Associate, Asia Program

Rights and Resources Initiative
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Feb 21

Position description

Rights and Resources Group is a non-profit organization that serves as coordinating mechanism for the Rights and Resources Initiative, a global coalition to advance forest tenure, policy and market reforms. Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Learn more at

We are looking for a dedicated individual who will take initiative, demonstrate responsibility, and become an integral part of our small and passionate team. The Associate is responsible for providing support to RRI’s Asia Program and Climate thematic area of RRI’s SAGE Program. The Associate will undertake these duties in a systematic and precise manner, handling details carefully without compromising attention to big-picture goals. The Associate will be flexible to work in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that the work is completed within established deadlines. 

The Associate must be familiar with the politics and land/human rights status of the Asia region. To become successful in the role, they must develop a thorough understanding of the RRI/RRG organization and functioning acquired through demonstrated effective work in the organization. As such, there is a high threshold for accountability, the exercise of judgment, discretion, and ownership of responsibilities expected from the Associate, based on the overall guidance provided by the Asia Regional Program Director. 

The Associate will be responsible for providing support to RRI’s Asia Program and Rights and Climate thematic area of RRI’s SAGE Program. The Associate will work under the supervision of the Asia Program Director. This position is a full-time position based in Washington, DC, USA or in Montreal, Canada and is classified as non-exempt under the US Fair Labor Standards Act. 

Essential Job Functions: 

Support the Program Director, Asia as follows:

  • Provide general programmatic and administrative support for the Asia Program, ensuring implementation of program directly or via management of temporary staff or consultants.
  • Ensure proactive delivery of critical program activities under the direction of Asia Program Director
  • Managing the contracting process via consolidation of budgets and work plans for Asia, reviewing and providing input to concept notes by collaborators and drafting all Asia contracts and amendments.
  • Working with collaborators/consultants in Asia to ensure completion of project requirements, e. g. project deliverables; review financial reports and manage payment activities consistent with RRI’s accounting tools.
  • Corresponding directly with Partners and Collaborators during the planning/contractual process to facilitate ensuring concept notes, contracts, reporting and payments are completed in a timely fashion and accurately reflect program/activity objectives.
  • Authoring quality relevant analytical briefings and country updates as required as input to RRI publications, reports, planning process, RRI website, RRI quarterly email updates, and monthly meetings reports, ensuring the Asia program’s contributions to RRI are captured in institutional communications and outreach. 
  • Prepare ready-to-submit quality Strategic Response Mechanism (SRM) RRG memos and documentation for management review before submission to the Board.
  • Support Asia Program Director in meetings/events planning and execution, including all logistical, travel, administrative and research support to meetings and events held at national, regional and global levels, including authoring summary briefs, identifying best practices for sharing and supporting simultaneous translation. 
  • Engage with Asia Partners, Collaborators, Affiliate Network and other relevant actors, gathering updates on changes to plans, priorities and staff. Be able to navigate the political and social elements of coalitions engagement.
  • Developing, monitoring and evaluating country and regional strategies, including planning, under direction of Asia Program Director.
  • Contribute to M&E process and reporting, ensuring documents are prepared on time to reflect the program’s impacts and the decisions of the Asia coalition. 
  • In coordination with Communication’s and Outreach, manage Asia webpage and update event announcements, regionally-specific news and relevant content to blogs in English and/or additional languages on RRI website.
  • Ensure effective and efficient Asia program administration, adhering to RRI administrative protocol and deadlines by proactively and independently communicating internally and externally and resolving issue directly using independent judgment or, where available, established protocols.  
  • Undertake other tasks as requested by the Asia Program Director 

Support the Rights and Climate thematic initiative of SAGE Program as required for both administrative and programmatic work, under the direction of the Program Director, SAGE.


  1. Bachelor’s degree required with a focus on International Affairs, Political Science, Human Rights, South/Southeast Asian Studies, or other relevant field. Master’s degree desirable.
  2. Direct field experience working on relevant themes related to land and forest rights in one or more South or South-Asian country is strongly preferred. Experience and background in issues related to climate change, landscape restoration etc. would add value.  
  3. Experience of working with networks, coalitions and civil society, especially in a facilitating role is a plus.
  4. Professional fluency in English required; proficiency in Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Nepali and/or other Southeast/South Asian languages highly valued.
  5. Familiarity and demonstrated interest in international context and issues at the core of RRI’s Asia Program of work.
  6. Highly organized and detail-oriented, ideally with experience organizing large events. Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term;
  7. Ability to handle multiple tasks, performs well under pressure, prioritize tasks, and meet deadlines and objectives;
  8. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, basic Microsoft Excel, social media and internet savvy; and other digital tools (GIS, large data analytics capabilities will add value).
  9. A passionate interest in social justice, equity, and human rights and a passion to be part of a team to advance global progress on these issues. 
  10. Ability to work well in a team environment, with the flexibility to work independently in a highly dynamic environment while ensuring that established deadlines are met on a wide variety of tasks;
  11. Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people in a multicultural environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  12. Ability and willingness to extensively travel overseas, particularly Asia;

Application instructions

Please send a resume, cover letter and short (1-2 pages maximum) writing sample. Applications will be accepted immediately and interviews conducted on a rolling basis, beginning immediately. The subject line of the email must read: “Asia Program Associate”.

Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Rights and Resources Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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