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IWGIA is looking for a Climate Advisor and Programme Coordinator




Onsdag, 8. august 2018 - 23:55


Climate Advisor and Programme Coordinator


Do you want to contribute to real solutions to climate change that respect the rights of indigenous peoples? Are you a bit of a forest nerd and know about the REDD+ mechanism? Do you have solid experience with project management? And do you speak and write fluently in Spanish and English?

Then you might be our new Climate Advisor and Programme Coordinator for our exciting Climate action programme.

IWGIA works with a rights-based approach to climate action to ensure that indigenous peoples’ rights are respected in all mitigation, adaptation and conservation actions so that actions can become truly sustainable and successful. IWGIA has a special focus on forest issues and has worked on indigenous peoples’ rights within the REDD+ mechanism for a number of years. Indigenous peoples are the custodians of forests but mostly lack formal or actual rights to these and, as a consequence, are often excluded from REDD+ processes.  Through capacity building, media, advocacy and international human rights instruments, IWGIA aims to support indigenous peoples to fully participate in decision-making and to secure that their rights are included in national REDD+ policies and safeguard monitoring systems.

The Programme Coordinator will be a core member of IWGIA’s Climate Change Team and will be responsible for managing our NORAD funded REDD+ programme, which focusses on Peru and Myanmar. He/she will also be expected to take an active part in strategically developing IWGIA’s climate action, including proposal writing. The position is based in IWGIA’s secretariat in Copenhagen but regular travel to the project areas are required.


Your tasks as our Climate Advisor are:

  • Actively developing IWGIA’s climate action work through strategic thinking, networking and internal collaboration
  • Fundraising for the thematic area
  • Driving the implementation of the REDD+ Programme to ensure high standards and donor compliance.
  • Donor reporting and liaison
  • Coordination, planning and budget steering and other administrative tasks.
  • Project monitoring and support to partners in Peru and Myanmar
  • Support partners’ participation in international climate change negotiations (UNFCCC) and other international meetings
  • Coordination of publications and other communication materials
  • Preparing and developing a new phase of the Programme


The Candidate

You are ideal to the job if you have:

  • A relevant university degree in social sciences or environmental studies
  • Experience with strategic development and programme work
  • At least 5 years of experience with project administration, coordination, monitoring and budget steering.
  • Experience with donor reporting
  • Knowledge of REDD+ and climate change issues in developing countries
  • Knowledge of human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights
  • Fluency in Spanish and English (written and spoken), knowledge of Danish is an added value
  • Strong intercultural and interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • The ability and motivation to work in a team
  • Flexibility and respect towards our partners.

You will be part of IWGIA’s climate change team and work closely with the thematic advisor. You will refer directly to IWGIA’s Executive Director.

We offer:

A permanent position at our secretariat in Copenhagen. A vibrant and exciting work environment in a small organization where there is space for personal engagement, independent work, and a variety of diverse responsibilities. The position will require a minimum of 40 days of travelling per year.

Working hours are 37 hours a week, including ½ an hour for lunch. Work location is Copenhagen.  IWGIA follows the Danish state’s salary levels.


Application deadline: 8 August 2018. First interview: 16 - 17 August. Please send a short motivation letter and your CV to: position@iwgia.org.


For more information contact Kathrin Wessendorf, Senior advisor on climate action, [email protected]  or Julie Koch, Executive Director, [email protected].


IWGIA is committed to equal employment opportunity and we therefore encourage everybody – irrespective of age, gender and of religious, sexual, national or ethnic affiliation – to apply for this position.

IWGIA is an international human rights organization promoting, protecting and defending indigenous peoples’ rights.  We document indigenous peoples’ situations, the violations of their rights and to analyze trends; empower indigenous peoples through organizational support and projects on the ground and by supporting human rights institutions to advance indigenous peoples’ rights; and we conduct advocacy with and in support of indigenous peoples towards key duty bearers at international, regional and national levels.



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