Rare believes that conservation comes down to people -their behaviors toward nature, their beliefs about its value and their ability to protect it without sacrificing basic life needs. We are a $25 million fast-growing, international conservation organization with partners in 50+ countries. Rare is committed to finding community-based solutions that provide alternatives to environmentally destructive behaviors and ensure that change is embraced and sustained. Our approach is to train and support local conservation leaders to implement Pride campaigns, which are social marketing campaigns that inspire people to take pride in the species and habitats that make their communities unique. Rare is implementing a five-year strategy to scale its work in six countries, including Brazil.
It’s never been a better time to join Rare’s Fish Forever team and become part of an innovative global movement to transform near-shore fisheries (www.fishforever.org) in five countries, including Belize, Brazil, Indonesia, Mozambique and Philippines. Fish Forever has ambitious objectives: boosting fish stocks; increasing the economic value of fisheries; feeding millions of vulnerable people; protecting the most biologically diverse marine habitats; contributing to climate change resilience; and building local leadership capacity to ensure sustainability. Together with our local partners, Rare is already making strides toward promoting widespread sustainable fishing practices in each of the five countries.
Rare’s Brazil team is seeking an extremely talented adult learning specialist with multi-cultural experience. The Training Manager’s overarching goal is assurance of Rare’s program impact, by building the human performance of the country’s staff and partners to achieve quality delivery of our complex programs. They will continually assess, select, develop, and improve our program learning strategies. The position’s main internal client base is composed of the Program Managers who deliver our programs by working with (via training and coaching) Rare’s community partners. The position’s primary external clients are our community partners - the Conservation Fellows and the Agencies they work for.
The Manager, Training will exercise independent judgment regarding the following 3 areas of significance:
Lead the training component of Brazil’s field programs
Rare’s core programs consist of “cohorts” of 6-12 Pride campaigns. Over a 2-3-year period during, the selected Conservation Fellows (normally, one per pride campaign) in each program receive intensive training and remote and in-person mentoring and coaching to apply their training to implement the program in their communities.
During the Cohort development phase the Training Manager is responsible for designing and helping to execute partner recruiting and familiarization workshops and for developing a comprehensive learning strategy for each cohort. During the Cohort implementation phase, the Training Manager leads the Cohort team to deliver the entire training program, providing direct program and team oversight during training phases.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Function as the team expert on the Pride and Fish Forever curriculum, including a comprehensive knowledge on the objectives, content, tools, deliverables, methodologies, grading processes, etc.
- Serve as team expert in the areas of adult education, session development, facilitation, ESL education, and classroom management.
- Draw on a strong training toolkit to conduct needs assessments, plan learning strategies, develop customized training, ensure learner-centered methodologies, employ innovative and pedagogically-sound teaching/learning tools, train trainers, design workshops, and manage highly-varied content.
- Articulate and regularly communicate to the team the training methodologies, tools, and standards.
- Manage classroom by setting and administering the teaching schedule.
- Manage classroom by attending all training sessions, delivering classes, facilitating the process and linking topics/tools/objectives/gaps/skills gaps/etc.
- Lead team in managing coursework, assignments, timelines, workloads, grading processes, relations with local experts that could be invited to deliver training sessions, etc.
- Identify and/or manage subject matter experts (objectives and teaching methods).
- Impart technical support to ensure skills development during field phases (distance learning, training refresher emails, etc.).
- Conduct periodic site visits to assess participant skills as they relate to the learning strategy and training objectives.
- Ensure world-class standards in all areas related to training development and implementation in the regions.
- Develop mechanisms for training evaluation (and adaptive management during learning phases).
- Teach selected course sessions (approximately 20-30%),
- Review and approve all customized lessons/coursework (relevant objectives, pedagogically sound, time, etc.)
- Coordinate with team coordinator on classroom set-up, training materials, equipment, etc.
- Manage the feedback process between country team and Global Fish Forever/Pride Programs.
- Report on progress/impact of training activities in team calls. Communicate training activities and reports with key external partners/stakeholders. Share final outcomes and ‘lessons learned’ with other regions, via weekly newsletters and other mediums.
- Manage the training budgets, as outlined in cohort business plan.
- Organize and prepare, in collaboration with the operational unit of Rare Brazil, all the logistical needs (venue, lodging, transportation, materials, equipment, supplies, etc.) for training events, as well as coordinate the purchase of training materials and supplies.
- Serve as technical expert for the design of all new workshops, staff training, alumni training, etc.
Lead regional team communication and training processes
Rare’s Brazil regional team is currently composed of 9 staff with varying experience levels, and backgrounds. We expect this team and the programs it delivers to grow considerably in the coming years. To facilitate team performance, the Training Manager will be responsible for supporting the Country Senior Director with intra-team communications, designing and overseeing regular team meetings and other communication and coordination processes. They will also lead the on-boarding of new team members and advise on ongoing team member training and development.
- With the entire Brazil team including the two members that are based in Arlington VA office (VP for Brazil and Strategy and Development Director), oversee the agenda development, scheduling and participation in regular team meetings, and periodic team retreats. Develop and implement other team communication and coordination processes.
- Champion the inclusion of a sense of fun in team culture and ensure that regular morale-boosting and fun activities are scheduled and attended during work hours.
- Create and implement the vision for staff training, ensuring that programmatic teams and individuals have the necessary skills and resources to implement and scale cohorts of Pride and Fish Forever campaigns.
- Assess staff and team learning needs, and make recommendations to Country Senior Director and Vice President for training strategies.
- Conduct training of trainers.
- Orient the team on Pride social marketing and Fish Forever curriculum content, processes, and technologies.
- Use training phases to build capacity in Pride and Fish Forever topics and training facilitation.
- Leverage training resources for the professional development of Pride team members.
- Identify cutting-edge tools and resources to enhance staff capacity on relevant topics.
- Support the coaching, mentoring, and support of Fisheries Implementation Managers and Fisheries Specialist.
- Create mechanisms to recognize professional achievements and team milestones.
Partnership with Fish Forever Global Program and other regions
The Training Manager acts as the country’s primary liaison with Fish Forever global program, and participates in cross-organizational Training Management Team.
- Improve the Pride (social marketing of conservation) curriculum.
- Streamline training tools and processes.
- Systematize staff training.
- Foster cross-regional learning.
- Serve as ‘Learning Experts’ to the rest of the organization.
- Create supplementary learning tools/methods to ensure mastery of new Pride skills.
Experience & Education
- Masters degree and/or 7 + years of related experience.
- Experience with project management and learning design and management tools.
- Experience in adult pedagogy will run the full gamut from curriculum and session design, through trainee capacity assessments, to training venue selection and preparation, training delivery and classroom management.
- They will possess the management maturity, credibility, strategic judgment, presence, interpersonal and influence skills to join country director, strategy and development director and the Vice President to lead a growing team.
- This Manager must have a clear focus on success, yet have the flexibility and propensity for fun to be an effective team member.
- They will have the diversity of experience needed to work effectively in the varied cultures of developing
- They will possess excellent writing skills in Portuguese and English; spoken fluency in Portuguese and English.
- The Manager must be a critical thinker, self-motivated, flexible and detail-oriented person.
Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. EOE/M/F/D/V