Rainforest Alliance – Senior Manager, Program Design and Development, East & 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:

The Senior Manager, Program Design and Development, East & Southern Africa is part of the Africa Department and will support the East and Southern Africa region to build its portfolios of Landscapes & Communities (L&C) projects. The postholder will work closely with the Regional Senior Director, Country Directors and Institutional Relations Manager for Africa to define and then develop concepts and proposals to grow the regional strategy and build partnerships to fund and implement it. This position can have supervisory responsibilities on specific projects.


Landscapes & Communities Strategic Development

  • Contributes to the East and Southern Africa regional Landscapes & Communities strategy, based on Rainforest Alliance’s strategic plan 2023-30.
  • Participates in the Rainforest Alliance regional priority setting for people and nature.

Project Development

  • Supports identifying the fundraising opportunities of the regional Landscapes & Communities portfolio, in close collaboration with Institutional Relations. Markets Innovation and regional, country and project leads;
  • Takes lead responsibility for developing selected strategic proposals for presentation to institutional donors and companies investing in Rainforest Alliance’s Landscapes & Communities work;
  • Provides guidance to the development of proposals under direct leadership and responsibilities of other colleagues, as requested by Senior Director East and Southern Africa.

Project Implementation

  • Builds capacity and coaches project managers and implementing partners on all aspects of the project cycle, supported by the Design, Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning department (DMERL);
  • Provides hands-on support to project managers and implementing partners in the early stages of project implementation to ensure compliance with institutional procedures and donor requirements and coordination with relevant internal teams;
  • Serves as first line of support to the Senior Director East and Southern Africa and Country Directors in selected strategic projects;
  • Engages and cooperates on strategic projects/ issues with main private and public sectors at regional and national levels, in close coordination with country and regional directors;
  • Provides support on project work as requested by the Senior Director East and Southern Africa.

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning

  • Contributes to collecting and presenting of portfolio management information supported by the department DMERL and in coordination with project and program leads;
  • Prepares and contributes to Landscapes & Communities monitoring and evaluation tools and reports and offers feedback to improve project design and implementation;
  • Contributes to research, report publications and communication of Landscapes & Communities project outcomes, capturing new synergies for improving positioning and adding value to the organisation and its engagement with farmers and other key stakeholders;
  • Participates in Integrated Landscape Management Community of Practice and other cross-learning events to contribute to Rainforest Alliance’s global learning on landscape-scale work.


  • Masters degree in natural resource management, forestry, agriculture or a related field, or equivalent professional qualification;
  • At least 10 years’ experience in the development and execution of sustainability programs in agriculture, forestry or landscape management;
  • At least 5 years of experience in a senior position working in or with agricultural commodity sectors, including with private sector;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships of trust and confidence with national and international stakeholders and relevant platforms;
  • Experience with project administration and budget development and implementation;
  • At least 5 years of direct experience in preparing and implementing grants funded by bi-lateral and-or multi-lateral organizations, other donors and companies;
  • Outstanding interpersonal and written and verbal communication skills in English. French and or Kiswahili is added advantage. 
  • Ability and willingness to travel at least 20% of the time nationally and internationally;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the RA mission and values.


Commensurate with experience.


Deadline: October 27 2022


Only candidates authorized to work in Kenya will be considered for the position.


If you have any questions about the job vacancy, please contact the HR department: recruitment@ra.org