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  • Posted: Dec 7, 2020
    Deadline: Dec 20, 2020
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  • The Rainforest Alliance is a growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve our mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Through creative, pragmatic collaboration, we aim to rebalance the planet by building strong forests and healthy communities around the world.
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    Associate, Natural Recourse Management

    Job Description/Requirements

    At the Rainforest Alliance, we are building an alliance to create a better future for people and nature by making responsible business the new normal. To advance our mission, we focus on amplifying our impact on the ground through systemic transformation: change across the entire supply chain, change in the relationship between people and nature, and change within our own organization. We achieve this transformation by working in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders to create a stronger Alliance. Together, we amplify the voices of farmers and forest communities, improve livelihoods, protect biodiversity, and help people adapt to climate change in bold and effective ways. We embrace transparency because we believe that the best way to build trust across our alliance is through openness about our tactics, our impact, and partners on the ground. Together, we can achieve our vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

     

    Position summary:

    The Associate, Natural Resource Management is responsible for coordinating, implementing as well as advising on all Natural Resource Management (NRM) related activities for Rainforest Alliance Mount Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods Program in Kenya. The Associate NRM will support the Program by working with Rainforest Alliance staff, partners, consultants and stakeholders to build, monitor and manage a sound NRM system that supports an integrated landscape management to enable achievement of program’s  outcomes and impacts. The position includes training and advising technical staff, partners, stakeholders and field consultants on NRM processes in accordance to Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard, government policies and international best practices. The Associate NRM is also expected to coordinate closely with other Rainforest Alliance units to share knowledge and learnings. The position is open to expand in time and geography depending on funding and performance.

     

    Responsibilities: 

    The Associate NRM will support the Team Manager in planning and implementation of activities related to natural resource management, rehabilitation and reforestation, biodiversity conservation, sustainable utilization of natural resources for economic gains, natural resource financing and policy across the Mt Kenya landscape.

     

    Specifically, the Associate NRM will be responsible for:

    • Supporting and sensitizing the communities and program stakeholders on sustainable natural resource management (i.e. land, water, forests, energy, environment, flora and fauna management) and their interrelationship with agricultural production within the project area;
    • Supporting the establishment of participatory landscape governance structures, ensuring full participation of local communities, private sector, public sector, forest dependent communities, women and youth and all relevant stakeholders within the landscape;
    • Supporting in the development of sustainable landscape development management plans taking into consideration sustainable production for improved farmers’ livelihoods, forest and water bodies protection and restoration, and community engagement and social inclusion;
    • Mobilizing private and public sector resources for agricultural production and biodiversity conservation and aligning of efforts towards realization of sustainable landscape;
    • Building farmers’ and communities climate change and economic resilience through diversification of livelihoods, employing alternative and innovative methods of production and green investments that are both economically attractive and environmentally sound;
    • Support in the assessment of progress toward achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the project site through estimating changes in carbon capture resulting from changes in farmers´ and forest communities management practices towards adoption of CSA practices, improved conservation, green entrepreneurship and diversified enterprises
    • Work closely with program team, consultants, and/or external partners to execute workplans, reporting, facilitate field visits and surveys, media and communication and collaborate with  stakeholders and Rainforest Alliance colleagues for effective program management; and
    • Undertaking other duties assigned by senior Rainforest Alliance colleagues.

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management, Agroforestry or related field;
    • Minimum 3- 5 years of experience in similar position;
    • Clear understanding of natural resource management concepts in the context of integrated landscape approaches to conservation and livelihood improvement;
    • Clear understanding of regenerative agriculture/agroforestry practices for improved soil health, nutrient recycling and adaptation and mitigation of climate change;
    • Knowledge of certification programs in the context of biodiversity conservation and sustainability practices;
    • Competency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related computer programs e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS Imagine, Global Mapper, ENVI, and computer Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher);
    • Knowledge in carbon foot printing and Environmental and Social Impact Assessments, registration from National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) is a plus;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Spoken Kiswahili is a plus;
    • Ability to travel locally and internationally at least 30% of the time.

    Salary:

    Commensurate with experience.

    Deadline: December 15, 2020

    Notes:

    Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered.

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    Associate, Sustainable Tea

    Position summary:

    The Associate, Sustainable Tea (AST) is responsible for coordinating, implementing as well as advising on all tea production related activities for Rainforest Alliance Mount Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods Program in Kenya. The AST is responsible for coordinating and managing relationships with all tea stakeholders to promote sustainable production, commercialization and competitiveness of tea and diversified enterprises for improved Livelihoods within the Mount Kenya Landscape. The AST will work in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance staff, partners, consultants and stakeholders to design and support integrated landscape Management (ILM) strategies within Mount Kenya Landscape. The position includes designing training interventions, training materials, and conducting trainings and advisory to tea extension staff, tea farmer groups tea plantations and tea farmers on good agricultural practices (GAPs) and Climate Smart (CSA) Regenerative Agriculture. The AST will coordinate and work closely with other program staff and Rainforest Alliance Tea Expert to share knowledge and learnings.

     

    Responsibilities: 

    • Hold program sensitisation workshops with key tea farmers groups and plantations and other tea sector stakeholders in the landscape as well as public and private sector including government officials to sensitize on ILM;
    • Hold workshops with farmer groups for participatory climate risk mapping, regularly review the climate impact and adaptation needs and opportunities for tea farmers;
    • Conduct training assessment needs and capacity development needs and approaches to climate and economic resilience building based on situation analysis and climate risks and opportunities assessment for tea;
    • Develop training materials, digital tools and resources and support farmer groups to develop climate smart farm improvement plans that are aligned to group and landscape plans and the needs of tea farmers and effectively support their implementation with farmer groups;
    • Conduct Training of Trainers (ToTs), extension officers and farmers training on CSA Regenerative Agriculture and GAPs and other best practices identified for the landscape;
    • Support the program in developing the business case on the need to invest/secure long-term supply chains with the tea smallholder farmers to mitigate supply chain risks;
    • Ensure tea farmers and groups and plantations are adequately represented and supported by the Landscape governance and development and management Plans (SLDMPs), support the Team Manager to closely connect tea farmer groups with specialty / differentiated markets through companies that rewards improvement adoption and quality tea through premiums and better trading terms;
    • Work collaboratively with others stakeholders  to promote gender equality and youth inclusion in tea farming and diversified enterprises for livelihood improvement;
    • Support in the assessment of progress toward achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the project site through estimating changes in carbon capture resulting from changes in farmers´ management practices towards adoption of CSA practices; and
    • Support the Team Manager in the preparation of quality and timely Program performance technical reports as required by donors, as well as in the preparation of presentations to partners, landscape stakeholders and Rainforest Alliance.

     

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Education and Extension, Horticulture, Natural Resources Management or related field;
    • Minimum 3 - 5 years of experience in the tea sector, especially working with smallholder tea farmers groups and plantations and tea processing or marketing;
    • Experience in project management in the tea landscapes will be an added advantage, demonstrated knowledge of the tea certification(s);
    • Experience in ToT approach, Focus Area Groups, Farmer Field Schools and lead farmer training models, Experience in training on GAPs, Tea husbandry, CSA and Regenerative Agriculture is an asset;
    • Demonstrated ability in designing and development of training materials, training curriculum and evaluation of training interventions;
    • Demonstrated ability to build capacity for Programs among staff, partners and key actors in local communities; and
    • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of local language is plus;
    • Ability and willingness to travel at least 30% of the time.

    Salary:

    Commensurate with experience.

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    Associate, Sustainable Coffee

    Position summary:

    The Associate, Sustainable Coffee (ASC) is responsible for coordinating, implementing as well as advising on all coffee production related activities for Rainforest Alliance Mount Kenya Sustainable Landscape and Livelihoods Program in Kenya. The ASC is responsible for coordinating and managing relationships with all coffee stakeholders to promote sustainable production, commercialization and competitiveness of coffee and diversified enterprises for improved Livelihoods within the Mount Kenya Landscape. The ASC will work in collaboration with Rainforest Alliance staff, partners, consultants, coffee and finance stakeholders to design and support integrated landscape Management (ILM) strategies within Mount Kenya Landscape. The position includes designing training interventions, training materials, and conducting trainings and advisory to coffee farmers, lead farmers, cooperative management, technical assistants and extension staff on good agricultural practices (GAPs) and Climate Smart (CSA) Regenerative Agriculture. The ASC will coordinate and work closely with other program staff and Rainforest Alliance Coffee Expert, partners and stakeholders to deliver the program outcomes and impacts and  share knowledge and learnings.

     

    Responsibilities: 

    • Hold program sensitisation workshops with coffee farmers groups, small and medium plantations, and coffee sector stakeholders in Mt Kenya landscape as well as public and private sector including government officials to sensitize on program objectives and expected outcomes, including ILM;
    • Hold workshops with the farmer groups for participatory climate risk mapping, regularly review the climate impact and adaptation needs and opportunities for coffee farmers;
    • Conduct training assessment needs and capacity development needs and approaches to climate and economic resilience building based on situation analysis and climate risks and opportunities assessment for coffee;
    • Develop training materials, digital tools and resources and support farmer groups to develop climate smart farm improvement plans that are aligned to group and landscape plans and the needs of coffee farmers and effectively support their implementation with farmer groups and small and medium plantations;
    • Conduct Training of Trainers (ToT), extension officers and farmers training on CSA Regenerative Agriculture and GAPs and other best practices identified for the landscape;
    • Support the program in developing the business case on the need to invest/secure long-term supply agreements for coffee smallholder farmers to mitigate supply chain risks;
    • Ensure coffee farmers and groups and small and medium plantations are adequately represented and supported by the Landscape governance and development and management Plans (SLDMPs), support the Team Manager to closely connect coffee farmer groups with specialty / differentiated markets through companies that rewards improvement adoption and quality coffee through premiums and better trading terms;
    • Work collaboratively with other stakeholders to promote gender equality and youth inclusion in coffee farming and diversified enterprises for livelihood improvement;
    • Support in the assessment of progress toward achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) in the project site through estimating changes in carbon capture resulting from changes in farmers´ management practices towards adoption of CSA practices; and
    • Support the Team Manager in the preparation of quality and timely Program performance technical reports as required by donors, as well as in the preparation of presentations to partners, landscape and stakeholders and Rainforest Alliance.

     

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, Agricultural based sciences, Natural Resources Management or related field;
    • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience in farmer training, ToT, Demonstrations Farms, Farmer Field Schools and Lead Farmer training models working in the smallholder coffee sector, Experience in project management will be an added advantage;
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the coffee certification(s), experience in training on GAPs, Coffee husbandry, CSA and Regenerative Agriculture;
    • Demonstrated ability in designing and development of training materials, training curriculum and evaluation of training interventions;
    • Demonstrated ability to build capacity for programs among staff, partners and key actors in local communities;
    • Excellent verbal and written communication in English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of a local language is a plus.
    • Ability to travel locally and internationally at least 30% of the time.

    Salary:

    Commensurate with experience.

    Deadline: December 15, 2020

    Notes:

    Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered.

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    Senior Associate Human Resources & Finance Africa

    Position summary:

    The Senior Associate, Human Resources & Finance Africa (SA-HRFA) works under the supervision of the HR Business Partner Africa & Asia Pacific and the Finance Manager Africa and in close collaboration with the Finance & Administrative staff in Africa. The SA-HRFA supports a broad range of HR functions related to recruitment, performance management, learning & development, human resource information system (HRIS) , team building and supports the financial management & performance, planning and budgeting, financial reporting & monitoring and communication and training on financial policies & procedures.

    Responsibilities: 

    Human Resources (50%)

    • Support recruitment, onboarding, performance management and staff development;
    • Maintain an overview of staff benefits and ensure a regular check of HRIS data;
    • Coordinate the drafting and updating of employee handbooks;
    • Manage team building events;
    • Support to monthly payroll approval
    • Contribute to cross regional learnings;
    • Give support to specific HR-projects.

    Finance (50%)

    • Support the Finance Manager in achieving the financial targets and performance;
    • Assist in donor financial reporting and monitoring;
    • Assist in proposals budget development;
    • Contribute to the annual planning and budgeting process;
    • Manage the communication and training on financial policies and procedures and donor requirements.

     

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent professional qualification in business administration, human resources management, finance management or related field;
    • Minimum 5-7 years’ professional experience in human resource management and finance management with bachelor’s degree or 3-5 years of experience with a Master’s degree;
    • Knowledge and experience in recruitment, onboarding, learning & development, HRIS, and understanding of payroll and HR legal compliance.
    • Knowledge and experience in budgeting, financial reporting & monitoring and financial systems;
    • Written and verbal proficiency in English; French reading and speaking is an asset;
    • Excellent computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel;
    • Ability to work independently and to work with shifting priorities;
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills;
    • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially; and
    • Experience in a not-for-profit and international environment preferred.

    Salary:

    Commensurate with experience.

    Deadline: December 20, 2020

    Method of Application

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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