Program Associate

Ford Foundation




The Program Associate works as part of a team of a program staff who is implementing the Brazil Initiative strategy as part of the Climate and Land Use Alliance. The Program Associate holds a variety of responsibilities related to the research, analysis, and the effective operation of the grantmaking with a primary focus on the portfolio grants made to support the Initiative’s strategy. The Program Associate will also serve as a strong conduit for shared learning within the team and across programmatic teams.

The Program Associate will work with the CLUA team to support the grantmaking, monitor and manage the portfolio of projects, to manage budget forecast and allocation, as well as report on the initiative to its Board and others.

CLUA’s strategy supports implementation of international public and private sector policies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from land use that benefit indigenous peoples and rural local communities, and protect biodiversity and ecosystem services in focal geographies that include Brazil, Mexico, Central America, Indonesia, and beyond. 

In Brazil, this includes the following objectives: 

Policy and Governance Reforms:

  • Helping Brazil deliver on forest and climate commitments in the Paris Agreement and implement its Forest Code in the Amazon and Cerrado. 

Community Land Rights and Management:

  •  Encouraging increased formal recognition of indigenous and traditional community lands and resource rights, and sustainably operating community-based land management systems in the Amazon and Cerrado. 
  • Conflict-and Deforestation-Free Beef and Soy: Ensuring beef and soy in the Amazon and Cerrado are legally sourced and verified as deforestation and conflict-free. 

Addressing Impacts of Infrastructure and Extractives:

  • Avoiding negative environmental and social impacts, decreasing the risk of corruption, and guaranteeing indigenous and traditional peoples’ rights in policies, investments, and infrastructure and extractives projects. 
  • The Program Associate (PA) will report to the CLUA Brazil Initiative Lead, and work closely with the Program Leads, which are part of the CLUA Brazil local team, and the Grants Management team based in the US. The PA will be a full member of the multi-foundation CLUA Brazil Initiative Team.  Primary focus areas will be for the following CLUA Brazil Strategy Objectives: Policy and Governance; Community Land Rights and Management; and Addressing the Impacts of Infrastructure and Extractives.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social science field and minimum 5 years’ experience working in a program-related support capacity.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.  
  • Strong proficiency with research, data collection, review, analysis, and reporting.
  • Strong proficiency with proposal design, logic-framework and ToC design, and budget management.
  • Strong proficiency with the use of software platforms and high degree of comfort with multiple technology applications, including the Office Suite and Trello.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in both English and Portuguese.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a range of stakeholders, including private sector, government, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage complex projects, including monitoring outcomes and processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement, and bringing this analysis forward to guide decision-making.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a multi-faceted, multitasking environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, constructive participation in ongoing organizational development.





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