VACANCY: Advocacy Lead in Côte d'Ivoire

Vacancy Summary

  • Organisation Type: Government / non profit
  • Sector: Agriculture, Agronomy, Conservation / wildlife
  • Field of Expertise: Operations
  • Work Experience: 6-10 years
  • Preferred Candidates: Both international and national jobseekers invited to apply
  • Posted on: Jul 21, 2021
  • Vacancy closing date: Aug 13, 2021

Job Description

Advocacy Lead – Rainforest Alliance

SRI Executive Search has been contracted by the Rainforest Alliance to assist with the search for an exceptional candidate to fill the position of Advocacy Lead. 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 focused 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 achieves this transformation by collaborating 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 embraces 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

The Advocacy Lead will be part of the West Africa team and the global advocacy team. The postholder will be responsible for leading cross-organisational advocacy on the key issues relating to the cocoa sector and for building and maintaining relations with key governmental and civil society actors within West Africa. The Advocacy Lead will provide strategic direction, define clear advocacy plans, and recommend impactful strategies to enable Rainforest Alliance to effectively advocate for positive change within key agricultural and forestry sectors.

As part of this, the Advocacy Lead will lead on the relationship with key stakeholders in Côte d’Ivoire, including but not restricted to Conseil de Café et Cacao, International Cocoa Organisation, the European Union in Abidjan, and World Cocoa Foundation, amongst others.

The Advocacy Lead will implement advocacy work with the key public and private actors to maximize impact towards sector change and increase Rainforest Alliance’s visibility. This role requires working closely with many departments across the organisation: Markets, Communications, Regions, Leadership Team (LT), and colleagues in the Advocacy and Themes department.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate will hold a Master’s degree in politics, public policy, communications, or any related Master’s degree.

Relevant Experience
• At least 10 years of experience with planning, managing, and implementing advocacy or public affairs strategies.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in leading governmental relations.
• Minimum 5 years of experience in managing cross-organisational project teams.
• Political and/or civil society network in Côte d’Ivoire.
• Strategic and analytical thinker.
• Fluency in French and English, both verbal and written.
• Willingness and ability to travel up to 20% of the time.

How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Jamaine Geva at on or before the 13th of August 2021 at 11:59 p.m. All information will be held in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service. We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

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