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Project Manager, Africa

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Location Vermont - America North
Town/City Montreal, CANADA; New York, NY; Washington, DC; Richmond, VT
Salary Additional Information Commensurate with experience
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Deadline 20/10/2013
Company Name Rainforest Alliance
Contact Name Human Resources
Telephone 212-677-1900
Email personnel@ra.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
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The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that
works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by
transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.
Based in New York City, with offices throughout the United States and
worldwide, the Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend
on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and
host travelers.


The Rainforest Alliance’s TREES
(Training, Extension, Enterprises and Sourcing) program promotes sustainable
livelihoods and protects biodiversity in forest-dependent communities. We work
to enhance the competitiveness of community and indigenous forestry
enterprises by building business skills, increasing efficiencies, and
facilitating investment in value-added processing, expanding income
opportunities from wood and non-wood forest products and environmental
services, and increasing access to local and global markets through Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. 


The Rainforest Alliance has
been awarded a sub-grant from the World Resources Institute (WRI) to help
implement an important regional project in Central Africa funded by the Global
Environmental Facility (GEF) through the United Nations Environment Program and
co-funded by implementing partners.  WRI
is the grant recipient, primary project implementation organization and
sub-grants manager while the Rainforest Alliance is the key implementing
partner responsible for all field activities, including recruitment and
engagement of independent international consultants and in-country project
technical staff and consultants. Titled ‘A Regional Focus on Sustainable Timber
Management in the Congo Basin,’ the objective of the project is to promote a
harmonized approach to the sustainable management of production forests in six
countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo,
Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Republic of Congo) in the Congo Basin. This will
be achieved by: 1) instruments to harmonize regional approaches to tackling
illegal logging; 2) harmonized market and fiscal incentives that will make it
attractive for forest users to manage production forests in a legal and
sustainable manner; and 3) the development of governance conditions that permit
equitable participation and benefit sharing among forest stakeholders. The
project forms part of the GEF Congo Basin Strategic Program and will contribute
to the implementation of the Convergence Plan of the Central African Forest
Commission (COMIFAC).


Position Summary:

The Project Manager will a) oversee
overall day-to-day management of project activities and of technical staff and
manage subgrants and/or consulting agreements and pilot countries
implementation WRI sub-grantees, b) provide the necessary technical guidance and
inputs to ensure successful implementation of specific project tasks and
completion of deliverables, and c) conduct as a technical expert a series of
technical activities with their own set of deliverables. S/he will also ensure
constant liaison with WRI and in collaboration with WRI ensure that all
UNEP-GEF project reporting needs are met.




  • Provide technical
    direction and coordination of regional activities in the various participating
    countries (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of
    Congo, and to a limited extent in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Gabon);

  • Contribute to the
    preparation of strategic and operational work plans at project level, e.g. at
    the regional and pilot country levels, and provide specific technical
    assistance to ensure achievement of targets, results and deliverables defined
    in those plans;

  • Liaise with and
    provide technical advice to COMIFAC;

  • Help organize and
    participate in meetings of the regional Project Steering Committee as well as
    of the National Project Coordination Committees in the pilot countries;

  • Monitor and
    evaluate the implementation of the sub-regional activities and the three pilot
    projects by local partners;

  • Develop new
    technical, institutional and policy approaches to achieving project goals and
    results as required;

  • Support the
    preparation and monitoring of budgets according to approved work plans,
    financial projections, internal procedures and policies, and donor

  • Ensure the
    implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation system developed for this

  • Identify
    and develop opportunities for counterpart funding to the GEF project;

  • Coordinate with
    consultants on agreement scope of work and subsequent deliverables;;

  • Foster
    strategic alliances and ensure coordination with governments, private sector
    and communities;

  • Provide advice,
    conduct a series of activities and be responsible for a set of deliverables in
    one of the following areas:  Payment of
    environmental services, Climate change and REDD, Land rights and Customary use
    of forests, Illegal logging and FLEGT, Log tracking, Community-based forest
    management, Forest certification;

  • Identifying and pursue
    funding opportunities for Rainforest Alliance, in Africa in particular; and

  • Other duties as



  • University degree in Forestry, Natural Resource Management, Natural
    Resource Economics or related field required; Advanced degree a plus;

  • 7 - 10 years experience in forest management and policy, project
    management, planning and monitoring, including experience at the grass-roots
    level and at least 2 years experience in a managerial position with supervisory
    responsibilities, preferably with an intentional NGO funded by international
    cooperation sources; regional experience is required; private sector experience
    is a plus;

  • Strong knowledge of forestry and conservation issues, community
    forestry, policies and institutions in the Central Africa ;

  • Recognized technical expertise in one or more of the following fields: Payment of environmental services, Climate Change and
    REDD, Land rights and Customary Use of Forests, Illegal Logging and FLEGT, Log Tracking,
    Community-based forest management, Forest Certification.

  • Familiar with all of the above mentioned fields;

  • Experience in design of proposals and projects;

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to cultivate relationships
    with high-level government and donor partners, private companies and NGOs and interact culturally and diplomatically with diverse
    stakeholders and staff; 

  • Fluent French and excellent English communication skills, including
    strong written, presentation and verbal skills; Spanish a plus;

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare high quality progress and technical

  • Excellent
    organizational skills and ability to foster a strong sense of team work; 

  • Strong computer
    skills (MS Office and Internet); and

  • Willingness and ability to travel a minimum of 35% of the time within
    the region.


candidates authorized to work in locations indicated above will be considered.


Salary:  Commensurate with experience.


To Apply:  Send resume, cover letter and
salary history to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance, 233 Broadway, 28th
Floor, New York, NY 10279; Fax: 212-677-2187; Email: Personnel@ra.org. If emailing, use the
following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title of
position you are applying for.


Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer

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