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Sector Lead Bananas and other Fruit & Juices

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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 Sector Lead will be responsible for defining clear sector plans and recommending impactful strategies for the banana sector toward the goal of sector transformation. As part of this, the sector lead will convene internal cross-functional teams in order to co-create organizational sector strategies and plans and facilitate alignment of these plans with individual department plans.

S/he will also manage select global key account in banana to identify and leverage concrete market opportunities that accelerate farm impact. The sector lead will articulate and drive strategy with key global multi-stakeholder platforms. The Sector Lead will also work to develop our program in other fruits and juices and will provide input into our evolving retail strategy. Finally, the banana sector lead will drive the banana sector strategy on behalf of markets and will work closely with other relevant departments such as Core Markets, Tailored Programs, Regions, Themes and Partnerships, Advocacy and beyond.


  • Convene a cross functional team to drive organization sector strategy and plan in bananas.
  • Drive opportunities with key global accounts and multi-stakeholder platforms to advance sector plans and work closely with leads in core markets to continue to identify other market-facing opportunities.
  • Build and drive the banana sector strategy for market transformation.
  • Position Rainforest Alliance as a thought leader on sustainability in the sector and cultivate change agents within the banana sector that can spearhead the structural changes needed to build a more sustainable industry.
  • Work closely with the retail strategy lead to develop and drive intervention strategies with retail partners.

Facilitate quarterly cross-functional sector working group review meetings

  • Ensure the growth of demand for Rainforest Alliance sustainability offerings in the sector
  • Continue to develop our program in other fruits and juices including working on development of the revenue and traceability systems for these crops.


  • Master degree in business administration; business economics; natural resource management; or related field.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Deep knowledge and awareness of sector
  • Proven experience in building and working well in cross-functional teams.
  • Proven experience in successfully managing large strategic corporate accounts
  • Strategic and analytical thinker.
  • Strong communication skills and gravitas to be able to serve as a spokesperson for the organization.
  • Collaborative and solid record building and working in teams
  • People management experience
  • Willingness and ability to travel at least 25% of time


Commensurate with experience.


Only candidates authorized to work in country of application will be considered.


Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) no later than May 6, 2019 to, mentioning ‘Sector Lead Bananas and other Fruits & Juices’ in the subject line. For questions about this position, please contact Aparajita Bhalla.