Chief of Party, RESTORE Project (USAID Hearth)
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, in partnership with Olam International, a major global commodity company, is in the process of being awarded a five-year grant by USAID to lead the project, Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainable Transformation of Rural Economies (RESTORE) in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. The Chief of Party will lead the project implementation. The role includes planning, overseeing, and reporting on the project to the donor, the two host governments and the several international cocoa and chocolate companies that are providing co-financing to the project, including Olam. The position will have the direct support of a small project team, mostly comprised of Rainforest Alliance’s new and existing staff resources in both countries, Olam’s teams in the two countries, as well as an international team of thematic and market specialists.
This position is an exciting opportunity to bring into the world a suite of new products, services, and development solutions at the cutting-edge of landscape management, with leading NGO partners and in collaboration with world leading global cocoa and chocolate companies.
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.
Hiring for this position will be contingent upon funding confirmation from the USAID for this activity and USAID’s approval of the candidate for this position.
- Lead the project work planning and budgeting process in close coordination with the Director, Strategic Projects, Africa, the Directors, Rainforest Alliance Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, the assigned senior members of Olam’s teams in the two countries, and the civil society partner in Côte d’Ivoire;
- Lead all aspects of the project development and implementation, ensuring compliance with USAID regulations and requirements for RA and project partners.
- Coordinate and supervise implementation of the work plan, delivering outputs in a timely manner and within budget; recruit consultants and partners and oversee their delivery of the tasks; secure support from international specialists of Rainforest Alliance where relevant;
- Coordinate with the Monitoring and Evaluation officer to ensure collection of relevant data on project progress, and with the LandScale team to plan and undertake baseline and follow up assessments;
- Fulfil reporting requirements to USAID, ensuring timely and high quality reports;
- Coordinate with the Finance Manager, Africa (based Nairobi), RESTORE Project Finance manager and Country Directors to monitor project expenditure and prepare financial reports for the donor and Olam;
- Maintain regular coordination with the Conseil du Café-Cacao and, in coordination with the Country Director, and relevant colleagues, with the Ghana Cocoa Board and the USAID West Africa mission in Accra;
- Coordinate with the Communications Manager, Africa (based Democratic Republic of Congo) and RESTORE Project Communications consultant to share internally and externally stories of interest relating to the project;
- Provide leadership and management to the project team 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 disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
- Support to develop new proposals for donor funding, building on the work in the project landscapes;
- Serve as a member of the Rainforest Alliance sub-regional management team, participating as required in meetings and fulfilling the internal technical and financial reporting systems on the project’s progress.
- A post-graduation qualification in agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resource management, business administration, economy, or another relevant international development field, desired;
- At least 10 years of demonstrable, relevant, project/program management experience – preferably on internationally funded projects, in the fields of agricultural development and/or sustainable landscape planning and development;
- Experience of working in market-systems development/value chains projects and understanding of corporate cultures essential; direct knowledge of cocoa industry highly desirable;
- At least three years’ experience working with government Ministries or national institutions in West Africa that are concerned with natural resource and/or environmental management and/or business and economic development;
- At least 3 years of experience in a senior level similar management position;
- High level of competence in financial management and normal office software.
- Strong oral and written communications skills, with fluent English and French required;
- Travel Requirements - Ability to travel to the project landscapes, as and when required (up to 30% of time).
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: November 28, 2021
Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d’Ivoire will be considered.
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