Latin America Program Manager – Forest Campaign

PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH INTELLIGENCE. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a 501(c)(3) independent, international, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. with a proven record of triggering and affecting systemic change to protect the Earth’s environment. Over the last three decades, EIA has established a unique paradigm of methods to drive change – including pioneering the use of undercover investigative techniques to expose environmental crime and drive impact. These crimes include illegal trade in endangered wildlife, illegal logging and associated trade in illegal timber, and the trade in both climate-damaging and ozone-layer-depleting gases.

Position description:

EIA is seeking a creative, highly motivated, and experienced manager to lead our forest campaigns in Latin America. EIA’s Forest Campaign uses cutting-edge data and field investigations to document and expose crime, corruption, and associated global supply chains driving deforestation, forest degradation, and violations of people’s rights around the world, and institute policy and legal changes through evidence-based advocacy. We work in close partnership with local civil society organizations and movements to support environmental defenders and advocate for forest governance reforms and equitable land and tenure rights for indigenous peoples and local communities.

The Latin America Program Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of EIA’s strategies and programs in Latin America, in close cooperation with our country teams and Forest Team leadership. As a key member of the Forest Team, the Latin America Program Manager will dedicate their energy, creativity and talents to manage impactful campaigns and a dynamic team working to protect forests, community rights and livelihoods across the Latin America region.

Main Activities and Responsibilities

  • Lead the strategic direction of the program, provide guidance to advance strategic objectives and contribute to the campaign impact;
  • Manage, support and develop a team of dedicated campaigners and experts, and oversee activities to deliver key outcomes for priority work streams;
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with government officials, industry representatives, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders relevant to the Forest Team work;
  • Contribute to investigations of forest-related crimes through fieldwork and international supply chain analysis, and write and publicize investigative reports and advocacy briefs;
  • Collaborate with civil society partners in the region, including Indigenous Peoples organizations and local communities, to document illegal and unsustainable logging, deforestation and rights violations;
  • Prepare/review reports, press releases, newsletters, blog posts, social media, and website content;
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts, including drafting of funder reports and monitoring and evaluation of programmatic implementations.
  • Manage program reporting tasks and oversee and monitor the Latin America program budget;

Required Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior advocacy role at the national or international level;
  • Experience working in the Latin America region;
  • Ability to manage a multidisciplinary team of experts;
  • Strong strategic planning and project management skills to deliver projects on time and to budget;
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively when confronted with difficult choices in a fast-paced environment;
  • Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience working with journalists and media to advance international campaign objectives;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to travel frequently (when post-pandemic travel resumes);
  • Fluency in English and Spanish; proficiency in Portuguese is strongly desired
  • University Degree in a relevant field

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with trade and supply chain data, network analysis, and relevant analytical software
  • Prior working experience or knowledge of the forest sector, timber supply chains, and/or agricultural commodities;
  • Experience using satellite imagery and GIS/mapping technologies
  • Professional background in journalism, photojournalism, or documentary filmmaking;

Racial Justice

EIA strives to integrate values of equity and fairness into our work, which includes bringing an intentional racial justice analysis to our programmatic work and organizational structure. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create a just and inclusive work environment and world.

EIA is an equal employment opportunity committed to workforce diversity. All employment at EIA is decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and organization needs.

Compensation and Location

Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. EIA is open to hiring a candidate working remotely, but the ability to work full time from Washington DC and authorization to work in the U.S. is a plus.


Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line “Latin America Program Manager Application.” In your email, please note where you saw this job posting.

This position is open immediately. The applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large volume of applications, we are only able to respond to those selected for interviews and are not able to answer emails or phone calls.