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:

We are looking for a Manager, Training and Certification Coffee, who is a strategic thinker with the ability to understand organizational goals, formulate objectives, determine priorities, adopt short and long-term view, and recognize opportunities to accomplish our training, certification and community and landscape objectives to join our Kenya Team. Working in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance colleagues and partners ( farmer organizations, companies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), donors and governments), the Kenya Team focuses on delivering a robust certification system (standard, assurance and traceability systems) for tea, coffee, avocado and flowers, ensuring that producers gain new skills and knowledge on sustainable management practices through an effective capacity building strategy and are connected to professional services and access certified and discerning markets.


The Manager Training and Certification Coffee provides information and training to Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, groups and companies (certificate holders), trainers and stakeholders on Rainforest Alliance certification program. The position includes designing training interventions, training materials, and conducting trainings and advisory to farmers, lead farmers, group leaders, extension and technical staff on good agricultural practices, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Climate Smart Regenerative Agriculture. The Manager Training and Certification Coffee serves as a coffee specialist for the region and contributes to coffee sector strategy of the organization, actively participates in stakeholder meetings, Community of Practice (CoP) engagements and development and management of new projects and fundraising. The position demands a deep and up to date understanding of the coffee sector and supply chain characteristics, actors, trends and challenges in East Africa.



  • Be a point of contact for coffee farmers and stakeholders in Kenya & Tanzania, attend to technical questions on the Rainforest Alliance certification program;
  • Be a point of reference for Rainforest Alliance colleagues in provision of technical inputs related to certification of coffee and other crops and related topics such as risk assessment, IPM and Key Themes e.g. Sustainable Productivity, Gender, Work and Human rights, Living Wage, Living Income, Regenerative Climate Smart Agriculture etc.;
  • Lead and enable training of trainers including Associated Trainer Network (ATN), develop training materials in coordination with Training Manager Africa, promote Rainforest Alliance training tools, including the Rainforest Alliance Learning Network platform (RALN) and monitor the use of the training tools and platforms(s);
  • Working in collaboration with Standard and Assurance, detect and assess systematic compliance challenges and training needs for farmers in order to assist Rainforest Alliance to proactively mitigate risks and continuously improve certification programme;
  • Support innovation and improvement for certification by gathering and sharing feedback from farmers on their experience of the program, facilitate studies e.g. impact studies, surveys and processes required for further development and improvement of the certification program, including stakeholder outreach for coffee platforms and companies, discussion groups, public consultation rounds, conferences, roundtables, company field visits, program trouble shooting etc.;
  • Manage relationships with key contacts in the coffee sector and other sectors (i.e. NGO’s, research organizations, government agencies and farmer organisations and company contacts);
  • Contribute to Kenya country strategy, the Landscapes and Livelihoods strategies for coffee, Coffee sector strategy, annual planning and reporting, and also contribute to the implementation of projects which are complementary to training plans and certification program;
  • Working in collaboration with Theme Leads, ensures theme/issue interventions relevant to coffee sector are well prepared, implemented and monitored, contributes to the global and regional knowledge of themes/issues within the national context providing bottom-up input to theme and issue strategies;
  • Directly manage and supervise projects with a small team of staff and/or consultant(s), propose and validate annual and periodic work plans with supervisors as they may arise;
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues and supervisor(s) to validate plans, address challenges and threats, capitalize on opportunities, and channel effective functional area support; engage with staff from other relevant units such as Markets, Global Programs & Themes, Standard & Assurance, Training and Institutional Relations, providing inputs and co-designing/co-executing selected shared priorities; 
  • Contribute to the design and writing of project proposals and donor reports or any other duty assigned by senior managers;



  • Bachelor’s degree in agronomy or agricultural based degree, rural development, natural resource management, environmental studies or related field, a Master’s Degree is a plus;
  • 7+ years of relevant field experience, with a minimum of 4 years’ work experience in Sustainable Agriculture Practices;
  • Knowledge in Sustainable Agriculture Standard, the Rainforest Alliance Certification Program or a similar voluntary sustainability standard and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices desirable;
  • Good understanding of coffee value chain and other export crops, preferably with 2+ years’ experience working with private companies;
  • Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook and working knowledge of PowerPoint;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication in English and Kiswahili coupled with experience /certification in Training of Trainers (ToT) experiential training methodology;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external stakeholders;  
  • 2+ years’ experience with a reputable not-for-profit and or international CSO environment; 
  • Project management and fundraising experience is an added advantage.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 30% per year, nationally and internationally.



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: June 10, 2021



Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered.


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