Associate Member Monitoring (Kenya)
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.
The Associate, Member Monitoring () is responsible for conducting regular field monitoring of Rainforest Alliance Certificate Holders (members) to understand their progress in implementing Rainforest Alliance standards requirements across East Africa Region (Kenya, Tanzania, Great Lakes Region, Ethiopia).
The Associate will use monitoring visits to identify member’s needs for additional support or further investigation of key compliance issues including traceability, payment of premium, deforestation, workers’ rights and child labor. The postholder will provide regular reporting on field visits conducted to Director East Africa.
This position does not supervise any staff member.
- Conduct regular visits to Certificate Holders (Members) to monitor progress on the implementation of standard requirements as well as improvement recommendations to close Non-Conformities identified in Audit reports/process;
- Analyse information collected during field visits to
- Identify deviations and ongoing risks in members’ implementation of improvements;
- Identify members’ needs for further training and support;
- Identify observations that are inconsistent with the finding of Audit reports and signal the need for further investigation;
- Provide regular reports, including through IT based reporting methods and providing related documents and photographs, on each visit;
- Schedule and implement regular follow-up visits based on the progress and needs of individual members;
- Support Certificate Holders in the development of their geolocation and farms mapping strategy;
- Collaborate with Country Teams, Standard & Assurance department and any other relevant departments to ensure the quality of implementation of Rainforest Alliance standards and certification procedures and processes, and
- Collaborate with Country Teams, Standard & Assurance department, Training department and any other relevant departments to propose, design and implement improvements to the certification process and assurance system, and to support the rollout of the new standard and its related procedures.
- Develop strong trust relationships with members, maintain contact and/or develop relationship locally with authorities (local administration offices and local regulation boards offices) and partners;
- Represent Rainforest Alliance at the local level as required at relevant meetings and events with members and Certification Bodies; and
- Report regularly on interesting stories (successes and achievements, challenges and actions taken), on Key Performances Indicators defined together with the management and propose areas of improvement of Rainforest Alliance’s assurance strategy, workplan and tools.
- Tertiary level qualification (at least Bachelor + 2/3 years) in a relevant field like agriculture, natural resources, forestry, rural development, sociology and/or economy or related;
- Minimum 3 years’ experience, training or working with smallholder producers and/or producer groups and/or community-based organizations;
- Minimum 2 years working experience in the tea or coffee sector is desirable;
- Knowledge of Certification Programs and their requirements - especially UTZ and/or Rainforest Alliance is desirable;
- Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships of trust and confidence with members and local stakeholders, including ability to adapt appropriately to different local cultures, and social contexts;
- Ability to work independently, under pressure and stay focused;
- Ability to analyse and interpret data and information from multiple sources and identify action focused recommendations;
- Ability to write clear reports and presentations;
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook; familiar with the use of IT technologies and/or various farm management applications. Ability to use GPS, and
- Both written and verbal fluency in English is preferred, French and Kiswahili will be an added advantage
- Ability to spend significant time in rural areas and travel frequently to producer groups locally and internationally (a minimum of 70% field-based work per year);
- Strong personal ethics and integrity and commitment to uphold the rules and values of the Rainforest Alliance is essential, and
- Available and willing to travel atleast 40% of his time across East Africa as and when necessary.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: May 24, 2022
Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered for the position.
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