Three Program Officers

The International Land and Forest Tenure Facility (the Tenure Facility) is an international financial mechanism established in 2017, with a secretariat in Stockholm, Sweden. The Tenure Facility aims to: (1) scale up implementation of tenure reform policies and legislation; and (2) enable national governments and communities to test new models and strategies and approaches to implement law and policy. The Tenure Facility provides grants and technical assistance directly to Indigenous Peoples’ and local communities’ organizations to support their initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America and shares the knowledge, innovations and tools that emerge. Implementing tenure reform contributes to reduce conflict and furthers the achievement of global human rights, food security, sustainable natural resource management and other development goals.

The Tenure Facility has a secured multi-year funding and the secretariat is therefore looking for three program officers.

Overview of the positions
As a Program Officer you report to the Head of Programs and work with the full project cycle – assessment of concepts and proposals, monitoring, support and learning throughout implementation, and assessment of reports. You maintain close contact with Tenure Facility collaboration partners, including the Rights and Resources Initiative and other networks and coalitions active in the field, as well as with potential project partners, in order to define and take advantage of opportunities for scaling-up secure tenure. You also manage the work and deliverables of technical assistance consultants, Tenure Facility country focal points, and other assistance to project partners. As the manager of a subset of Tenure Facility grant agreements, you are (assisted by external resources where needed) responsible for facilitating, coaching and supporting project partners in identifying capacity building needs and improving their project implementation strategies, results management, financial reporting practices, and sharing of lessons learned. The position involves in-country visits to project partners, normally a few times a year.

Overarching responsibilities

  • Contribute to establish the Tenure Facility as a highly credible and respected financial mechanism among international development institutions and donors
  • Generate mutual trust and respect of local communities, ethnic groups and Indigenous Peoples
  • Contribute to a collaborative and resilient working culture for sustained progress of the Tenure Facility’s strategic goals and objectives

Job functions

  • Keep abreast with context and opportunities to scale-up tenure security in key countries
  • Assess potential concepts, proposals and project partners, soliciting contributions/advice from collaborating partners and other resources where needed
  • Contribute, from your field of expertise, to enhance the quality of your colleagues’ assessments
  • Manage procurements of service providers/ consultants and monitor their deliverables
  • Work with consultants and collaborators to assist existing and potential project partners in the development of concepts, proposals and implementation strategies
  • Monitor and work with project partners and collaborators in-country to support project implementation, results tracking, reporting, and learning
  • Contribute to the learning, development and sharing of knowledge and competence within the Tenure Facility and among its partners, as well as to the regular reporting to donors
  • Assist in developing platforms and other opportunities for linking project partners to existing networks, practitioners and other allies in related fields, such as those focused on environment, climate change, women’s empowerment, green growth and other development goals

Qualifications and experience

  • Advanced degree in relevant fields such as anthropology, land- and natural resource management, public policy, organizational and project management, business administration, rural international development and human rights
  • At least 10 years of professional experience, with a minimum of five years in rural development project operations and in key positions including design, management, supervision and/or evaluation of projects
  • At least two years of experience working directly with Indigenous Peoples and/or local communities in Africa, Asia, or Latin America
  • Proven expertise and ability to successfully manage grants and consultants, including risk management and due diligence in project appraisals and compliance.
  • Broad experience gained by working in different contexts and with different financial institutions, consulting companies, civil society organizations, and/or related alliances and networks
  • Demonstrated expertise in Indigenous Peoples and community land rights and forest tenure reform, as well as in cross-cutting issues such as climate change, human rights, conflict sensitivity, gender equality and anti-corruption
  • Successful track record in project reporting and communicating project impacts
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, which is the Tenure Facility’s working language. Preferably one additional relevant language, such as French, Spanish, Portuguese. An indigenous peoples’ language is a bonus.

We envision a diverse team with broad and complementary language skills, professional experiences and geographical and thematical backgrounds.

Preferred characteristics
In our assessment of you, we pay a lot of attention to personal qualities. You will be part of a small but growing team and contribute to the establishment and consolidation of a new organization. You are confident and responsible, willing to learn, and can adapt to a changing environment. You are open to the ideas of others and to adapting your work when needed. You care about progress in the team as much as your own progress. You work in a structured way and you can translate ideas into concrete action. You also have the ability to engage others and see opportunities in cooperation. You are passionate about the Tenure Facility’s mission and communicate clearly in both writing and speaking, to different kinds of audiences. You are good at setting priorities; having keen analytic, organizational and problem-solving skills which support and enable sound decision making. You take responsibility for your own health as well as the resilience of the team. You are willing to travel extensively.

Terms of employment
The three positions refer to full-time permanent positions with six months’ probation period. Starting date Sept 1st or at your earliest availability. Salary by agreement.

Information and application
Further information about the position is provided by Margareta Nilsson, Head of Programs +46 76 101 7565 and Carl-Johan Smedeby, Chief Operating Officer +46 76 101 5099.

Application in the form of a one-page presentation letter and a CV should be sent to Please write Application Program Officer in the Subject line.

The deadline for applications is May 12, 2019. Welcome with your application! Three Program Officers