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Sustainable Landscape Specialist

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 Sustainable Landscapes Specialist will be directly responsible for the high-quality implementation of activities related to the Rainforest Alliance-led pilot of the Landscape Standard (LS) in Peru. The LS is a collaborative initiative, led by the Rainforest Alliance, VERRA and the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance, which aims to drive improvements in sustainability performance at the landscape scale. The LS provides a scientifically rigorous yet practical set of principles, criteria, and indicators to assess the state and trajectory of sustainability within a landscape (such as a watershed, eco-region or jurisdiction). This framework can be used by communities, businesses, governments and investors to demonstrate progress towards sustainability commitments. This will enable market and financial incentives to be linked to improvements in sustainability performance at the landscape level.

The Sustainable Landscapes Specialist will be responsible for day-to-day leadership, advisory, monitoring, problem solving and quality control to ensure effective and timely implementation and of the Peru LS pilot.

S/he will coordinate quarterly and annual reporting processes relevant to the implementation of LS in Peru and ensure timely submission to the Landscape Standard Senior Manager to satisfy donor reporting requirements.

The Specialist will be responsible for designing implementing and monitoring the Peru LS pilot work plan and other related documents and protocols established by Rainforest Alliance and the Landscape Standard Secretariat, while also representing the LS pilot in Peru, in consortium-level meetings, events, and public forums.

This position will require that the Specialist be responsible for coordinating and conducting stakeholder engagement at the national, state, and local level for the purposes of establishing and facilitating a local advisory committee and a multi-stakeholder platform through which landscape-level planning, implementation, and feedback concerning the continual improvement of the LS can occur.

This position will liaise closely with the Manger Peru and will be the focal point with donors and other stakeholders related to the LS in Peru.

Responsibilities:

Leadership & Management:

  • Deliver effective and impactful implementation of RA Peru’s activities, by fostering a culture of business and project management excellence, and by providing day-to-day oversight of the activities of the Landscape Standard pilot in Peru
  • Lead the design, management and monitoring of the Landscape Standard workplan relative to pilot implementation and provide feedback on relevant tools, processes and guidance related to the ongoing development of Landscape Standard
  • Manage, give advice, and facilitate strategic planning with local partners directly at the national, state, and local levels
  • Ensure preparation of progress reports per funder and Rainforest Alliance requirements;
  • Coordinate periodic internal working sessions, planning workshops, events, one-on-one meetings and other communications opportunities with stakeholders and project partners in order to ensure effective learning, information sharing, planning and implementation of Landscape Standard objectives in Peru.
  • Put in place required quality control processes to ensure the quality and integrity of content of reports, including budget management, evidences submitted to donors, accuracy of communications materials, and quality of technical work products;
  • Provide advisory, monitoring, budgeting and quality control to sub-grantees (if any);
  • Manage stakeholder relationships effectively, including coordination of the LS Peru Advisory Committee and/or other multi-stakeholder groups.
  • Identify and manage financial, legal and technical risks and escalate issues appropriately;
  • Ensure effective cross-functional coordination within other Rainforest Alliance departments in Peru, the Latin America region, and globally (i.e. Markets; Global Programs; Standards & Assurance; Regions; Finance; Accounting; Legal; etc) to maximize the impact and success of planned activities;
  • Ensure effective communications with the broader organization.

Advocacy & External Engagement:

  • Lead stakeholder relationship management activities in Peru, including coordination of Advisory Committee and/or other multi-stakeholder groups, and proactively involve the Peru Country Lead and other key staff to cultivate and manage stakeholder relationships (government, private sector, civil society, producer groups, donors) required for LS implementation in Peru.
  • Develop and maintain functional partnerships with key clients, partners, platforms, NGOs, governments, certification bodies and other stakeholders; and further build the reputation and credibility of the Rainforest Alliance and market-based conservation approaches;
  • Proactively identify and cultivate a network of partnerships with private sector, government agencies, donors, community businesses and civil society partners to attract additional resources to amplify and scale-up work proposed under the Landscape Standard;
  • Represent Rainforest Alliance at key events, presentations, policy forums and roundtables and communicate program achievements

Technical

  • Coordinate Peru-related information-gathering and analyses relevant to the selection of the Landscape Standard pilot, and engage relevant national and global RA staff and consortium partners as necessary.
  • Provide strategic guidance and coordination to apply Landscape Standard with national, sub-national, and local stakeholders and consortium partners in Peru, involving relevant RA and consortium technical staff and consultants as necessary.
  • Provide technical analysis regarding the content of the Landscape Standard and any related tools or components related to decision-support tools such as land use planning, risk identification, and management, and qualitative and quantitative data gathering and interpretation, while coordinating staff and stakeholder feedback, and lessons-learned concerning the structure, and content of the Landscape Standard.
  • Develop terms of reference for technical consultants as necessary, seeking input from RA and Consortium partners as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or 7 years of experience in social or natural sciences with significant experience in their application towards natural resource use or governance;
  • Significant experience in a management position (5 years of experience related with project management, budgeting, grant reporting, and leadership)
  • Demonstrated record of developing and managing successful projects in the natural resources management sector;
  • Demonstrated record of building or managing results-oriented and collaborative multi-stakeholder partnerships
  • Experience working with (or within) agribusiness, private sector or finance companies to advance sustainable sourcing and/or investment decisions is a plus;
  • Knowledge, prior application of, or experience developing and/or managing leading certification and verification standards and systems is a plus;
  • Preferably have written and verbal competence in English, but not essential;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 35% of the time nationally and internationally.
  • Ability to make independent decisions while seeking approval of the Senior Project Manager or Country Lead for specified major decisions.
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner.
  • Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, strong attention to detail.
  • Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment preferred.

Competencies:

  • Managing: Promotes and embodies a culture of participation, collaboration and trust amongst team members across participating organizations; effectively organizes the team to stay focused on priorities and advance on time and on budget against plans.
  • Organizing/Planning: Knows how to design a viable plan, adapt that plan to unforeseen circumstances to stay on target, and guide a team of staff/consultants to stay on track.
  • Team working: An active listener, who uses and maximizes the expertise and talents of others.
  • Partnership building: Prioritizes building alliances and knows how to become a partner of choice to our key stakeholders.
  • Business acumen: Understands how to develop, communicate and execute a compelling value proposition to corporate partners, donors and community stakeholders alike.
  • Communication: an outstanding and convincing communicator, written and verbal.

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Application:

Please send your application by May 15th (max. 1-page motivation, max. 2-page resume) to perupersonnel@ra.org mentioning “Sustainable Landscape Specialist” in the subject line.