Position summary:At Rainforest Alliance, we are looking for a motivated and impact driven Senior Associate, Livelihoods to join our team in Côte d’Ivoire. This position will play a pivotal role of ensuring our impact area “People have improved economic wellbeing" becomes a reality. The Senior Associate will ensure day-to-day technical support for a project that Rainforest Alliance and a cocoa company are implementing to provide cash payments linked to sustainable agricultural strategies for 5,000 farming households in Côte d’Ivoire.

The post holder will report to the Senior Project Manager and will provide support to cocoa cooperatives and their members to enhance their livelihoods through diversified revenue streams.

Specifically, the post holder will ensure project’s outcomes, outputs and activities related to livelihoods component are delivered on time, and work with the senior project manager to ensure that implementation follows high standards, internal protocols, and donor requirements, while building upon learning and best practices.

The post holder will support the project manager in liaising with other implementing partners to ensure donor’s needs and expectations remain aligned with project delivery and field realities.

The post holder along with the Senior Project Manager will work closely with internal teams such as: finance, to ensure a proper financial execution and reporting of project funding, technical teams handling livelihoods components, and the monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) team.

Responsibilities: 

  • Daily project implementation: Lead all aspects of day-to-day implementation of project’s livelihoods component and maintain relationships with participating cocoa cooperatives and farmers.

  • Identify and promote, with the Project Manager and other Rainforest Alliance staff and implementing partners, alternative income-generating activities to diversify cocoa households’ income sources and improve their economic resilience.

  • Capacity Building and Training:

    • Conduct needs assessments to identify gaps and opportunities for capacity building among cooperatives and farming households.

    • Provide technical assistance and mentorship to farmers, ensuring they have the skills and knowledge to manage their revenues.

  • Monitoring & Evaluation: Support M&E activities and data collection efforts:

    • Work closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) team to develop and implement tools for tracking the progress and impact of livelihoods interventions;

    • Regularly monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of livelihoods interventions, using data to inform and adapt strategies as needed and thus, ensure continuous improvement.

    • Document and share best practices, lessons learned, and success stories with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Economic viability and Reporting:

    • Perform economic analyses to evaluate the financial benefits of livelihoods activities for the farming households;

    • Prepare detailed reports, case studies, and presentations to communicate the impact and success of the livelihoods component to donors, partners, and senior management.

  • Sustainability and Scaling:

    • Develop and implement strategies to ensure the long-term sustainability of livelihoods interventions.

    • Identify opportunities to scale successful interventions to benefit a larger number of farming households.

  • Collaborate with regional and global teams in gathering & scaling learnings that builds into the livelihoods impact objective of ‘People have improved economic wellbeing’.

  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications

  • At least Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in relevant field, which could include Agronomy, (Agro)Economics, Business, Development studies, (Project) Management, Communication or other related fields;

  • Proven experience (5 years) working with farmers or cooperatives in Côte d'Ivoire, preferably with donor-funded projects and experience with the topic of (cocoa) farmer livelihoods and living income;

  • Well versed on the topics of farmer livelihood and living Income and affinity with (social) entrepreneurship and innovation;

  • Experience with setting up and managing Monitoring & Evaluation activities and field data collection is a plus;

  • Experience with project reporting (narrative and financial) and experience with organizing and facilitating (learning events) both in-person and online;

  • Excellent communication, training and mentorship skills.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.

  • Cultural sensitivity and ability to work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders and adapt to a dynamic project environment;

  • Proficient in French, both written and spoken, and working knowledge of English and;

  • Willingness and ability to travel in country (40% of time).

PLEASE NOTE: Please submit a CV in English

Job Level: 4

Salary: Commensurate with experience

Deadline: 26 July 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d’Ivoire will be considered.

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

Who we are: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.

Why 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.

How 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.

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