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Project Overview and Role
Partnerships for Forests aims to support the emergence of a new investment model in which the public sector, private sector companies and wider communities can achieve better returns from sustainable forestry and land use than they are able to from deforestation and land degradation. The main objective of the programme is to support a set of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and initiatives which demonstrate how the private sector can contribute to a reduction in rates of deforestation, as well as a range of related enabling activities to address the policy environment.
Expected results include improved and more sustainable prevention of deforestation, reforestation of degraded land and leverage of private finance. The programme will also aim to support a transformation to sustainability in markets for commodities that are associated with deforestation, including timber, palm oil, soya, beef, paper and board.
For more information please visit www.partnershipsforforests.com
This position is a one-year professional development opportunity designed to enable ambitious recent graduates to develop knowledge, skills and competencies required to build a successful career, ideally in the forest protection / governance, sustainable land-use and / or public private partnership (PPP) field.
What can you expect from this experience?
- Experience developing projects in the forest and land use sector
- Opportunity to work as a full team member on a project team, contribute to all aspect of the project, technical, operational and management work
- Experience of working/engaging with the public and private sector and civil society organisations
- Mentoring and coaching by a senior manager and experienced team members
- Opportunity to participate in relevant training programs and events
- Exposure to one or more P4F workstreams with potential to focus according to preference / programme need
- Exposure to International Development projects.
- Opportunity to build network, develop relationships and understanding of workplace.
You will be a key member of the Partnerships for Forests team and work closely with the different workstream which may include:
- Monitoring, evaluation and learning
- Gender equality and social inclusion (GESI)
- Risk management
- Project management
- Grant management
- External relations & knowledge
The position is based in Palladium's Accra office however we endeavor to provide opportunities for regional and international travel, in particular to P4F's hub offices (located in Bristol, Addis Ababa, Jakarta and Sao Paulo).
The position will be expected to support the project team in technical aspect of the project and deliver administrative, research, operational and compliance tasks. Expected split between different core tasks will be defined upon the basis of the candidate experience and skill set as well as on the project's needs. The responsibilities could include but not limited to:
- Work closely and collaboratively with technical teams to baseline their analysis and reporting needs, to define key issues and opportunities, and to provide market and stakeholder analysis
- Assist in investment catalysation, acceleration and monitoring.
- Update and ensure the accuracy of project data, financial tracking tools, and project databases
- Support Project Officers in developing and managing public-private innovations projects
- Actively participate in team problem solving sessions and provide data insight and trends
- Assist in the design, implementation and measurement of programs and initiatives
- Assist in organizing, managing and coordinating various regional workshops
- Assist in generating DFID and internal reports
- Prepare contract action requests (e.g. travel, personnel additions/changes, partner, grant, budget realignment) timely and accurately
The position will be expected to support the P4F team in technical aspects of the project and deliver administrative, research, project management and compliance tasks.Reporting Arrangement:
You will be a member of the West and Central Africa team reporting to the Regional Program Manager. You will work closely with the key program staff based in Ghana and the core team based in the UK.
The position will be based in Accra, Ghana, and may require regional and international travel.
- Adaptability (keen to try new approaches, employs agile thinking, flexible and open to change).
- Relevant university degree in sectors relevant to the project (e.g. environmental studies, agriculture, economics, business management).
- Evidence of experience or interest in international development, stakeholder management, forestry, PPP, sustainability or agriculture commodity value chains. Maximum 2 years' relevant experience is preferred.
- People skills (communication, follow through, respect for individual, interpersonal relationships, networking).
- Accountability (ensures work quality, organisational skills).
- Fluency in English - excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Innovation (intellectual curiosity, solution-based problem solving).
- Passion and commitment to the sector and field-based work.
- Legal right to work in Ghana - please make this clear in your application.
- Master's degree in a relevant subject
- Private sector experience
- Experience and/or qualification in Finance and Investment
- Competency in French language
- Excellent report writing skills
The salary for this position is between 500 and 600 GBP per month, with an additional transport allowance.