Project Associate (Technical)
Practice Area: International Conservation
Employment Type: Direct Hire
Start Date: 05/04/21
Environmental Incentives’ mission is to enhance the natural systems that sustain resilient and healthy communities. We design performance-driven approaches to conservation that empower public and private sector leaders to multiply their impact. We are environmental thought leaders pioneering a new wave of conservation, helping people get the most from their investments in the environment. Since our establishment in 2004, we have become a leading advisor on natural resource programs and policies across the country and internationally. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation operating four offices across the U.S. and supporting field staff in multiple countries.
- Western Office (headquarters) – South Lake Tahoe, CA
- Southern California Office – San Diego, CA
- Eastern Office – Washington, DC
- Mountain Office – Denver, CO
- Kenya Field Office – Nairobi, Kenya
Environmental Incentives (EI) is seeking to hire a Washington DC-based Project Associate to support the management and technical needs of the LAC (Latin America & the Caribbean) Environmental Services Support Contract (LAC ESSC (Environmental Services Support Contract)). The LAC ESSC contract is a five-year initiative to help USAID strengthen its conservation and biodiversity programming in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing expert technical and logistical support services to strengthen the design, management, and evaluation of regional and bilateral environment, resilience, and energy programs in the LAC region.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the direction of the Washington DC-based LAC Field Support Manager, the successful candidate will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with their EI colleagues to ensure high quality and impactful products and services. They will also be able to quickly grasp complex coordination needs and set clear paths for team members, managing adaptively in response to emerging priorities.?Over time, responsibilities may shift as new needs and priorities emerge in our growing portfolio.
- Assist in research, knowledge management, and data management tasks to provide inputs to products related to environmental and energy issues in LAC region.
- Support the planning, logistics, coordination, and facilitation of webinars, events, and workshops for USAID and its partners in LAC region.
- Engage in the development of theories of change, results frameworks, action planning workshops and documents, and monitoring and evaluation processes.
- Assist with the development and rollout of project deliverables such as work plans, monthly meetings, yearly retreats, annual reports, synthesis of findings, etc.
- Develop and/or manage trackers and tables for planning and monitoring upcoming tasks, responsibilities, and milestones for project design, implementation, and evaluation.
- Track project outputs and knowledge projects through their scoping, drafting, review, revision, and approval processes; Ensure project outputs are filed properly.
- Support external and internal meetings and conference calls, such as through organizing meeting logistics, preparing meeting materials, preparing minutes and actions, and/or coordinating follow-up.
- Support the Program Manager, as applicable, in scoping and production processes and support coordination efforts across larger team as needed.
- Support recruiting of staff and consultants in DC and LAC region.
- Support travel arrangements in compliance with contract requirements.
- Support the development of high quality, brand-compliant, multimedia communications products and visual assets.
- Work with subject matter experts to produce fact sheets, case studies, success stories, and other communications materials.
- Manage and contribute website content, including blog posts.
- Prepare newsletters and announcements using e-mail marketing software.
- Copyedit written materials including reports, briefs, and presentations.
- Document formatting to ensure consistency and branding compliance.
- Support internal operations and team events: plan team-building activities and marketing events, support office operations, and implementation of special projects.
- Perform other duties as assigned and related to the position.
Environmental Incentives seeks talented, creative, and inspired professionals who can provide technical leadership in a growing practice.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as international studies, relations, or biodiversity conservation and/or environmental studies.
- At least 2 years of full-time, post-bachelor’s work experience in project management, operations, or administration.
- Advanced to expert knowledge of MS Office suite (particularly MS Word, Teams, PowerPoint, and Excel) and Google Suite (Gcal, Google Drive, Sheets, Docs).
- Demonstrated administrative experience managing multiple tasks and consultants, clients, and stakeholders.
- Highly organized with excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong facilitation and copy-editing skills.
- Strong numeric literacy and demonstrated experience in basic budgeting.
- Exceptional customer service skills, a problem-solving approach and adaptability — an eagerness to assist others, and flexibility?in taking on the work at hand.?
- Willingness to be available outside of regular office hours for international calls and other time-sensitive tasks (2-4 times per month).
- Proficient English required. Ability to perform functions of this position in Spanish, including written and verbal communications. Knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.
- Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions.
- Experience in international development, USAID, or other donor experience. Cross-cultural competence and experiences working, living, or studying in other countries.
- Relevant training in a field relevant to international development, preferably related to international environmental issues or the LAC region.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS AND BASE STATION
The position will be based in Washington, DC, with infrequent travel. Due to the to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the position will begin remotely.
Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes generous annual leave, holiday and sick time, retirement plan options, professional development opportunities and health coverage. Salaries depend on qualifications and location. The annual salary range for this position is $45,000-$58,000, commensurate with experience.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Please submit your cover letter and resume no later than March 19, 2021. Please include the cover-letter in the same PDF document as your resume, or else paste it into the web form as unformatted text. On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates to request additional information. While resumes, cover letters and writing samples allow us to screen for certain characteristics, they do not always let us know who you are and the qualities and skills you possess. Therefore, we will ask qualified candidates to complete a hiring exercise to better determine alignment with Environmental Incentives’ principles and position expectations. Candidates who perform well on the hiring exercise will be invited to interview with the Environmental Incentives team.
ENVIRONMENTAL INCENTIVES IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment for all employees, where diversity of thought, style, culture, and skill is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or and other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.