TFT (The Forest Trust) is an international fast growing non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature. TFT is seeking an experienced and motivated Latin America Social Specialist based in Quito, Ecuador or Lima, Peru (depending on residency of selected candidate) to lead the social training, conflict resolution, and development of social management systems that we carry out with partner companies and civil society organizations throughout Latin America.
About The Forest Trust (TFT)
TFT currently has offices in 16 countries including SE Asia, India, China and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 260 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.
What Makes Us Unique
Beyond providing guidance on the creation and implementation of responsible sourcing and
management policies based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier/Companies-Government/etc.), we encourage our partners to look inside to define and live out their own vision for responsible management, and in this way are coaches and partners, not auditors or service providers. In addition to traceability and assessments, we work hand in hand with our partners to create and innovate solutions to the environmental and social challenges that companies and communities face.
What We Offer
A unique work experience in a fast-growing and dynamic non-profit directly contributing to the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
A multi-national environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team with diverse skillsets and backgrounds.
The opportunity to work with large companies as well as smallholder farmers on the complex problems they face with regard to environmental and social performance, as well as benefit sharing and social equity
Exposure to different tasks and opportunities to learn new skills.
Responsibilities and Scope
Work with companies and smallholder farmers across Latin America to improve social performance,
including (but not limited to) the following activities:
Engage community, civil society and company stakeholders to understand different perspectives on specific conflicts between communities and companies.
Develop in a participatory way, conflict resolution processes for community-company conflicts.
Develop and deliver training to company staff, community participants and civil society representatives on conflict resolution approaches and skills.
Develop and deliver TFT staff training on conflict resolution approaches and skills.
Provide training, advice and tools to companies on how to evaluate the social impacts of their operations and develop stakeholder relations management systems that aligns their management and staff to improve the outcomes of relationships for both community members and the company.
Participate in field visits to companies and conduct interviews with employees and community members to evaluate the companies’ social performance and opportunities for improvement. Create reports on findings.
Support activities to respect customary land rights, such as the implementation of Free, Prior,
Informed Consent processes; documentation of traditional land tenure systems being used by local peoples; participatory mapping of customary land and resource use; and land conflict resolution processes
Develop risk assessments based on secondary research of specific conflicts and typical conflicts in a geography.
Contribute to TFT country and regional plans and initiatives to address social conflicts in commodity supply chains.
Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor degree or higher in a relevant discipline and a minimum of 8 years’ relevant work experience
An understanding of the social and environmental sustainability agenda, especially issues relating to social aspects of company operations, rights of communities and indigenous peoples, and methodologies for affective multi-stakeholder collaboration
Demonstrated success in facilitating conflict resolution and multi-stakeholder decision-making processes
Demonstrated success working with companies involved in conflicts with local communities or workers
Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to forge strong working relationships with individuals from a broad range of perspectives
Strong facilitation and negotiation skills.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills.
Strong writing and reporting skills
Strong training, capacity building and facilitation skills
Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
Ability to work independently
Experience working on social aspects of natural resource management programs; and/or community development programs; and/or company operations
English professional proficiency
Additional language skills a plus, Portuguese desirable
Passion for working on issues related to sustainability, multi-stakeholder collaboration, conflict resolution, and stakeholder engagement;
Hands-on, practical, reliable and good at building trust.
Takes initiative/proactive, flexible and positive attitude.
Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team in-person and remotely;
Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously;
Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required
Committed to TFT values:
o Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
o Entrepreneurial spirit;
o Open collaboration and communication;
o Respect for others.
Working Conditions / Physical Effort:
Frequent trips to company operations and communities, especially rural locations.
Position will require visits and overnight stays in different regions.
A willingness to spend the necessary time to build trust with diverse stakeholders and understand the realities they face on a daily basis, both through short-term and medium-term visits to specific regions of 1-3 weeks at time
Work in-person and via phone and email with TFT global teams and international company representatives.
Full time, salary position
Must already be allowed to legally work in Ecuador or Peru
Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the job, and resume or CV in both English and Spanish via email to email@example.com. Please send us your application until 28 February 2018 at the latest, and put your last name and LATAM Social Specialist in the subject line of the email. Only selected candidates will be contacted for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a resume and cover letter will be considered.