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Project Manager, Supply Chain Accountability

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.

Position summary:

The Project Manager, Supply Chain Accountability will serve as the operational lead for a new initiative to accelerate progress and accountability toward fulfilling private sector commitments to eliminate deforestation and human exploitation from agriculture and forestry supply chains. These commitments focus especially on tropical commodities that have historically been major drivers of deforestation, such as palm oil, soy, cattle, and pulp and timber. The initiative will develop an “Accountability Framework” consisting of common definitions, norms, and guidelines to ensure that the range of efforts aimed at implementing corporate commitments adhere to high standards of rigor and credibility. Additionally, the framework will help harmonize the methods by which progress is verified, reported, and communicated, such that outcomes may be tracked and managed across entire corporate supply bases or jurisdictions. Convened by Rainforest Alliance, and in coalition with leading environmental and social NGOs, the initiative will engage civil society organizations and companies from developing and developed nations to define, promote, apply, and mainstream good practices in supply chain accountability.
The Project Manager will lead implementation of the Accountability Framework initiative to ensure its successful delivery. S/he will collaborate closely with other Rainforest Alliance staff, partners, and consultants, in consultation with a wider set of stakeholders, to develop the Accountability Framework norms and guidelines through an open and transparent process. S/he will also work to maximize the project’s positive impact by promoting the mainstreaming of the Accountability Framework through various existing and incipient tools, platforms, and initiatives to operationalize responsible supply chain commitments.


  • Manage the day-to-day development, implementation, and execution of project strategies, work plans, and technical outputs;
  • Coordinate overall development of the Accountability Framework norms and guidelines, including for forest change monitoring, restoration, human rights, social accountability, norms for independent verification of responsible supply chains, and norms for reporting and claims;
  • Manage the initiative’s partnership of leading environmental and social NGOs, including facilitation of meetings and deliberations by the project’s Steering Group and selected technical working groups;
  • Engage leading private companies (agriculture and forest products producers, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, and retailers) to contribute to the development, testing, and application of the Accountability Framework;
  • Co-develop and implement a strategy for wider stakeholder engagement, relationship management and collaboration, including with international NGOs, local NGOs in tropical countries, governments, and complementary initiatives seeking to support progress toward responsible supply chains;
  • Work with communications officers at Rainforest Alliance and partner organizations to develop and implement the project’s strategy for communication, media, and advocacy;
  • Work with development officers at Rainforest Alliance and partner organizations to support project fundraising and to align fundraising with work plan priorities;
  • Represent the project externally at international conferences, industry events, working groups, and other venues;
  • Develop and manage partner sub-grants and contracts to ensure timely and coordinated delivery of project outputs from all contributors; and
  • Provide task supervision for selected Rainforest Alliance staff in their capacities as project coordinators or technical contributors;
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in agriculture, forestry, international development, social sciences, economics, ecology, natural resources management, or a related field;
  • At least five years of progressively responsible work experience, preferably including both technical roles and external relations or stakeholder engagement;
  • Experience in advocacy, coalition-building, or campaigning related to social justice or environmental issues is strongly preferred;
  • Familiarity with social and environmental impacts and risks of commodity supply chains;
  • Superior English writing and editing skills, including a high level of attention to detail;
  • Demonstrated experience communicating complex ideas for both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Demonstrated experience representing an organization or initiative in high-visibility public speaking roles;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds;
  • Highly organized, self-motivated, and able to prioritize tasks and deliver high quality work products under strict deadlines;
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally approximately 30% of the time;
  • Experience working in developing countries is strongly preferred;
  • Proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Spanish, or French is a plus.


Commensurate with experience.


We believe that all employees, regardless of location or title, should have access to benefits. We strive to provide programs that provide the following:

  • Health/medical coverage for staff and family
  • Retirement savings plans;
  • Paid time off for holidays/vacations, illness, and personal needs;
  • Assistance for adverse situations that might arise while on business travel; and
  • Insurance for unfortunate circumstances.

Benefits vary, depending on location. Please talk to your recruiter during your interview about specific benefits for your location.


Washington, DC is the preferred location for this position.


Please apply online at Combine cover letter and resume as one single document and upload.

For prompt consideration, please submit all applications by December 28, 2016.