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.
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.
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 based on gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.
At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a pro-active, collaborative, and innovative Country Director who will provide strong leadership to manage the strategic planning, fundraising and implementation of RA’s activities in Mexico, overseeing a team of 40+ and annual operating budget over US$3,000,000. S/he harnesses the institutional strategy of driving landscape and sector transformation to develop and execute a national strategy and country plan that responds to local needs; ensure excellence in all aspects of our mission delivery (technical, financial, compliance); and safeguards RA’s reputation and the quality of implementation of our certification programs. S/he will guide and lead a high-performing team, creating a culture that is aligned with RA’s values and maintaining deep collaboration bonds with colleagues in other countries and functional areas such as Markets; Communications; Global Programs; Standards & Assurance; Institutional Relations; Sustainable Supply Chains; Global Administration; HR; and Finance & Accounting. S/he will be responsible for ensuring the financial viability and sustainability of the country program. S/he will be responsible for building functional alliances to scale-up our impacts. S/he will serve as Mexico legal representative.
Leadership and Management:
- Steer the integration of the combined activities of the new Rainforest Alliance within his/her jurisdiction.
- Build a high-performing, results-oriented and mission-driven team that reflects the Rainforest Alliance’s vision and culture, creating a positive work environment for personnel.
- Guide, motivate and develop personnel, seeking opportunities for professional advancement and ensuring they understand how their work relates to RA’s global mission strategy.
- Delegate authority to staff, ensuring that they are supported and connected to the broader organization, and ensure planned objectives are met in line with organizational policy and budgets.
- Align programmatic work in the region with the Rainforest Alliance’s strategic plans (global, regional, sector-based, etc) through developing a country strategy and annual plan.
- Deliver effective and impactful implementation of RA’s mission, regardless of funding source, by fostering a culture of implementation excellence and ensuring that RA attains its technical, financial, and contractual commitments.
- Foster structures and processes for effective collaboration within Mexico and with all other relevant RA units, at the regional and global level.
- Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of organizational, government and donor annual workplans, budgets, reports and audits.
- Foster and supervise compliance with RA and donor policies and procedures.
- Proactively identify and manage risk, escalating key issues to supervisors where appropriate.
- Support the organization to address institutional crises and conflicts relevant to our work.
Advocacy and External Engagement:
- Develop and maintain functional partnerships with Rainforest Alliance clients, partners, platforms, NGOs, governments, certification bodies and other stakeholders.
- Enhance RA’s reputation, credibility and positioning in Mexico.
- Contribute to sector transformation and advocacy for sustainable landscape management in priority sectors relevant to Mexico by supporting RA and other selected certification programs, advancing a positive enabling environment, and engaging key stakeholders.
- Actively promote the use and consumption of Rainforest Alliance Certified products, and other endorsed certifications (i.e. RSPO; FSC), in collaboration with the Markets department.
- Represent RA at key events, presentations, policy forums and roundtables.
- In collaboration with the Communications department, develop and disseminate communications and marketing materials on work in Mexico.
Technical, Fundraising and business development:
- Assure the correct execution of project agreements assigned;
- Donor relationship management by the correct execution on the assigned projects in order to find opportunities and cultivate long-term relationships with senior leads and decision makers from governments, companies, aid agencies and CFR donors;
- Develop and implement a long-term Mexico regional budget and financial plan, in collaboration with Finance, IR and other relevant units.
- Contribute and/or oversee design, writing and budgeting of fundraising proposals to secure long-term funding for Landscapes and Communities Programs.
- Proactively identify funding opportunities and cultivate long-term relationships with senior leads and decision makers from governments, companies, aid agencies and CFR donors;
- Identify and advance potential innovations in RA’s business model in Mexico (i.e. unrestricted funding opportunities; fee-for-service partnerships), in collaboration with supervisors and other relevant units.
General & Administrative:
- Oversee the management of country office resources, including human resources, as applicable, in a matrix-management set-up with Rainforest Alliance’s global support departments;
- Serve as designated bank account signatory for local accounts, delegating where appropriate;
- Ensure compliance with policies & procedures and internal controls, and their appropriate local adaptation;
- Co-maintain power of attorney for the legal entity; delegated authority for executing legal documents, including taxation, subject to review and approval; and
- Other duties as assigned.
- This position will oversee a team of 7 direct reports with their corresponding teams (35+);
- This position carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws; and
- Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning; assigning; and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Bachelors’ or advanced degree in natural resource management, biology, forestry, agriculture, or a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
- At least 10 years’ experience in the development and execution of market-based conservation initiatives, community-based forestry, climate smart agriculture, climate change and value chains transformation.
- 5 years experience managing a team of staff (30+)
- Experience with country strategy development and implementation.
- Knowledge and understanding of Rainforest Alliance´s Theory of Change; Rainforest Alliance certification and/or other certification and verification standards and systems;
- At least 7 years of direct experience in preparing and implementing grants funded by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations, private foundations and companies;
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
- Fluent in English and Spanish.
- Ability and willingness to travel at least 40% of the time nationally and internationally.
- Demonstrated commitment to the RA mission and values.
- Managing: Promotes and embodies a culture of participation, collaboration and trust amongst team members across participating organizations; effectively organizes the team to stay focused on priorities and advance on time and on budget against plans.
- Organizing/Planning: Knows how to design a viable plan, adapt that plan to unforeseen circumstances to stay on target, and guide a team of staff/consultants to stay on track.
- Team working: An active listener, who uses and maximizes the expertise and talents of others.
- Analytical ability: Quickly identifies bottlenecks and obstacles and finds solutions aligned with the initiatives vision and strategy
- Situation awareness: Has a strong sense of trends and recognizes the potential therein for the job.
- Partnership building: Prioritizes building alliances and knows how to become a partner of choice to our key stakeholders.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: June 30, 2022
Only candidates authorized to work in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Oaxaca or Quintana Roo will be considered.
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