Manager, Field Support Partnerships
At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.
The Manager Field Support Partnerships (FSP) for West Africa is responsible for managing company funded sustainable agriculture field projects in West Africa, with a particular focus on Coffee and Cocoa Landscape & Communities (L&C) projects. The position will be responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of new and ongoing projects funded by companies in West Africa. Under the supervision of the Team Manager for FSP and the Director, West Africa the position will ensure day-to day management and technical support across Tailored Program’s FSP portfolio in West Africa. Specifically, the position will ensure project outcomes, outputs and activities are delivered on time and to a high standard as well as proper financial execution and reporting of project funding. The postholder will also be responsible for maintaining partnership relationships with companies to ensure client needs and expectations remain aligned with project delivery and field realities, as well as supporting and nurturing new FSP business opportunities in West Africa with key companies.
- Manage and oversee implementation of FSP activities in Rainforest Alliance’s West Africa Coffee and Cocoa L&C portfolio, including technical backstopping for in-country partners, field consultants and Rainforest Alliance staff, oversight of project deliverable, monitor progress and budgetary execution as defined in project workplans, quality control of client narrative reports and financial reports on field implementation activities, and annual planning and budgeting;
- Manage subgrants for L&C projects and provide administrative and technical support to subgrant partners and build their capacity in project delivery and administration;
- Ensure strategic alignment of FSP business development opportunities in West Africa with Rainforest Alliance’s strategic plan, sector strategies and the West Africa Program’s annual plan;
- Ensure implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s FSP Portfolio in West Africa complies with internal Rainforest Alliance procedures; ensuring appropriate standards, processes and tools are in place for all projects in West Africa FSP portfolio;
- Coordinate closely with Rainforest Alliance’s monitoring and evaluation team to ensure adoption of standards and best practices in monitoring, evaluating and reporting project implementation progress, and provide periodic updates of project status through Rainforest Alliance’s Project Management Platform;
- Directly manage and maintain relationships with partner companies to ensure alignment of client expectations with ongoing project implementation challenges and successes;
- Work closely with FSP team and West Africa Program to track and nurture new relationships with companies interested in FSP opportunities in West Africa, and work closely with FSP Team Manager to design new Cocoa and Coffee L&C project value propositions and proposals for companies;
- Participate in biweekly calls with Rainforest Alliance strategic account teams, as well as strategic meetings between Rainforest Alliance and companies with FSP commitments;
- Support Communications by obtaining information on impacts and stories of successes in projects for which responsible, and
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management or another tropical agriculture-related field;
- Minimum 7 years (Bachelor’s) or minimum 5-years (Master’s) of relevant professional experience;
- First-hand field knowledge of the concepts of sustainable agriculture and knowledge of the agronomy of perennial tropical cropping systems;
- Understanding of business and value chains, land tenure and resources ownership and experience working in partnership with the private sector;
- Demonstrated experience in project management within the NGO sector;
- Knowledge of Monitoring & Evaluation and verification best practices and tools related to agricultural supply chains and/ or rural development;
- Demonstrated leadership and ability to manage staff and consultants;
- Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, assess priorities and multi-task with strong attention to detail;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including experience preparing high quality technical reports for private sector clients;
- Administrative efficiency, with ability to track project progress and prepare timely reports, and competence in main computer software programs;
- Advanced skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, intermediate knowledge of statistics and GIS and proficiency with project management tools a plus;
- Demonstrated professional capability in written and spoken English and French, and
- Willingness and ability to travel (20% of time) to remote field-locations and internationally.
Commensurate with experience.
Deadline: December 3, 2020
Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d’Ivoire will be considered.
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