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Chief Operating Officer, COO

The tenure facility is a unique new institution that provides financial support to major projects designed to advance land and forest tenure security and the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities (ip/lc). It is responsive to the growing global land and forest tenure crisis that often pits communities, businesses, and governments against one another. The tenure facility is the first and only institution exclusively focused on securing collective rights to land and forests.

The tenure facility is currently housed by the rights and resources initiative (rri), based in washington d.c. The tenure facility will become fully independent in late 2017. It is currently recruiting staff for its new headquarters in stockholm, sweden.

The tenure facility is designed to respond quickly and flexibly to the needs of indigenous peoples and local communities´ organizations working with governments to secure collective land and forest rights.

The facility will have a core grant from a major us foundation to support initial organisation building. Other funds held by rights resources group (rrg) will be transferred incrementally. The challenge will be to build this organization from the ground up and to increase funding from national and international associations, donors, local communities and their networks.

The tenure facility is located in stockholm, sweden operating in close collaboration with rrg in washington dc during the first year, and subsequently expanding partnerships globally where local and indigenous peoples implement tenure with their government.

Job description

The coo will play an integral role in building the new organization and providing leadership to a growing team. The coo will lead all operations (hr, compliance, it), financial administration, business planning, and budgeting for the tenure facility in addition to providing inputs to strategic planning and organizational growth.

• partner with the executive director to establish tenure facility as a highly credible and respected institution among international development institutions.
• provide effective stewardship of the tenure facility by being actively involved in all programs and services.
• ensure that all program activities operate consistently and ethically within the mission and values of the tenure facility and abide by donor requirements.
• contribute to the development of the tenure facilities’ strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
• serve as the management liaison to the board and audit committee; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board of directors and committee meetings.
• maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the executive director informed of all critical issues.
• ensure the continued financial viability of the tenure facility through sound fiscal management and supporting the executive director with fundraising.

Your profile

You are truly passionate about the tenure facility’s mission and able to promote and communicate the mission and values to external and internal stakeholders. You demonstrate integrity, strive for excellence in your work, and has experience of leading others to new levels of effectiveness and programmatic impact. You have the ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends and an exceptional capacity for managing people – a team builder who has experience in scaling up organizations, ability to connect staff both on an individual level and in groups.

• proven experience in growing an organization and a demonstrated ability to both lead and build the capabilities of a diverse team.
• senior level of professional experience overall, leadership experience supervising seasoned staff operating multiple international programs.
• successful track record in grants management, experience with sida, norad and other major international bi-lateral donors and private foundations.
• thorough understanding of finance, systems, and hr; broad experience with the full range of business functions and systems, including strategic development and planning, budgeting, business analysis, finance, information systems, human resources, and marketing
• extensive professional experience in sweden and up-to-date understanding of relevant regulations and workplace norms.
• mba or similar advanced degree
• french and/or spanish (many grants are expected to go to french and spanish speaking areas, and reports will be written in these languages).

The coo position requires someone with a track record of operational experience, creative problem-solving and financial management to help drive a high-growth, mission-driven organization.


The tenure facility is collaborating with k2 search on this assignment.

Please apply for this position by clicking on the ’ansök’ button – we look forward to hearing from you!
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