Senior Associate Sustainable Agriculture
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.
Rainforest Alliance is looking for a motivated and results oriented Senior Associate in Sustainable Agriculture to be part of the Western Highland of Cameroon team. The incumbent will perform its responsibilities under the Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded project entitled " Removing barriers to biodiversity conservation, land restoration and sustainable forest management through COmmunity-BAsed LAndscape Management – COBALAM". The project is implemented by the United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) and executed by the Cameroon Ministry of Environment, Nature Protection and Sustainable Development (MINEPDED) with technical support from Rainforest Alliance. The purpose of the project is to conserve biodiversity in the Western Highlands of Cameroon (WHC) and the South region through a sustainable landscape approach, in which High Conservation Value Forest (HCVF) is protected in law and the surrounding forested and agricultural areas are managed through participatory community-based natural resource management (CBNRM) and the development of local enterprises that use natural resources sustainably and generate livelihoods for local populations. The Senior Associate, Sustainable Agriculture will be responsible for all activities to enhance the sustainability and competitiveness of rural community-based agriculture enterprises with a main role being to technically support farmers in the implementation of sustainable agricultural practices in line with the most strident sustainability requirements including biodiversity and nature protection and sustainable lands management while improving productivity. This position will report to the team manager WHC.
- Ensure excellence in mission delivery including safeguarding the quality of Rainforest Alliance’s work, achieving commitments made in the project’s document;
- Provide guidance of farmers onclimate smart agriculture , integrated pest management and disease control, technics of soils conservation, harvesting and post harvesting technics;
- Provide technical guidance on all steps to support producer groups and cooperatives willing to engaged in sustainable agriculture certification;
- Serve as s primary point of contact in the WHC for all agricultural related issues or projects;
- Produce quality deliverables and reports on project’s activities;
- Collaborate with the country Team and training department to ensure the quality of implementation of Rainforest Alliance rules and standards;
- Conduct regular visits to farmers to monitor progress on the implementation of recommendations to improve their agricultural practices; and
- Perform other related duties as required.
- BSC/MSCin agronomy, rural development, or any related discipline;
- BSC (with 5-7 years of experience) MSC (with 3-5 years of experience) in promoting agricultural services, networking, and coordination with local service providers, working with smallholder producers and/or producer groups and/or community-based organizations;
- Proven experience in training and capacity building for adults in the agricultural sector or rural development;
- Experience researching trends in end markets, and supporting firms to meet the requirements of end markets, competitors, and regional and international buyers;
- Experience of the context of agricultural production in the Western Highlands of Cameroun is a must;
- At least two years of experience in implementation and reporting of donor funded projects;
- Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships of trust and confidence with national stakeholders and relevant platforms;
- 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 individuals;
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal in French and working knowledge of English; and
- Ability and willingness to travel at least 50% of the time nationally and internationally.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: October 30, 2021
Only candidates authorized to work in Cameroon will be considered
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