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 on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and results oriented Sector Lead Palm to join the Corporate Partnerships team as part of Markets Transformation. Markets Transformation is the strategic process of intervening in a market to create lasting change in market behaviour by removing barriers and/or utilizing opportunities to accelerate the adoption of all sustainable sourcing practices and landscape investment. The Sector Lead Palm will be responsible for defining a clear palm sector strategy and recommending impactful strategies toward the goal of palm sector transformation. In addition, the individual will identify opportunities for engaging in field projects for palm as well across other sectors in the unit. As part of this, the palm sector lead will convene cross-functional teams drawn from relevant departments in order to co-create sector plans and facilitate alignment of these plans with wider organisational objectives and goals.


The individual will also manage global key account managers in the sector to identify and leverage concrete market opportunities that accelerate farm and forest impact. Sector leads will lead markets strategy with global multi-stakeholder platforms in their relevant sectors. The sector leads will drive sector strategies on behalf of markets and will work closely with other relevant market departments, regions, and Advocacy & Themes. 


The individual will lead scoping and business development to facilitate corporate and institutional investment and identify and design holistic partnerships with companies that advance the implementation of their sustainability commitments and Rainforest Alliance’s vision on comprehensive transparency and inclusion of independent smallholders in palm supply chains and sourcing landscapes.



  • Drive and refine the palm sector strategy for markets, including the advancement of the Palm Industry Platform and corporate investment into the landscape value proposition;
  • Ensure strategic and thematic alignment of the palm strategy and Palm Industry Platform business development opportunities with the organization’s strategic plan, internal teams and the Region’s annual plans;
  • Position Rainforest Alliance as a thought leader on sustainability in the palm sector and cultivate change agents within said sector, including representation at key events;
  • Ensure the development of a robust approach and successful update to field based partnerships in the palm sector including outcome KPIs to evaluate and report on return on investment for market partners with the relevant internal teams; 
  • Ensure the growth of demand for Rainforest Alliance sustainability offerings in the palm sector including field-based partnerships that include smallholders and mapping their supply chains to through the PIP;
  • Manage key palm sector accounts, stakeholders and platforms on behalf of the markets team, including the RSPO relationship for RSPO PalmTrace; and
  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities including hiring; mentoring and evaluating; guiding professional development opportunities; and addressing employee relations issues. 




  • Bachelors degree in related field;
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience;
  • Deep knowledge and awareness of palm sector and field level partnerships;
  • Experience in building and working well in cross-functional teams;
  • Experience in successfully managing large strategic corporate accounts;
  • Strategic and analytical thinker;
  • Strong communication skills and gravitas to be able to serve as a spokesperson for the organization;
  • Collaborative and solid record building and working in teams; and
  • People management experience



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: 18 August 2022



Only candidates authorized to work in Indonesia, India, UK or Europewill be considered.


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