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Forest Trends’ AIME Program Senior Associate

Application Due Date: 10/15/2014

Summary:

Forest Trends is an international non-profit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society. Forest Trends, alongside a partnership of nine environmental and indigenous organizations in Latin America, has initiated a five-year program with the support of USAID to empower forest-dependent communities to more fully contribute to and directly benefit from climate change mitigation efforts. This program is called Accelerating Inclusion and Mitigating Emissions (AIME) and operates in Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Central America, and Mexico. AIME seeks to build capacity of indigenous peoples and other forest-based communities to improve the governance of their territories and forests, while supporting the design of natural-resource utilization activities that are REDD+ compatible and aligned with the “Planes de Vida” (Life Plans) of indigenous people. AIME will help key jurisdictions across Latin America expand processes and help institutional/policy frameworks to be more inclusive of the rights and views of such communities. It will also help private-sector actors better understand and value partnerships with indigenous and traditional communities.

Forest Trends is seeking a Senior Associate to lead all administrative functions of this grant and to support the Manager and Chief of Party the AIME Program.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage all administrative/coordination matters of the program including:
    • Acts as a liaison among coalition members to:
      • Share timely information about the program including a shared calendar of coalition events/activities/due dates;
      • Ensure compliance with federal funding rules and regulations,
      • Draft agreements including contracts and subawards,
      • Coordinate the process of signing and finalizing contracts and subawards, and
      • Meet reporting deadlines in a timely manner.
    • Provides logistical support for program meetings and staff travel and general administrative support for the program.
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation function by track progress against deliverables and indicators.

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with and understanding of Rules and Regulations (including procurement policies) associated with the use of Federal Funds (previous experience with administration of USAID grants a plus)
  • Fluent reading, writing and speaking Spanish required, working knowledge of Portuguese a plus
  • Experience with organizing the work of a large team including multiple organizations by managing calendars, reporting due dates and scheduling periodic meetings, etc.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and time management skills, ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Highly organized, attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure with multiple and shifting priorities
  • A keen interest in the areas of environmental conservation and indigenous peoples’
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  • Ability to organize and clearly communicate information
  • Strong skills working in teams across various types of organizations and in an intercultural environment
  • Undergraduate degree in related field
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Ability to travel up to 25% of the time including to remote areas

Location: Washington, D.C.

Salary:  Commensurate with experience, includes a generous benefits package.

Note: This is a grant funded position. Continuation is contingent on future grant funding.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Rebecca Anzueto at cv@forest-trends.org by October 15, 2014. Please note the position for which you are applying in the subject line.

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Junior Accountant

Application Due Date: 11/24/2014

FOREST TRENDS

Forest Trends is an international non-profit organization that works to expand the value of forests to society. We work to promote sustainable forest management and conservation by creating and capturing market values for ecosystem services; to support innovative projects and enterprises in these new markets; and to enhance the livelihoods of local communities living in and around critical ecosystems. We analyze strategic market and policy issues, catalyze connections between forward-looking producers, communities and investors, and develop new financial tools to help markets work for conservation and people.

Summary:

We are seeking a talented and energetic staff accountant to join our Finance Team and take on a broad range of responsibilities with a focus on Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll. The Staff Accountant will also support the financial reporting, budgeting, procurement and tax compliance functions working within the Finance Team and staff across our exciting programs.  

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Accounts Payable: Ensurs coding of invoices and maintains the sub-account structure in the general ledger, for check runs, expense report verifications, and account reconciliations.
  • Accounts Receivable: Assiss the Director of Finance with handling all aspects of the AR function, including billing, matching receipts to receivables and coordinating follow up actions with staff on slow paying customers.
  • Payroll: Process timesheets and manages the  relationship with our outside payroll service provider to insure that correct amounts are paid to staff and appropriate amounts are withheld for taxes, healthcare and retirement deductions.

Supporting Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Financial Reporting:  Support monthly generation of financial reports for internal and external reporting purposes.
  • Fixed asset control system: Implement system including the inventory and tagging of all fixed assets.
  • Project Budgets:  Assist the Project Finance Manager, Director of Finance and other staff members as needed in the preparation of proposals and project budgets.
  • Procurement: Thoroughly understands and enforces procurement policies and guidelines
  • Tax compliance: Assists with annual 1099- and W2-reporting

Qualifications:

  • Committed to the mission of Forest Trends
  • Experience with accounts payable, accounts receivable, and third party payroll processing
  • Financial professional with 2-3 years of experience
  • Non-profit accounting experience required
  • Minimum commitment to position of 2 years
  • Strong and effective communications and inter-personal skills
  • High energy, self-starter, strong work ethic and attention to detail
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills.
  • Experience with Quickbooks and Serenic Navigator/Microsoft Dynamics NAV,  preferred
  • Experience with Federal grant accounting regulations and processes

Title: Junior Accountant

Reports to: Director of Finance, and works closely with Staff Accountant

Location: Forest Trends

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please send your resume and cover letter to cv (at) forest-trends.org, with "Accountant" in the subject line.

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