Country Director, Cameroon
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.
At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a pro-active, collaborative, and innovative Country Director who will provide strong leadership to lead the strategic planning, fundraising and implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s activities in Cameroon, leading all aspects of a team of 15+. The Country Director, Cameroon harnesses the institutional strategy of driving landscape and sector transformation to develop and implement 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 Rainforest Alliance’s reputation and the quality of implementation of our certification programs. The Postholder will guide and lead a successful and hard working team, creating a culture that is aligned with Rainforest Alliance’s values and maintaining deep collaboration bonds with colleagues in other countries and functional areas such as Markets; Communications; Standards & Assurance; Institutional Relations (IR); Global Administration, HR and Finance & Accounting. This position will be responsible for ensuring the financial viability and sustainability of the country programs and will be accountable for building functional alliances to scale-up our impacts.
The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate:
Leadership and Management
Build a successful and hard working, results-oriented and purposeful 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 Rainforest Alliance’s global mission and 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;
Update and lead all aspects of the successful execution of the Cameroon Country Strategy and corresponding annual workplans focusing on strengthening the existing work and its critical issues;
Deliver effective and impactful implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s mission by fostering a culture of implementation excellence and ensuring that Rainforest Alliance attains its technical, financial, and contractual commitments;
Develop and champion structures and processes for effective collaboration within Cameroon and with all other relevant Rainforest Alliance units, at the regional and global level;
Ensure the timely and high-quality completion of organizational and donor annual workplans, budgets, reports, and audits;
Develop and supervise compliance with Rainforest Alliance and donor policies and procedures;
Proactively identify and lead risk, bringing up key issues to the supervisor where appropriate; and
Support the organization to address institutional crises and conflicts relevant to our work in Cameroon.
Advocacy and External Engagement
Develop and maintain results-based, long-term partnerships with Rainforest Alliance clients, partners, donors, NGOs, governments, certification bodies and other partners;
Enhance Rainforest Alliance’s reputation, credibility, and positioning in Cameroon;
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 Rainforest Alliance at key events, presentations, policy forums and roundtables;
In collaboration with the Communications department, develop and disseminate communications and marketing materials on work in Cameroon.
Fundraising and Business Development
Develop and implement a long-term integrated Cameroon financial plan, in collaboration with Finance, IR and other relevant units;
Proactively identify funding opportunities and cultivate long-term relationships with senior leads and decision makers from governments, companies, aid agencies and other donors;
Lead and/or provide key contributions to multilateral and bilateral fundraising proposals;
In coordination with Markets colleagues, support organizational efforts to grow supply and demand for certified products from Cameroon and increase royalty revenues;
Identify and advance potential innovations in Rainforest Alliance’s business model in Cameroon (i.e., unrestricted funding opportunities; fee-for-service partnerships), in collaboration with supervisors and other relevant units.
General & Administrative
Lead all aspects of 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 approved;
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 completing legal documents, including taxation, subject to review and approval;
Other duties as assigned.
This position will lead all aspects of a team of 15 staff, with high growth prospects;
This position carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees, planning, assigning, and directing work, appraising performance, rewarding and focusing employees, addressing complaints and resolving problems.
MSc in natural resources management, development, business administration, project management or any related subject area;
At least 10 years’ experience in the development and execution of market-based conservation initiatives, landscape management, community-based forestry, climate smart agriculture, climate change and value chains transformation;
At least 5 years of direct experience leading and developing a team of staff and in preparing and implementing grants funded by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations and companies;
Strong organizational skills to lead multiple priorities in a time critical manner;
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;
Strong knowledge and network of philanthropic landscape for institutional funders and demonstrated track-record securing large grants;
Demonstrated success building partnerships and business with the private sector strongly preferred;
Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships of trust and confidence with national and international partners and relevant platforms;
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal in French and English;
Ability and willingness to travel at least 30% of the time nationally and internationally;
Demonstrated commitment to the Rainforest Alliance mission and values.
Job Level: 2A
Salary: Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: February 12, 2023
Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon will be considered.
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