The Ford Foundation seeks a dynamic, strategic and innovative individual to lead and oversee its global Natural Resources and Climate Change (NRCC) program and team. The International Program Director (Director) will work closely with the Foundation’s Program Officers and Regional Directors worldwide to achieve strategic programmatic outcomes. The Director will also represent the Ford Foundation on the Board of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) as one of CLUA’s founding members.
The ideal NRCC International Program Director will be a strategic thinker, have at least 10 years’ experience work related to extractive industries, forests and land rights in the tropics, and demonstrate knowledge of international policy related to extractive industries, forests, land, and climate change. They will have managed complex processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement and have a track record of success in achieving specific policy and programmatic outcomes in the Global South (in at least two relevant regions) working with a range of stakeholders, including community-based organizations and networks, the private sector, governments, and non-governmental organizations.
The Foundation’s International program on Natural Resources and Climate Change (NRCC) works with low-income rural communities in the Global South, with a strong focus on indigenous peoples, women and youth within them, to ensure that their needs and aspirations are reflected in government and company policies and practices related to natural resources, including rights over, finance from and investments in minerals, metals, energy, forests, agribusiness and land.
The NRCC program works and makes grants globally and focuses on countries and regions where forests are affecting climate change and where mining and energy production occurs; and where community leaders who defend their lands and the environment are at risk or being killed. Priority countries for the program include: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Indonesia. Ford NRCC team members are based in Bogota, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Lagos, Jakarta and New York.
Additionally, to enhance impact, the Ford Foundation - along with the ClimateWorks, David & Lucile Packard, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundations, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies, and the Good Energies Foundation-is a member of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA). CLUA aims to reduce climate change by supporting international policies, programs, and finance that contribute to conserving tropical forests and lands, increasing their ability to remove carbon from the atmosphere, while securing indigenous peoples’ and rural communities’ rights and livelihoods, and protecting biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The International Program Director (Director) provides leadership and oversight of the grantmaking strategy for the International Natural Resources and Climate Change (NRCC) program and manages the NY-based NRCC team and program budget. The Director ensures the grants and activities supported under the NRCC program in New York and in the regional offices contribute to Ford’s mission and program goals. Importantly, the NRCC Director represents the Ford Foundation on the Board of CLUA and together with other funding members approves the strategic direction of CLUA and its overall grantmaking. The Director also plays a role in influencing international climate change and development policies, programs and finance of other private philanthropies, as well as of major international donor agencies, companies, and investors.
The Director reports to Ford Foundation’s Vice President for International Programs and can be based in one of the Foundation’s offices that program in NRCC.
The successful candidate will have the following minimum qualifications and experience:
This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. Additionally, domestic/international travel will be expected, approximately 30%; some travel is directly related to grantmaking, but also to attend team conferences, retreats and meetings - and may occasionally include travel to rural or remote places with difficult conditions.
LOCATION: Either in New York City or in one of the Foundation’s Regional Offices in Africa, Asia or Latin America linked to the NRCC program.