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Program Associate for SILG

Background:

Established in 2002, Forest Foundation Philippines is a non-government organization that provides grants to organizations that empower people to protect the forests. Tropenbos International (TBI) is a non-profit based in the Netherlands that supports local, multi-stakeholder interventions on sustainable landscapes in tropical forests.

In 2018, Forest Foundation partnered with TBI to pioneer new, and inclusive approaches on forest landscape governance. With the partnership, a three-year program, Sustainable and Inclusive Landscape Governance (SILG), was carried out in Sierra Madre, Palawan, and Bukidnon-Misamis Oriental to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues that provided space to discuss current issues, challenges, and recommendations on landscape governance. The SILG Program was part of the overarching Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) 1.0 international programme, funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In 2020, the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA) 2.0 announced its new five-year implementation plan, hence the SILG 2.0 Program (2021-2025). The SILG 1.0 dialogues serve as a foundation for SILG 2.0, having been key in bringing stakeholders together and inspiring initial governance arrangements that aim to build landscape approaches. Its main goal is to facilitate and capacitate multi-stakeholder groups in the landscape to design and implement Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) initiatives. Interventions are anchored in three (3) GLA) outcome pathways: (a) empowering indigenous peoples and local communities towards forest landscape restoration; (b) linking science and research with policies and programs for climate-smart forestry; and (c) inclusive participation of landscape stakeholders.

To fulfill the above outcomes, Forest Foundation Philippines is in need of a Program Associate.

Role:

Reporting to the SILG Program Coordinator, the Program Associate shall provide technical, administrative and logistical support in SILG direct interventions and technical assistance in the grant-making work of the SILG Program. The Program Associate will work closely with the Forest Foundation internal team, the GLA 2.0 country alliance partners, and Forest Foundation grantees and partners.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide technical assistance in monitoring grant projects of the SILG Program;
  2. Provide technical assistance in developing and evaluating grant proposals of the SILG Program;
  3. Lead the documentation of proceedings and processes of SILG Program activities and direct interventions such as but not limited to dialogues, landscape visits, and capacity development activities;
  4. Assist in the harvesting of outputs, outcomes, and learnings from grants, activities and direct interventions;
  5. Provide administrative and logistical support in the SILG Program’s activities and direct interventions;
  6. Assist in the curation of knowledge materials that can be shared with the Foundation members, TBI, GLA 2.0 members, and other relevant stakeholders; and
  7. Participate in network meetings, learning sessions, and conferences led by TBI and GLA.

Qualifications:

The position requires work that is conceptual and analytical, related to forest landscape governance, and restoration. The position also requires substantive coordination, and innovation. The applicant should possess the following:

  1. Bachelor’s degree, preferably in areas related to environmental science, natural resources management, forestry, or a related field.
  2. Preferably with at least 2 years working experience in project implementation and/or management;
  3. Familiarity with SILG landscapes (Southern Palawan and Southern Sierra Madre);
  4. Ability to work in an individual or team settings with minimal supervision and demonstrates proficiency in completed staff work;
  5. Problem solving skills and be able to work across diversified culture to deal with emerging problems jointly with co-workers and project partners;
  6. Good interpersonal skills and result orientation;
  7. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal;
  8. With genuine commitment to the environment and community work; and
  9. Willing to travel to SILG sites.

Compensation and Benefits:

The SILG Program Associate shall be paid commensurate to his or her qualifications and professional experience. Salary ranges from PHP 30,000.00 to 35,000.00 (gross) monthly. Benefits will include mandatory government contributions and insurances.

Duration and Places of Work:

The above assignments will be for the duration of the SILG program ending in 2025. There will be a 6-month probation period, after which a substantive evaluation will be carried out. The individual contract will be reconfirmed annually by the Executive Director.

The above project staff will be based in Forest Foundation Philippines’ office in Makati City, with occasional work in the SILG project sites in Southern Palawan, and Southern Sierra Madre.

Application Procedure:

Interested applicants are requested to send the following to admin@forestfoundation.ph on or before 19 July 2024 close-of-business:

  • One-page letter of intent addressed to Atty. Jose Andres Canivel, Executive Director;
  • Updated CV, detailing qualifications; and
  • List of at least three character references

Indicate “Application for SILG Program Associate” in the subject line of the email.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Foundation.