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Sub Regional Lead Southern Africa

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.

Project summary:

The Sub Regional Lead will lead sub regional strategic planning in Southern Africa. She/he will focus on supporting the sectors that have a RA certification footprint in the subregion’s countries. She/he will represent the organization from ground level farmer trainings and certification support to board room meetings with key partners and companies.

She/he will connect staff and stakeholders in mainly sub region and main offices. She/he will build a sub regional team (on topics and themes) with relevant expertise spread over different countries in the sub region, and apply a participatory and inclusive management style. This position has supervisory responsibilities.


  • Builds the sub regional strategy and guides country representatives and program officers to design and implement country strategies
  • Ensures code is effective in sector transformation
  • Provides sub regional leadership.
  • Guides staff on work collaboration and on growth in sector
  • Selects/ hires country representative and other staff as necessary, together with Director, Africa.
  • Act as member support lead in South Africa
  • Delegates and shares supervisory responsibilities
  • Engages with other sub regional leads in West, Central and East on key topics and strategic interventions. Learns from other activities in the region.
  • Engages relevant departments by offering relevant information on context and requests support from specific departments to improve program interventions.
  • Engages and cooperates on major sustainability issues with main private and public sector actors, as well as government at sub regional and national levels
  • Makes sure that a good relationship is maintained with key companies in the subregion and buying from the subregion e.g. Twinings, Unilever, Tata, Tescos’, Rooibos Ltd, JDE, etc. Engages with the market team if there are opportunities for projects in the sourcing areas for these companies
  • Assures that any key issues with the standards and assurance of the program are communicated in good time to the relevant departments.
  • Engages with other sustainability initiatives in the region to work on common goals.
  • Ensures that certificate holders in countries in the region remain supported as necessary (needs assessment). This includes South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho


  • Masters’ in agriculture and/or management or other relevant field
  • 10 years’ experience in similar management position in Southern Africa
  • Understanding of at least some of the main commodities in the sub region i.e. tea, rooibos, fruit and coffee
  • Private sector work experience in company, e.g. as sustainability manager
  • Project cycle experience
  • Project management, budgeting and planning
  • People management
  • Being able to speak/communicate in Afrikaans


Commensurate with experience.


Only candidates authorized to work in South Africa will be considered. This position requires to travel at least once a month.

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.


Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max 2 page resume) no later than 19 April 2019 to mentioning ‘Sub regional Lead Southern Africa” in the subject line.

Deadline to apply is April 20.