Associate, Africa -- Sustainable Agriculture Network Unit, Sustainable Agriculture Division

Reports To: 
Director, Standards & Policy -- Sustainable Agriculture Network Unit, Sustainable Agriculture Division
Location: 
Ghana - Accra

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers.

As member and Secretariat of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), an international coalition of leading conservation organizations, Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture Division works with farmers to ensure compliance with the SAN standards for protecting wildlife, ecosystems, workers’ rights and promoting the well-being of farmers’ families and communities. Farms that meet the rigorous environmental, social and economic standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. The SAN standards are applied by producers of major commodity crops (including bananas, pineapple, coffee, cocoa, tea, citrus and flowers) that profoundly affect the economies, environments, cultures and politics of tropical countries.Today more than 350,000 farms in 30 countries are certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified products are widely available in mainstream markets 

Position Summary: 

In coordination with the Standards & Policy Director, the Associate will organize the development of local interpretation guidelines and lead public consultation workshops for standard development and review processes in the region. S/he will participate in research and field activities related to the development of sustainable agriculture certification standards, and support the recruitment of new SAN member organizations in the region.

Responsibilities: 
  • Organize  the development of local interpretation guidelines for different crops using workshops and other stakeholder outreach techniques and prepare draft guideline documents across the region;
  • Organize and facilitate workshops for local interpretation guideline development and public consultations;
  • Participate in field testing activities in these regions during standard review and development;
  • Represent the SAN in the region and support relationships with potential new Sustainable Agriculture Network members and stakeholder outreach, in general;
  • Provide technical guidance to Asian certification bodies in collaboration with the Central American SAN secretariat;
  • Provide input for  budgets, work schedules and reports; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Biology, Natural Resources or related field;
  • 5-7 years professional experience in the agricultural sector in with knowledge of agriculture production processes and certification systems;
  • 2 years of auditing experience with sustainable agriculture certification schemes;
  • Strong written and oral skills in both French and English;
  • Strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint);
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to manage relations with the private sector, producers and NGOs; and
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally 40% of the time.
Salary: 

Commensurate with experience.

Notes: 

Only candidates authorized to work in Ghana will be considered.

Application: 

Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Rainforest Alliance, Box KA 9714, Airport, Accra Ghana. Email: ghanapersonnel@ra.org. If emailing, use the following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title of position you are applying for.

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.