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Position summary:

The objective of the Senior Associate Deforestation West Africa is to lead and provide input into activities around implementation of certification and projects tackling deforestation, landscape management, climate change and agroforestry.


  • Develop Rainforest Alliance’s context specific position and guidance on implementing standards’ criteria on deforestation and agroforestry, in line with global strategy, and in collaboration with colleagues from Standards & Assurance and Global Themes & Partnerships
  • Support regional teams with technical capacity on the topics to ensure effective implementation of our requirements by certified farms and Certification Bodies;
  • Respond to requests from Certificate Holders and Certification Bodies and support media inquiries on related topics
  • Follow up with regular visits to Certificate Holders to support development of management plans and to ensure progress on the implementation of measures to monitor and prevent deforestation (including collection of geospatial information, deforestation risk assessments and preventive measures) and support agroforestry
  • Collaborate with the Assurance Managers, Country Teams, Standard & Assurance department and any other relevant departments to ensure the quality of implementation of Rainforest Alliance/UTZ rules and standards and certification procedures and processes
  • Collaborate with the Assurance Managers, Country Teams, Standard & Assurance department, Reimagining Certification teams and any other relevant departments to propose, design and implement improvements to the certification process and assurance system, and to support the rollout of the new standard and its related procedures.
  • Contribute to program, project, and proposal design and development for interventions in the region related to deforestation monitoring, landscape governance and restoration, with Tailored Programs and Institutional Relations;
  • Develop and conduct trainings on the topics for fellow Rainforest Alliance staff, certificate holders, government and NGO partners and certification bodies
  • Coordinate with advocacy lead the contact of Rainforest Alliance with key actors in the field of forest and biodiversity conservation, including government officials in Ghana (Forestry Commission) and Côte d’Ivoire (SODEFOR, OIPR, Minef) other civil society partners, etc.
  • Contribute to proposal development for programs tackling deforestation in West Africa (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana)
  • Contribute to Rainforest Alliance regional strategy and country annual plans


  • Masters degree with expertise in agronomy / environmental or natural resource management / forestry;
  • At least 5 years project management / advisory experience in a related field, experience with monitoring and prevention of deforestation is essential;
  • Expertise in Cote d’Ivoire’s environmental policies, and institutional and legal frameworks around forest protection; expertise in cocoa agroforestry is a plus;
  • A network in the field of forest protection, and the corresponding institutions and non-governmental stakeholders;
  • Proficient in ArcGIS, Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint; experience in collecting, mapping and evaluating geolocation data
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in French and English essential
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner, AND Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 30% per year, to rural areas in Côte d’Ivoire but also to other countries (a minimum of 30% field-based work per year, and approximate 10% additional travels).
  • Minimum 3 years experience working with smallholder producers and/or producer groups and/or community-based organizations, experience with REDD+ projects a plus
  • Minimum 2 years working experience in the cocoa sector is desirable
  • Knowledge of cocoa or forest Certification Programs and their requirements - especially UTZ and/or Rainforest Alliance or FSC is desirable.

Deadline to Apply:

June 5th, 2020


Only candidates authorized to work in Ivory Coast will be considered

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

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