Regional Project Manager

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Rainforest Alliance

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Colombia, Colombia

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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 Regional Project Manager for the Scaling Climate Smart Regenerative Coffee Project. This position will be responsible for overseeing the work delivered by the project teams in Colombia and Brazil, in close collaboration with the country directors and local technical teams and partners in both countries.


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:
  • Design and oversee project work plans, deliverables, and timelines;
  • Provide overall support and coordination to RA project teams in Brazil and Colombia as well as to project partners;
  • Liaise with RA compliance, finance, and other supporting departments to ensure contractual compliance;
  • Lead coordination of regular donor-facing technical reports and deliverables by leading planning calls, soliciting inputs from key staff, drafting selected sections, developing graphics and visual aids, improving impact stories, polishing the presentation of the final product, and submitting to the donor;
  • Liaise with the finance departments at HQ and in-country offices to ensure full financial compliance with donor reporting requirements, including monitoring spent and proposing course-corrective solutions to deviations exceeding +/- 10%;
  • Lead the development and monitoring of a monthly budget tracker to monitor spending and projections;
  • Manage the submission of invoices accurately and on time and track disbursements as they are paid;
  • Coordinate with Communications and Marketing departments to develop success stories, ensure visibility of the project, and to organize project-related events;
  • Coordinate closely with other RA programs: sharing project activities, progress, and implementation risks;
  • Capture lessons learned and transfer project knowledge to relevant departments and teams across RA (e.g.: regenerative agriculture global team); and,
  • Supervise a small project team and carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organisation’s policies and applicable laws.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s in Economics, Business Administration, Finance, or similar studies. Postgraduate and / or master’s degrees in similar areas.
  • Proven professional experience of at least seven (7) years in the Colombian and/or Brazilian contexts related to sustainable agriculture.
  • Minimum work experience of 7 years managing projects and initiatives, troubleshooting and coordinating with technical and management teams.
  • Proven experience and knowledge of environmental issues, conservation of biodiversity as well as implementation and strengthening of bio businesses.
  • Proficient command of the English and Spanish language, both spoken and written. Portuguese an advantage.
  • Highly developed communication skills, including the preparation of high-quality reports and the delivery of presentations.
  • 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 30% per year, nationally and internationally.


Job LEVEL: 3A


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