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Senior Associate - Fruit Sector

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:

Support project implementation activities under the current banana grant in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Ecuador. Including delivery of technical assistance activities in agricultural best practices, and ensuring timely and quality reporting by local partners, project staff and consultants.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct regular review and monitoring of local implementation partners, national staff and consultants;
  • Develop regular reports that record the progress, achievement, risks and challenges using the Rainforest Alliance PMP online system;
  • Implement training activities with special focus on TR4, pesticide use, climate resilience;
  • Provide stakeholder engagement thru regular meetings with local implementation partners, private companies, ministries, other key stakeholders;
  • Support the establishment of a baseline of pesticide and fertilizer use;
  • Support impact case study implementation;
  • Support regular training activities with certified operations focused on the new certification standard.

Qualifications:

  • BA or BS Degree in Agronomy or Natural Resource related field (i.e. Forestry, Wildlife, Biology).
  • Minimum of five years’ experience, in banana and/or pineapple production.
  • Three years of experience in Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture certification and other major tropical fruit production protocols.
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Written and verbal proficiency in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner.
  • Ability to travel a minimum of 30% per year, nationally and internationally.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in Costa Rica will be considered

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.

Application:

Send resume, cover letter and salary expectation to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, P.O. Box 11029-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica; E-mail: crpersonnel@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.