Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Program Officer at Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm. We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.Program Officer at Rainforest Alliance

In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program and label for sustainable farming. UTZ works with and supports a network of local organizations in their advocacy for more sustainable policies. Rainforest Alliance works across the West Africa region, with field-level activities in Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, Togo and Liberia.

Job Title: Program Officer

Position summary
We are looking for a Program Officer in Nigeria who will be responsible for the coordination, training and monitoring of partners implementing UTZ certification in Nigeria. He/she will facilitate training workshops for service providers and members, coordinate the development of training materials and visit and advice UTZ members and partners.
This position will require supporting and maintaining strong relationships with members, partners and government entities and safeguard the quality of implementation of UTZ certification in the country.  

  • Support partners in the implementation of the UTZ program and ensure valuable reporting from the partners and towards headquarters.
  • Together with the Country representative, implement the UTZ training strategy in Nigeria. This involves:
    • Organizing and conducting Trainings of Trainers (ToTs) for UTZ members and partners.
    • Developing and updating training materials, used at ToT and farmer level.
    • Monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of the trainings conducted and provide follow-up.
  • Liaise with national governments, research and agricultural institutes in coordination with the Country representative.
  • Contribute to international and regional proposals & local fundraising.
  • Being an inspiring ambassador of UTZ towards all stakeholders in the sector.
  • Master’s degree preferably in relevant field such as agriculture, development economics, environmental science or other related disciplines.
  • At least five years of experience in the cocoa sector and UTZ certification in particular.
  • Proven experience in training and capacity building for adults.
  • Knowledge of extension methodologies.
  • At least three years of experience with management and reporting of donor funded projects.
  • Languages: English (proficient) and local language
  • Credible ambassador, communicator, networker with intercultural skills and able to work with different types of stakeholders (e.g. producers, governments).
What we offer?Employment is based upon a 40 hours/week, and a one-year contract with an option to extend. Rainforest Alliance provides a dynamic and international working environment with an entrepreneurial and innovative approach. The position is based in Nigeria (Akure or Ibadan) and involves regular travel. Starting date of the assignment is foreseen as soon as possible.

How to apply?
Please send your application to application@sustainabilityworks.eu mentioning Program officer Nigeria in the subject line. Your application should include your CV or resume and a cover letter. Interviews are foreseen in the last week March 2018.

Application Deadline Date
March 15th, 2018.

If you have questions about this position please send them to kwame.osei@utz.org. For more information about UTZ, visit www.utz.org.


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