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Rights and Communities Advisor

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Our client, an International NGO, is seeking a dynamic and experienced Rights and Communities Advisor based in Goma, DRC. The Rights and Communities Advisor will be responsible in supporting their rights-based approach to conservation efforts across the Democratic Republic of Congo. The successful candidate will be working closely with teams in Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Kahuzi Biega National Park, and Kabobo Wildlife Reserve.

Key Responsibilities:

As a Rights and Communities Advisor, you will play a pivotal role in supporting our client's rights-based approach to conservation efforts across the Democratic Republic of Congo. You will work closely with site-based Community Conservation technical staff, facilitating conflict mitigation initiatives through enabling environments that foster inclusive community engagement strategies. The primary responsibility will be to ensure all relevant stakeholders are involved, including civil society organisations, local partners, Indigenous Peoples, and local communities. This role offers an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about conservation, community engagement, and stakeholder consultation.

  • Develop and implement conflict mitigation strategies to address community conservation-related conflicts.
  • Collaborate with field teams to identify conflict hotspots and develop proactive measures to mitigate conflicts.
  • Facilitate dialogue and negotiation processes among stakeholders to promote consensus on rights-based solutions.
  • Design and implement community engagement initiatives that promote the participation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities in conservation planning, community development, and decision-making processes.
  • Communicate a rights-based conflict mitigation strategy to local NGOs, local partners, civil society organisations, and community leaders.
  • Provide technical support and capacity building to staff and partners on conflict mitigation, community engagement, and stakeholder consultation techniques.
  • Support a rights-based approach that integrates Indigenous Peoples' perspectives and traditional knowledge into conservation programs and policies.
  • Contribute to the development of funding proposals, reports, and communications materials related to conflict mitigation and community engagement activities.

Key Requirements:

The ideal Rights and Communities Advisor will bring a wealth of experience in conflict management, community engagement, or related fields. A proven track record of facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and conducting participatory decision-making processes. Strong interpersonal skills will enable you to work effectively with diverse stakeholders, including Indigenous Peoples and local communities. Fluency in French and English is essential, and knowledge of Swahili or other local languages spoken in DRC would be an asset. Familiarity with the political, social, and environmental context of DRC is also crucial for this role.

  • Advanced degree in environmental management, social sciences, conflict resolution or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in conflict management or community engagement fields.
  • Proven experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder processes and conducting participatory decision-making processes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Fluency in French and English; knowledge of Swahili or other local languages spoken in DRC is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and environmental context of DRC will be beneficial.

What sets this company apart:

Our client is an international non-profit organisation that has been saving wildlife and wild places for over a century. They understand critical issues, craft science-based solutions, and take conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. With long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes and presence in more than 60 nations, they have amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding, and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities.

Should your career experience closely match the key responsibilities and requirements, submit your CV below!

Contract Type: FULL_TIME

Specialism: Mining, Engineering & Operations

Focus: Project Management

Industry: Not for Profit and Charities

Salary: Negotiable

Workplace Type: On-site

Language: English - Bilingual

Second Language: French - Bilingual

Location: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Job Reference: SXMTBV-4FE7B3B1

Date posted: 11 June 2024

Consultant: Ciara van Tonder

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