Assistant General Counsel

Rainforest Alliance Multiple Locations, - None Specified -

About Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal. They are building an alliance to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. The Rainforest Alliance works with farmers, foresters, communities, governments, other NGOs and companies to create a world where people and the planet can prosper together.  As a mission-driven organization,  they are committed to integrity and transparency.
The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours they demonstrate.  
Together with forest and farming communities, Indigenous leaders, companies, governments, and global citizens, the Rainforest Alliance works in more than 70 countries to promote more sustainable land management practices and cultivate thriving rural economies—the most widely proven strategy to keep our tropical forests standing.
From the rainforests of the tropics to the snowy boreal forests circling the northern hemisphere, these ecological powerhouses host 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. Their ability to generate rainfall is vital for millions of farmers around the world—as well as global food security. And, as the fight to stave off climate change escalates, forests could be one of our most important natural climate solutions.
The Rainforest Alliance partners with frontline communities to build thriving rural economies rooted in more sustainable growing practices and forest stewardship. They also promote responsible business practices to ensure that companies recognize and reward sustainability transformation—in the field as well as the boardroom.
Improving sustainable livelihood opportunities for smallholder farmers and forest communities is the most effective way to lift rural people out of poverty—and nourish a global population expected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050. The cultivation of rural prosperity is core to their vision of a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.
Rainforest Alliance has long worked to conserve tropical forests—a vital defence against climate change—by partnering with forest communities on improved land management practices. They also train farmers in climate-smart agriculture methods, helping them to adapt to current climate impacts and prepare for future challenges. All the work focuses on protecting forests and land in ways that strengthen local livelihoods.
The Rainforest Alliance focuses on natural climate solutions like forest conservation, forest restoration, and improved land management in order to increase carbon storage, avoid greenhouse gas emissions, and build resilience to changing weather patterns. Natural climate solutions are extremely cost effective and do not require inventing or scaling up new technology.
Rainforest Alliance brings together producers, companies, governments, non-profit organizations, and consumers to advance human rights in the landscapes where they work. They work both to transform business practices and government policy, as well as promote the rights of their partner communities within their certification system and sustainable development initiatives.
The well-being of farmers and farmworkers is central to the long-term sustainability of any agriculture business—which is one reason that addressing human rights abuses in agriculture is a key focus of their work. They also work to protect the rights of Indigenous and local people, who are the world’s most effective forest guardians.
You can find further details on their website https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Effectively ensure legal conformity and minimize probability of exposure; and
  • Advise corporate and affiliate boards and representatives, and departments/staff, solicited and unsolicited, in all legal areas including (international) employment law, contract law, corporate law, civil law, data privacy, intellectual property, disputes and international human rights law.
  • Responsible for all regional contract law matters including drafting, negotiating and interpreting agreements including consultancy, employment, grant, lease, services, license, vendor, and other contracts; 
  • Responsible for advising on employment and labor law issues for the Africa region; 
  • Responsible for corporate governance matters for RA entities and branches in the Africa region;
  • Assist the Legal, Global Internal Compliance, and HR departments with drafting policies and training staff;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with external legal advisors/specialists/company secretaries;
  • Manage the selection, oversight, vetting and engagement of outside counsel and/or specialist (including tax) advisors;
  • Oversee, in coordination with the General Counsel and the relevant staff/department contract, employment and litigation disputes;
  • Support data privacy matters in the Africa region;
  • Being overall responsible for supporting Africa regional directors and staff with day-to-day legal advice;
  • Review French translations of policies for accuracy; 
  • Assist in global management of trademark and other intellectual property portfolio including disputes, registrations and licensing; 
  • Assist the office of the General Counsel with ongoing projects as assigned; 
  • Support risk management and compliance efforts across the organization; and 
  • Other projects and activities as assigned.
  • Deliver business legal services;
  • Keep knowledge up to date through training and technical information by own initiative; and
  • Attend relevant meetings, projects meetings, events and conferences, etc.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualification to practice law in any of Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya or the Democratic Republic of Congo;
  • 6+ years law firm and in-house experience
  • Familiarity with general corporate law in Africa region;
  • Experience with local government laws and regulations related to contracts/grants;
  • Experience in anti-bribery and anti-corruption policies and rules;
  • An affinity towards sustainable and corporate social responsibility;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills in English and French required; and
  • Excellent intercultural skills. 

Terms of Appointment

This is an open-ended contract with a standard probation period. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. A benefits package is available and will depend on the candidates location.
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, colour, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Role Location
Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, or the Democratic Republic of Congo

How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application form below  on or before 09 February 2022. In addition, we encourage you to please attach a copy of your most recent English CV.  
All information will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected]executive.com.

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

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