Senior Program Manager – Amazon programs

Region: América Latina
Office: Ecuador
Hours: Fixed term (initial 12 months contract renewable until the end of program period)
Application deadline: February 28, 2021

Senior Program Manager – All Eyes on the Amazon (AEA) and the Amazon Indigenous Health Route (AIR) programs

You can access the full terms of reference on this link.

Project background

Hivos, in coordination with a set of local and international partners, is leading the implementation of two programs aimed at protecting the Amazon rainforest and defending indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights: All Eyes on the Amazon (AEA), and the Amazon Indigenous Health Route (AIR). We implement a variety of strategies and actions in Ecuador, Peru and Brazil through coalitions that demand innovation and social collaboration among diverse stakeholders.

The All Eyes on the Amazon (AEA) program aims to stop the destruction of the Amazon rainforest by defending indigenous peoples’ and local communities’ rights. Indigenous peoples and local communities supported by AEA in Ecuador, Brazil and Peru collect evidence, using both modern technology and traditional knowledge, that can be used for legal action, advocacy, or communicational campaigns. Simultaneously, AEA also works in the promotion of rights-based structural policy changes in the three countries. Since 2018, Hivos and Greenpeace are the leading organizations of this Program, bringing together a unique coalition of 25 international and local organizations from the fields of technology, human rights, conservation, transparency, advocacy, and law enforcement.

AEA operates at four strategic levels of intervention to achieve its goal. First, it applies innovative technologies for collecting evidence, monitoring and evaluating deforestation and business and financial chains affecting local forests and people. Second, it uses on-the-ground and large-scale spatial data for promoting campaigns and law enforcement at local, national, and international levels. Third, it develops and applies tools and mechanisms for securing rights of local people and activists, defending the defenders, and recognizing property rights of indigenous people in the Amazon. Fourth, it intends to create the conditions for promoting collective learning and strong networks by fostering social innovation, enhancement of community skills, and creating alliances with a variety of stakeholders.

On the other hand, the Amazon Indigenous Health Route (AIR) project is an innovative model of care based on intercultural knowledge dialogues and facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, bringing together health public servants, indigenous organizations, academia, and civil society organizations around joint activities designed to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in the Amazon. Ultimately, we aim to promote structural changes in healthcare systems and networks and improve Indigenous peoples’ access to health in the Amazon region of Ecuador, Peru (Madre de Dios) and Brazil ensuring that health systems implement relevant and culturally adapted strategies that are effective and sustainable.

Learn more about AEA and AIR here:

Functional context

Hivos is selecting a professional for joining the Executive Team of the AEA and AIR Programs as Program Manager (PM). The PM will be responsible for the successful management of the overall programs, including supervision of financial management, strategic planning, monitoring & evaluation, reporting, and coordination & facilitation of a multinational team to ensure program goals are met, lessons learned properly documented and effectively communicated. You consolidate a project management system in which monitoring and reporting on progress in results, finances and an allocation of human resources are up to standard.

Aim of the job

You will be responsible for managing the overall programs and the activities of a diverse coalition of local and international partners working in technology, human rights, environment, health, and indigenous issues. Within the programs, you facilitate coordinated and effective action among all partners and enable team members to do the best job possible by motivating and inspiring staff whilst creating an open and dynamic working environment.

You ensure that all project activities are carried out according to the Terms of Reference, contracts and annual planning of the Programs, together with partners and ensure compliance.

You especially monitor and evaluate the ongoing technical and financial actions of the AEA and AIR programs with strong attention to deadlines, KPIs and milestones with direct supervision of a team of 13 senior professionals based in Ecuador, Brazil, and Peru.


The PM is extremely creative and adaptive to work independently, efficiently, and with limited support for delivering the following:

  • To motivate and supervise the project teams to assure effective and timely delivery of ongoing project activities in Brazil, Ecuador and Peru, with anticipation of risks to the programs and application of measures for risk-management to guarantee the annual deliveries based on contracts, annual workplans and requirements & compliance of all donors;
  • Adequate communication and coordination of consortium members to work and collaborate in an effective way;
  • Present, position, and communicate the programs externally; be the ambassador and face of AEA and AIR;
  • Effective management of communication channels with timely delivery of reports to donors, as well as with the Advisory and Steering committees of the AEA program.
  • Executive support including coordination of meetings and calls with provision of key progress and performance indicators as well as financial reports to AEA’s Steering Committee and Hivos Regional and Executive Directors.
  • Advise the AEA Steering Committee on project implementation, including any risks and modifications to achieve the Program’s goals.
  • Coordinate the search for strategic funding plan to support the sustainability of the programs with prospection of donors to support a portfolio proposal of at least €20 million for 3 years.



  • Work experience in the Amazon basin and with indigenous peoples are indispensable.
  • At least 15 years of work experience in the region of which at least 10 years in senior management positions of programs or projects overseeing multi-stakeholders alliance.
  • At least 10 years of experience in project management (designing, planning, implementation, management and supervision) linked to sustainable development, environmental, human rights, governance and public policies, indigenous peoples, climate justice and related issues.
  • Strong knowledge on key policies and laws related to environmental management, human rights (especially indigenous peoples’ rights), territorial planning, landscape governance, access to health, and climate change in the Amazon.
  • Proof results of experiences working with multi-stakeholders in the region, including international organizations, government agencies, private sector and CSOs, including indigenous peoples and local communities.
  • Well-prepared to lead and convince multi-disciplinary teams and/or multi-partners with demonstrated well-honed integration, diplomatic and result-oriented skills.
  • Proven experience to effectively deliver complex messages and create opportunities for cross-collaboration to/with different audiences and target publics including policy makers/authorities, private companies, low-educated people, grassroots organizations, NGOs and academic community.
  • Solid organizational skills, including multitasking and time-management with strong focus and attention on details and timely results.
  • Strong familiarity and experience in risk and conflict management.
  • Experience in fundraising with proven results of success.

Academic Skills

At least Master degree in Administration, Project Management, Environmental or Social Sciences, Geography, Forestry or related field.


Spanish native proficiency and professional fluency in English (spoken, listen, and written). Knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.

Capacities and competences

Solid organizational skills, including multitasking and time-management with strong focus and attention on details and timely results.

Do you want to apply?

You can apply before 28 February 2021. Both a letter of motivation (max 1 page) and resume (max 3 pages) in English need to be submitted to Hivos via e-mail to

You can access the full terms of reference on this link.


Hivos is an international non-governmental humanist organization. Together with local and global partners, the organization seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which people have equal access to resources and have the power to control their lives and their future. Hivos believes in the creativity and capacity of individuals. Quality, co-operation and innovation form the core concepts in Hivos’ philosophy.

What do we offer?

We offer a stimulating work environment in a professional international organisation with very dedicated staff. We offer competitive labour conditions. Frequent travelling in the region is part of the job. Employment is initially offered for the period of 1 year, but will be extended depending on performance and available funding.

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Background checks for final candidates

If you get selected for the final stage of the selection process, please note that professional references and police clearance certification will be requested due to our Safeguarding Policy*. Exceptions will only be made, if there is a local legislation prohibition or when the candidate is unable to obtain a police clearance due to activities on LGTB+ and Human Rights. We may check social media -unless applicants state they do not wish us to do so-. Accuracy of information in the curriculum vitae will also be checked.


You can apply before 28 February 2021. Both a letter of motivation (max 1 page) and resume (max 3 pages) in English need to be submitted to Hivos via e-mail to

You can access the full terms of reference on this link.