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Forest Trends’ Water Initiative aims to harness markets and incentives to protect ecosystem services that are crucial to addressing the global water crisis, under a broad spectrum of programs called investments in watershed services (IWS). We support and develop a portfolio of demonstration projects in Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, China, and Ghana; advance information and developing practical tools around the scientific, financial, and policy elements necessary for achieving success in optimizing watershed management; and facilitate transformative dialogue and dissemination of effective models of IWS within a global community of practitioners, decision-makers, and thought leaders. For more information on Forest Trends and the Water Initiative, please visit  www.watershedconnect.org.


The Water Initiative is seeking a well-organized, task-oriented individual for a three-month temporary position to begin in July 2013. 

The Water Initiative Program Assistant will support a systematic review, re-organization, and implementation of our global outreach strategy, with the goal of leveraging work in our portfolio, our analytical toolbox, and the efforts of our partners and allies, to scale up in the impact of IWS around the world. To do this, the Initiative must be successful in harnessing limited resources to engage a range of actors, including IWS practitioners, water utility operators, local government officials, water regulators, environmental authorities, civil and environmental engineers, development banks, hydrologists, large water users in the private sector, Integrated Water Resource Management experts, and the stakeholders of these groups.

Responsibilities will include:
• Support strategic development of global outreach strategy through research and analysis;
• Support organization and creative execution of global outreach strategy, using a variety of tools including social media;• Support facilitation of  community of practice around IWS, including through the preparation, coordination, and execution of webinars and regional meetings/workshops;
• Provide reporting and/or grant-writing support as relevant; and
• Provide general coordination support to the Water Initiative team and international partners.

• Masters degree or equivalent experience
• Exceptional communication skills, with ability to present technical information succinctly to a wide audience
• Familiarity with and interest in sustainable watershed management; degree in natural resource economics, environmental policy, environmental or civil engineering, or environmental science preferred
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office and online communication and outreach tools
• Experience in WASH sector, local governments, agriculture, and/or energy fields a plus
• Proficiency in Spanish, Chinese, or Portuguese a plus
• Graphic design skills and GIS skills a plus 

COMPENSATION: Negotiable and commensurate with experience

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

DEADLINE: Please submit your resume and a cover letter by June 21, 2013 to cv@forest-trends.org  Please reference “Water Initiative Program Assistant” in the subject line.  


Posted by Forest Trends at 4:30pm on 21 June 2013

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