Senior Associate, Agriculture
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norms. We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony. In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program, and label for sustainable farming.
Responsible of developing and providing technical training to partners and stakeholders. Ensure the quality of UTZ/RA service providers and play the role of coffee liaison in Honduras for supply development and standard implementation.
Connecting developing supply according to demand information
- Manage relationships with major contacts in the coffee sector and promote certification (i.e. national level company contacts, such as traders, national coffee organizations, NGOs and research organizations).
- Improve the Rainforest Alliance’s positioning in the coffee sector through presenting demand information and providing technical expertise in meetings with key stakeholders and companies, participation in conferences, roundtables, platforms and coalitions, company field visits etc;
- Work in coordination with IR and the Farmer Support Partnership to design tailored initiatives with coffee companies;
Providing Information and Training on the Rainforest Alliance certification program:
- Lead and enable training of trainers; promote Rainforest Alliance’s training tools including the training platform and the Farmer Intelligence App; monitor the use of these tools;
- Be a point of contact for Rainforest Alliance staff and representatives to provide technical inputs on topics such as risk areas, new technical areas of work (e.g. Living Wage, sector specific IPM, group management, etc.)
- Be the ‘eyes and ears’ of the certification program on the ground to help detect systemic issues with training needs, compliance and audit effectiveness in order to assist Rainforest Alliance in being proactive in mitigating risks and continuous improvement of the certification program;
- Lead and facilitate any process or analysis required for the further development of the certification program, including stakeholder outreach, discussion groups, public consultation rounds, etc., to drive continuous improvement in our work;
- Be point on creation of new pitch materials w/ TSSC and markets. Be responsible for the overall value proposition to companies and also the creation of materials to sell, to both producers and to companies
Representation and Communication
- Be a point of contact for Rainforest Alliance staff and representatives for coffee related matters that are beyond the scope and services of individual certification bodies, and provide inputs on relevant topics such as multitrace, sector issues, risk management, etc;
- Represent Rainforest Alliance to external coffee stakeholders at national level, as needed;
- Support the Markets Transformation and the coffee sector lead on supply development related issue; and
- Provide support in all work – related activities as directed by the Country Representative.
- Education: BA or BS Degree in Natural Resource related field, and/or Business management .
- Work Experience: Minimum 5 years’ of experience conducting trainings and audits according to UTZ/RA processes.
- Technical Skills/Qualifications/Certifications: certified in Training of Trainers experiential training methodology.
- Communication Skills: Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
- Foreign Language Skills: Written and verbal proficiency in English.
- General Work Behaviors/Skills: 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. Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.
- Requirements related to our mission: Knowledge of, and commitment to environmental issues and sustainability practices.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: December 6th, 2020
Only candidates authorized to work in Honduras will be considered
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