Senior Certification Partner Support, Southern Africa

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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:

We are looking for a result and customer-oriented colleague, based in Malawi, with a strong background in human rights, to operationalize & deliver on the strategic plan for the Region. The incumbent will develop and strengthen relations with partners & producer organizations, developing & delivering the appropriate interventions accordingly. For the position an in-depth knowledge and experience in social (focus on Human Rights, Living Income/Wages) environmental & economic aspects in the Agricultural Sector is needed.

This position will require supporting & maintaining strong relationships with members/partners whilst engaging & developing constructive collaborations with government entities, civil society organizations, research institutes, Sector organizations, NGO’s to support congruent, impact to drive quality of implementation of Rainforest Alliance’s strategy in Southern Africa.



  • The Rainforest Alliance’s Core Values are Impact, Change, Collaboration, Openness and Trust and as such they form the basis of the behaviours we demonstrate;
  • Plan, design & proactively monitor programs that actively contribute to the regional strategic plan with a special attention to addressing human rights in the tea sector;
  •  Ensure effective quality assurance while implementing the strategic plan for the region;
  • Maintain strong support to partners in the implementation of the Rainforest Alliance program by liaising with local producer organizations, traders & service providers;
  • Maintain relationships with current stakeholders & partners to expand the network in Malawi;
  • Facilitate client visits, information sharing, press trips, and market events;
  • Organize & conduct training for Rainforest Alliance members, partners, & relevant stakeholders in the Agricultural Sector for Smallholder Farmers and Estates;
  • Monitor and report on Rainforest Alliance Standards & Assurance for Rainforest Alliance certificate holders;
  • Provide guidance to current and potential certificate holders on the sustainability journey in the region;
  • Assist the Director Southern Africa in compiling monthly country & financial reports;
  • Collaborate & implement projects with key partners, fostering relationships & represent Rainforest Alliance in events;
  • Collaborate with theme leads & other relevant Rainforest Alliance colleagues in the development of interventions, learning events & related activities that support &/or draw lessons from the above-mentioned activities and;
  • Manage budgets, monitoring costs against delivered and realized outcomes.



  • Master’s degree in the field of agriculture, development economics, business management, actuarial sciences, international trade or other related disciplines;
  • At least five years of experience & good understanding of the agricultural sectors, production, trading and sustainability projects, with proven management and reporting experience, preferably in the Tea Sector;
  • Relevant experience & knowledge of social aspects (human rights issues, gender issues) in the Tea Sector;
  • Relevant experience & knowledge of certification & traceability of products in the Tea Sector;
  • Experience in developing & delivering relevant training and capacity building programs for stakeholders including producers and communities;
  • Financial management & accountability;
  • Strong analytical skills & coordination skills and passion for driving impact;
  • Languages: English and Chichewa (proficient);
  • Credible ambassador, communicator, networker with intercultural skills and able to work with different types of stakeholders;
  • Computer Literacy & ability to advise partners on the use of platforms;
  • Ability to travel both local & international;
  • Flexibility to work in a team & independently while delivering on expected outcomes;
  • Effective interpersonal & communication skills;
  • Strong problem-solving abilities and;
  • Strong experience in participatory methods related to project management, monitoring & evaluation, training.


Commensurate with experience.


Deadline:  January 10, 2022



Only candidates authorized to work in Malawi will be considered.

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