Position summary:

The Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage is a global position, working with head office colleagues to support our regional teams to realize impact. The position will play a pivotal role of ensuring our impact area “People have improved economic wellbeing" becomes a reality. As a member of the Livelihoods and Human Rights team, the Livelihoods Manager: Living Wage will lead Rainforest Alliance’s living wage work in the context of our certification and landscape programs offerings.


  • Provide strategic guidance and oversight on living wage initiatives, including monitoring of deliverables, being first point of contact, managing relevant relationships and partnerships. 

  • Provide technical expertise and analysis on living wage issues to better inform our certification and landscape programs offerings,

  • Gather, manage, and share knowledge, information and resources on living wage with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Work with team members within Livelihoods and Human Rights in developing the thematic vision and objectives in harmony with other departments.

  • Support the implementation of the Rainforest Alliance certification program, related tools, and guidance.

  • Provide ad hoc support to the work of the Livelihood team as required.

As a specialist working alongside others in RA, the holder of the position of Livelihoods Manager - Living Wage is expected to: 

  • Prioritize strategically and keep an agile approach; ensuring templates, white papers and example proposals are available to source from.

  • Oversee RA’s interest, rather than from their programmatic expertise area only; thus, work as an integrated team so that programs and projects are strengthened through deep and current subject knowledge and inclusion of all subjects appropriate to the opportunity and purpose.

  • Ensure seamless, effective, and service oriented processes for collaboration cross-functionally.

  • Collaborate closely with other departments to achieve integrated Standards & Frameworks and Thriving Landscape offerings and support account management.

  • Ensure clear RACIs are in place and respected; and Go-No-Go and Where-We-Work protocols are respected and implemented.

  • Ensure organization wide learning on the programmatic expertise areas is effective.

The position holder will be expected to cultivate teamwork and support the team in driving impact. By defining clear priorities and enabling creative viable solutions to complex problems through robust yet flexible decision-making processes, the position holder will contribute to a data-driven and conscientious culture.


  • First degree in Economics, Business, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related studies, and master’s degree in Agricultural Economics or MBA.

  • Minimum 5 years professional (and field) experience in agricultural economics related work, preferably with experience in the global south.

  • Well-informed on the current discourse, partnerships and program initiatives on matters Living Wage and livelihoods.

  • Experience in supply chain economics in the context of voluntary certification and landscape programming.

  • Experience in the sustainable production of at least one of Rainforest Alliance focus crops (cocoa, coffee, tea, banana) would be preferable.

  • Experience in fundraising, including the design of complex proposals and projects, with bilateral or multilateral donor agencies and company partnerships.

  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written. Additional languages in particular Spanish and/or French are an asset.

  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time.


Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Deadline:  This will be ongoing until the position is filled. 

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in countries with Rainforest Alliance presence will be considered

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org

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 based on gender, race, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

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