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Specialist in Best Agricultural and Environmental Practices in Banana Value Chain

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Position summary:

The Specialist in Best Agricultural and Environmental Practices in Banana Value Chain will be responsible for providing support for the successful implementation of the Project "Promoting best agricultural and environmental practices in the banana value chain in key regions of Guatemala and Ecuador", financed by the Walmart Foundation. He/she will contact and maintain relationships with multiple local stakeholders for the implementation of best agricultural practices based on the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard (SAS) with emphasis on reducing the volume of pesticides, protecting biodiversity and environmental services, development of productivity plans and definition of sustainable production costs. In addition, he/she will provide technical assistance and training in appropriate technologies and techniques, and will generate reports on the project progress, monitoring of progress and outcomes assessment. Under the supervision of the Subdirector of Guatemala, the Specialist will support the development and implementation of the Project and will be a technical resource for personnel working on projects in the field and in other regions.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify conventional and Rainforest Alliance Certified banana producers that can be included in the Project “Promoting best agricultural and environmental practices in the banana value chain in key regions of Guatemala”, specifically for the Pacific region.
  • Ensure the achievement of the goals and results for Guatemala as defined in the project plans, as well as the compliance with donor guidelines for the delivery of technical and financial reports, including:
    • Development of work plans
    • Development of baseline and specific studies
    • Selection of local partners
  • Provide technical assistance and training to banana producers by developing technical, institutional and policy approaches as required and according to the components of the project, including:
    • Identify, train and support lead trainers through a producer-to-producer model
    • Develop productivity and integrated pest management plans
    • Identify demonstration sites and organize exchange visits with producers
    • Collect and analyze indicators to determine the sustainable production cost.
  • Facilitate coordination among all related projects from Guatemala and other countries, as well as strengthen close collaboration with other units, including:
    • Facilitate access to incentives for reforestation and agroforestry systems
    • Identify priority conservation site.
    • Promote biological corridors and environmental services.
  • Ensure timely preparation and delivery of high quality project reports.
  • Develop and maintain effective institutional relationships among Rainforest Alliance partners, including government institutions, community partners, civil society organizations, private sector companies and donors at the national level.
  • Develop the agricultural and environmental component of the project's operational plan, in conjunction with the host entities and model banana companies in Guatemala.
  • Provide technical services, obtain appropriate technologies and consulting services, and periodically report on project progress, monitoring and evaluation, finances, and other areas of the project.
  • Promote strategic alliances for the sustainable development of the banana value chain taking into consideration the relationship between companies and communities of the Pacific private sector in Guatemala.
  • Other duties as assigned.
     

Qualifications:

  • Degree in agronomy, natural resources management or related field is required.
  • 5 years of experience working in sustainable rural development.
  • Proven experience in the implementation of the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard (SAS).
  • Proven experience in one or more of the following areas: agriculture, agroforestry, markets, business administration.
  • Understanding of market value chains and certification of products produced in a sustainable manner.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team,  to assess priorities and to perform multiple tasks with great attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with various stakeholders, including farmers, governments, businesses, and NGOs, and strong computer skills (MS Office and Internet).
  • Strong analytical skills to respond to multicultural situations.
  • Ability to travel up to 60% of the time, and,
  • Vehicle or motorcycle in good conditions.
     

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Notes:

Job location: Guatemalan Departments of Escuintla, Suchitepequez, Retalhuleu, Jutiapa, San Marcos, and Santa Rosa, focused on the Ocosito River hydrographic basin. 

Application:

Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max. 2 page resume) to GuatemalaPersonnel@ra.org mentioning "Specialist Value Chain - Environmental’’ in the subject line.