The Rainforest Alliance

Project Manager

Join The Rainforest Alliance as they are looking for a Project Manager

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.


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.


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:

Project Manager to lead the implementation of a GIZ project.

The Project Manager will be responsible to lead the implementation of project - ‘Striving for Sustainability in Assam Tea Sector’ which is a public-private partnership project supported by GIZ. The position will organize and supervise the work of a small team of partners and consultants contracted to deliver the Assam project outputs and strengthening relationships with stakeholders, including corporates, civil society, the relevant State government Departments and Tea Board of India. The project aims to improve livelihoods, build resilient, climate smart agricultural production systems, and improve the living and working conditions and quality of life of the workers in the tea estates and the Small Tea Growers in Assam, particularly in Upper Assam region. The position is also responsible to develop new proposals to grow Rainforest Alliance’s work in Assam.

Apart from leading partners and consultants, the project manager will work in coordination with Rainforest Alliance colleagues, who will contribute to the project, including the Manager- Markets, Consultant- Monitoring and Evaluation & Learning, global themes team on social issues, to ensure the smooth delivery of project outcomes in line with the results framework and donor requirements. 

The position reports to the Director, South Asia, who is based in Rainforest Alliance’s office in Delhi. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, creative and results oriented professional with excellent communication skills, close attention to details of work planning, budgeting and reporting, and demonstrated experience in building strong relationships with key stakeholders.


  • The candidate needs to abide with the Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values: Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust, and as such they form the basis of the behaviors we demonstrate. 

  • Lead an integrated work planning and budgeting process; secure approval of annual work plans and budgets from GIZ; 

  • Supervise the project implementation as a cohesive and efficient operation, ensuring that staff, partners and consultants have clear roles and the information and resources needed to fulfill them; 

  • Recruit and lead a small team of project staff in accordance with Rainforest Alliance’s HR policy; 

  • Lead complete and high-quality narrative and financial reporting as per project requirements for submission to the donor and manage/ report on Project Management Platform (PMP) of Rainforest Alliance;

  • Maintain close and regular communication with all stakeholders, partners, relevant government departments (aligning with government policies and seeking convergence with government programmes); 

  • Maintain regular communication with the regional and international teams of thematic and programme specialists in Rainforest Alliance, including communications, tea sector and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and secure their contributions to the project as required; 

  • Be an active member of Rainforest Alliance India team, participating in meetings and ensuring that project activities are consistent with organizational strategy and contribute to broader objectives; and 

  • In close coordination with Director – South Asia, play an active role in identifying new project development opportunities to support continuation and expansion of Rainforest Alliance’s strategic program in Assam.  


  • A post-graduation qualification in agriculture, environmental sciences, natural resource management or similar subject area.

  • Work Experience: Minimum 5 years’ experience in leading international projects and donor relationships;  

  • Exposure in tea sector including with small holders and including in Assam.

  • Experience of leading a team and managing projects in rural environment. 

  • Very good inter-personal skills, including the ability to work with stakeholders at all levels, facilitate meetings, and coordinate work programs with stakeholders

  • Strong organizational skills to lead multiple priorities in a time critical manner.

  • Proficiency in the use of computer software applications, especially MS Word and MS Excel. 

  • Ability to travel extensively to project locations. 

  • Very good ability in written and spoken English, Hindi, and Assamese (desirable). 

Job level: 3B

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Deadline:  07 June 2023


Only candidates authorized to work in India will be considered

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