Rainforest Alliance – Programme Officer, LandScale – 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 seeking a highly organized, detail-orientated, and collaborative people to support the delivery of LandScale’s assessment and claims validation, training, and associated services, and to promote LandScale and recruit new users, particularly in Africa. They will play a critical role in ensuring that the LandScale system is user-friendly, customer service oriented, and meets the needs of our target market.

LandScale is an innovative new initiative, co-lead by the Rainforest Alliance, Verra and Conservation International, which aims to drive improvements in sustainability at landscape scale. To do this, we have developed a system, comprising an online platform, detailed guidance and a validation mechanism, to assess and communicate trusted information about landscape sustainability. From early 2022, the LandScale system will be available to any organization convening, implementing or financing work to improve sustainability at landscape scale. In addition to scaling the use of the LandScale system, we will be working to demonstrate that the information generated by LandScale assessments can form the basis for innovative market, financial and policy mechanisms (eg. sustainability linked loans, payment for ecosystem services, preferential sourcing) that can incentivize the actions needed to deliver improvements in sustainability at landscape scale. LandScale is developing a fee-based business model with the aim of becoming self-financing as soon as possible.


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:

Technical support to LandScale users

  • In coordination with the Operations Manager, deliver technical support, training, and validation services to LandScale users;
  • Coordinate the development, signing and payment of proposals and service agreements and ensure that up-to-date records are maintained for each user;
  • Contribute to the development and updating of training materials and other program delivery resources;
  • Collect, document, and analyse feedback from users and prospective users of the LandScale system;
  • Support the LandScale Operations manager in developing updates to the LandScale framework, guidelines, validation mechanism and assessment resources as needed;
  • Support the management of LandScale’s online Community of Practice to foster useful knowledge exchange and learning among LandScale users;

Business development

  • In coordination with the Business Development & Innovation Manager, promote LandScale and recruit new users in Asia or Africa (depending on location);
  • Represent LandScale in meetings with internal and external stakeholders, attend conferences, and give presentations as needed;


  • Bachelor’s degree in forestry, agriculture, natural resources, environmental management, international development, economics, or a related field;
  • At least three years of progressively responsible professional experience, preferably with experience in the delivery of sustainability programs or initiatives;
  • Strong organizational skills to manage multiple priorities and relationships in a time sensitive manner;
  • Broad understanding of key environmental and socio-economic impact assessment, datasets, analytical tools, and methods;
  • Experience delivering clear and engaging virtual and in-person training;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals in a largely remote setting;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Fluency in French is required for the position based in Ghana, Kenya or South Africa.
  • Willingness to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally, as required;  


Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: January 16, 2022

Only candidates authorised to work in Ghana, Kenya or South Africa will be considered




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