Senior Technical Lead Agroecology and/or Agroforestry
Paris / Remote
Notre clientWith the acceleration of climate change, biodiversity loss and the degradation of natural ecosystems, more than ever, time is for action. How can we support farmers and rural communities whose source of income directly depends on natural resources, climate, soil water? Which agricultural models can feed a growing global population that will reach 9.7 billion by 2050, generate a decent living income to farmers and contribute to reduce carbon impact while regenerating soils, biodiversity and water resources.
Since 2011, the Livelihoods Funds have been acting on the ground to support the efforts of rural and agricultural communities to restore the foundations of our home, the Earth. We have been working hand in hand with local organisations in all continents, to foster farming practices having a positive impact on people, nature and climate. We do it with one conviction : no-one cannot address these complex challenges alone! Livelihoods track record is based on partnerships and operational coalitions between farmers and their organizations, international brands and local businesses, public organizations and governments, who are engaged in the transformation of their value chain.
After more than 10 years of successful partnerships supporting nature-based solutions in diverse geographies (Asia, Africa, Latin America & Europe), it is now time to move up a gear! Are you convinced that climate, nature and peoples’ livelihoods are strongly interlinked? Are you hands on the ground, excited to develop and manage solutions that deliver impact? Are you motivated to play a leading role in building and running stakeholders coalitions?
To join our team of talented, committed and agile professionals and support designing and implementing our projects, we are looking for a Senior Technical Lead to join the team, based in Paris or able to be present 20% of time in the H.Q.
Définition de poste
Reporting to the LCF3 Fund director, the Senior Technical Lead sources, co-creates and co-manages impactful agricultural and/or (agro-) forestry projects with our civil-society field partners. He/she is responsible to :
- Lead the co-design and implementation of agroecology / (agro-) forestry projects that combine social and environmental change for the benefit of smallholder farmers.
- Oversee multi-disciplinary work streams across the NBS project cycle: due-diligence, carbon audit, definition of project’s agroecological/forestry model, business plan, contract negotiations, stakeholders’ engagement, impact measurement, governmental approvals, etc
- Backstop, manage and build up the technical skills and competences of the Project Managers that are directly responsible for the design and management of the Projects.
- Assist the Fund Director in managing the fund’s growth by ensuring the construction of a healthy pipeline of future investment opportunities as well as the good performance of existing invested projects.
- Ensure a good coordination among project participants and activities, by actively participating in projects governance, anticipating opportunities and risks, monitoring and achieving results over the whole project lifetime.
- Understand and manage points of view and jargons from different actors (business, technical, academic, investors, public., etc..) to propose smart, practical action plans that create an alignment of all stakeholders.
- Bring expertise on hands-on agroecology / (agro-) forestry practices (soil health and fertility management, regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, forest management…) to our colleagues and partners and help adapt these to the local context of the projects.
- Scout for new project opportunities, in line with our values, and be able to deliver real, measurable transformation in the agricultural or natural landscapes that poor communities rely upon for their livelihoods.
- Work closely with the Impact team to monitor and evaluate project’s impact.
You are a passionate, experienced and result-driven professional with a strong background in project management and first-hand field experience in agroecology and sustainable agricultural and/or (agro-) forestry practices.
You possess :
- 10 to 15 years proven track-record of relevant experience in promoting/managing agroecology and/or sustainable (agro-) forestry in developing economies, preferably as a team leader, close to smallholder farmers, rural communities, demonstrating tangible achievements.
- Graduated in agronomy and/or forestry related fields or have the equivalent hands-on field experience
- Experience in developing REDD+ projects is a strong plus;
- Knowledge of voluntary carbon standards, GIS tools etc. is a strong plus;
- English spoken and written with ease, as the internal working language. Functional oral French or strong drive to learn it is a plus.
- Good command of other languages relevant for the Fund is a plus (Spanish, Portuguese, Bahasa Indonesia, Hindi etc.)
You are :
- A Team Leader / Player: Leading by example, you are able to create a working environment/rapport conducive to participation and motivation, enabling (via the transfer of knowledge and skills and dialogue) team members to achieve their individual and shared objectives.
- A seasoned professional: experienced in structuring/defining project proposals on paper but also having faced challenges in implementing those proposals on the field and drew concrete lessons from these experiences.
- Result-oriented: Flexible, able to adapt to rapidly changing situations and accepting challenges so as to deliver objectives
- Empathetic: Know your stakeholders, speak their languages, listen to their points of view and understand their agendas without prejudice
- Change-embracing: Be open to- and keep a curious eye on- innovation, new plans, new opinions in a fast-growing market.
- Didactic: Know how to make a point in a few words, adapt to your public, be able to facilitate informed decision-making
- Multi-tasker: Prioritize, deal with pressure, keep track of the progress of several tasks simultaneously and be ready to rearrange priorities in response to new information.
- Intercultural skills: being able to understand and adapt to different cultures among your colleagues and with project partners (international).
- Remote-working-proof: Ability to self-start, work efficiently, create relationships, work in teams despite long distance and time-difference.
- Home-office possible with regular in-person interactions at the company’s HQs.
- This position requires frequent travel for field visits (c. 30% of the time).
- Livelihoods values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees