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.

Position summary:

The Advocacy Lead will be part of the West Africa team and the global advocacy team. The postholder will be responsible for leading cross organizational advocacy on key issues relating to the cocoa sector and for building and maintaining relations with key governmental and civil society actors within West Africa.  The Advocacy Lead will be responsible for providing strategic direction, defining clear advocacy plans and recommending impactful strategies to enable Rainforest Alliance to effectively advocate for positive change within key agricultural and forestry sectors.

As part of this, the advocacy lead will lead on the relationship with key stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire, including but not restricted to, Conseil de Café et Cacao, International Cocoa Organisation, the European Union in Abidjan and World Cocoa Foundation amongst others.

The Advocacy Lead will implement advocacy work with key public and private actors in order to maximize impact towards sector change and increase Rainforest Alliance’s visibility. This is a role that requires working closely with many departments across the organization: Markets, Communications, Regions, Leadership Team (LT), and colleagues in the Advocacy and Themes department.


  • Lead the development and implementation of Rainforest Alliance advocacy strategy, plans and activities in West Africa – with specific focus on Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Facilitate development of specific sectoral and thematic advocacy strategies.
  • Ensure a shared vision, coherence and compliance for strategy and activities within Rainforest Alliance.
  • Advise on new advocacy and governmental affairs opportunities and requirements within West Africa. 
  • Advise, answer questions and support LT, Heads of Departments and colleagues across the globe– solicited and unsolicited – on Advocacy and Public Affairs and their implementation, execution and effectiveness of it.
  • Build and maintain key relationships with Ivorian government, civil society, networks and influential policy makers.
  • Initiate and organize meetings and participate in discussions with relevant groups, stakeholders and governments to advance Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy agenda.
  • Represent Rainforest Alliance at relevant events, external forums and conferences and in various consultation structures.


  • Master’s degree in politics, public policy, communications or related.
  • At least 10years experience with planning, managing and implementing advocacy or public affairs strategies.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in leading governmental relations.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in managing cross organizational project teams.
  • Political and/or civil society network in Côte d’Ivoire.
  • Strategic and analytical thinker.
  • Fluency in French and English, both verbal and written. 
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 30% of time.


Commensurate with experience.

Deadline: April 15, 2021


Only candidates authorized to work in Côte d’Ivoire or Ghana will be considered

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

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