Position summary:

The Senior Associate performs several core functions central to the success of Rainforest Alliance’s Latin America strategy. S/he will enhance program efficiency, alignment and operational capacity by coordinating key strategic planning and reporting processes, in collaboration with the Latin America Regional Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Manager and relevant staff. As part of this work s/he will be directly responsible for executing several technical activities with the Latin America Director or his delegate. S/he will enhance Rainforest Alliance’s visibility and profile as a thought-leader by serving as lead writer/co-author of success stories, technical publications, and articles with Latin America Senior staff. S/he will advance Rainforest Alliance’s fundraising and business development efforts by serving as regional technical coordinator and writer for regional proposals to companies and donors. To achieve this s/he will coordinate closely with regional subject matter leads, country leads and/or global counterparts.


Requirements:

Latin America Program Coordination and Technical Implementation (40%)

  • Working hand-in-hand with the Latin America Director and M&E Manager, develop and co-ordinate programmatic processes including: internal reporting; standardizing indicator collection across the full portfolio of work; technical quality control revisions; and knowledge-sharing;
  • Working hand-in-hand with the Latin America Director, coordinate preparation, execution and follow-up actions of in-person departmental planning & strategic workshops, and periodic discussion fora (i.e. biweekly management calls, etc). This includes workshop facilitation and documenting/disseminating outcomes to relevant stakeholders and on Rainforest Alliance’s intranet;
  • Take full leadership of 1-2 priority Latin America annual technical workplan activities (i.e. develop a case study and/or deliver specialized training workshops) from design to finalization;
  • Serve as primary departmental liaison with one or more global functional departments;
  • Conduct targeted research and outreach on key trends and issues, share insights; and
  • Backstop other program operations as needed.

Program External Engagement (30%)

  • Author articles for publication on the Rainforest Alliance and partner websites;
  • Co-author op-eds, position papers and/or other technical publications, working under the guidance of senior regional staff;
  • Develop presentations;
  • Support the Director of Partnerships and/or Country Leads to advance Ranforest Alliance-convened regional partnership networks; and
  • Monitor results of strategic regional multi-stakeholder platforms and offer insights to Rainforest Alliance’s work.

Fundraising and Business Development (30%)

  • Serve as technical coordinator for a limited number (i.e. 1-3) of high-priority proposals/year, including, i.e: site visits, lead contextual research & situation analysis, develop logframe under direction of country lead, draft narrative sections; and
  • Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ or advanced degree in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, climate change or a related field, or equivalent professional experience.
  • At least 5-7 years’ experience in the development and execution of market-based conservation initiatives.
  • Direct experience in preparing and implementing partnerships funded by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations and companies preferred.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Fully English-Spanish bilingual, with demonstrated capacity for publication-quality writing in English (i.e. high-quality donor reports or publications).
  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving ability. Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team;
  • Commitment to the Rainforest Alliance mission and values
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 20% per year, nationally and internationally.


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

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.



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