Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities and Stakeholder Engagement Associate

  • Miami, FL, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Location: Miami - New York – Barcelona 

Emergent is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of accelerating the speed and scale of  tropical forest conservation to combat the climate crisis. With an international team of world-class climate experts and a board with deep private and public sector experience, Emergent is supported by a coalition including the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Norwegian government’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). Emergent serves as the platform to facilitate transactions and as the administrative coordinator of the Lowering Emissions by Accelerating Forest finance (LEAF) Coalition, which uses the independent and rigorous ART-TREES standard to verify emissions reductions from deforestation. LEAF is an initiative with initial participation from the governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States, and leading companies  including Amazon, Airbnb, Bayer, Boston Consulting Group, GSK, McKinsey, Nestlé, Salesforce, and Unilever. Participants in the Coalition will support high-quality emissions reductions from tropical and  subtropical forest countries, enabling efforts to reduce and end deforestation.  

Emergent’s supply team is responsible for the direct outreach to, and communication with, tropical and  sub-tropical forest jurisdictions, and for securing the volume for the LEAF Coalition, as well as Emergent’s other (non-LEAF) transactions. 

Job Description

*This is a full-time position at Emergent with current funding guaranteed for one year. Employment past one year will be contingent on securing additional funding 

Duties and responsibilities include the following: 


  • Build on the previous IPLC work, in particular the landscape mapping of IPLC organizations 

  • Organize and facilitate, in close coordination with current IPLC partners and networks, IPLC workshops and webinars 

  • Ensure that stakeholder processes required by the ART TREES standard are complied with in all eligible jurisdictions 

  • Help manage LEAF stakeholder engagement group, including scheduling and facilitating weekly meetings, synthesizing discussion documents, following up with any to-dos that emerge from meetings, communicating main findings, questions, suggestions, and concerns with broader LEAF Coalition, and serving as a key focal point of the group. 

  • Help manage IPLC Advisory Panel, including convening weekly meetings and presenting key issues, facilitating feedback loops to the LEAF Coalition and Emergent, as well as assisting in related tasks. 

  • Track and support IPLC and other stakeholder outreach that LEAF Coalition and partners are doing 

  • Participate in communications working group (weekly) and serve as focal point between stakeholder engagement group and communications working group. 

  • Design and manage feedback mechanisms relating to IPLC issues to LEAF, including presenting issues to the Core Advisory Group (CAG) and other LEAF Coalition sub-group 



  • 7+ years’ relevant experience; 

  • Proficiency with REDD+ related concepts, policies and best practices including the social and  environmental safeguards requirements; 

  • Strong familiarity with IPLC issues/priorities, networks, and groups;  

  • Proficiency with stakeholder engagement processes; 

  • Proficiency in English and Spanish and/or Portuguese/French and/or an Indigenous language from one of the LEAF Coalition jurisdictions; 

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office; and 

  • Strong organizational skills, ability to manage multiple workstreams at once. 

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise:  

  • Excellent communication skills across various functional teams and executive management, including the ability to communicate between technical and non-technical contributors;  

  • Experience organizing and managing virtual events, and managing processes involving multiple stakeholders;    

  • Field experience working in the implementation of REDD+ programs in Africa, Latin America or Asia  

  • Preference for position to be filled by IPLC representative, or individual with extensive existing  connections to and familiarity with IPLC networks;  

  • Technical project or program implementation experience.

Additional Information

Emergent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, local or other applicable laws.

Please include your cover letter and resume here as a single PDF document when applying.

Expected start: Early January 2022

Please send your applications by December 15th 2021