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.


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.


  • 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.

Apply for position now

Data Privacy Statement