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Program Officer, Great Lakes (Uganda)

Program Officer, Great Lakes (Uganda)
Rainforest Alliance / UTZ
Great Lakes (Uganda)
Please respond before 19.04.2018

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization working to build a future in which nature is protected and biodiversity flourishes, where farmers, workers, and communities prosper, and where sustainable land use and responsible business practices are the norm. We envision a world where people and nature thrive in harmony.

In January 2018, the Rainforest Alliance merged with UTZ, a global program and label for sustainable farming. The UTZ program works with and supports a network of local organizations in their advocacy for more sustainable policies.

Rainforest Alliance works across East and Central Africa region, with field-level activities in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Cameroon.

Position summary

We are looking for a Program Officer, based in our Uganda office, who will support the coordination, training, and monitoring of partners implementing the UTZ certification in the Great Lakes countries Rwanda, Burundi and DRC. He/she will organize and facilitate member training workshops, and member visits, supports and develops the roll out of approved trainers program in the region and support projects.

This position will require supporting and maintaining strong relationships with members, partners and government entities to maintain and safeguard the quality of implementation of UTZ certification in the Great Lakes Countries.


  • Supports and monitors members in the implementation of the UTZ certification program in DRC, Rwanda and Burundi
  • Provides training and support on the use of the traceability system to members in East Africa
  • Supports on ToT training on to UTZ members in the Great Lakes region
  • Liaises with government, NGOs and stakeholders on sector information and project implementation
  • Participates in national platform(s), conferences and meetings on sustainable agriculture
  • Acts as an inspiring ambassador of UTZ program towards all stakeholders
  • Supports Regional Representative East Africa in serving UTZ members in the region and neighboring countries


  • Master’s Degree preferably in relevant field such as agriculture, development economics, business management, actuarial sciences, international trade or other related disciplines
  • At least five years of experience working in the coffee or cocoa sector in trading or sustainability projects, with proven management and reporting experience
  • Three years’ experience of certification or traceability of products
  • Proven experience in training and capacity building for adults
  • Proven knowledge and experience of extension, project monitoring and data analysis methodologies
  • Strong analytical skills and coordination skills and passion for information technology
  • Languages: English and French (proficient), Kiswahili or a local language will be added advantage
  • Credible ambassador, communicator, networker with intercultural skills and able to work with different types of stakeholders

What we offer?

Employment is based upon a 40 hours/week, and a one-year contract with an option to extend. Rainforest Alliance provides a dynamic and international working environment with an entrepreneurial and innovative approach. The position is based in Uganda (Kampala) and involves regular travel. The position is open to applicants of all nationalities. However, we can only consider candidates who have, will get or are eligible for a Ugandan work and residency permit. Starting date of the assignment is foreseen as soon as possible.

How to apply?

Please send your application to (ultimately by 19th of April 2018), mentioning Program Officer Great Lakes Uganda in the subject line. Your application should include your CV or resume and a cover letter. Interviews are foreseen in the month of April/May 2018.

If you have questions about this position please send them to For more information about UTZ, visit