Friends of the Earth International (FoEI) is the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, uniting national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues. We challenge the current model of economic and corporate globalization and promote solutions that will help to create environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.
Our decentralized and democratic structure allows all member groups to participate in decision-making. We strive for gender equity in all of our campaigns and structures. Our international positions are informed and strengthened by our work with communities, and our alliances with indigenous peoples, farmers’ movements, trade unions, human rights groups and others.
The International Programs Officer works closely with two of FoEI's international programs: Climate Justice and Energy (CJE) and Economic Justice/Resisting Neoliberalism (EJRN). The International Programs Officer will be part of a small team, led by FoEI's International Programs Facilitator, that supports implementation of program activities (international and regional level) and facilitates the planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning processes of the programs and regions.
FoEI's international programs engage national member groups from around the world in a variety of strategies to achieve international policy and mobilization goals. In the coming period CJE and EJRN program priorities include: contributing to the transformation of energy systems from those focused on dirty energy to systems for community-controlled renewable energy, challenging unjust trade and investment agreements, and the establishment of a binding legal framework on multinational corporations and human rights.
The programs are coordinated by International Program Coordinators (IPCs) who are based in FoEI member groups around the world. Each FoEI program works closely with a steering group made up of member group representatives from across FoEI's geographical regions, who help oversee the day-to-day work of the program. The International Programs Officer will also work closely with the IPCs and steering group members.
These programs are funded through the Fair, Green and Global (FGG) alliance and the Green Livelihoods Alliance (GLA), which are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Energy Transition Fund (ETF), as well as other funders. The International Programs Officer will serve as grant manager for the ETF grant, will engage in FGG and GLA processes and with other funders as needed on behalf of FoEI.
Key Job Responsibilities
- Work with the IPCs to support implementation of program activities, including trainings, program meetings, development of communications materials and lobby and advocacy efforts.
- Support the process of funding national member group work included in the program plans, including reviewing work plans and budgets, contracting for and monitoring of the work;
- Monitor the budget for the program activities, track expenses and follow up with IPCs, member groups, consultants and suppliers as needed;
- Support and improve the planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting processes for the two programs;
- Work with the IPF and IPCs to ensure compliance with the requirements of the program's funders, including development of gender-focused outcomes, monitoring of program plans, and narrative reporting on program outcomes and lessons learned;
- Ensure that program reporting is up-to-date in FoEI’s (internal) Information Management System;
- Represent FoEI in the FGG alliance, the GLA and in other funding processes, as relevant to the EJRN and CJE programs, including taking part in discussions and activities related to planning, reporting, evaluation and learning.
- At least three years of experience in managing international or multinational projects, including experience with the planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning and reporting cycles;
- Affinity with the mission, vision, values and objectives of Friends of the Earth International, as well as with a theory of change that includes movement building strategies as well as advocacy strategies;
- Excellent strategic thinking and planning skills, with experience in applying these in a complex and shifting international context;
- Strong interpersonal, intercultural and organizational skills;
- Proven writing skills; ability to summarize and distribute information quickly and succinctly;
- Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines;
- Ability to work in collaborative decision-making processes in a global, decentralized environment and to manage and prioritize a variety of key initiatives concurrently;
- Experience working on lobby and advocacy campaigns and movement building tactics and strategies focused on environmental or social justice objectives (including addressing gender inequalities) would be an advantage;
- Excellent English language skills; fluency in Spanish or French would be a strong advantage. Ability to work in Dutch would also be an advantage.
What FoEI Offers
We offer an opportunity to contribute to a better world and work for an inspiring international and culturally diverse network in an office with a small friendly team at a great location in Amsterdam.
Salaries are competitive with comparable nonprofit positions and based on experience and qualifications, full time salary between € 3.631,- and € 4.044,- gross monthly. Participation in collective pension arrangement is compulsory. This post will require a working permit for the EU.
Friends of the Earth International is an equal opportunities employer. Diversity and inclusion are important values for FoEI. We aim to have a FoEI team that reflects the diverse composition of our federation. We strongly encourage applications from people currently under-represented in the environmental justice movement.
How to apply
To apply for this role, please prepare your CV and a motivation letter that summarizes how your profile aligns with the key requirements, skills and abilities of this role.
Both motivation letter and CV should be submitted by email no later than April 17, 2022 with the subject “IPO maternity cover” to: Nina Ascoly, International Programs Facilitator, at email@example.com. First round interviews will take place in the week of May 9th: May 12 and possibly another day.
Please note that, in compliance with GDPR, we will keep your application in our protected files for a maximum of four weeks after the successful closure of this vacancy.
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