Associate, Coffee, Sustainable Agriculture – Rainforest Alliance

As a member and secretariat of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN) — an international coalition of leading conservation organizations — the Rainforest Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture department works with farmers to ensure compliance with the SAN standards for protecting wildlife, ecosystems, workers’ rights, and promoting the well-being of farmers, their families and communities. Farms that meet the SAN’s rigorous environmental, social and economic standards are awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal. The SAN standards are applied by producers of major commodity crops (including bananas, pineapple, coffee, cocoa, tea, citrus and flowers) that profoundly affect the economies, environments, cultures and politics of tropical countries. Today more than hundreds of thousands of farms in over 40 countries are certified and Rainforest Alliance Certified products are widely available in mainstream markets.

Position Summary: 

The Associate, Coffee will support the Sr Associate, Coffee in implementing and supervising coffee field programs in Lampung, Indonesia. S/he will assist with planning, producer training activities, partner identification and support, reports to donors, site visits by companies and other coffee program development.


  • Coordinate and facilitate the activities under the Nescafe Plan, promoting the implementation of Nescafe Better Farming Practices (NBFP) Project in Lampung and future coffee projects in Sumatra, with special emphasis on overseeing the execution of the fieldwork;
  • Identify and train partners and field consultants;
  • Promote and disseminate information about the SAN standard, Rainforest Alliance Certification and 4C to coffee farmers, farmer groups, cooperatives, processors and exporters;
  • Provide training and technical assistance directly or through training providers to coffee farmers, farmer groups, processors and exporters to facilitate Rainforest Alliance Certification, technical support will focus on the better farming practices contained in the SAN standard and the SAN group standard;
  • Provide support to the Sr Associate on developing and maintaining project work plans and budgets;
  • Develop and/or adapt, in coordination with the Sr Associate and Training Manager, technical support tools – manuals, designs, self-evaluations, checklists, and other materials – for use by local technical assistance providers, farmers, and group administrators;
  • Liaise frequently with the E&R team on the development and implementation of the Performance Monitoring Plan and the Rural Development Framework in Lampung. Guide and supervise the monitoring-activities which have to be carried out by trainers from RA and partners in the field. Collect and consolidate reports on field experiences during coaching/follow-up activities of trainers into a three-monthly narrative report;
  • Identify and gather information pertaining to key stakeholders; develop and maintain relations with key stakeholders in the coffee sector, including producers and producer groups, processors, exporters, NGOs, and representatives of important government agencies;
  • Represent RA in stakeholder meetings concerning landscape development planning. Bring forward the vision of RA concerning sustainable land-use and water- management, climate change adaptation in coffee dominated landscapes;
  • Compile and maintain up-to-date information about coffee production and producers: production volumes, types, principle markets and producers, the outlook for certification;
  • Prepare training reports, as well as monthly updates and contribute to the compilation of donor reports;
  • Participate in fundraising activities and the development of new projects and programs in the country; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Degree in agronomy, social science, rural planning or related field; Master’s Degree preferred;
  • Minimum 4 years of professional work experience in the small scale coffee producer sector in South-(east) Asia; familiar with supply chains, farming and agriculture production and processing activities especially small-scale;
  • Small scale coffee producer training and/or extension experience, especially in the design, organization and delivery of training events;
  • Familiarity with coffee training issues and group strengthening systems, ideally involving agriculture and small-scale producers preferred;
  • Basic understanding of coffee value chains and experience of working with companies and farmers;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in Indonesian and English; Proven ability to work effectively in cross-cultural situations;
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office and Internet);
  • Experience in the development of work plans and budgets; ability to work independently and in a team towards defined objectives and goals; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time and to spend significant periods in rural areas.

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