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18 Nov 2022

Full-Time Farm and Supply Chain Economics Lead

RainforestAlliance – Posted by RainforestAlliance Anywhere

Job Description

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.


Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests  and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.


As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.


At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.




To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.




Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.



The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.




The Global Lead Farm Economics develops & implements strategic objectives of the Rainforest Alliance with respect to sustainable livelihoods and economics of the farm for focus crops and regions. This includes:

  • Provide dynamic and creative leadership and coordination for the implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s farm economics strategy & workstream;
  • Co-lead innovative programs, projects, and proposal design and development of interventions within these areas of expertise, including cultivation and support for key partner, company and donor relationships;
  • Support the implementation of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard of Rainforest Alliance, related tools, training and guidance documents;
  • Support the implementation of landscape & community programs and projects on increasing and achieving sustainable livelihoods for farmers;
  • Collaborate with other theme leads and colleagues across the organization and provide technical support to ensure Rainforest Alliance’s programs on climate, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity, human rights and gender have a positive impact on farmers’ economic resilience.


We look for a professional with outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and a strong writing capacity including the ability to write for a diverse set of audiences, including local stakeholders, development practitioners, donors and the general public and. Our ideal candidate has a strong team-based orientation, and is capable to excel under minimal supervision. His or her excellent interpersonal skills come with the ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals. Project management is an important part of the job, which means that strong organizational skills and efficient management of multiple tasks and priorities are needed.



  • Lead, develop and support implementation of strategy and global engagement on the farm economics topic and its synergies with other themes, including climate, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity, living wage, gender and human rights;
  • Support the development and implementation of the farm economics element of the certification program, including supply chain investments, related tools and guidance;
  • Collaborate with regional and advocacy colleagues to support their work to advance economic resilience of especially smallholders;
  • Together with the Markets teams (tailored programs, core markets, sectors), engage and support companies in the development and implementation of strategies and programs which enable economic resilience including closing the gap to a living income;
  • Provide technical support to Rainforest Alliance’s programs on climate, regenerative agriculture, biodiversity, human rights and gender to incorporate farmers’ economic resilience.
  • Provide technical advice, evidence and lessons learned and feedback to colleagues on economic resilience to support program development and implementation;
  • Ensure continuous learning, knowledge management, through communities of practices, awareness raising and technical capacity building across the organization;
  • In coordination with advocacy, partnerships teams and the market teams, represent the organization at events and conferences;
  • Be the internal and external point of contact for technical topics on farm economics, living income / economic resilience etc.



  • First degree in Economics, Agronomy, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or related studies, and Master’s degree or PhD in Agricultural Economics or MBA;
  • Minimum 7 years professional (and field) experience in agricultural economics related work, preferably with experience in the global south;
  • Experience in supply chain economics;
  • Knowledge of certification programs in the context of living income/livelihoods and sustainability practices (desired);
  • Experience in the sustainable production of at least one of Rainforest Alliance focus crops (cocoa, coffee, tea, banana) would be preferable;
  • Experience in fundraising, including the design of complex proposals and projects, with bilateral or multilateral donor agencies and company partnerships;
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written. Additional languages in particular Spanish and/or French are an asset;
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% of the time.






Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: December 4, 2022



Only candidates authorized to work in the locations in we are will be considered.


Ideally based in Europe, United States, Latin America or Africa (Important: only in countries where the Rainforest Alliance has legal entity. Please check our locations in the map here: https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/careers) 


If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: re*********@ra.org

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