Agriculture Coordinator

Reports To: 
Agriculture & Forestry Associate
Location: 
Ecuador – Tena, Napo

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.

The Rainforest Alliance’s Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA) II works to conserve biodiversity and enhance livelihoods by supporting sustainable land management practices. The ICAA II Project is cross-cutting, involving the sustainable forestry, agriculture and tourism programs of the Rainforest Alliance. The project seeks to support the three broader objectives of the ICAA II program including: a) reduce rates of deforestation and biodiversity loss; b) enhance effective performance in key aspects of natural resource governance; and c) increased livelihood quality and sustainability. Rainforest Alliance has two distinct landscapes: Napo/Sucumbios, Ecuador and Cusco/Madre de Dios, Peru. 

Position Summary: 

The Agriculture Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical support to the Agriculture & Forestry Associate for the implementation of activities related to the agricultural component of the ICAA II and NZDZ Projects in the Kichwa communities of Hatun Sumako village (Napo province). S/he will provide technical assistance and training will focus on issues related to agriculture best management practices, institutional and business capacity building, and productivity and quality of naranjilla, cocoa at a broader provincial level, or other crops to be defined in the landscape, within a framework of biodiversity conservation and sustainable livelihoods. 

Responsibilities: 
  • Identify and promote sustainable agricultural practices at farm level;
  • Facilitate, promote and implement standards of the Sustainable Agricultural Network (SAN);
  • Provide appropriate advice on practices and technologies to producers to increase productivity and quality on naranjilla and other identified crops;
  • Implement and track progress on the establishment of naranjilla and cocoa demonstrative plots with technologies and practices in accordance with SAN standards;
  • Promote partnerships with state and private organizations to integrate production in value chains or other schemes;
  • Contribute to the development of work plans and progress reports in accordance with established performance indicators approved by USAID;
  • Develop and strengthen producer organizations;
  • Establish relationships with regional and local agricultural policy makers in the region where the project is being implemented and participate in forums or policy dialogues to contribute to dissemination of sustainability of agricultural practices; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: 
  • University degree in Agricultural Engineering, Agronomy, or similar (desired);
  • 2 years field experience with sustainable agriculture, rural development, both at planning and activities implementation level;
  • 2 years field experience with sustainable agriculture, rural development, both at planning and activities implementation level;
  • 2 years field experience in productive and quality processes of naranjilla and cocoa;
  • Knowledge of the standard of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN), their implementation and procedures;
  • Understanding of issues and challenges related to capacity building and adult education oriented to farmers beneficiaries;
  • Solid interpersonal skills to manage relationships with the private sector, producers and NGO;
  • Solid organizational skills, ability to work independently and in teams, assess priorities and multitask with attention to details;
  • Kichwa language knowledge (desirable);
  • Class B driver’s license (desirable); and
  • Ability and willingness to reside in the project area.
Salary: 

Commensurate with experience. 

Notes: 

Only candidates authorized to work in Ecuador will be considered. 

Application: 

Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance email: ecpersonnel@ra.org please 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.