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Senior Associate, Western Highlands

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 Senior Associate Western Highlands (WH) will be responsible for providing technical assistance to beneficiaries in Western Highlands. He/she will be responsible to manage the field work plan for the forest timber, non-timber products, agroforestry products and ecotourism from community based organizations (CBOs) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from WH; train the communities in supply programs, advise them in commercialization techniques, guide the activities of sustainable management for the mentioned kind of products, develop training programs for the communities to adoption of sustainable practices. He/she will support the Rainforest Alliance´s certification process related with the prioritized crops in the region.


  • Develop and support the creation of periodic working/project plans detailing activities to be carried out in accordance with goal and indicators and other donor requirements;
  • Supervise over all Western Highlands CBO/SME monitoring and evaluating outputs and outcomes for each partner;
  • To assure training and provide technical assistance in quality control for specific timber, non-timber forest products, agroforesty and community tourism activities in Western Highlands;
  • Negotiate and formulate Memorandums of Understanding with the communities, governmental and non-governmental and companies to address the institutional goals;
  • Guide the activities of sustainable management for natural resources in Western Highlands;
  • Provide of technical assistance to national governmental organization related with sustainable resources management;
  • Develop and maintain functional partnerships within Rainforest Alliance clients, partners, platforms, NGOs, governments, certification bodies and other stakeholders, applying an approach of cultural relevance;
  • Identify linkage opportunities for management of non-timber products in las Western Highlands and support writing of new proposals with the intention of seeking new funding;
  • Provide technical assistance to other RA´s units;
  • Represent Rainforest Alliance in Western Highlands in operative aspects; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture, marketing or a related field, or equivalent professional experience;
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the development and execution of market-based conservation initiatives;
  • Experience managing a team of staff;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Rainforest Alliance's Theory of Change; FSC, Rainforest Alliance and UTZ certifications and/or other certification and verification standards and systems; Demonstrated commitment to the Rainforest Alliance mission and values;
  • At least 5 years of direct experience in preparing and implementing grants funded by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations and companies;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Willingness and availability to travel at 50% of time to local CBO/SME; and
  • Reside in Huehuetenango/Totonicapán/Quetzaltenango, ability to travel a minimum of 50% per year to Western Highlands.


Commensurate with experience.


Only candidates authorized to work in Guatemala  will be considered. Apply no later then July 31.   


Send resume, cover letter and salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, 8 Avenida 15-62, zona 10, Ciudad Guatemala, Guatemala 01010. Fax: (502) 2300-6800; E-mail: If emailing, use the following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title of position you are applying for.