Reports to:Deputy Director – Implementation; Deputy Director – Policy & Standards

About the HCV Network Secretariat

The HCV Network is a member-based organisation that promotes the High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach, a methodology to identify and protect ecosystems, biodiversity, and the needs of local communities and indigenous groups in support of the Global Sustainable Development goals.

It’s the Secretariat runs the Network’s day-to-day operations to ensure robust implementation of the HCV approach in all ecosystems,  in scales from farms and management units to landscapes and jurisdictions, and contexts like forestry, agribusiness, and others.

About the role

The High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach is the a widely recognised methodology for identifying and protecting critical environmental and social values in the context of land-use and land-use change. Hundreds of corporates, organisations and increasingly the public sector, include HCV safeguards in their production, procurement and financing policies and plans. As an example, in the Latin America region, the HCV Approach is used within voluntary certification schemes for high value agricultural commodities including oil palm, cotton, soy, sugar and forestry, while HCV safeguards are embedded into a range of sustainable development initiatives. To facilitate the uptake and consistent use of the HCV Approach within the region, the Network recently established a Latin America HCV Working Group. In parallel, the HCV Network is seeking to elevate attention on social HCVs, for securing the livelihoods and needs of Indigenous People and Local Communities (IP and LC)and promoting social stewardship in nature-based programmes and initiatives.

The Secretariat is looking for a highly motivated Project Manager to support the HCVN Secretariat’s work on policy and implementation in the region and provide technical leadership and input on social HCVs in our global work. The role will include:

  • Building and maintaining relationships with members of the HCV Network who have a presence in Latin America, to promote collaborations that mobilise the HCV Approach in the region,
  • Leading the Latam HCV Working Group’s activities,
  • Helping to tailor global HCV guidance and procedures to the specificities of countries using the HCV Approach in the region,
  • Delivery of HCVN projects, including report writing, budgeting, technical work, travel where relevant, managing stakeholder relationships, and event planning, among other activities,
  • Supporting ongoing work with voluntary sustainability standard schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), among others,
  • Represent the HCV Network at strategic events in the region.
Other Responsibilities
  • Provide input into the HCV resources (guidance, manuals, training materials etc) as these are updated or newly developed, that ensures the needs and realities of IP and LCs are adequately addressed.
  • Deliver training on the HCV Approach
  • Support with developing partnerships, fundraising activities such as proposal drafting, donor relations and grant reporting.
  • Contribute to business development.
Required
  • Tertiary level (at least equivalentof masters) in a relevant discipline (e.g., natural resource management, social sciences, conservation, geography, agriculture, or forestry).
  • A minimum of 5 years’ relevant work experience working with Indigenous People and/or local communities in the region.
  • Experience and/or knowledge related to sustainability standards and certification in the context of natural resource management (forestry, agriculture, fisheries, REDD+).
  • Experience in consultation and working with various stakeholders including large companies, small and medium enterprises, NGOs, financing institutions, government agencies, smallholders,and local communities.
  • Fluency in Spanish and English, and ideally in Portuguese.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a global team that is connected remotely.
  • Proven project management skills including excellent time-management, problem-solving and organisational abilities.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, as well as proven ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability and willingness to travel regionally and internationally.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Excellent understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues in commodity development contexts. 
Desirable
  • Previous experience in forest management and/or agricultural commodity production systems, implementation of deforestation-free commitments, and/or the High Conservation Value (HCV)Approach.
  • Experience working with jurisdictional initiatives.
  • Experience working with smallholder growers or forest managers.
  • Experience with GIS and mapping tools.
  • Experience attending international conferences and meetings.
  • Experience developing and delivering trainings.
Benefits
  • Up to 30 days’ annual leave
  • Professional development support
  • Home Office supplies
  • Working from home allowance
  • Flexible working
Location

The position is home-office working, and to be based in the Latin America region. The candidate must reside in and already have the right to work in a country within the Latin America region.

Hours of Work

Full-time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week)

Employer

HCV Network Ltd.

Contract Type

One-year fixed term contract, with possibility of a permanent position based upon annual performance review.

Salary Range

GBP £29,400 - £35,720 per annum, depending on skills and experience.

How to apply?

Please send a 1-page cover letter explaining your suitability for the position and your CV in English to secretariat@hcvnetwork.org by June 28th, 2024.

Please note we will only review candidates who based in and/or already have the right to work in a country inthe region of Latin America.