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Program Officer Advocacy West Africa

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:

Key to achieving Rainforest Alliance’s mission is advocating within the countries with which we work.  Advocating with national and regional governments, corporates within the countries and local civil society is critical to being able to create sustainable change. The Program Officer Advocacy West Africa provides strategic direction and implementation in order to maximize impact towards sector change, raise awareness, increase Rainforest Alliance’s visibility and strengthen its position through influencing and working with civil society, public and private sector in West Africa.


  • Lead the development and implementation of Rainforest Alliance advocacy strategy, plans and activities within West Africa.
  • Ensure a shared vision, coherence and compliance for strategy and activities for West African advocacy within Rainforest Alliance.
  • Monitor and advise on new advocacy and public affairs opportunities that arise within the public sector and with key organizations within West Africa.
  • Support Regional Directors and Country Heads with briefings etc. in order to enable them to advocate on behalf of Rainforest Alliance.
  • Advise, answer questions and support Leadership team, Heads of Departments and (overseas) colleagues – solicited and unsolicited – on Advocacy and Public Affairs and their implementation, execution and effectiveness of it.
  • Build and maintain key relationships with government, civil society, networks and influential policy makers within West Africa.
  • Initiate and organize meetings and participate in discussions with relevant groups, stakeholders and governments to advance Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy agenda.
  • Represent Rainforest Alliance at relevant events, external forums and conferences and in various consultation structures.
  • Support (capacity strengthening or ensuring capacity strengthening) to partner organizations with advocacy projects/interventions in the Sector Partnerships Program and other donor funded programs/projects.


  • Bachelors / Masters degree in politics, public policy, communications, or related.
  • At least five years experience with planning, managing, and implementing advocacy or public affairs strategies.
  • Experience in leading advocacy campaigns.
  • Political and/or civil society network within West Africa.
  • Fluency in English and French, both verbal and written.  Additional languages an asset.


Commensurate with experience.


Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) no later than April 3, 2019 to mentioning "Program Officer Advocacy West Africa’’ in the subject line.