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6 Dec 2021

Full-Time Senior Manager – Risk Mitigation and Impact

RainforestAlliance – Posted by RainforestAlliance New York, New York, United States

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.


Position summary:

Manages a small team based on the different regions where Rainforest Alliance operates to lead the interpretation and use of certification and other risk-based data to inform the development of Rainforest Alliance interventions to support farmers and forest communities. The Senior Manager guides and oversees engagement with all relevant Rainforest Alliance departments at global and regional level to identify intervention opportunities to address the major sustainability risks identified through the certification program and other RA programs. They support teams within Rainforest Alliance in the analysis and interpretation of certification data and other risk based data, and contribute to the development of integrated partner support interventions to increase RA’s impact in line with the organization’s strategic priorities.



  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;


Team management

  • Guides/supervises the work of a small team of direct reports and manages their performance including objective setting and regular performance reviews;
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include hiring; mentoring and evaluating; guiding professional development opportunities; and addressing employee relations issues;


Strategic and operational planning and management

  • Develops the strategic and operational objectives for the risk mitigation and impact team in line with the strategic vision of the Rainforest Alliance to support the organisation to leverage the power of risk-based data to target interventions and activities more efficiently;
  • Develops and implements an annual plan for risk mitigation and impact activities in coordination with the plans for Standards and Assurance and other relevant departments and countries to capture synergies;
  • Maintains oversight, performance monitoring and reporting on risk mitigation and impact activities and adjusts plans and activities to improve performance and impact;
  • Identifies issues and opportunities for improvement for risk mitigation and impact activities and for the development and implementation of targeted support interventions for farmers and forest communities to address sustainability risks;


Risk mitigation and impact

  • Develops and implements processes and procedures to analyse certification risk and performance data and other risk-based data from internal and external sources to identify necessary support for farmers and forest communities in specific contexts (countries, regions, sectors) in collaboration with relevant Rainforest Alliance departments;
  • Identifies priorities for support interventions to maximise impact in line with the Rainforest Alliance’s outcome goals and strategic priorities
  • Develops frameworks and guidance to target sustainability investments (SI) to address the greatest challenges for improvement and opportunities for impact;
  • Supports teams within Rainforest Alliance at country, regional and sector level in the design and development of support interventions and resource mobilisation to ensure effective implementation;
  • Contributes to the development of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks for support interventions and supports the use of M&E data to drive improvements;


Stakeholder management

  • Leads engagement with departments across Rainforest Alliance including Country and Sector leads, Training providers, tailored programs and other relevant departments to develop support interventions based on identified needs;
  • Collaborates with departments across Rainforest Alliance to identify relevant service providers to deliver support interventions;
  • Organizes consultation with stakeholders (internal and external) on issues related to support interventions to sustainability risks identified through risk based data analysis as required;
  • Represents Rainforest Alliance S&A department at relevant events and meetings with external stakeholders;



  • Bachelor’s Degree in, agronomy /rural development/ community development or equivalent professional qualification;
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in sustainable agriculture or rural development and/or certification – preferably with knowledge of Rainforest Alliance and/or UTZ certification programs.
  • Minimum 1 years experience in managing staff and teams including proven competence in performance management, coaching /mentoring / training of staff;
  • at least 3 years experience developing and managing budgets, strategic and operational plans;
  • Program / project development skills: demonstrated experience in program design and development (logical frameworks, activity plans, M&E frameworks;
  • Technical skills: Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing programs for training and support for agricultural producers and smallholder farmers;
  • ·Communication Skills: ability to write clear reports and draft program documents and funding proposals, make presentations in person and online, and present complex information in a simple way. Ability to adopt culturally appropriate communication styles when engaging with different stakeholders;
  • Relationship management skills: Proven ability to develop and maintain constructive working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders at organisational, and regional level;
  • Data Analysis skills: Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative data, identify trends and translate findings into practical priorities for intervention;
  • Computer Skills: Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook with a demonstrated experience in accounting software and working knowledge of PowerPoint.
  • Foreign Language Skills: – Fluency in verbal and written communication in English. Other working languages of RA an advantage – French, Spanish, Portugese
  •  Travel Requirements: Ability to travel as required internationally (30%).



Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: December 17, 2021


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