Position summary:At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a motivated, collaborative and results-oriented Senior Manager Frameworks to position the Rainforest Alliance as a sustainability partner of choice and thought leader in the landscape of sustainability standards and frameworks and support the Rainforest Alliance to scale up its standards and other frameworks to achieve its mission.

The Senior Manager Frameworks leads the development, maintenance and alignment of the content of the global certification standard for farms and supply chain actors. It is also her/his responsibility to standardized, communicate and lead the process for developing the content of other Rainforest Alliance’s assurance-based offerings through collaborative work with a network of internal and external stakeholders.


  • 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;

  • Lead the development and periodical reviews of the content of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard and other frameworks that are part of the Rainforest Alliance’s offerings, ensuring their quality, feasibility, credibility and scalability.

  • Engage with relevant stakeholders to ensure their needs and feedback, as well as the developments in sustainable agriculture, voluntary standards and legislation are considered to develop the frameworks.

  • Ensure our frameworks comply with the applicable legislation, external codes (e.g. ISEAL Alliance), and are adequately positioned and ranked against relevant benchmarking initiatives;

  • Create, modify and enforce solid, transparent and efficient governance systems for the development and maintenance of the Rainforest Alliance’s frameworks.

  • Coordinate with other schemes to optimize the user experience by creating efficiencies that benefit users.

  • Represent the Rainforest Alliance in relevant external discussions about our frameworks with other schemes and with stakeholders such as market partners, civil society groups, producers, workers, and scientists.

  • Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include hiring; mentoring and evaluating; guiding professional development opportunities; and addressing employee relations issues; and

  • Inspire, lead and motivate the team, championing a culture of collaboration, learning and accountability.  



  • Education: BA or BS Degree in Natural Resource or Social Sciences-related field (i.e. Forestry, Wildlife, Biology, Anthropology, Sociology).

  • Work Experience: Demonstrated ability (10 years’) experience in sustainable agriculture and third-party compliance schemes. Worldwide or regional experience is desirable.

  • At least 7 years proven experience in the development or execution of sustainability programs in agriculture, forestry or landscape management. 

  • Communication Skills: Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills. Content development Skills are highly appreciated.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Foreign Language Skills: Written and verbal proficiency in English, a must.

  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.

  • Enterprise and servant leadership with consistent track record of collaboration and teamwork, preferable in a global environment.

  • Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.

Job level: 2A

Deadline: 03 March 2024

Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in South America, Africa or Asia Pacific 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.

WhyTo 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.

HowOur 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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