Senior 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.

Position summary:


Acting as first point of contact on RA standards and Assurance and monitor and assess adherence to these by both Certificate Holders (CHs) and Certification Bodies (CBs) and supports country-specific Quality of Implementation projects where knowledge on the assigned topic is part of it.


The Rainforest Alliance is looking for a Senior Officer, Standards & Assurance, based in Mesoamerica to coordinate with and report to the Manager of Standards & Assurance Mesoamerica in order to identify challenges related on auditing of social criteria in our certification standard. S/he works in close collaboration with the Country Directors of Mesoamerica and South America countries, Customer Success and other S&A staff, to improve social issues related to the implementation and auditing of the Rainforest Alliance 2020 Certification Program.





  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  • Gives support, answers questions, gives information and advice - via e-mail and by phone- to the S&A team, country teams, CPS, overseas colleagues and CBs on the RA standards and the implementation of certification rules;
  • Provide support to S&A staff, field teams and other Rainforest Alliance teams in addressing cases relating to social compliance and ensure learnings are used to improve the assurance system;
  • Provide support and participate on Calibration Meetings with other Quality of Implementation colleagues globally and regionally;
  • Reviews and interprets audit results, as well as licences, checks credibility cases and compliance, solves problems and/or makes recommendations if necessary and as a Senior Officer, also handles and interprets certificates;
  • Responsible for conducting workshops, trainings and/or webinars based on training needs assessments and the training modules to CBs and support to CPS in workshops with the CHs and supply chain actors;
  • Contribute to country risk assessments and use this information to design and implement Quality of Implementation activities in Mesoamerica countries.
  • Manage reputational risks in coordination with S&A senior management and regional Management;
  • Provide an analysis to S&A Mesoamerica Manager of the activities in Mesoamerica countries including audits, non-conformities, quality of a sample of audit reports and licenses to evaluate the interpretations for the Standard and certification rules;
  • Initiate and organize the development and implementation of the annual plan together with the S&A Mesoamerica Manager, for the assigned countries and coordinate the annual plan with the broader regional/country plans to capture synergies;
  • Uses the data of the monitoring program as input for the continuous improvement of CBs and the RA certification program;
  • Provides input and contributes to country-specific projects where Standards & Assurance is part of to prevent re-occurrence of credibility issues in the region; and
  • Identifies standards or assurance needs and passes this to the CB monitoring team and S&A LATAM Manager.



  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, social sciences or international development or equivalent professional work experience;
  • Knowledge of the challenges of auditing social aspects on voluntary standards;
  • Minimum seven years of experience on certification systems, on at least one of the major crops like banana, coffee and other fruits;
  • Self-motivated, results-oriented, with excellent organizational skills able to independently manage and deliver activities and proactively solve problems with teams and stakeholders;
  • Proactive team player with strong interpersonal and intercultural skills, able to influence and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook and working knowledge of PowerPoint;
  • Fluency verbal and written communication skills in English;
  • Travel Requirements: Ability to travel a minimum of 40% per year.



Commensurate with experience.


DEADLINE: July 1, 2022


Only candidates authorized to work in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica will be considered.


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