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Communications Manager, Landscape Standard

About the Rainforest Alliance:

We are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal.

The Rainforest Alliance works at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests. By bringing diverse allies together we are making deep-rooted change on some of our most pressing social and environmental issues. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people mitigate and adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways.

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Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

Position summary:

The Communications Manager will be responsible for developing and leading the implementation of the communications strategy for the Landscape Standard (LS), an exciting new initiative which is in the early stages of development. The LS is a collaborative initiative, led by the Rainforest Alliance, Verra and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA), which aims to drive improvements in sustainability performance at a landscape scale. The LS provides a standardized approach for assessing the state and trajectory of sustainability within a landscape (such as a watershed, eco-region or jurisdiction). This framework can be used by communities, businesses, governments and investors to understand and communicate the cumulative impact of activities within a landscape (including agribusiness, forestry, mining and infrastructure) and demonstrate improvements in sustainability performance at landscape scale. This will enable this information to be taken account of in sourcing and investment decisions, linking market incentives to improved sustainability performance at landscape scale. To ensure that the framework developed is practical and fit for purpose, it is being piloted in landscapes in Ghana, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru and Mexico by RA and partner organizations.

Responsibilities:

Strategy development

  • Lead the development and implementation of the Landscape Standard communications strategy, in close collaboration with the LS team and global partners. The principal audiences for this strategy are agribusiness, forestry and mining companies; financial institutions; multi-stakeholder landscape initiatives; and sub-national and national governments, both within and sourcing from or investing in target landscapes.

Content and infrastructure development

  • Coordinate the development of LS communications materials in all relevant forms, including print and online, e.g., website content, social media, newsletters, press releases, bylined articles, white papers, videos, infographics, and any other necessary materials;
  • Support the development of presentations, talking points, speeches and other communications materials for external events, outreach and public consultations about LS;
  • Oversee website development and curation;
  • Develop and grow social media channels and mailing lists.

Communicating the Landscape Standard to stakeholders

  • Conduct media outreach;
  • Support the LS partners to be effective in conveying and amplifying key messages related to the LS;
  • Coordinate LS outreach and communications activities across RA, Verra, CCBA, and other LS partners;
  • Coordinate LS presence at key events and assist in preparing team members, including keeping an updated tracker of external events, preparing presentations, and attending meetings, as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, international development, environmental or social sciences, or a related field;
  • At least 7-10 years of relevant work experience;
  • The ability to present complex ideas in a clear and compelling manner to a wide variety of audiences;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with a diversity of stakeholders from different sectors and cultural backgrounds;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of current trends in digital media/social media, especially where applied to international development and the private sector;
  • Experience conducting or overseeing visual and graphic design activities in support of brand identity, marketing, and communications;
  • Experience with media relations;
  • Experience working in a start-up environment, with international development and environmental issues and/or commodity supply chains in Asia, Africa or Latin America is a plus;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in Spanish preferred;
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time nationally and internationally.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Notes:

London is the preferred location for this post.

Application:

Send CV, cover letter, two samples of communications materials you have developed (preferably one written article and one other medium, such as a website, infographic, video, or presentation) and salary history to ukpersonnel@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.