Senior Associate Landscapes and Livelihoods
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 Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and engaging Senior Associate, responsible for implementing technical assistance related to landscape initiative, sustainable, regenerative and climate smart agriculture production, local relationships with private companies and local stakeholder management in a landscape in Abengourou / Bosmatie in Côte d'Ivoire. The incumbent will lead the implementation of one Rainforest Alliances’ RESTORE (Resilient Ecosystems and Sustainable Transformation of Rural Economies) project by overseeing and supporting local trainers, facilitating key partnerships and representing Rainforest Alliance’s RESTORE and Landscapes and Communities work in the landscape.
The incumbent will primarily focus on the landscapes and communities work, with occasional involvement in other projects and other commodities as opportunities arise. The Snr Associate will work closely with the project team on implementing activities, developing capacity, monitoring progress, and advancing the interests of the project in the landscape. The role is part of the Africa team, and will report to the Chief of Party, with matrix reporting to the project advisory group.
- Lead the technical assistance work in a landscape in Côte d'Ivoire, especially in training trainers and farmers on climate smart, regenerative, and sustainable agriculture production practices, supporting training approach development, facilitating economic diversification in cocoa farming communities, and effective and inclusive participatory governance for conserving forest and restoring degraded land in the landscapes;
- Facilitate community participation and mobilization for natural resource governance, technical project implementation; organize and facilitate community level training events on benefits of collective actions, sustainable farming management practices, diversification, etc.;
- Prepare for organizational strengthening and business skills training sessions with participating communities, and contribute to landscape project planning, strategic development and review activities and produce quarterly reports;
- Develop district level partners capacity and participate to their training on governance and production practices including productivity and climate modules;
- Represent Rainforest Alliance in meetings with local government and non-government institutions, conferences, and promotional events;
- Support project Monitoring &Evaluation reporting and technical delivery requirements;
- Provide input for the development of audio-visual and printed training and guidance material from project implementation for broader sharing; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
- A minimum of BSc in Agriculture, Forestry or related field preferred with extensive experience in community development work involving community organizations and/or assisting small rural producers;
- 5-7 years of field experience in renewable natural resource management. Experience with an NGO preferred, with a minimum of one year work experience in sustainable agriculture or forestry and/or agriculture commodity production or trade and/or development themes in the region;
- First-hand knowledge of the landscapes, sustainable agriculture and forestry practices in the [South Western] region of Côte d'Ivoire;
- Good understanding of value chains and experience working with private companies;
- Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills;
- Must have excellent French and English writing skills and be able to create content for different audiences. Fluency in the local language of the landscape is preferred;
- Strong research and computer skills required (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, project management systems);
- Willingness and ability to live in the landscape as workstation, with capacity to travel up to 30% per year, nationally and regionally; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: May 19, 2022
Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d'Ivoire will be considered.
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