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Program Manager, Communities Initiative

Application Due Date: 10/30/2016
Forest Trends is an international not-for-profit environmental conservation organization based in Washington, D.C. that works to achieve sustainable forest management and conservation by capturing the value for ecosystem services, and expanding the value of forests and other natural ecosystems to society.  For more information visit www.forest-trends.org.


The Program Manager supports the Director of the Communities Initiative (CI) to ensure the smooth and timely implementation of program projects in accordance with Forest Trends policies and procedures and donor requirements.

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Oversees day-to-day implementation of CI projects and grants, including oversight and coordination of work plans and deliverables by project staff and sub-awardees, and timely delivery of financial and narrative reports.
  • Supports CI Director and Forest Trends leadership with development of new initiatives to promote the strategic objectives of the program and with fundraising and donor relations for the program.
  • Supports, with the CI Director, hiring and supervision of CI program support staff. Ensures compliance with Forest Trends policies and procedures and all donor requirements including compliance with USAID cooperative agreement requirements, other European bilateral funders' requirements, and related environmental, social and fiduciary reporting compliance.
  • In collaboration with CI Director and Forest Trends finance team, develops program and proposal budgets and oversees tracking of all budget expenditures and balances.
  • Oversees and is responsible for all aspects of sub-recipient budget and performance monitoring including timely submission of financial reports, accuracy of submitted financial reports, submission of program progress reports, and related monitoring needs such as sub-recipient cash use and balances in accordance with USAID and other donor policies.
  • Ensures timely production and quality of program communication products including newsletters, publications and website content in coordination with Program Director as well as Forest Trends communications staff.
  • Develops and maintains excellent working relationships with other Forest Trends staff, funders, partners, consultants, and other associates including active engagement and consistent participation in Forest Trends' program manager's group CONNECT.
  • Provides and oversees logistical support for program meetings, staff travel, and workshops.
  • Oversees and provides general administrative support to the CI program as needed and assigned.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • Previous and documented experience with USAID rules, regulations, policies, procedures and other USG compliance and monitoring requirements required.
  • Additional experience with NORAD or other European bilateral funders' or multilateral funders' compliance and monitoring requirements preferred.
  • Experience in managing complex contracts and grants required, preferably for the US government or an international NGO.
  • Strong financial management, budgeting and work planning skills required.
  • Undergraduate degree in related field required; advance degree preferred.
  • Experience working with, or strong interest in, indigenous and/or other traditional communities in Latin America preferred.
  • Fundraising and donor relations experience plus proposal writing preferred.
  • Strong writing and communication skills preferred, including writing and editing articles or brief publications, and developing website content.
  • Highly organized and efficient, with a proven ability to manage diverse activities under pressure to ensure timely, high quality results.
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with a variety of people and organizations, internally and externally, in an international and multi-cultural environment.
Additional Skills and Attributes:
  • Committed to the mission of Forest Trends.
  • A strong interest in the subject matter and ability to organize and clearly communicate information.
  • Fluent reading, writing, and speaking English required; additional fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred.
  •  Flexible approach to work and willingness to travel.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.

Forest Trends office in Washington, D.C. 


Submit your resume and a cover letter by October 30, 2016. Please send your materials, with subject line "Program Manager, Communities Initiative," to: CV@forest-trends.org


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