Research Triangle Institute (RTI) has over 30 years’ experience assisting governments, communities, and the private sector. As a not-for-profit, independent research institute based in North Carolina, USA, RTI has roughly 5,000 employees with global experience implementing international development projects. RTI's Sustainable Growth & Resilience (SG&R) technical unit within the International Development Group brings together RTI experts and capabilities across food security, agriculture, energy, environment, water, governance, and economic opportunity. SG&R will leverage RTI's experience designing and delivering multisectoral programming and technical solutions to respond to climate change, build resilience, and promote economic growth around the world.
SG&R’s Environment portfolio has delivered innovative, breakthrough solutions in key development sectors, including countering wildlife crime, sustainable forest management, protected area management, climate change, water resources, environmental policy, economic livelihood development, community engagement, and institutional capacity building.
RTI is preparing for the anticipated $30M USAID Guatemala Prosperous and Resilient Landscapes Activity. The purpose of the activity is to reduce Guatemala’s land-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase carbon sequestration from land use. This activity will increase the prosperity and resilience of rural Guatemalan communities in the Western Highlands, Alta, and Baja Verapaz, and Petén by investing in activities that reduce the drivers of deforestation and increase forest cover while improving livelihoods, especially for forest dependent communities, indigenous peoples, women, and youth.
To accomplish this, USAID will seek to work across four strategic approaches, including: (1) forest conservation, sustainable forest management, and integrated fire management; (2) applying climate-smart livestock practices; (3) landscape restoration; and (4) improving and expanding agroforestry systems and sustainable soil management practices.
The objectives of the Prosperous and Resilient Landscapes Activity are:
RTI is seeking a Sustainable Livelihoods Lead who will lead market systems strengthening and work to reinforce relationships between the project team and partner organizations for activities under Objective 2. The Sustainable Livelihoods Lead will drive the technical strategy and coordinate implementation for activities related to value chain development, market linkages, access to finance, job creation, revenue generation, and overall livelihoods improvements through activities that help to reduce land-based GHG emissions. This position will work closely with the COP and RTI home office team to ensure market systems and value chain development activities are implemented at a high level of quality and that they meet stated goals and reporting requirements. The Sustainable Livelihoods Lead position will be based in Guatemala City and will report to the COP.
Position contingent upon award and funding. Local nationals encouraged to apply.
Primary responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
Required Skills and Qualifications: