Program Manager: Land for Climate Program

Cadasta Published: May 16, 2023
Skill Level
Mid Level
Job Type
Climate Change / Planning / Land Use / Program Management

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The Cadasta Foundation is a global not-for-profit organization that provides technology, training and technical support to help governments and marginalized communities document their land, property, and resource rights.

Position Overview

The Program Manager: Land for Climate Program role will assist in the management of implementing a new, multi-year flagship initiative entitled Land for Climate: Enabling Systems Change to Secure Indigenous & Community Land and Resource Rights, which will focus on delivering effective mechanisms to secure land and resource rights and improve land monitoring and governance systems led by Indigenous and local communities. This project is funded by the UK’s Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO).

This position will report to the Chief Program Officer (CPO) and will oversee and contribute to the operations of the Land for Climate program, including outreach to Indigenous and local community organization partners; set up and management of a partner grant program; activity monitoring and allocation of programmatic and technical support for partners; grant compliance and reporting;, and strong collaboration with Cadasta’s program team and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) team to ensure continuous data collection and monitoring.

The ideal candidate has strong project operations and grant management experience in international development, including with a range of donor funders (i.e. FCDO, USAID, World Bank, and philanthropic foundations). Expertise in Indigenous and community rights and land tenure is strongly desired, along with strong leadership, teamwork, management, and communication skills. Familiarity with the use of technology to solve development challenges, cross-cultural skills, and experience working in a developing economy context are strongly desired. GIS and mapping technology skills or knowledge are a plus.

A strong candidate will have: the ability to work under tight deadlines; possess excellent communication skills to assist member relationship management; and be a team player who is willing to learn, anticipate needs, and step up for new assignments.

Program Manager: Land for Climate Program

  • Remote position open to global candidates with an ability to work within 2-3 hours of U.S. Eastern time zone and collaborate with partners in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia
  • Full-time position (40 hours)


  • Works with the CPO to manage the Land for Climate program portfolio and ensure high-quality delivery of our partnership strategy and oversight of the partnership process, including partner acquisition, onboarding, service delivery, and evaluation;
  • Leads and oversees compiling and reporting on key metrics and indicators for the bilateral donor funding the Land for Climate program;
  • Contributes to outreach to potential Indigenous and local community partners who meet the criteria of the Land for Climate small grants facility; support webinars and events announcing the grant opportunity to a broad audience;
  • Oversees due diligence and onboarding of applicants to the Land for Climate grant program;
  • Works with the finance team on the distribution of grants to partner organizations, including approval of budgets, reporting, compliance, and coordination with Cadasta programmatic team for in-kind support of the project cycle;
  • Contributes to the implementation of MEL for the Land for Climate program by ensuring that data is continuously being collected across the duration of the project;
  • Performs partner-related research and analysis as requested, including aggregating feedback interview responses and proposing regular partner feedback activities;
  • With the CPO and Cadasta’s MEL manager, onboards and manages external contractors tasked to deliver high quality evaluations and assessments;
  • Monitors project level resources, including level of effort of programmatic specialists, consultants, and project budgets;
  • Support organizational marketing and communication efforts, including social media when needed;
  • Assists with relevant program-related research as requested;
  • Conducts travel as needed; and
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned.

Required and Desired Skills, Qualifications and Experience

  • A college degree, preferably a higher degree, in a relevant field, such as land administration, international development, geography/anthropology, non-profit management, or relevant area studies including women’s empowerment, agriculture and sustainable supply chain development, natural resources management, Indigenous and community land rights, etc.;
  • At least 10 years experience working in an international setting;
  • Experience working with grassroots organizations in the Global South (especially Indigenous or local community organizations);
  • Grants and contracts management experience, especially with sub-grants or small grants;
  • Solid understanding of donor requirements and compliance, particularly for bilateral funds such as FCDO or USAID;
  • Management skills and leadership ability to anticipate needs and take action;
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where complex tasks are necessary;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a global team;
  • Self-motivated, team-oriented, strong interpersonal skills, sense of humor, and willingness to take on a variety of roles and tasks;
  • Experience writing briefs, proposals, reports, agreements, and other project documents;
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines;
  • Excellent English oral and written communication skills required; other languages a plus, in particular Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

Total Rewards

For U.S.-based hires: We offer a competitive benefits package with health, dental, vision, and life insurance, disability, worker’s compensation, and a voluntary 401k retirement plan with employer matching. Pre-tax flexible spending and transportation expense accounts are also available. In addition, we offer paid time off for 20 days vacation, 10 days sick leave, and 12 U.S. holidays per year.

For non-U.S. hires: We offer competitive consultancy rates that are inclusive of any health, financial, and leave time benefits. We also provide opportunities for participation in professional development, training, and other benefits.

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