Senior Associate, Sustainable Agriculture
Rainforest Alliance
hace 17 horas

At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.

To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation : change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization.

We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance.

Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.

We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground.

Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Position summary :

Responsible for developing and managing relationships with key contacts in the agricultural sector as well as with entities responsible for the development of public policies.

He collaborates in or leads the implementation of projects with agricultural sector focus and contributes to the development of new projects, interventions and the RA strategy at country level in close coordination with the Director, Peru and the RA appointed (regional) staff.

He also provides technical input on certification issues, facilitates training workshops, collaborates in the development of training materials and provides guidance related to the Rainforest Alliance certification program, good agricultural practices and finance.

Additionally, he coordinates with both employees and consultants hired for the projects in order to successfully accomplish the objectives and activities set in the interventions carried out at country level.

This position does not supervise staff members.

Responsibilities :

Coffee and cocoa specialist

  • Develop and manage relationships with key contacts in the agricultural sector (coffee, cocoa and other crops) as well as with entities related to the relationship of public policies (for example : NGOs and research organizations, government agencies and contacts of companies located in the countries where it is carried out);
  • Lead the implementation of projects with agricultural sector focus linked to the issue of climate change, financing and ensuring their integration with landscape projects; and
  • As an expert and innovator, actively participate and contribute to the development, transformation of markets and others, as necessary, providing input for the design of new field projects that will in turn generate more certification work / sustainable supply chains and integrating them through certification in our broader innovation themes, such as sustainable finance and landscape approaches; and
  • Contribute to the development of new projects in coordination with the regional specialists of the Rainforest Alliance; and
  • Contribute to the implementation of LandScale and provide information to the Team Manager, Sustainable Landscapes Amazon; and
  • To be the point of contact of Rainforest Alliance Peru for topics related to main or priority crops (coffee and cocoa and fruits) and markets; and
  • Improve the positioning of the certification program in the agricultural sectors (coffee, cocoa and others), providing technical expertise in meetings with stakeholders / allies and key companies, conferences, platforms, technical meetings and alliances, field visits to companies, among others.
  • Provide information and training on the Rainforest Alliance certification program

  • To be the point of contact for Rainforest Alliance staff and representatives to provide technical input on topics such as risk areas, new technical areas of work (for example, living wage, MIP, group management, etc.
  • as well as for certificate holders / members on the RA traceability platforms;
  • Be the 'eyes and ears' of the certification programs (pm UTZ and pm RA) in origin in order to help detect systemic problems with the needs of the training, compliance and effectiveness of the audits in order to achieve that Rainforest Alliance be proactive in mitigating risks and continuously improving the certification program; and
  • Be the point of contact for farmers and stakeholders / allies in Peru and Ecuador to answer technical questions about the certification program and organize training activities for certified members and stakeholders; and
  • Represent the Rainforest Alliance certification program in technical meetings, consultation processes, discussion groups and scope of the initiatives of the interested parties with whom we work; and
  • Collaborate in the design and review of training materials; and
  • Structure and consolidate the planned and budgeted Assistance Training Network (ATN) for coffee, cocoa and fruits in Peru, Chile and Ecuador.
  • Representation and communication

  • Generate stories and field case studies for use in RA Communication and Fundraising; and
  • Support the markets department in specific activities; and
  • Other responsibilities assigned by the supervisors in charge.
  • Qualifications :

  • Agronomist, Forestry, Biologist or related sciences.
  • Minimum experience of 10 to 15 years in sustainable agriculture, standards and project management preferably in the coffee and cocoa sector.
  • Good understanding of the coffee and cocoa sector and its markets. Knowledge of sustainability certification standards, specially UTZ, RA and GlobalGAP.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Ability to communicate easily with (mainly) coffee / cocoa farmers, exporters, donor representatives and journalists and convince them of the value and merits of the Rainforest Alliance certification.
  • Excellent ability to organize, ability to work independently as well as part of a team, evaluate priorities and attend to multiple tasks with strong attention to detail.
  • English (advanced level both verbal and written)
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 30% per year, locally and regionally.
  • Salary :

    Commensurate with experience.

    Deadline : July 3, 2020

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