Rainforest Foundation US is hiring a
TITLE: Grant Evaluation Consultant - Guyana Program
LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY; Georgetown and Region 9, Guyana; remote
WORK SCHEDULE: Full-time – 40 hours a week
EMPLOYMENT/JOB TYPE: Short-term consultant
TIMEFRAME: (if consultancy or temporary) The fieldwork will be carried out in October 2023, with desk research starting as early as August. The final report should be delivered to RFUS by December 1, 2023.
About Rainforest Foundation US
For over 35 years, Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) has worked to address climate change and safeguard biodiversity by promoting the rights of indigenous peoples and supporting their efforts to protect and defend their rainforests. Science shows that forests managed by indigenous peoples are healthier, suffer less deforestation, capture more carbon, and contain more biodiversity than forests managed by private or public entities--including nationally protected areas. What’s more, scientists tell us that protecting forests is as important as reducing greenhouse emissions if we hope to stem the tide of ecological collapse.
RFUS works in partnership with indigenous communities and their representative organizations to protect tropical rainforests by supporting their efforts to secure rights to their lands, strengthen monitoring and land security, influence laws and policies that protect their resources, and build strong and sustainable community leadership. By investing directly in indigenous communities, RFUS connects the people rooted in the land with the tools, training, and resources to be effective advocates and protectors of the forests they call home. RFUS currently operates four country programs in Brazil, Guyana, Panama, and Peru, and hosts a number of regional partnerships in Central America, the Amazon Basin, and across the tropical belt.
About the project “Protecting Forests, Protecting Rights, GUY-21/0003”
The project, “Protecting Forests, Protecting Rights, GUY-21/0003”, seeks to protect 5 million hectares of forests and ecosystems through expanded indigenous peoples’ land rights in Guyana, by supporting four indigenous district councils and their constituent communities. The four district councils – the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC), North Pakaraimas District Council (NPDC), Upper Mazaruni District Council (UMDC), and Moruca District Council (MDC) – have are working toward the following priorities: improved governance plans; expanded territorial control; and national advocacy.
A strategic framework guides NICFI’s priorities. Together with indigenous organizations and civil society partners, this project contributes to the following three NICFI Outcomes through four nested Project Outcomes and their respective Project Outputs:
NICFI Outcome 1: Approved and implemented policies for sustainable forest and land use in tropical forest countries and jurisdictions
NICFI Outcome 2: Improved rights and livelihoods for indigenous peoples and local communities in tropical forest countries
NICFI Outcome 7: Reduced Forest crime
About the Position
Rainforest Foundation US (RFUS) is seeking a consultant to undertake a midterm review of the 5-year project entitled “Protecting Forests, Protecting Rights, GUY-21/0003”, funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) via the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). RFUS is the grant recipient, and the Forest Peoples Program (FPP), the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), and the South-Central Peoples Development Association (SCPDA) are project partners.
As stipulated in the agreement between Norad and RFUS, a review focused on progress to date shall be carried out in the third year of the project. The purpose of the review is to analyze progress on the project and provide recommendations for strengthening the project and partnership moving forward.
Compensation & Benefits
The consultant will be paid a total of USD$13,000, according to the following schedule:
30% of the consulting fee (USD$3,900) upon RFUS approval of a detailed work plan;
70% of the consulting fee (USD$9,100) upon RFUS approval of the final report.
The consultant will receive a travel stipend in the amount of USD$2,000, according to the schedule below. The consultant is responsible for covering all travel and other expenses above and beyond the stipend provided, with the exception of costs in any village visited, which will be covered by the project holder.
70% of the travel stipend (USD$1,400) upon RFUS approval of a detailed work plan;
30% of the travel stipend (USD$600) upon RFUS approval of the final report.
Workplace Culture & Conditions
Rainforest Foundation US prides itself on providing a flexible, equitable, family-friendly, and inclusive work environment that values work-life balance. Our offices are pet friendly and located in a historic downtown Brooklyn neighborhood that is easily accessible by public transit and boasts many restaurants and services. Since the pandemic, employees can come into the office as they wish or negotiate with their supervisors to work from home or remotely.
Commitment to Equality & Equity
Rainforest Foundation US does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. Black, indigenous, and people of color are highly encouraged to apply.