Senior Associate Advocacy
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.
We are looking for a Senior Associate Advocacy to join our team in Côte d’Ivoire and who has the ability to understand organizational goals, formulate objectives, determine priorities, adopt short and long-term view, and recognize opportunities to accomplish our advocacy objectives and interventions. Working in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance colleagues and partners (farmers, farmer organizations, companies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), donors and governments), the Côte d’Ivoire Team focuses on connecting and working collaboratively with all the above partners to effectively mitigate/solve the biggest issues and challenges in the cocoa sector and other key commodities in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Senior Associate Advocacy will be part of the Côte d’Ivoire country team and work in close collaboration with the Public Affairs Lead Côte d’Ivoire and global advocacy team. The postholder will be responsible for managing relationships with Certificate Holders, civil society organizations and governmental stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire, with the Public Affairs Lead being responsible for relations at national level. In collaboration with the Advocacy Leads and the Country Directors, the Senior Associate Advocacy will identify advocacy opportunities in relation to Rainforest Alliance certification program and landscape and communities work and develop and implement an advocacy strategy. The Senior Associate Advocacy will play a key role in linking local and national advocacy by supporting (capacity strengthening or ensuring capacity strengthening) the Certificate Holder partner organizations with their advocacy plans/interventions and connecting them to advocacy opportunities.
The Senior Associate Advocacy will be the point of contact for a number of civil society organizations in Côte d’Ivoire and will work closely with the Public Affairs Lead Côte d’Ivoire to ensure continuity of relationships with government stakeholders at subnational level.
The postholder will work with colleagues in advocacy and themes, the regional team, the cocoa sector team and communications to ensure Rainforest Alliance is able to utilize advocacy as a supporting intervention.
- Contribute to development of advocacy strategy in Côte d’Ivoire – with support from the Public Affairs Lead, global advocacy team and Country Director.;
- Support (capacity strengthening or ensuring capacity strengthening) the Certificate Holder partner organizations with their advocacy plans/interventions;
- Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire (CSOs, NGOs, platforms etc.) and in particular work with cocoa sector;
- Support (capacity strengthening or ensuring capacity strengthening) the Certificate Holder partner organizations with their advocacy plans/interventions
- In close collaboration with Côte d’Ivoire team, develop and implement a Côte d’Ivoire advocacy strategy that contributes to the overall Côte d’Ivoire country strategy;
- Ensure advocacy plans are aligned and contribute to national, sub-region and sector strategies;
- Advise on new advocacy and governmental affairs opportunities and requirements within Côte d’Ivoire and in the sub-region and contribute to writing and budgeting of fundraising proposals in the sub-region;
- Initiate and organize meetings and participate in discussions with relevant groups and stakeholders to advance Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy agenda;
- Contribute to Rainforest Alliance position papers when needed, and support teams in RA’s contributions/inputs to partners’ notes / papers, etc.
- Represent Rainforest Alliance at relevant events, external forums and conferences and in various consultation structures, and
- Any other duties assigned by managers
- Bachelor’s degree in advocacy, politics, public policies, communications or related field , a Master’s Degree is a plus;
- 4+ years of relevant field experience (planning, managing and leading advocacy agenda and/or public affairs strategies) with a minimum of 2 years’ work experience working with smallholder farmers and farmer groups and/or community-based organizations;
- Ability to build and maintain a network of partners
- Knowledge in Sustainable Agriculture Standard, the Rainforest Alliance Certification Program or a similar voluntary sustainability standard, commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices and good understanding of cocoa value chain desirable;
- Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook and working knowledge of PowerPoint;
- Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication in French;
- Both written and verbal fluency in English;
- 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;
- Experience with a reputable not-for-profit and/or international CSO environment is an added advantage;
- Ability to travel a minimum of 30% per year, nationally and internationally.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: May 19th , 2022
Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d’Ivoire will be considered.
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