Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Rainforest Alliance Mexico City, Mexico
Sep 20, 2018
Full time
Position summary: The Senior Sustainable Landscapes Specialist will be directly responsible for the high-quality implementation of activities related to the Rainforest Alliance-led Mexico Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets, and related grants and field initiatives implemented for local partners. S/he will coordinate, weekly, quarterly, and annual reporting processes and manage and maintain-up-to-date the Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP), Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan (EMMP), and other related documents and protocols required by USAID. S/he will provide day-to-day advisory, monitoring, problem solving, and quality control to ensure timely and high-quality activity implementation and burn rate. S/he will supervise staff; coordinate on a daily basis with project partners, external stakeholders, and other internal RA units in Mexico and globally; and frequently represent the Rainforest Alliance in external meetings and public forums. This position will also coordinate with local partners in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo for the implementation of sustainable field activities, budgeting, and work plans.   This position will report the performance in a daily basis to the Sr. Projects Manager and will be the focal point with donors and other stakeholders. Project summary: The Mexico Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets seeks to accelerate forest conservation and restoration in rural production landscapes by increasing the value of sustainably managed resources, creating strategic partnerships, and expanding network of Mexico’s major producer associations, as well as leading agribusiness and companies which will implement market-based solutions with three core objectives: Strengthen ecosystem resilience in deforestation-risk production landscapes. Increase profitability and competitiveness of community-based sustainable businesses in priority landscapes. Deepen and multiply value chain partnerships between companies and producer communities. Responsibilities: Leadership & Management: Deliver effective and impactful implementation of RA Mexico’s activities, by fostering a culture of business and project management excellence, and by providing day-to-day oversight of the activities of the Mexico Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets and related initiatives; Delegate authority to staff and partners, ensure they are effective and supported, and ensure planned objectives are achieved and in line with budgets and related policies; Ensure preparation of progress reports per funder and Rainforest Alliance requirements; Manage, give advice, and strategically plan with local partners directly in the field in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo; Lead the design, management, and monitoring of the Environmental Monitoring and Mitigation Plan; Performance Monitoring Plan; Coordinate periodic internal working sessions, planning workshops, events, and other communications spaces with project partners in order to ensure effective learning, information sharing, and planning of Alliance activities; 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; Support the Senior Manager/Chief of Party to manage stakeholder relationships effectively, including coordination of 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 Mexico, 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; and Ensure effective communications with the broader organization. Advocacy & External Engagement: Support the Senior Manager/Chief of Party to manage stakeholder relationships effectively, including coordination of Advisory Committee and/or other multi-stakeholder groups; 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 companies, government agencies, donors, community businesses, and civil society partners to attract additional resources to amplify and scale-up work proposed under the Mexico Alliance for Sustainable Landscapes and Markets; Actively promote the use and consumption of Rainforest Alliance Certified™ and UTZ certified products in the country, in collaboration with the Markets department, in order to cultivate a sustainable domestic market; Advance results-based partnerships required to achieve targets and secure new funding; and Represent the Rainforest Alliance at key events, presentations, policy forums, and roundtables, communicating program achievements. Supervisory responsibilities: This position carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. This position also will assist with the execution of the project’s performance monitoring and evaluation plan with local partners in the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Quintana Roo. Qualifications: Significant experience in a management position (5-7 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; Written and verbal proficiency in English and Spanish; Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal; Ability and willingness to travel at least 35% of the time nationally and internationally; Work requires independent decision making in certain aspects of organizational functions/programs; Major decisions must be approved by director; Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time sensitive manner;   Initiative, self-motivated, resourceful, detail-oriented, dependability, and strong attention to detail; and 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. Team working:   An active listener, who uses and maximizes the expertise and talents of others. Analytical ability:   Quickly identifies bottlenecks and obstacles and finds solutions aligned with the initiatives vision and strategy. 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. Notes: Only candidates authorized to work in Mexico will be considered. Remember to say you found this opportunity at EnvironmentalCareer.com