The Rainforest Alliance Job Vacancy: Associate, Cocoa - Makassar, South Sulawesi

The Rainforest Alliance is and 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.

Position Summary:
The Associate, Cocoa is responsible to implement Rainforest Alliance’s cocoa program in Indonesia with a focus on building the knowledge and capacity of farmers: instilling good agricultural practices based on the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) Standards that protect ecosystems, workers health and safety, and improves quality of life for families and their communities. This includes delivering grant projects according to work plans, coordinating with field consultants and staff locally and internationally and supporting local partner organizations. The position will work in close coordination with the Manager, Indonesia and the Manager, Cocoa.


  • Implement projects focused on cocoa farmer training programs in Indonesia in Good Agricultural Practices and training in certification and traceability system requirements along the supply chain;
  • Under guidance from the Manager , take responsibility for project implementation, deliverables and budgetary execution. Prepare donor reports as per contractual commitments, and manage relationships with donors and partners. Ensure compliance with internal Rainforest Alliance procedures and act as project manager for assigned projects and support other project managers as assigned;
  • Supervise Rainforest Alliance’s implementing partners and coordinate with consultants on agreement scope of work and subsequent deliverables in the country; support their work with farmers’ groups and other stakeholders through providing information and guidance, and ensure that they have the necessary personnel, tools, materials and financial resources; 
  • Manage subgrants and/or consulting agreements;
  • Maintain active dialogue with the broad group of cocoa stakeholders in Indonesia (eg exporters, government bodies, national extension services, technical partners) as well as maintain communication with partners.
  • Develop and maintain relations with key cocoa stakeholders including farmers and farmer groups, processors, exporters, NGOs, and representatives of important government agencies;
  • Coordinate with the Director, Program Design & Development, the Manager, and the Development team to write and present new proposals to donors;
  • Coordinate with Rainforest Alliance’ Evaluation & Research team to monitor and record results from our activities in collaboration with our implementing partners and research institutes;
  • Make sure that all activity in the field align with ESMP and SGIP. Support diagnostic studies of the certifications prior to external audits, and support IMS in managing their certification program; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position may oversee staff.

This position oversees 2 Field Coordinators, Cocoa in South Sulawesi

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training eemployees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.


  • Degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Business Administration or another tropical agriculture-related field;
  • 4 years-relevant experience;
  • Proficient in most of office computer programs;
  • First-hand knowledge of the concepts of sustainable agriculture and the cocoa sector;
  • Understanding of business and value chains and experience in working with companies as well as farmers; 
  • Administratively efficient with ability to track project progress and prepare timely reports;
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skill; 
  • Excellent written and spoken English;
  • Demonstrated experience in Project Management;
  • Ability to operate efficiently in multi institutional relationships and to communicate with farmers, government ministers, donor representatives and/or company executives;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, assess priorities and multi-task with strong attention to detail; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 30 percent of time.
Only candidates authorized to work in Indonesia will be considered

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To apply:
Send resume, cover letter and salary history in one single document and sent to Human Resources, Rainforest Alliance Indonesia electronically through email address: using the following format in the subject line: first name and last name, job title of position you are applying for.

The Rainforest Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.