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.


To help overcome this challenge in Colombia, RA in consortium with WCS and Alisos; They sealed an alliance that, with cooperation resources from the United Kingdom, will execute the Cacao Cero Deforestation project. The project will have an investment from the United Kingdom, through the international cooperation program UK PACT - Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions. 

Position summary:

Under the direct supervision of the RA Project Manager, the Senior Associate in Business Models and Value Chain for Cocoa will support the implementation of the Cacao Zero deforestation business model in the assigned municipalities and villages. That allows promoting access to markets and commercialization of Amazonian products that come from sustainable agroforestry systems and free from deforestation, characterizing the demand, finding potential market niches and promoting public and private acquisition of them, and will integrate a regional team.



  • Develop a work plan and schedule in accordance with the assigned processes and products, with special emphasis on meeting requirements and needs.
  • Determine the spaces of involvement and the markets for the agroforestry products and value chains of interest of the project, at national and international level identified, analyzing the feasibility and relevance of having a presence in said markets with local production.
  • Design and carry out the demand study that includes a complete analysis of the potential demand subject to the production base, which should include local per capita consumption of products of interest, and devise campaigns for dissemination, promotion and consumption focused on increasing said consumption as the main indicator.
  • Create marketing strategies for the specific sectoral production model (zero deforestation cocoa) and other agroforestry products with commercial potential.
  • Carry out the analysis of actors and political institutions at the local level that defines the general structure of the chain. Establishing private-public alliances to promote the purchase of deforestation-free products and enhance their market and prices
  • Coordinate with relevant actors and public and private institutions and NGOs to promote the consumption and sale of agroforestry products that come from diversified production systems free of deforestation and sustainable agricultural production.
  • Identify and make recommendations on the critical points of the business model.
  • Make the necessary adjustments / modifications in the design of the sustainable business model and chain. Updating the corresponding production chain, its critical and relevant points, as well as the strategic actors (institutional, community, business or other relevant to the production line).
  • Deliver and sustain the final sustainable business model document. Generating a work route agreed with the relevant actors for the commercialization of sustainable agricultural products free from deforestation.
  • Establish private-public alliances to promote the purchase of deforestation-free products and boost their market and prices.
  • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation strategy to measure impacts, results, scaling and consolidating information to monitor the critical variables of the project to achieve the expected results in accordance with the standards and procedures of Rainforest Alliance, counterparts and concerned authorities, as appropriate.
  • Provide information and / or prepare the required reports on agreed dates, including technical reports, supplying truthful, quality information and guaranteeing the traceability of the management and information under its charge



  • Bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in Economics, Administration of Agricultural, agronomic engineering, agronomy, environmental, and/or related with specialization in Agribusiness, Economic Development, Sustainable Agricultural, Environmental Economics Trade or areas related to the objective.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience working in sustainable rural development, economic development aimed to vulnerable populations, ecological restoration, and agricultural reconversion.
  • At least 3 to 5 years in agribusiness, commercialization, and marketing of agricultural products from rural communities.
  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in market analysis processes and national and international commercialization of agricultural products (necessary in cocoa and desirable in at least one of the following products: coffee, livestock, banana or palm).
  • 3-year experience of working with actors at different levels including producer associations, local governments, indigenous peoples, communities and nationalities, the private sector, and other actors in the territory. (desirable with indigenous and peasant communities of the Amazon Region)
  • Proven experience in data management, information analysis and management of information systems.
  • Proven experience in the successful implementation of more than 5 community business models, currently sustainable in the commercialization of products from sustainable agricultural systems and / or with ecological practices.
  • Fluency verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge and understanding of the gender approach, differential and rights approaches
  • Availability to travel often and move in the territories where the Project is present



  • Experience in productive chains and / or construction of networks with communities.
  • Desirable experience in the implementation of project monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Desirable knowledge on issues of conservation and management of natural resources in the Amazonia.


Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: February 28, 2021



Recruitment for this position is subject to donor funding.

Only candidates authorized to work in Colombia will be considered.


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