, sustainable development, land tenure and bio-diversity at national, regional and international levels.

II. Specific Duties and Responsibilities of the Programme Coordinator:

  • Manage and implement the Environment programme according to the annual plan of AIPP and related activities assigned by the Section Head, Secretary General and EC
  • Manage and supervise the staff, interns/volunteers, consultants and other service providers including projects and activities under the programme
  • Coordinate with the Programme Committee including organizing programme committee meetings as needed
  • Initiate and prepare proposals for fund raising for the programme in close collaboration with the Institutional Support Section and the Management Team
  • Review and comment on financial reports received from partners and the Finance and Admin Section
  • Monitor the effective and efficient implementation of projects and related activities under the programme including finance matters.
  • Ensure the consolidation and regular monitoring of activities and budgets of the programme
  • Review and ensure the timely preparation and submission of the work plans, reports and budgets for the programme
  • Ensure inter-programme coordination and collaboration for projects/activities as needed in the smooth implementation of the programme activities/projects
  • Participate in the Thematic Programmes Management Team meetings
  • Update the Head of Thematic Programmes Section on pertinent issues in the relation to the programme
  • Ensure the compliance of programme staff to AIPP policies and guidelines
  • Ensure the systematization and updating of programme files and reports and list of publications/materials including the distribution list, list of networks and other databases as needed
  • Provide recommendations to improve programme planning and implementation, as well as on staff development and management
  • Any other duties assigned by the Head of Thematic Programmes Section

Responsible in supervising the effective and efficient implementation of projects and activities under the Environment Programme:

  • Coordinate project implementation, building capacities including developing templates and guidelines and provide technical assistance to the project partners.
  • Consolidate the reports (narrative and finance) from the partners and submit to the respective donors on time.
  • Coordinate meetings with AIPP members and partner-organizations in respective countries for effective project implementation and management
  • Coordinate finance disbursement and finance monitoring with the support of finance team
  • Prepare the MOUs, guides and templates for the partners’ implementation and reporting.
  • Conduct periodic review, monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation based on annual plans.
  • Develop educational materials and advocacy materials relating to the programme.
  • Systematize the database of trainees, resource persons and educational materials and other programme documents

III. Minimum work requirements:

  • The applicant must be an ‘Indigenous person’ from the Asia

Knowledge and Qualification:

Level of education: Bachelor’s degree

Field of specialization: Environment and Natural Resource Management

  • Minimum of 3 years of experiences in management including being responsible for strategic management, fund raising, advocacy and staff management
  • Minimum of 3 years of experiences in environment work, project management based on the logical framework, finance management, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) and fundraising
  • Minimum of 3 years of experiences working with national and international IP organisations, government agencies, civil society organisations etc.
  • In depth knowledge and experience on indigenous peoples rights and issues in Asia
  • Excellent communication, facilitation and presentation skills
  • Excellent motivation skills
  • Excellent command in English
  • Can manage work pressure
  • Can work in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent command in English

IV. Remuneration and benefits for the programme coordinator include:

  1. Competitive salary and benefits including 13th month pay
  2. Housing and personal communication allowance.
  3. Health Insurance including annual executive medical check-up
  4. Travel fare for annual home visit for foreign staff
  5. Paid holidays including 2 weeks year-end holiday
  6. Related cost for work permit and visa

Salary rate shall be based on qualifications and on prevailing rates of regional NGOs based in Thailand

Interested indigenous persons from Asia can submit application (indicating ethnicity) together with updated CV with at least two references with complete contact details (including email address and, phone number) and two reference letters by 15 October 2015 to following: Ms. Robie Halip, robie@aippnet.org and Ms. Saowalak Thaluang, saofina@aippnet.org

For more information on AIPP and its programme, please visit our websites:www.aippnet.org;www.ccmin.aippnet.org;www.iphrdefenders.net; www.iva-aippnet.org