The Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP) is a regional organization of indigenous movements in Asia which is committed to promote and defend indigenous peoples’ rights and human rights by strengthening the solidarity and cooperation of indigenous organizations and communities in Asia.
AIPP has five strategic programmes for consolidated approach on raising awareness, building capacities and for policy, advocacy and lobby work for the rights and recognition of indigenous peoples in Asia. Among these, the Environment Programme mainly focuses on thematic research, development and advocacy work on climate change adaptation and mitigation, biodiversity and indigenous knowledge among indigenous peoples and their networks at national, regional and international levels.
In this regard, AIPP is implementing a project “Promoting Rights-based and Equitable REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Degradation and forest Degradation) Strategies in the Mekong Sub-region” in 4 Mekong countries – Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR under the Environment Programme, which will be supported by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for 2 years. The overall objective of this project is to promote approaches in national REDD+ strategies that take into account long-term forest conservation goals and the rights and concerns of indigenous peoples/ethnic minorities (IP/EM).
The project’s broad outcomes are:
Outcome 1: Increased awareness and capacity of Indigenous peoples/ethnic minorities (IP/EM), including women, for effective rights advocacy and participation in REDD+ strategies/action plans and related laws, policies and programmes
Outcome 2: REDD+ bodies and related agencies have increased awareness regarding the concerns and rights of IP/EM in national REDD+ strategies/action plans and are engaging with IP/EM for their full and effective participation in REDD+ processes and mechanisms
Outcome 3: Increased capacity of IP/EM, including women, for community-based forest conservation to be recognized and included in REDD+ partnerships with government agencies and other relevant bodies.
AIPP is looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and self-motivated indigenous person for the position of REDD+ Mekong Coordinator from Asia, preferably from Mekong Region. This coordinator will be based on regional secretariat in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Major duties and responsibilities of the coordinator are:
1. Coordinating project implementation, monitoring and evaluation the project activities.
2. Conducting regular field visits to the partner countries to provide technical assistance and capacity building activities to the project partners in the partner countries.
3. Preparing timely work plans and reports for submission
4. Coordinating the production and distribution of training manuals, info-kits, briefing papers, guidelines on climate change and REDD+ for indigenous leaders/communities and ethnic minorities
5. Coordinating and facilitating advocacy and alliance building for effective networking and collaboration with ASEAN relevant bodies (ASFN) at regional level and UN-REDD, FCPF at global level on rights and concerns of indigenous peoples and ethnic minorities
6. Facilitating full and effective participation of indigenous peoples/ethnic minorities including indigenous women in REDD+ bodies and mechanisms at national level
7. Facilitating meetings, exchanges, training sessions, research and publications at regional and national levels
8. Working closely with the AIPP Environment team and secretariat for the overall implementation of AIPP programmes and activities
The applicant should be AN INDIGENOUS PERSON with following desired qualifications:
1. In-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change and REDD+
2. Knowledge and familiarity with indigenous issues, rights and concerns including indigenous women’s issues
3. At least 2 years experience and skills on project coordination, implementation, report/proposal writing and monitoring
4. Experience in organizing and coordinating training sessions, workshops, seminars and exposure/exchange visits
5. Experience in campaign and advocacy work
6. Experience in working with indigenous peoples, grassroots organizations
7. Proficiency in English
8. Proficiency in computer applications
9. Ability to adapt to multicultural working environment
10. Capable of and flexible to multi-tasking
11. Willing to travel very often to the partner countries
12. Self-motivated, creative and dynamic
Remuneration and benefits for the coordinator are:
1. Minimum salary of Baht 25,000 (approximately 800.00 USD)
2. Housing and personal communication allowance
3. Health Insurance
4. Airfare for annual home visit
5. Two weeks paid holiday and 2 weeks year-end holiday
The proposed tenure for the coordinator is for 2 years with subject to yearly extension based on performance evaluation. The first 6 months period will be a probation period.
AIPP invites qualified candidates for the abovementioned position to submit their application together with up to date CV and complete contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org (& copy in email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for application is 17 March, 2012. Indigenous women are highly encouraged to apply for the position. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.