Policy Program Coordinator
International Rivers fights destructive dams in Latin America, Africa and
Asia and promotes better methods of meeting energy and water needs. One of
our core strategies is to promote stronger social and environmental
standards for international dam builders and financiers.
International Rivers is looking for an experienced, skilled, dynamic
person to coordinate our efforts to reform social and environmental
policies and practices of governments, financiers and companies. The
Policy Program Coordinator will work with our partner organizations and
satellite offices around the world, as well as with colleagues in our
This is a full-time position (40 hours/week). It is located in Berkeley,
USA, and requires occasional international and domestic travel. The Policy
Program Coordinator reports to the Policy Director.
The duties and responsibilities of the Program Coordinator are:
1. Research and analysis: Monitor the strategies, policies and projects of
international dam builders and financiers and conduct research on these
topics. In particular, analyze developments regarding the World Commission
on Dams, the proposed Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol and
the role of hydropower projects in climate finance mechanisms.
2. Advocacy: Build pressure to convince international dam builders and
financiers to strengthen their social and environmental guidelines.
Promote the framework of the World Commission on Dams, and push back
against efforts to undermine this framework. Engage dam builders and
financiers in a dialogue if possible, and employ more confrontational
tactics if necessary.
3. Capacity building: Strengthen the capacity of civil society groups to
advocate for stronger social and environmental standards within their
countries and on the international level. Share information, publish
reports and fact-sheets, organize trainings and other workshops, assist
partner groups with small grants, and give direct advice as needed. Work
together with our China Global Program and support the policy work of our
4. Media work and other communications: Respond to media inquiries and
carry out international media work. Write articles, commentaries, blog
posts and reports. Contribute stories to our magazine, World Rivers
Review, and maintain the Policy Program's web pages.
5. Program coordination: Coordinate International Rivers' program to
strengthen the social and environmental standards and practices of dam
builders and financiers. Develop and implement strategies and work plans.
Supervise interns and volunteers. Help with fundraising, budgeting and
financial oversight for the policy program.
. Excellent research, writing and verbal communication skills in
English; other language skills a plus.
. Demonstrated ability to think strategically and develop effective
. Knowledge and understanding of sustainability and human rights
issues, international financial institutions and the corporate sector.
. At least five years of experience in international advocacy work.
. Diligence, independence, ability to handle multiple tasks and
. Ability to work well in a team and within an international network.
· Commitment to environmental integrity, social justice and the vision and
mission of International Rivers.
. Strong computer skills (including the ability to maintain web pages).
. Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience required;
Master's degree a plus;
. Authorization to work in the United States.
International Rivers offers a stimulating, casual and flexible work
environment. Our competitive salary and benefits package includes health
insurance and excellent vacation and sick leave. Salary commensurate with
To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to
firstname.lastname@example.org or to International Rivers, 2150 Allston
Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA; fax +1 510 848 1008. Please mention "Policy
Program" in the address or subject line. Deadline for applications:
September 12, 2010.
International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and First Source
Berkeley employer. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates
regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and
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