The Rainforest Alliance

Senior Associate, Corporate Advisory Services

Join The Rainforest Alliance as they are looking for a Senior Associate, Corporate Advisory Services

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes.

Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people.

As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production.

At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.

Why

To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers.

How

Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.

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, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Position summary:

At the Rainforest Alliance we are looking for a collaborative and impact driven Senior Associate, Corporate Advisory.

The Corporate Advisory team collaborates with several departments within the Rainforest Alliance to advise companies to address deforestation, livelihoods, human rights, biodiversity loss and climate change. Corporate Advisory is the entry point of companies into the suite of offerings of the Rainforest Alliance.

Our team partners with corporates to help them adopt and develop the right policies and implementation systems to further their sustainability agenda. Through supply chain mapping and traceability, we link companies’ supply chains to priority landscapes where corporate engagement is needed to change production practices and protect and restore key biodiversity and forest areas.

The Senior Associate will work closely with the Corporate Advisory Manager to deploy the Corporate Advisory strategy, drive business development and explore innovative solutions identified in the strategic process.

The Senior Associate will lead key corporate partnerships in full autonomy and drive corporate partners engagement around Rainforest Alliance strategic offerings. He/she will deliver projects related to responsible sourcing of priority sectors like Forest Products, Palm Oil and other deforestation impact sectors. The individual will be directly involved in various aspects of project implementation including scheduling, preparation of cost proposals, data analysis and visualization, authoring source assessment reports and other client support activities.

Responsibilities: 

  • Work together with the Corporate Advisory manager on the deployment of the new strategy, identifying the approach to follow cross and per commodity, the journey for companies, prospects to engage, potential new expertise to acquire within the team, pricing strategy, communication;

  • Help develop the Corporate Advisory approach for our key offerings and drive business development identifying the companies to engage with and how to engage them;

  • Support creating a clear overview of our suite of offerings, the narrative or ‘pitch’ of those offerings, and translate those to corporates needs, advise on steps to take to further drive the sustainability agenda;

  • Lead Corporate partnerships (relationship management, project management, preparation of proposals, policy writing, capacity building, traceability, reports, etc…);

  • Develop an approach on how to drive the engagement of Corporate Advisory Partners around Rainforest Alliance landscape projects. Link with other Rainforest Alliance teams working on these projects and tools;

  • Represent Rainforest Alliance Corporate Advisory in Forestry initiatives or conversation with external organizations (for example GPSNR, FSC);

  • Direct management of the team trainee and potential other reports.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, agriculture, international development, natural resources management, supply chain management or a related field;

  • At least 3 years of progressive increase in responsibilities in the agriculture and/or forestry sector with good knowledge of key sustainability topics, market and policy trends, commodity supply chains;

  • Knowledge of the Accountability Framework and experience in engaging companies in landscapes are a plus;

  • Proven experience in project planning, stakeholder management, project management and complex problem solving;

  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, lead a project and client relationship in full autonomy, assess priorities and multi-task with strong attention to detail;

  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication including preparing technical reports and presentations;

  • Good executive presence and presentation skills;

  • Advanced skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Understanding of additional tools such as Power BI, Tableau and GIS skills are a plus;

  • Good interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals.

Job level: 4

Salary:

Commensurate with experience.

Deadline:  23rd June 2023

Notes:

Only candidates authorized to work in the Netherlands will be considered

If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org