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Specialist in Best Agricultural and Social Practices in Banana Value Chain

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Position summary:

The Specialist in Best Agricultural and Social Practices in Banana Value Chain will be responsible for providing support for the successful implementation of the Project "Promoting best social and environmental practices in the banana value chain in key regions of Guatemala and Ecuador". He / she will contact and maintain relationships with multiple local stakeholders for the implementation of best agricultural and social practices based on the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard (SAS) with emphasis on supporting communities and vulnerable groups to develop activities of mitigation of environmental risks, education and environmental sanitation, entrepreneurship, access to microfinance and determination of the production sustainable cost. 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:

  • Support in the identification of conventional and Rainforest Alliance Certified banana producers, as well as nearby communities, that can be included in the Project, promoting best agricultural and social practices in the banana value chain in key regions of Guatemala, specifically from the Pacific region.
  • Ensure the achievement of goals and results for Guatemala as defined in the project plans, as well as the compliance with donor norms 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 on agricultural and social issues to banana producers, respecting  technical, institutional and policy approaches that are required according to the components of the project, including:
    • Identify, train and support lead trainers through a producer-to-producer model
    • Develop disaster risk reduction 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 to strengthen a close collaboration with other units, including:
  • Facilitate access to incentives for reforestation and agroforestry systems
  • Identify conservation priority sites
  • Promote biological corridors and environmental services.
    • Ensure timely elaboration 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 social component the project's operational plan, in conjunction with the host entities and model banana companies in Guatemala.
    • Prepare periodic reports on project progress, monitoring and evaluation, finances and other areas related to the project.
    • Promote strategic alliances for the socio-environmental development of the banana value chain taking into consideration the relationship between companies and communities of the Pacific private sector in Guatemala.
    • Guarantee the coordination between all related projects for both Guatemala and other countries, as well as to strengthen a closer collaboration with other units;
    • Other duties as assigned.
       

Qualifications:

  • Degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, social work or other 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: agricultural or environmental extension, training in best environmental practices, women and youth empowerment.
  • Understanding of market value chains for agricultural products such as bananas.
  •  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 businesses, farmers, governments and NGOs, and strong computer skills (MS Office and Internet).
  • Strong skills to communicate information and techniques in the field and to people with low educational level.
  • 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 in the Ocasito River hydrographic basin.

Application:

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