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Program Manager, Sustainable Agriculture

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.

Our alliance needs you, whoever you are and wherever you stand. By joining forces with producers, businesses and consumers, we can transform our relationship with the land and forests we rely on. We can make that relationship work better for all.

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

Position summary:

The Program Manager, Sustainable Agriculture, is responsible for developing and managing the Rainforest Alliance’s projects and programs in India and Sri Lanka. The position is responsible for ensuring that all the subgrants and direct projects are implemented in an effective and efficient manner. This includes delivering projects according to work plans and budgets, coordinating with field consultants and staff, identifying and overseeing the work of local partner organizations, and maintaining relationships with stakeholders in the corporate, government, donor and civil society sectors. The sustainable agriculture program works with small-scale producers and some large plantations, primarily in tea, coffee and spices. It promotes practices based on the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard. It further develops multi-stakeholder landscape-scale initiatives to improve land use management and rural livelihoods beyond the production units. The position will coordinate closely with the local India and Sri Lanka teams, as well as Rainforest Alliance’s international teams, such as Markets Transformation, Institutional relations and Communications.

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and lead the planning and implementation of projects in the field, identify and recruit partners and consultants as required and coordinate with Rainforest Alliance’s Country teams;
  • Coordinate with other Rainforest Alliance global departments to ensure cohesion in the overall program execution; Work in co-ordination with the country finance and admin staff for financial oversight of the subgrantees/partners;
  • Play key role in development of systems and mechanisms to ensure the successful implementation of the programs including subgrants. This includes being responsible for the quality of weekly updates, proposal and grants tracking system and ensuring that grant records are kept up to date;
  • Adapt technical support tools for use by local technical assistance providers, farmers, and group administrators;
  • Take responsibility for project deliverables, overseeing partners and consultants;
    1. Conduct pre-monitoring visits to assess the suitability of proposed projects and conduct assessments of partners.
    2. Conduct monitoring visits to assess the effectiveness of projects and financial progress, provide recommendations and find solutions where there are problems in implementation.
    3. Help design project frameworks with partners and stakeholders. Ensure that the projects funded meet set criteria and standards. Finally, assist with the closing of grants.
  • Provide internal and external reports on project progress, performance against targets, and budgetary execution;
  • Develop and maintain relations with key stakeholders to contribute to the growth and reputation of Rainforest Alliance’s work. Represent the Rainforest Alliance in appropriate events and platforms in India. Organize logistical support and host visits by companies, journalists and other stakeholders;
  • In coordination with the Country Lead and international teams, monitor and evaluate the results and impact of the work for the use of project learning, communication, and fundraising;
  • Support the Country Lead to identify new project opportunities and support in proposal writing and presenting new proposal to donors;
  • Support the Country Lead to identify resources and needs required to further expand the Tea, Coffee and Spice program in the country.

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Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Business Administration, or another relevant field;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in project management, including managing budgets and implementing activities according to agreed-upon work plans and schedules;
  • First-hand knowledge of the concepts and practices of sustainable agriculture, including practices for climate resilience;
  • Understanding of value chains and certification of sustainably produced commodities;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, with ability to operate and communicate effectively in multi-institutional relationships- government ministers, donor representatives, and/or company executives- as well as with farmers and communities;
  • Administrative efficiency, with the ability to track project progress and prepare timely reports, and competence in the main computer software programs;
  • Demonstrated professional capability in written and spoken English and Hindi;
  • Understanding of working together with local partners;
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, to assess priorities and to multi-task with strong attention to detail;
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40 percent of the time.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Application:

Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) no later than 19 March 2019 to recruitment.nl@ra.org mentioning first name and last name, job title of position in the subject line. For questions about this position, please contact recruitment.nl@ra.org.