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Program Associate
Brazil Office
Climate and Land Use Alliance

The FORD FOUNDATION is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For

more than 75 years it has worked with visionary people on the frontlines of social
change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce
poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human
achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has ten regional offices
in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Program Associate will work for the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA), based
out of the Ford Foundation’s Rio de Janeiro office.


The Program Associate works as part of a team of program staff who are implementing
a Brazil Initiative strategy as part of the Climate and Land Use Alliance. The Program
Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to the research, analysis, and
coordination of programmatic activities with a primary focus on the portfolio grants
made to support the Initiative’s strategy. The Program Associate will also serve as a
strong conduit for shared learning within the team and across programmatic teams.

The Program Associate will work with the CLUA team to make grants, manage
relationships and projects, analyze trends, and assist in strategic planning.

CLUA’s strategy supports implementation of international public and private sector

policies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use, benefit indigenous
peoples and rural local communities, and protect biodiversity and ecosystem services
in focal geographies that include Brazil, Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, and

In Brazil, this includes the following objectives:

 Policy and Governance Reforms: Helping Brazil deliver on forest and climate
commitments in the Paris Agreement and implement its Forest Code in the
Amazon and Cerrado.
 Community Land Rights and Management: Encouraging increased formal
recognition of indigenous and traditional community lands and resource
rights, and sustainably operating community-based land management systems
in the Amazon and Cerrado.
 Conflict-and Deforestation-Free Beef and Soy: Ensuring beef and soy in the
Amazon and Cerrado are legally sourced and verified as deforestation and
 Addressing Impacts of Infrastructure and Extractives: Avoiding negative
environmental and social impacts, decreasing the risk of corruption, and
guaranteeing indigenous and traditional peoples’ rights in policies,
investments, and infrastructure and extractives projects.
The Program Associate (PA) will report to the CLUA Brazil Initiative Lead, and work
closely with CLUA’s local team and the Grants Management team based in San
Francisco, California. The PA will be a full member of the multi-foundation CLUA Brazil
Initiative Team. Primary focus areas will be for the following CLUA Brazil Strategy
Objectives: Policy and Governance; Community Land Rights and Management; and
Addressing the Impacts of Infrastructure and Extractives.


 Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social science field and minimum 3 years’

experience working in a program-related support capacity and/or research and
writing capacity in the area of forests and land use;
 Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and Portuguese;
 Demonstrated ability to work with a range of stakeholders, including private
sector, government, and non-governmental organizations;
 S/he will have worked effectively to develop and manage complex projects,
including monitoring outcomes and processes involving multiple institutions
and individuals in a team arrangement, and bringing this analysis forward to
guide decision-making;
 Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis, and
 Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of
comfort with multiple technology applications, including Excel, Word,
PowerPoint and databases;
 Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail;
 Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multi-faceted, multitasking
 Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at
work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with
periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational


 Under the direction of the CLUA Brazil Initiative Lead, support development
and review of project proposals, providing guidance to grantees during the
grant application process, as necessary;
 Prepare internal grant-related documentation for submission to Grants
Management team, and respond to requests from Grants Management team
for additional information or documentation needed to process grants;

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 Conduct analysis of grant monitoring reports;

 Under the direction of the CLUA Brazil Initiative Lead, hold informational
meetings with grantees and stakeholders. For convenings and site visits,
develop and prepare background research and meeting materials.
 Communicate with CLUA’s initiative teams, implement and update learning
tools for team learning and to share with other programmatic teams.;
 Document and report on relevant milestones, keeping the team updated on
policy-related issues;
 Produce reports on individual grants, as well as on the overall portfolio;
 Presentations will be requested periodically as a means to update internal and
external audiences on the progress of CLUA’s strategy.

Secondary responsibilities include:

 Provide inputs and updates to the Initiative strategy, contribute to annual

workplans, team meetings, internal monitoring and reporting;
 Engage and collaborate with the team, including CLUA member foundations;
 Represent CLUA externally and respond to organizational needs as
determined by the CLUA Brazil Initiative Lead.


 Approachable demeanor and openness to all team members and grantees;

 Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to listen to others and learn
from their best ideas, share best practices and experiences, and contribute to
a learning environment;
 Impeccable integrity and trustworthiness, sense of humor, and diplomatic
approach to problem-solving;
 Ability to consistently interact with others in a professional, courteous, and
tactful manner, maintain a positive attitude and good working relationships,
and work effectively in a team setting including with colleagues, consultants,
donors, and grantees across diverse cultures and backgrounds;
 Willingness to travel within Brazil and occasionally, abroad.


This is a full-time position based at the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro. Salary is
dependent on experience and qualifications. Applicants are encouraged to state their
expected salary range. A generous benefits package is provided to all full-time staff,
including medical and retirement benefits.

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Interested candidates are requested to apply online and upload a cover letter and
CV. Deadline for applications is April 19, 2019.

The Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) is a philanthropic partnership of the
ClimateWorks Foundation, the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Ford
Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Margaret A. Cargill
Philanthropies and Good Energies Foundation award grants in alignment with CLUA’s
strategy. For more information, please visit:

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles
at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based
upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion,
gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin,
marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected
characteristic as established under law.

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