About ZTI

The ZTI coalition brings together indigenous peoples’ leaders and organisations, local communities and Afro-descendant community representatives, and enables joint collaboration with a wide range of international and national NGOs working with human rights defenders.

 

The ZTI is led by a multi-stakeholder steering committee of indigenous, Afro-descendant and southern NGOs that shapes coalition priorities around three pillars of work: i) collective protection and community-led resilience; ii) solidarity actions in support of communities and defenders under threat; and iii) coordinated advocacy to promote meaningful reforms by state and non-state actors to improve protections for defenders and tackle the root causes of violence and intimidation. 

Job Vacancy:

ZTI Latin America Regional Focal Point  

Duration of contract: One year with a minimum of 3 months probationary period. The contract will be renewed on an annual basis subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.

Dependent on: To be determined by the local entity depending on the candidate's location (can be directly with Forest Peoples Programme or through a local ZTI member).

Work location: The successful candidate can work remotely or from the office of a ZTI member.

Announcement: 29 November 2021

Deadline for applications: 10 December 2021

Interested persons can submit their application by sending a CV (maximum 2 pages) and a cover letter (maximum 1 page) by the end of the day on 10 December 2021 to: fpp.zti.contact@forestpeoples.org. Please include "ZTI Latin America Regional Focal Point" in the subject of your email. Please follow these instructions or your application runs the risk of rejection. 

A. Background to the role of the Latin America Regional Focal Point: 

The Zero Tolerance Initiative (ZTI), in collaboration with Forest People's Programme (FPP) and ZTI Latin America members, seeks to recruit a part-time ZTI Latin America Regional Focal Point, who should have experience in human rights, indigenous peoples and environmental rights issues, and will be based in Latin America, to facilitate the regional activities of the coalition of human rights defenders, NGOs and advocacy organisations working to end violence and killings in, or associated with, value and supply chains. 

The ZTI coalition brings together leaders, Indigenous Peoples' organisations, local communities and representatives of Afro-descendant communities, and enables joint collaboration with a wide range of international and national NGOs working with human rights defenders.

It is led by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee, composed of indigenous, Afro-descendant and Southern NGOs, which shapes the coalition's priorities around three pillars of work: collective protection and community-led resilience; knowledge sharing, solidarity actions in support of communities and defenders under threat; and coordinated advocacy to promote meaningful reforms by state and non-state actors to improve the protection of defenders and address the root causes of violence and intimidation.

FPP is a founding member of the coalition and is providing facilitation support for the ZTI's global network, collaborative actions and local self-protection initiatives led by Southern organisations and communities. The aim is to enable mutual exchange of information, facilitate dialogues and ensure effective internal and external communication and networking. 

The focal point will be in close contact with the ZTI steering committee, with colleagues from the local entity hosting the post, FPP and with other ZTI members of its support team, working to promote coherent actions across the three pillars of the coalition's work. 

We especially encourage applications from people who are indigenous, peasant and Afro-descendant or have experience in supporting indigenous peoples or local communities directly. 

B. Roles and responsibilities:

  • Assist the coalition in networking and facilitating partnerships and collaborative actions in the region, particularly those working with defenders, human rights and development, and business and human rights.

  • Act as a focal point in the region, providing concrete advice and facilitating connections between local groups under active threat and ZTI members and other protection groups in the region and globally that can provide support. 

  • Support learning and exchange in relevant areas of ZTI priorities, including collective protection.

  • Facilitate coalition meetings in the region and assist with general meetings, liaise with coalition members and the wider coalition (ZTI coordination team and Steering Group), including digital conference links, interpretation, minute taking, invitations, translation of resources for the ZTI network, etc.

  • Assist in the organisation of national, regional and global ZTI advocacy, communications and events, including helping to facilitate statements of support or advocacy, where relevant.

  • Facilitate and support ZTI governance processes, including steering group decision making, ensuring that Latin American members are consistently engaged and represented.

  • Contribute to the ZTI calendar of actions, activities and events.

  • Share relevant regional and national resources/events, etc. with the ZTI coalition and steering group. 

  • Assist in compiling up-to-date and relevant information and a record of decisions, making these available to the ZTI steering group. 

  • Work with the ZTI global facilitator, other regional focal points and the steering group to develop funding proposals. 

  • Work with wider networks to support the production of advocacy materials and campaigns, related to global supply chains and human rights abuses.

  • Be a point of contact for those interested in the coalition in the region.

C. Person specification:

  • A minimum of 3 years' experience working with national or regional indigenous peoples' organisations/networks or public or international bodies linked to indigenous peoples.

  • Previous experience working with or in support of human rights defenders, preferably indigenous land and forest defenders, including indigenous, local, Afro-descendant and peasant communities. Openness to working with an intersectional ethnic and gender approach.

  • In-depth knowledge of international human rights systems or strong familiarity with national human rights legal systems, including collective rights.

  • Experience working and networking within or with social movements and civil society organisations in Latin America, ideally on business and human rights issues.

  • Excellent networking, teamwork and communication skills. 

  • Good writing skills in Spanish.

  • Effective administrative, organisational and coordination skills. Good time management skills.

  • Knowledge of collective/community protection, other protection systems for defenders, and business and human rights/corporate accountability is desirable. 

  • Visionary and practical approach

  • Ability and willingness to interact with different types of actors (public, private, social).

Desirable:

  • Experience working and networking within or with social movements and civil society organisations in Latin America, ideally on business-related issues.

  • Ability to speak and read English and/or Portuguese would be useful for the work and its articulation with other regions.

D. Qualifications:

  • At least a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in development studies, sociology, law or other social sciences, development studies, human rights and natural resource management. A Master's degree in related studies will be an added advantage.

  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of indigenous peoples' rights, issues and concerns, especially indigenous peoples and human rights in Latin America.

E. Conditions:

  • Part-time function at 2.5 days per week to start as soon as possible for one year, with possibility of extension (probationary period of 3 months).

  • Full-time equivalent salary depending on qualifications and experience. 

  • The successful candidate can work from the office of a local ZTI member or from home.

  • Candidates must be located in an area that allows for a stable and strong internet connection. 

  • The ZTI regional focal point in Latin America will work in close coordination with the ZTI global facilitation team, and that of FPPs involved in ZTI and related work.

Interested persons can submit their application together with a CV and letter of support before the end of the day on 10 December 2021 to the following email addresses: fpp.zti.contact@forestpeoples.org

ZTI gives equal opportunity to all candidates of indigenous origin, but only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Women and indigenous persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to ZTI members and to indigenous, peasant and Afro-descendant candidates.