Technical Specialist – Climate Change (Consultant )

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Technical Specialist – Climate Change (Consultant )

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Position Title: Technical Specialist – Climate Change (Consultant )

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Reports To: Head of EarthRights School

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

Consultancy Duration: September –December 2020

Background

EarthRights International (EarthRights) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that combines the power of law and the power of people in defense of human rights and the environment, which we define as “earth rights.” We specialize in fact-finding, legal actions against perpetrators of earth rights abuses, training grassroots and community leaders, and advocacy campaigns. EarthRights seeks a world in which catastrophic climate change is averted, corporations and governments respect the human and environmental rights of local communities, and earth rights defenders freely and effectively carry out their work in defense of human rights and the environment without fear of criminalization. 

EarthRights International Global and Mekong Regional strategy 2020-2024 focuses on three areas: Climate Justice and Accountability; Earth Rights Defenders; and Corporate accountability. One of our Mekong Regional Program objectives is to build civil society to have a greater understanding of the environmental impacts of fossil fuels (including climate change) and equip civil society with the advocacy skills to campaign against the development of harmful fossil-fuel extraction, production, and distribution projects. To deliver on this objective we seek a climate change technical specialist to help us develop and deliver an 8-10 weeks residential and (likely) digital training program through our Earth Rights School. We are envisioning a modular training program that could be broken down to smaller modules and could be adoptable to local contexts. 

The EarthRights School is a unique training program run by EarthRights International in Thailand. The school’s program is designed to build power, put legal tools in the hands of frontline activists and CSOs, and to help communities protect their rights and the environment in the face of unjust and exploitative development projects. In late 2020 we hope to begin a new training initiative around climate justice and accountability. The training program will strongly incorporate gender equity and social inclusion. 

Purpose of Consultancy: Provide climate change technical expertise for the development and delivery of a short term EarthRights School training course focusing on fossil fuels and climate change advocacy and campaigning targeting young and emerging community leaders and activists in the Mekong Region.

Duties and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of EarthRights School, the technical specialist will work closely with EarthRights Mekong regional legal and campaign teams as well as global teams to:

  • Take lead on the development and design of the climate justice and accountability training program focusing on fossil fuels and targeting young leaders in the Mekong region. 
  • Co-facilitate and support the delivery of the climate change curriculum through a pilot training 8-10 weeks and support the capacity building of staff to deliver and support such training in the future. 
  • Assess the opportunity and methodology of digital training options. 
  • Provide technical assistance for quality implementation through monitoring and evaluation and reporting. 
  • Based on feedback and evaluation, revise and adjust the training program curriculum and support the development of an implementation strategy of the training program. 

Climate Justice Training Program Design

  • Review existing EarthRights School climate justice and accountability related materials and advise on the usability and adaptation of these materials.
  • Lead the development of the new climate change curriculum, whilst ensuring the relevant current EarthRights curriculum materials are incorporated into the new modules.
  • Take the lead on the technical design of the climate justice and accountability training, including curriculum structure and content, relevant field visit sites, and delivery methodology. 
  • Integrate gender and social inclusion throughout the training program’s curriculum and methodology.
  • Collaborate with other EarthRights staff across the organization (DC, Lima) to share materials from the program and incorporate materials and case studies from other regions as appropriate.
  • Develop a teachers’ facilitation guide that is easy to use and follow by EarthRights Mekong and EarthRights School program staff.
  • Provide capacity building to the EarthRights School team and the Mekong Training Coordinator on climate change related content review and update. Help the program team to develop a training implementation strategy, review and update plan. 
  • Produce materials for lessons’ learnt and best practices. 
  • Provide an assessment and options available for a digital component of the training program. 

Pilot Training Delivery

  • Work closely with the EarthRights School team and the Mekong program team to sequence and design each lesson plan so that it contributes to a cohesive delivery that reflects the program’s teaching philosophy and values.
  • Lead the climate training curriculum refinement through monitoring implementation frequent participant feedback, evaluation, and other contributions. 
  • Support and accompany students on field trips to help students process and reflect critically on these learning experiences and draw connections to what they learn in the classroom. 
  • Support the EarthRights School Teacher/Facilitator to implement workflow for students around homework, writing assignments, readings and student presentations; ensure assignments are designed to demonstrate desired learning outcomes.
  • Communicate with guest teachers to ensure that their lessons and content are holistically integrated with the entire curriculum.
  • Provide capacity building to EarthRights School team and other members of the Mekong Regional program to support the delivery of the climate justice training fully/or partially in various other community based contexts.
  • Refine the facilitator’s guide. 

Knowledge Building

  • Develop a climate change training strategy that supports EarthRights Mekong program delivery. 
  • Support the internal organizational capacity building on climate change.

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education: Master’s degree or higher in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Economics, Geography or Social Sciences, 

Experience

  • At least 5 years relevant work experience with professional experiences with rural/community development initiatives.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge of climate change, the climate justice movement, and extractive industries (particularly coal mining and coal-fired power plants) in SE Asia. Additionally, demonstrated understanding of gender, indigenous rights, and social inclusion issues in the region and how to integrate them in development approaches.
  • Demonstrated experience with human rights and environmental advocacy and/or campaigning at a national and/or regional level in collaboration with grassroots community movements, organizations, and international NGOs.
  • Demonstrated training design/development skills, with a particular focus on participatory and experiential methodologies and a high awareness of creative and impactful learning approaches for a diverse student body of adult learners.
  • Excellent cross-cultural facilitation, and communication skills and experience working with diverse groups of people, particularly with non-native English speakers across SE Asia. 
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team, both in person and via distance to plan and manage multiple competing tasks simultaneously in order to meet tight deadlines. High attention to detail and quality of work. Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability, and creativity. 
  • Strong computer skills, and digital skills especially in Microsoft Office and Google Suite. Good understanding and attention to new technologies in digital learning, and integrating them in accessible ways to students.
  • Professional-level English skills are required.
  • Other Mekong languages highly desirable

 

How 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 August 31, 2020. Be sure to use “Consultant Climate Justice” 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.