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Senior Associate, Certification Support Partner

Various locations, Brazil
Full Time Mid Level Programs - Latin America

Position summary:

The Senior Associate, Certification Partner Support is responsible for developing and providing technical training and monitoring to partners and stakeholders for implementation of the Rainforest Alliance certification program in Brazil. The role reports directly to the CPS Manager and in close coordination with other RA department, contributes to the implementation of the country strategy and to the different interventions planned in the country including existing and new projects. The Senior Associate, Certification Partner Support, facilitates training workshops, develops training materials and provides guidance for certificate holders and local key stakeholders.

Responsibilities: 

  • Be a point of contact for farmers and stakeholders in the country; answering technical questions about the certification program;

  • Develop and implement a national training plan to support all Certificate Holders (group of farmers, large farm, exporter);

  • Participate and coordinate meeting with certification involved staff;

  • Organize and conduct Trainings of Trainers – ToT for members, partners, and relevant stakeholders, based on training needs assessments and the training modules in Brazil;

  • Develop and update training materials, to be used at ToT and farmer level;

  • Safeguard the quality of RA service providers through the development, implementation and monitoring of a trainer accreditation system;

  • Monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the trainings conducted and provide follow-up;

  • Monitor and report on the RA projects by visiting producer organizations

  • Maintain good relationships and liaise with stakeholders; and

  • Provide support in all work – related activities as directed by the CPS Manager

  • Conduct the Rainforest Alliance monthly webinar series to support certificate holders with training and indicators

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a field related to agriculture, natural resources;

  • Minimum work experience of 5 years. Proven experience (3 years) in the coffee and/or cocoa sector and preferably experience with certification programs.

  • Knowledge of the country's main certified sector in the different RA-certified chains or products

  • Knowledge and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices.

  • Proven experience in training and capacity building for adults.

  • Knowledge of extension methodologies.

  • Consistent track record in the development of training materials.

  • Technical Skills: Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills

  • Skills in foreign languages: verbal prof dominion and written in English (desirable).

  • General Work Skills: Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to interact culturally, linguistically and diplomatically with various internal and external people. Initiative, motivated, ingenious, detail oriented, reliability, great attention to detail.

  • Available for travel to rural areas of Brazil.

  • Skills in the management of digital tools and platforms

Job Level: 4

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline: 4 August 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in Brazil will be considered.

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org

Who we are:The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.

Why To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.

How Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

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