Sustainability Works - Annelies Pijnenburg - Amsterdam
Sustainability Works

Global Advocacy Lead

Global Advocacy Lead
The Rainforest Alliance
Please respond before 02.06.2019

Are you a strategist, able to effectively advocate for positive change in key agricultural and forestry sectors?


Full time (40 hours p/week) or 80% (32 hours p/week)

The Rainforest Alliance is an international non-profit organization at the intersection of business, agriculture and forests, with the mission to make sustainable land use and responsible business practice the new norm. In 2018 the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program and label for sustainable farming, leading to an impactful organization with 450 staff in now more than 14 countries and actively working with local communities in over 70 countries. We bring together diverse stakeholders to address some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

The Rainforest Alliance has an exciting vacancy for a seasoned advocacy professional to drive sustainability impact globally.

Position summary

You will be responsible for cross-organizational advocacy on key global issues. You provide strategic direction, define clear advocacy plans and recommend impactful strategies to enable Rainforest Alliance to effectively advocate for positive change within key agricultural and forestry sectors.
You also initiate, coordinate and facilitate the development of specific sector, thematic and country advocacy plans, ensuring coherence and coordination.
You will implement advocacy work with key public and private actors in order to maximize impact towards sector change and increase Rainforest Alliance’s visibility. This role requires working closely with many departments across the organization, in particular: Sector Markets, Communications, Regions, Leadership Team, Themes and Partnerships.
You are a strategist, analytical and proactive, and you bring a relevant track record in advocacy.
Deep content knowledge is not required for this role, as there are specialists in the organization.

You preferably work from the Amsterdam office, yet you may also be based in the US (pref. DC), the UK (near London), Brussels or the Bonn area.


  • Lead the development and implementation of Rainforest Alliance advocacy strategy, plans and activities.
  • Facilitate development of specific sectorial and thematic advocacy strategies. Advise on new policy influencing  and public affairs opportunities and requirements at a sector and thematic level.
  • Ensure a shared vision, coherence and compliance for strategy and activities within Rainforest Alliance.
  • Advise and support the Leadership Team, Heads of Departments and (overseas) colleagues – solicited and unsolicited – on Advocacy and Public Affairs and their implementation, execution and effectiveness.
  • Build and maintain key relationships with government, civil society, networks and influential policy makers.
  • Initiate and organize meetings and participate in discussions with relevant stakeholders to advance Rainforest Alliance’s advocacy agenda. Represent Rainforest Alliance at relevant events, external forums and conferences and in various consultation structures.


  • Bachelors / Masters degree in politics, public policy, communications or related.
  • At least 5 years experience with planning, managing and implementing advocacy or public affairs strategies.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in leading global advocacy campaigns.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in managing cross-organizational project teams.
  • Political and/or civil society network would be an asset.
  • Strategic and analytical thinker.
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written.  Additional languages, especially German and / or Spanish are a plus
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 30% of time.


Commensurate with experience.

Our offer

Our passion for sustainability connects us as a global team and together with stakeholders we drive positive change towards more sustainable practices in both local and global agricultural markets.
Deep expertise, a clear vision plus intensive cooperation with businesses, governments and NGO’s, make the Rainforest Alliance a globally effective and impactful organization.
Employment is based on fulltime (40 hours/week) or 80% (32 hours/week).

This is your opportunity to contribute to sustainability in major global markets!

How to apply?

In this procedure we work with Sustainability Works.
Please send your application (max. 1 page motivation, max. 2 page resume) before 2 June 2019 23:00 CET to, mentioning ‘Advocacy Lead’ in the subject line. First round interviews will take place 11 and 13 June 2019.
Please feel free to contact Sustainability Works, Annelies Pijnenburg for more information: +31646680191 or