Associate Private Sector Engagement

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Rainforest Alliance

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Guadalajara, Mexico

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30 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 Private Sector Engagement Associate for the LandScale initiative in Sierra de Tapalpa (municipalities of San Gabriel, Chiquilistlan, Atemajac and Tapalpa), Jalisco, to promote partnerships with the private sector in order to build a more sustainable Landscape. Three key identified priorities for the position are: • Engage private sector to promote sustainable development in the Sierra de Tapalpa Landscape. • Engage private sector to promote transformational change in the production systems of sectors that have high negative impacts on natural resources in the landscape. • Explore possibilities for corporate fundraising for conservation actions.


He/she will be based in Jalisco and will closely work with the Sustainable Landscapes team of RA Mexico to lead all the activities related to private sector engagement (i.e agroindustry, tourism,


Responsibilities:

Private engagement

  • Support the Sr Associate in evaluation of strategic private sector engagement opportunities;
  • Prepare and integrate a measurable and time-bound workplan indicating concrete results and interventions for private sector engagement;
  • Lead in identifying, building, and managing relationships with potential private sector actors to support specific projects;
  • Engage with external stakeholders and coalitions, including the private sector, policymakers, NGOs, academia, and others to build partnerships to advance the work;
  • Manage and strengthen the relationship with own key partnerships to ensure partnership objectives are met and to maximise on investment, impact and influence through our engagement with them;
  • Build plans in collaboration with the private sector to advance LandScale Sustainability strategy;
  • Establish liaison with the RA market team to promote alliances at the local level; and
  • Attend various trade fairs and networking events on behalf of RA.


Fundraising

  • Strengthen and evolve existing relationships as well as prospecting and building new long-term partnerships with corporations that result in funding for the immediate and long-term goals and priorities of LandScale initiative;
  • Raise various forms of capital from corporate partnerships including but not limited to human/intellectual, reputational/brand, and financial capital and
  • Develop and implement a funding plan for specific projects identified by the LandScale initiative.


Others

  • Provide information needed for reporting purposes;
  • Promote the LandScale tool with identified partners and allies; and
  • Actively monitor trends and innovative forms of financing at the landscape level.


Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, agribusiness, environmental or conservation management, natural resources management or in relevant fields. (Required)
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of professional and practical experience engaging with private sector preferably in the environment conservation, agro-industries, climate change sectors.
  • Experience fostering significant corporate partnerships.
  • Demonstrated experience with the private sector in Jalisco, preferably the agribusiness and financial sectors is a plus.
  • Knowledge of natural resource management and current debates on corporate social responsibility is a plus.
  • Strong negotiation, influence and communication skills, as well as experience in engaging diverse stakeholders with diplomacy in dealing with sensitive matters
  • Initiative driven, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependable, with a strong attention to detail;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.


Salary:

Commensurate with experience.


Deadline:
May 15, 2022


Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in Mexico will be considered


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