Application Pack: Programme Manager, Sustainable and Accountable Forest
Management programme, Environmental Governance Campaign.
Thank you for your interest in the Programme Manager, Sustainable and Accountable Forest Management
programme, Environmental Governance Campaign position at Global Witness. This Application Pack
Information about Global Witness
Information about Global Witness’ Environmental Governance Campaigns
Job description and person specification
Abbreviated terms and conditions
To apply, please send a covering letter together with a CV of maximum 2 pages in length to
RecruitmentCampaigns@globalwitness.org to reach us no later than Friday 6th January 2012 at 17:00 hours.
Your covering letter should demonstrate your suitability for this position.
All applications for this role should indicate “Programme Manager, sustainable and Accountable Forest
Manager” in the subject bar of the email.
Applicants applying for this position must have the right to work in the UK.
Please note that we will only contact short-listed candidates, and feedback will only be offered to those
candidates who attend an interview.
Interviews for this position are planned to take place during week commencing 16th January 2012.
About Global Witness
Global Witness investigates and campaigns to end natural resource-related conflict and corruption and
associated environmental and human rights abuses. For 17 years, we have led pioneering international
campaigns to create a growing international awareness of the links between poor governance, exploitation
of natural resources and environmental degradation, and human rights abuse. Our powerful advocacy work
has been a driver behind major international mechanisms and initiatives established to address these issues.
Our work is conducted under three themes:
Environmental governance: with the aim of ensuring sustainable and accountable local and international
governance of forests, land and other environmental resources that maintains vital ecological functions
and promotes development benefits based on recognition of the rights of rural and forest communities
to land and livelihoods;
Ending corruption: with the aim of changing the international norm so it is no longer possible or
acceptable to engage in or enable corrupt activities involving natural resources;
Ending conflict: with the aim of securing an international trade, finance, investment and development
system free of natural resource-related conflict.
Environmental Governance Campaigns
The aim of the Environmental Governance campaign is to put in place sustainable and accountable local and
international governance of forests, land and other environmental resources that maintains vital ecological
functions and promotes development benefits based on recognition of the rights of rural and forest
communities to land and livelihoods.
Based in London and DC, there are currently four teams working on the following campaign objectives;
reducing industrial forest use; ending secrecy in land deals; promoting civil society oversight of forests in
strategic countries so that citizens benefit equitably; and ensuring that the international policy regime
delivers sustainable and accountable forest management.
These campaigns deliver advocacy at international and country levels and work with a range of international
and local civil society organisations to do so. A key approach across all the campaigns is putting people,
especially local and forest communities, at the centre of an emphasis on accountable and transparent
decision making on land and forest use. We want to expose and change the way 'strategic' (self-centred)
governments and, often unaccountable elites, make decisions about land use, and the impact this has on
forests. We want to see much more transparent and accountable decisions on land use that involve citizens
and take the rights of local communities into account. This requires investor initiatives to be subject to
proper scrutiny and more joined-up thinking between ministers across government and between
governments on the need to keep more forests standing. This means working 'above' them - at international
level, and 'below' them, by helping local people have a voice in these decisions. Over time we are also likely
to engage on transparency of supply chains of particular commodities which have strong forest and land
footprints to highlight how these are produced and on what basis they are traded or sold.
Global Witness is about to begin an exciting new programme that will see the organisation build on its
existing international campaigns on forests and land governance. There are two main channels of work in
the Sustainable and Accountable Forest Management programme. Firstly, the programme will conduct in-
depth investigations in forest-rich regions around the world. This investigative work will inform and facilitate
effective advocacy work at the national and international levels. Secondly, the programme will work closely
with a network of local civil society groups in these regions, campaigning with them to make sure their
voices are an integral part of any national or international decision-making processes. Global Witness will
also work with them to develop their ability to campaign effectively for what their communities need, to
have effective independent oversight of how their forests and land are being used and to build local
coalitions to fight for change and protect their local environment and livelihoods. The programme operates
in selected countries in West and Central Africa, South East Asia, and Latin America. The programme is
funded by DFID’s Forest Governance Markets and Climate Programme.
Programme Manager, Sustainable and Accountable Forest Management programme, Environmental
Reporting to: Advocacy and programme leader, environmental governance
Purpose of Post:
The Programme Manager (PM) is a senior position within the Environmental Governance (EG) team, with
chief responsibility in the team for the planning, delivery, monitoring and reporting of the SAFM programme
as a whole. The PM is accountable for the overall programme budget against key financial targets.
Whilst the planning and actual delivery of the SAFM programme is a shared responsibility with campaign
leaders and the Advocacy and Programme Leader, the PM will be able to hold campaign leaders and other
staff responsible for their deliverables in the SAFM programme. One of the PM’s major responsibilities is the
establishment and running of the granting system and the PM will be closely involved in grant approvals
To ensure that the SAFM programme plan delivers its objectives and remains within budget
Responsible for the SAFM programme plan as budget holder and liaise closely with the Finance team
to deliver against key financial targets and reporting deadlines
To develop efficient and accountable working relationships with all relevant stakeholders to ensure
effective and reliable programme delivery – from monthly internal GW meetings to review
progress, plans and impact; to periodic and annual regional meetings of NGO partners to ensure
consistency of projects and sharing of learning experiences
To be responsible for the establishment and effective implementation of the re-grants system which
funds the capacity and advocacy needs of CBO’s (community based organisations) within the
To refine the process for GW internal monitoring and evaluation of the project, including a mid term
evaluation which may involve scoping and contracting an external monitoring and evaluation
provider, who will work closely with the project in an advisory capacity
To ensure that reporting from country initiatives and other sectors is of a high standard, that
financial and other management / performance remains on track, and that all information
requirements for reporting to Global Witness and the donor are provided.
Track and monitor co-funding by all SAFM funders, in conjunction with the Finance team, to ensure
all donor requirements are met and resources best utilitised to meet Global Witness’s goals
To ensure that the SAFM programme has the logistics (travel, equipment) and other support as
necessary to deliver against plans
To help identify training / capacity building providers for national NGOs and CBOs to meet identified
advocacy needs and opportunities
To input to and assist in recruitment and staff inductions to the SAFM programme
To promote and raise awareness of the project with relevant external bodies, and ensuring that the
EG Communications Officer has information on programme findings and achievements which are
needed for communication
To support the Environmental Governance Programme Director in the achievement of the EG
strategy as a whole
To represent Global Witness in meetings with the donor and on occasion with other stakeholders as
At least 3 years experience of project management in a geographically dispersed project, with a
substantial range of programme partners;
Proven experience of defining and delivering to project deadlines as evinced from a previous
Experience in developing and managing budgets;
Experience of partnership management in developing countries including risk assessment, contracts,
managing budgets and financial outputs, monitoring and capacity building the staff where
Experience of managing complex relationships with a number of diverse stakeholders, including civil
society organisations, government institutions and project staff;
People-management skills and experience including strong interpersonal and negotiation skills;
Willingness and ability to frequently travel overseas, including to high-risk environments and
working in the field in offices often with limited resources;
Knowledge of governance and transparency issues regarding natural resources or forestry;
An eye for detail and a tendency to scrutinise and follow up on lines of enquiry
Proficiency in French and or Spanish
Previous experience of managing DFID funded programmes
Abbreviated Terms and Conditions
Benefits: Pension contribution, private health insurance, contribution to gym membership
through a flexible benefit scheme and eligibility to childcare vouchers and cycle to
Contract Period: This post is offered as a 13 month fixed term the potential for renewal of the
contract until November 2013.
Location: London – post-holder must have the right to work in the UK
Working Hours: 35 hours a week Monday to Friday around core working hours of 9.00 am to
6.00 pm to be agreed on commencement
Leave: 20 working days per leave year, excluding public holidays, rising to 25 after a year’s
service. This will be pro rated for each uncompleted leave year. In addition, the
Global Witness offices are closed between the Christmas and the New Year public
holidays, staff will receive those additional paid days off