Program Manager, Local Engagement, Action, and Dialogue (LEAD) 

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Program Manager, Local Engagement, Action, and Dialogue (LEAD) 

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Position Title: Program Manager, Local Engagement, Action, and Dialogue (LEAD) 

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand (regular regional travel)

Reports To: Mekong Program Director

Application Deadline: 20 April, 2021

EarthRights International’s Local Engagement Action Dialogue (LEAD) initiative aims to support communities throughout the Mekong region to develop comprehensive strategies centered on access to information, active participation, and addressing harms caused by business activities. The initiative aims to equip communities impacted by large development projects, as well as EarthRights School alumni and partners, with both the technical tools, advocacy knowledge and key organizing skills needed to engage directly with supporting organizations, corporations and governments. 

Summary Description

The primary purpose of the Program Manager, LEAD is to continually refine relevant tools, develop plans and coordinate the overall integration of the LEAD approach throughout all EarthRights programming in the Mekong region. The LEAD Program Manager oversees the use of the tools in communities, and identifies areas for adaptation and improvement, in order to effectively serve the relevant communities and achieve their campaign goals. The Program Manager serves as the organizational expert and resource for LEAD. The LEAD Manager also supports the EarthRights School to help train students in the use and purpose of the tools in the community campaigns they support. 

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Manage the planning and implementation of the LEAD program, and ensure that all components are delivered on time, to agreed plans and budgets and to the highest standards. 
  • Responsible for all aspects of program management including planning, implementation, budget and finance management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, strategic development and day to day staff management and support. 
  • Support the development of funding proposals and work with key regional and international staff to ensure quality submissions that reflect the importance of the LEAD approach.
  • Manage staff to plan and implement community-based activities that reflect the goals and objectives of the campaign and of the EarthRights regional plan.
  • Represent EarthRights at various national, regional and international meetings, trainings, forums and conferences, and widely share the LEAD approach, toolkit, and learning.
  • Support regional community-led campaign development through an integrated LEAD approach, and identify opportunities to support campaign goals through community engagement, capacity building and strategic development.
  • Lead the development and/or refinement of the individual LEAD tools, and add additional tools into the toolkit as relevant. Act as the organizational resource for LEAD materials, conduct focus groups and seek feedback on the draft materials.
  • Conduct regular formal and informal assessments with staff and partners on the implementation of the tools, understanding of the LEAD approach, and incorporate the feedback into the design and continued redefining of the LEAD Toolkit and training materials.
  • Provide continued support of the Community Driven-Organizational Grievance Mechanism as a cornerstone of the LEAD toolkit.
  • Work closely with the Campaign, Legal and Training teams to ensure the LEAD approach is being mainstreamed throughout all community-based programs, and that the strategies developed are contextually appropriate and gender and social inclusion sensitive. 
  • Develop and maintain a clear understanding of national, regional and international mechanisms, laws and policies that can provide remedy and/or support to project affected communities, and strengthen their efforts to achieve campaign goals. 
  • Provide guidance to campaign teams on access to remedy mechanisms and identify appropriate opportunities to integrate these in community campaign strategies.
  • Collaborate closely with regional and international EarthRights staff to incorporate LEAD approach, toolkit and resources into existing community campaigns.
  • Develop and implement trainings on LEAD for EarthRights School (ERS) students and Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute (MLAI) participants, Myanmar Environmental Lawyers Network (MELN), and other close partners and networks.
  • Work closely with the Training team to incorporate the LEAD tools into the EarthRights School.
  • Collaborate with the communications team on the toolkit and training materials, and on campaign advocacy strategies. 
  • Other duties as required.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • M.A. in anthropology, law, international development, or other relevant fields 
  • Excellent communication skills in English (written and spoken) is essential for this position, other Mekong languages are highly desirable 
  • Experience in successful project management, including planning, multi-donor reporting M&E, financial management, and monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Experience working in business and human rights, environment, and/or international development focusing on private sector engagement, corporate social responsibility, constructive community-corporate engagement, especially in the resolution of grievances (Operational Grievances Mechanism)
  • Knowledge of and experience with the development and implementation of participatory and community-led processes
  • Experience of developing and implementing community outreach and research tools, long term planning and campaigning 
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into understandable formats for multiple audiences especially for local communities, business and government stakeholders
  • Experience engaging with and influencing government, local authorities and corporate actors
  • Understanding of the political, social, economic and cultural contexts in the Mekong region 
  • Demonstrable ability to analyze policies, laws etc, and apply this to the building of EarthRights’ regional and international strategies 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with positive and professional attitude and a track record of building strong relationships with a wide range of local and international partners
  • Understanding of gender and social inclusion issues and a demonstrative commitment to integrating these essential principles throughout EarthRights’ programming
  • Experience living or working in the Mekong countries  
  • Experience of working in resource limited and difficult environments, with a reasonable ability to manage the potential risks involved
  • Willingness to travel regularly to remote locations and capacity to adequately assess and mitigate potential risks and challenges 

To Apply

Interested candidates should email their cover letter describing their interest in the position along with a CV to the following email address apply-sea@earthrights.org by 20 April, 2021. Be sure to use “LEAD Program Manager” as your subject line when submitting application materials. 

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

EarthRights International is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices, and actively encourages people of color, women, people with disabilities, and LGBTQI people to apply.