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Forest Trends is seeking an Associate to work within the Forest Trade and Finance Program on REDDX, our Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) finance tracking initiative. This initiative promotes more transparent publicly available information on the state of global REDD+ finance to help policy makers better assess financing gaps and needs.

This position is ideal for a self-starter who can prioritize competing demands, take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral member of our team. The ideal candidate will have excellent communications skills and enjoy working with a diverse range of people across our global network of partner organizations throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific.  

The Associate will be responsible for managing the quality of REDDX data including: developing and improving data collection tools, training partner organizations, reviewing and evaluating data reporting by our global network of partners; researching international climate financing mechanisms and coordinating online presentation through reddx.forest-trends.org . The Associate will also be responsible for monitoring and administering contracts as well coordinating some external REDDX events. The individual will report directly to the Manager of the Forest Trade and Finance program.

Responsibilities may include:

REDDX research 
Training Forest Trends’ global network of partner organizations to collect information on national REDD+ finance
Analyzing, reviewing and evaluating REDDX data submitted by thirteen countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia Pacific
Developing REDDX data collection tools, storage and management
Researching climate finance and REDD+ commitments for data forecasting
Researching climate funds, financing pathways and broader REDD+ architecture
Analyzing the impact of REDDX in collaboration with global project partners

Online platforms 
Preparing data for online presentation through REDDX
Researching infographics and ways in which to present complex information clearly
Coordinating between the Forest Trade and Finance Program, graphic and web designers 
Coordinating the development of REDDX to include additional language versions of the site

Coordinating REDDX events and products
Reviewing and editing national country reports
Planning travel, conferences and advisory committee meetings  
Monitoring and administering contracts and invoices with global project partners
And other tasks that may arise

Masters level graduate degree in environmental science, geography, economics or international development;
Interest in climate change, conservation finance and basic knowledge of REDD+ 
Demonstrated understanding of international climate financing processes, including the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the Forest Investment Program as well as the UN REDD Programme.
Proven experience working with diverse cultures including civil society organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia;
Attention to detail and willingness/interest to work with financial figures
Excellent writing, research and organizational skills
Understanding of survey and statistical methods a plus
Ability to multi-task and work well in a team environment, but also to work well with minimum management
Fluency in Spanish and/or French required
Portuguese language skills a plus
Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Outlook and ability to learn new program and databases quickly
Willingness to travel
Ability to commute to a Washington, DC Dupont Circle office

About Forest Trends’ REDD+ finance tracking initiative 
While high level REDD+ commitments are in the billions of dollars, little is known about where funding is allocated, what roadblocks are involved in disbursing funds and how these funds are then utilized in recipient countries. Forest Trends is tracking these funds from high level donor commitments all the way down to how and when these are spent on the ground. 

To do this, Forest Trends works with local organizations in thirteen REDD+ countries to collect financial information on levels of funding committed, disbursed and expended as well as the types of REDD+ activities receiving funding. Forest Trends recently launched the data collected from four countries on a newly developed database and website reddx.forest-trends.org. 

Compensation: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location: Washington, D.C.
Submit: Resume (or CV), cover letter and writing sample
Deadline: Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample to cv@forest-trends.org. The subject line of the email must read: "Associate - REDD+ Finance ".
Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis. Apply early. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Posted by Forest Trends at 10:37am on 01 July 2013

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