Field Program Associate

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Rainforest Alliance

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Colombia, Colombia

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10 days ago

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.


Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.


As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.


At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.


Why


To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.


How


Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.


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.


Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and results oriented Field Program Associate for the Scaling Climate Smart Regenerative Coffee Project. This position will be responsible for providing technical and operational support to project interventions in Colombia including supporting and coordinating with project partners.


The objective of the project is to scale climate smart regenerative coffee farming in Brazil and Colombia and recognize producers for their positive contributions to biodiversity, conservation and climate mitigation and adaptation, through capacity building, economic incentives, and stable commercial relationships.


Working with producers in Nespresso’s supply chain, this project utilizes an innovative, private-sector driven approach to regenerate coffee production through implementing RA’s Regenerative Coffee Scorecard, which sets the standard for regenerative coffee production. Alongside Nespresso’s AAA Sustainable QualityTM Program it will drive performance and assess continuous improvement of regenerative practices that increase farm adaptation and resilience to climate change, and long-term incomes.


Responsibilities:

  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate:
  • Support with the delivery of the scope of work and relevant project activities under the supervision of the Project Manager. Key tasks may include, but not limited to:
  • Coordination with field project partners to ensure delivery of project activities in a timely manner
  • Conducting monitoring and evaluation of key project interventions
  • Collect field success stories and capture impact on the ground
  • Support with financial and administrative management of the project
  • Liaise with key stakeholders in Colombia and communicate project updates, organize field trips, and other events
  • Contribute to the development of project work plans, reports, and technical deliverables;
  • In close coordination with the Project Manager, prepare and coordinate diagnostics, assessments, trainings, and pilot interventions;
  • Contribute to donor and partner reporting within the project; and,
  • Ensure compliance with RA and GIZ work criteria.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in agriculture, sustainable production or environmental engineering.
  • Proven professional experience of at least five (5) years in the Colombian context related to sustainable agriculture and coordinating with technical and management teams.
  • Knowledge of environmental issues, conservation of biodiversity as well as implementation and strengthening of bio businesses.
  • Good command of the English and Portuguese language, both spoken and written.
  • Knowledge on auditing, certification and verification processes.
  • Ability to work under pressure, and to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when dealing with sensitive information.
  • Cultural awareness and sensitivity to country-specific issues.
  • Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 40% per year, nationally.


Job LEVEL: 5A


Salary:

Commensurate with experience.


Deadline:
January 31, 2023

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in Colombia will be considered.


If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org