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Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)

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19 December 2019
Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM)


Positions: National project coordinator in Guyana & National project coordinator in Suriname
Place for implementation: Position based in Georgetown, Guyana 
Position based in Paramaribo, Suriname
Both with frequent missions in the mining areas
Closing date: 01/ 31/ 2020
Length: Four years (4) from the signing of the contract (through extendable contracts of 6-month duration).
Contractor: ARM Foundation (Colombia)
Objective: Coordinate the project “Supporting Mercury Phase-out in the Guianas” (2020-2023) at the national level (Guyana)


The Alliance for Responsible Mining (ARM) is a globally recognized leader and pioneer of responsible ASM. Since 2004, ARM has worked with a worldwide network of experts and partners for sustainable development of ASM. We are legally incorporated in Colombia as an independent and non-profit organization with projects based in Africa and Latin America.
ARM projects cover a wide range of countries. ARM has worked in 18 countries in Latin America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Honduras and Brazil), Africa (Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Ghana, Uganda, Niger, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya) and Asia (Mongolia). We have supported around 100 mining organizations through our specific methodology based on a holistic approach, in which the social and cultural aspects complement the technical one. Around 15,000 people have benefited directly and indirectly from our intervention, both miners and their community. We have developed and tested tools, processes and methodologies to ensure quality interventions and to keep improving our outcomes.        


Coordinate the project “Supporting Mercury Phase-out in the Guianas” (2020-2023) at the national level (Guyana). This will include the daily planning, management and reporting of the strategies to be implemented and activities carried out in Guyana in the context of the regional project, and with a focus on results.


  1. Institutional
As a staff of ARM, the National Project Coordinator will have to comply with the organization’s policies and therefore:
  • Participate in the capacity building sessions planned by ARM staff to guarantee the quality of the activities as well as the alignment with the strategies of the organisation;
  • Participate in the meeting and spaces of coordination; 
  • Follow the internal rules, protocols, procedures, and codes implemented by the organization, particularly the guidelines related to the administrative and financial aspects, safety and conflict of interest;
  • Use, in a suitable manner, the methodologies as well as the templates and tools that are related, for the planning, the implementation, the reporting and the communication of the activities;
  • With regard to the field missions, define previously and share with the headquarter-based project coordinator, the itinerary, the planning of the travels and activities, in compliance with the safety policy of the organization;
  • Ensure a routine collection and sharing of the information related to the attended meetings and events, as well as the contacts created;
  • Provide, in total transparency, the information about the activities, objectives, results, challenges;
  • Ensure the information produced is of a good quality and intelligibility, the products are delivered and made available to the team and well stored, in compliance with the procedures of the organisation;
  • Be a model in regard of the respect of human rights, especially in front of the communities supported by the project and, more generally for each person related to the activities and processes implemented;
  • Make sure that the communication strategy is coordinated with the staff of ARM based in the headquarters of the organisation, and that all the public communication regarding the organization and the project are aligned with ARM’s vision.
  1. Related to the position
As the national coordinator of the Project in Guyana, the consultant shall implement the following tasks:
Component 1 (10%):
  • Coordinate with WWF team in Guyana the implementation of the activities and inform ARM Regional Program Manager of the main achievement of the activities lead by WWF in the component 1.
  • Lead the development of local dialogues in the selected regions in coordination with WWF Guianas team and ARM´s team;
  • Facilitate the implementation in Guyana of multi-stakeholders’ platforms for the coordination of the project and to leverage the mercury phase-out reflection at institutional level;
  • Monitor the carrying out of context assessments that allow the identification of the main barriers and opportunities with regard to the mercury phase-out in Guyana.
Component 2 (50%):
  • Select and supervise the staff related to the technical project implementation in the territories;
  • Coordinate and participate in the selection of the pilot sites in Guyana, the elaboration of action plans and the carrying out of activities of these action plans that aim at mitigating risks and adopting best management practices;
  • Warrant a transparent liaising and coordination with other projects and co-financing institutions in order to ensure a consistent territorial strategy and approach with the ASM and local communities;
  • Be a bridge and a facilitator between the field (mining communities, local teams in Guyana) and the National Project Coordinator based in Suriname, ARM Regional Program Manager based in Medellín, as well as the rest of ARM and WWF headquarter staff; 
  • With the support of ARM’s headquarters team, facilitate the identification and assessment of market supply chains and identify opportunities for the connection with legal markets in Guyana;
  • Ensure the periodic collection, analysis and follow-up on risks and lessons learnt during the project.
Component 3 (25%):
  • Coordinate with IRD and UQAM as leaders of the component for the implementation of the activities.
  • Facilitate the relationship with and activities developed by the research partners and stakeholders in Guyana, to ensure the suitable data collection on mercury.
Component 4 (15%):
  • Participate in the periodic meetings for the coordination of the project;
  • Coordinate with and provide ARM and WWF, particularly the Regional Project Coordinator, ARM Regional Program Manager and WWF Country Manager Guyana, with continuous and transparent information on the project implementation;
  • Coordinate with the Project National Coordinator in Suriname for the harmonization of the methodologies and procedures for the implementation of activities related to the regional project.
  • Ensure the activities planned are implemented within and for the compliance of the project framework (budget, timeline, expected results) and respecting the guidelines of the project regional coordinator).
  • Ensure that the resources are well managed, available and their use periodically reported for the suitable implementation of the activities in Guyana, with the support of ARM & WWF Administrative and Finance Direction;
  • Prepare, and deliver to ARM Regional Program Manager, periodic reports on the progress of the activities and challenges faced in the implementation in Guyana, providing a critical assessment of the achievements compared to the expected results based on a set of defined indicators;
  • Support the ARM Regional Program Manager in the identification of further collaboration and funding that will ensure the sustainability and upscaling of the project, mainly through the building of relationships with partners and funders, and the definition of potential project concepts for extension.
The coordinator’s workplace will be in Georgetown, but he/she should be prepared to carry out periodic field missions at national and international levels, especially in mining areas that might sometimes be of complex and limited ease of access. These field missions will be conducted according to the internal financial procedures of the project.   


  1. At institutional level
  • Register with all the trainings received from ARM staff
  • Fund requests, field mission check-lists, field mission reports, expenses justification, original receipts
  • Timeline of the travels and activities planned during field missions
  • Timesheet –daily update, monthly delivery
  • Minutes of internal meetings (particularly those related to the Project coordination)
  • Monthly report on personal activities and products delivered
  1. Related to the position
  • Minutes of the attended meetings and events, with attendees list and photos
  • List of the contacts created
  • List of the communication material delivered to key audience
  • Monthly report of the activities, achievements, risks and lessons learnt
  • 1 to 1 follow-up with supervised staff
  • The national coordinator will be in charge of products related to the implementation of the different strategies. The coordinator will be the main responsible for the final product or provide inputs necessary to the elaboration of the final products. Here are some products the Project coordinator will be responsible for or will provide inputs to:


EDUCATION – Master’s degree in the field(s) of Environment, Water resources management, Development issues, Aid or Development project management, Public policy in rural environments, or any related subject.    
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – At least 5 years of experience related to:
*Project management in the field of Artisanal and Small-scale Mining (ASM), Development, Environment
*Policy analysis on Environmental issues, Rural development, ASM
–  Experience/Knowledge related to water issues, ecosystem conservation, ASM issues, landscape approach will be highly appreciated
–  Experience in relation to public policies in the field of rural development in Guyana is an asset
  • Experience managing funds from international cooperation
–  Experience in and demonstrated understanding of working in Guyana context
Experience in rainforests context is required (preferably the Guianas shield)
SKILLS – Strong policy analysis and strategic thinking skills
– Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
– Advanced working knowledge of MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher). The use of project management tools/software will be appreciated.
– Team spirit, adaptability, resilience, and good public relations are expected
– A willingness to participate in field missions in challenging conditions is required
– Knowledge of Guyanese Creole and/or Dutch and/or Spanish is an asset


  1. Curriculum vitae (CV)
  2. Letter that demonstrate the motivation and fitness for the position 
Persons interested in applying should send their full application to the following email:


Applications received will be assessed by the Recruitment Committee of ARM.
ARM is committed with the respect and the promotion of gender equality criteria, and with ensuring an equal treatment to applicants regarding their capabilities. The organization encourages skilled women to apply.
The Recruitment Committee reserves the right to extend this call for application or to declare it null if no application corresponding to the necessities are being received.