Vacancy Announcement

Available Positions

  • Brazil Program Director


Position: Brazil Program Director

Reporting to: Executive Director

Remuneration: Competitive, based on successful applicant’s experience

Location: Remote, with strong preference for candidate based in Brazil

Expected Start date: April 2024

Posting period: 09.02.2024 to 22.03.2024

Working hours: 40 per week


The Center for Climate Crime Analysis (CCCA) is a non-profit organization founded by prosecutors and law enforcement professionals. We combine the power of law, data and analysis to support allies fighting for climate justice and human rights, enable compliance with climate commitments, and hold accountable those causing the climate crisis.

CCCA works with and strategically supports NGOs, expert organizations and private citizens fighting illegal activities that contribute to climate change in their efforts to generate, preserve and collect high quality information. CCCA also conducts legal and forensic analyses of information and prepares concrete case files. These are shared with the competent law enforcement or regulatory authorities, with civil society organizations, and with private corporations seeking to comply with climate commitments. Our work thus has a force multiplier effect: enhancing the impact of investigations by our partners; and enabling more effective implementation of the enforcement, litigation and advocacy mandates of others. Our current programs focus on combatting illegal deforestation in the Amazon Basin, in particular where it impacts indigenous lands and protected areas; and addressing methane emissions to drive rapid reductions in near-term warming.

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Since 2019, CCCA has worked in Brazil with a wide range of national and transnational partners to tackle illegalities associated with the economic drivers of deforestation.  We are now seeking a new Program Director to lead our work to support and expand enforcement, litigation, and advocacy against climate crimes and promote climate justice in the Brazilian Amazon.

The Program Director plays a key role in developing and maintaining the strategic vision of the program, leading the program team and managing the execution of its work (including developing partnerships and overseeing finances), and contributes to the overall direction and organizational development of CCCA.  The Program Director will report to CCCA’s Executive Director, and will form part of CCCA’s Leadership Teams (both at national and international levels), managing the program with the support of the program Governance team (consisting of the Legal, Data, and Operations Coordinators), and working in collaboration with other senior personnel, including the Director of Legal Strategy, the Director of People Finance and Culture, and the Fundraising Director.  This is an excellent opportunity for a professional with leadership experience and a strong commitment to our mission to join our team.


Lead the setting of the Program’s strategy and goals 

  • Set the Program’s strategic priorities and lead the development of the Program’s strategy, goals and objectives, ensuring that it aligns with the overall strategy and values of CCCA.
  • Maintain the strategic vision of the Program, keeping up to date on developments in the strategic, legal and political context and critically reflecting on how the Program should respond to these.

Manage and oversee the implementation of the Program strategy 

  • Lead and supervise program personnel, maintaining a positive work environment that fosters collaboration, information sharing and excellence, and motivates staff.
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of program activities to carry out the Program Strategy and ensure that the Program achieves its goals and objectives, including by planning and overseeing the conduct of investigations and identification and building of cases.
  • Effectively manage risks, including physical and digital security, and legal risks; and ensure that all activities of the Program follow CCCA’s policies and reflect its values and standards.

Develop partnerships and represent the Program

  • Proactively identify, develop and maintain relationships with organizations that are important for the Program in achieving its goals, including building and maintaining effective networks and alliances.
  • Represent the Program and effectively communicate CCCA’s vision and mission in public events and private meetings with the full range of relevant stakeholders (including donors, government authorities, scientific or other expert partners, civil society groups in multiple countries, and impacted communities) and at multiple levels (local, national and international).

Manage the financial resources of the Program (together with the Finance Director, Operations Coordinator and Fundraising Director)

  • Identify, plan and allocate the resources required to carry out the Program’s Strategy and Operational Plan, including resolving competing demands for resources between different projects or activities, as well as appropriately planning for future growth of the Program.
  • Coordinate the budget-setting process for the Program, and manage program budgets within the limits set, including monitoring program budgets against actual income and expenditure.
  • Support fundraising, including by providing input into fundraising strategy for CCCA and the Program, developing and maintaining relations with donors, and contributing to the preparation of grant proposals and grant reports.
  • Supervise and support grant management and reporting, preparing narrative progress reports, updates ,and liaising with finance staff to deliver donor reports on time.

Contribute to CCCA’s overall strategy and organizational development

  • Provide input into CCCA’s strategy and values.
  • Contribute to CCCA organizational development projects and priorities conducted or coordinated by the Director of People, Finance and Culture.
  • Communicate key decisions and progress on organizational development to the Program team; and provide input from the Program team into CCCA processes.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience and understanding of the strategic, political and legal context of climate action and work regarding deforestation in Brazil, notably in the Amazon region, including an active network with relevant civil society, government authorities and other stakeholders.
  • Experience leading and managing a team, preferably managing personnel at different levels and from different cultural backgrounds, and managing a team in a remote-work environment.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively, to integrate multiple viewpoints.
  • Experience managing complex projects, with the ability to manage multiple competing deadlines and demands for resources.
  • Leadership experience, including demonstrated ability to delegate while also maintaining oversight of the work of a program; and the judgement and willingness to step in and engage in the substantive work when required (e.g. to address problems or meet details). 
  • Experience planning and conducting investigations or legal cases that draw on multiple sources of evidence (preferably including open source investigations and large-scale data analysis).
  • Ability to identify and solve problems, and flexibility to respond to unforeseen events in order to keep projects on track.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with new and existing partners.
  • Fluent Portuguese speaker with excellent professional working knowledge of English, with capacity to represent the program in both languages.
  • Experience defining the financial needs of a Program.
  • Capacity to interpret financial reports and use these to oversee program activities and finances.

We are also looking for a colleague who has:

  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills, including experience working in a diverse professional and multidisciplinary environment.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS Office (especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Ability to keep strict standards of confidentiality and security including when operating with internet resources and electronic tools.
  • Keen sense of ethics, integrity, and commitment to the CCCA’s mandate.

CCCA is committed to diversity, inclusion and to equal opportunities for all applicants. We embrace diversity based on gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion and HIV/AIDS status. We encourage women and BIPOC (Black/Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color) to apply, in addition to internal applications.

CCCA offers flexible work arrangements and anticipates that this position will require a commitment of 40 hours per week. Remuneration will be competitive, based on the successful applicant’s experience.

CCCA cannot sponsor visas for relocation to Brazil if the candidate does not already have the right to work there.