Director - West Africa

Rainforest Alliance Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

About the Rainforest Alliance

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

Director, West Africa

The Director, West Africa achieves the vision of Rainforest Alliance by specifically providing strategic and technical leadership and manages the strategic planning and implementation of all activities in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. The Director WA harnesses institutional strategy to define the strategic direction and annual plans in those countries, lead integrated program design and implementation to high quality standards and build partnerships with a wide range of stakeholders, especially producers, civil society organisations, corporations and governments. The Director West Africa will represent the Rainforest Alliance and lead a high-performing team, creating a culture that is aligned with Rainforest Alliance’s values, The Director West Africa will maintain effective coordination with colleagues in other functional areas, especially Standards & Assurance, Markets, Communications, Institutional Relations, Global Internal Compliance, HR and Finance & Accounting. The Director West Africa reports to the Senior Director Africa.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Director, West Africa will have the following key responsibilities:

Leadership and management

  • Align programmatic work in West Africa with RA’s strategic plans (global, regional, sector-based, etc) through developing sub-regional and country strategies and annual plans.
  • Build, in close collaboration with the country directors of West Africa, a high performing, results-oriented and mission driven team that reflects RA’s vision and culture, creating a positive work environment for staff.
  • Guide, motivate and develop staff, seeking opportunities for professional advancement and ensuring they understand how their work relates to RA’s global mission strategy.
  • Foster structures and processes for effective collaboration and sharing of knowledge and capacity within West Africa and with all other relevant RA units, at the regional and global level.
  • Engage and cooperate on major sustainability and landscape issues with main private and public sectors at sub-regional and national levels.
  • Oversee the design and implementation of sub-regional annual plans and budgets.

Advocacy and External Engagement

  • Develop and maintain functional partnerships with Rainforest Alliance clients, farmers, partners, platforms, NGOs, governments, certification bodies and other stakeholders.
  • Enhance RA’s reputation, credibility and positioning in West Africa.
  • Contribute to sector transformation and advocacy for sustainable landscape management by supporting RA and other selected certification programs, advancing a positive enabling environment, and engaging key stakeholders.
  • Represent RA at key events, presentations, policy forums and roundtables.
  • In collaboration with the Communications department, develop and disseminate communications materials on work in West Africa.

Fundraising and business development

  • Engage key businesses to stimulate demand for Rainforest Alliance products and develop potential for public-private partnerships.
  • Develop and implement a long-term West-Africa regional budget and financial plan, in collaboration with Finance, Institutional Relations and other relevant units.
  • Contribute and/or oversee design, writing and budgeting of fundraising proposals to secure long-term funding for Landscapes and Communities Programs in West Africa.
  • Identify funding opportunities in close collaboration with Director Strategic Projects and cultivate long-term relationships with senior leads and decision makers from governments, companies, aid agencies and donors.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Master’s degree in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture or a related field, or equivalent professional experience
  • At least 15 years’ experience in the development and execution of sustainability programs
  • At least 5 years of experience in people management
  • At least 7 years of working experience in the cocoa sector
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships of trust and confidence with national and international stakeholders and relevant platforms
  • Experience with regional strategy and budget development and implementation
  • Knowledge and understanding of certification and verification standards and systems
  • At least 5 years of direct experience in preparing and implementing grants funded by bi-lateral and multi-lateral organisations and companies
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills in French and English, both written and verbal
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 30% of the time nationally and internationally
  • Demonstrated commitment to the RA mission and values.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted for one year with the possibility of renewal with an open-ended contract after completing the first contract. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.  
Only candidates authorised to work in Côte d’Ivoire will be considered.

The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organisation. With this commitment to diversity, they 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.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below on or before 24 March 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.
If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Rainforest Alliance to undertake this assignment.

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