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The ICCA Consortium is looking for an Administration Assistant!

Do you want to be part of a dedicated, passionate, international team? Do you want to participate in supporting and strengthening Indigenous peoples and local communities across the world as they strive for their territories of life?  Do you want to join a civil society movement working at the local, national and international levels? The ICCA Consortium is hiring a new Administration Assistant as a semi-voluntary (to start) position!

What is the ICCA Consortium?

Legally established in July 2010 but informally active since 2008 and rooted in the movements that promoted equity in conservation in the first decade of the millennium, the ICCA Consortium is an international association dedicated to promoting the appropriate recognition of and support to the territories and areas conserved by indigenous peoples and local communities (ICCAs-territories of life for short) in the national, regional and global arenas.  The Consortium is directly linked to the grassroots through its organisation Members (indigenous peoples and local community organisations and civil society groups) and Honorary members.

As a global institution, the Consortium has developed partnerships with the CBD Secretariat, GEF SGP, UNEP WCMC and various UN mechanisms promoting human and indigenous peoples’ rights. The Consortium supports and highlights field-based ICCAs-territories of life while nourishing a critical mass of understanding, concern and action for ICCAs-territories of life at national level, mostly via dedicated working groups, coalitions and federations. So far, the Consortium and its Members have fostered opportunities for mutual exchanges and learning on ICCA-territory of life related issues through a variety of media and outreach mechanisms, such as publications in three languages, a rich and regularly maintained web-site (, social media, and the organisation and running of local, national and global events throughout the world.

The ICCA Consortium is a registered non-profit organisation under articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Code.

To sustain the above-mentioned activities, the ICCA Consortium currently engages with independent consultants willing to coordinate tasks in various sub-regions, assist in on-going activities and maintain a global system for documentation and dissemination of information on ICCAs-territories of life .

Southeast Asia First Regional Assembly of the ICCA Consortium in 2018

Your tasks

  1. Support the management of the ICCA Consortium Membership system
  2. Support the ICCA Consortium Communication system
  3. Support the participation of the ICCA Consortium in national and international events

Please see the full job description here.

What is required from you?

  • Excellent level of written and spoken English is essential.  Working knowledge of Spanish and/or French is required.
  • A willingness to work as a semi-volunteer with a low level of remuneration at the start. In the future it is hoped that we will be able to offer a higher level of remuneration, but this is dependent on successful fundraising.
  • Excellent capacity to work with individuals from different cultures.
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent organisational capacity and multitasking ability.
  • Dedication to issues related to cultural and biological diversity, human rights, community governance, environmental conservation, etc

A comfortable work frame

The ICCA Consortium has no physical head office and all work is done remotely.  The Administration Assistant can be based anywhere in the world where there is a suitable office space with reliable and continuous internet connection. We would prefer to hire someone from Asia, Africa, Central America or South America.

The Assistant will have daily contact with the rest of the team via email, audio or video conferences.

You will receive full training on your functions from the Programme and Communication Officer of the Consortium.  This training will take place in person, via e mail and/or Skype, and both will continue to work very closely and regularly together.

The advantages of this work

You will be at the crossroads of information that comes from every corner of the world, often from remote but very inspiring places. You will be aware of everything that is going on at every level of the Consortium: local, national, regional and international.

You will meet outstanding individuals, culture, nature and territories all inspiring dedicated defenders. You will learn about local, national and international strategies to support the appropriate recognition of ICCAs-territories of life.

You will become familiar with, or develop your skills with, online tools and platforms such as wordpress, social media, mailchimp and more.

You will have the opportunity to develop your capacities and knowledge of areas of the Consortium that interest you most.

How to apply:

  1. Please read the job description
  2. By 31 May, send us (1) a cover letter, (2) your CV, and (3) a video (5 minutes maximum) telling us why you are the best person for this job and why you want to support the international movement of the ICCA Consortium (be yourself!).
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  3. The start date of this position is 1 July 2019.

The 2018 General Assembly in Bishoftu, Ethiopia