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Senior Project Manager for sugar cane (Mexico)

Proforest is seeking an a motivated, organised, and experienced professional to support their growing programmes and consultancy services in responsible production in Mexico. This is an exciting opportunity to work with major international brands, consumer goods clients and agricultural & forestry production companies to develop and implement their responsible production strategies, particularly in relation to forestry and agricultural commodities.

About Proforest  

Proforest is a dynamic non-profit organisation with global presence that has established itself as a leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and responsible sourcing schemes.

Proforest provides practical support to producers, processors, purchasers and investors to help them work in environmentally and socially responsible ways. As demand for sustainably sourced commodities increases, producers, processors, purchasers and investors in natural resources all need to demonstrate that they are meeting commitments to environmental and social responsibility. This is a complex task in a challenging commercial environment. We work at every stage of the supply chain, from production and processing, through to purchasing and investment. Our 15 years’ experience covers the management of forests, palm oil, soy, sugarcane, rubber and beef, at a range of scales that includes companies, smallholders, communities and forest-dependent people through to multinational businesses. We focus on the opportunities for conservation and social benefits within the production landscape, and never lose sight of the need for pragmatic and workable practices.”

We work at all levels throughout commodity supply chains – from international policy and legislation to practical operations on the ground – to support the development and implementation of workable environmental and social standards and safeguards that help to produce and source natural resources sustainably.


Position summary

The position offers an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in the management and delivery of Proforest's programmes and services to ensure the responsible production and sourcing of sugar cane, respecting Human Rights and ensuring environmental conservation. The role involves participating in a range of projects in Mexico and abroad, to deliver policy advice, field assessments and implementation of best practices, capacity building and technical assistance. Proforest's work involves research, reporting and coordination with national and international stakeholders and teams. This position will be based in any state of Mexico, with a range of national and international travel for fieldwork and meetings.



  • Manage projects, programmes and partnerships. This includes the planning, coordination, monitoring and reporting of projects across multiple actors and teams.
  • Contribute to the business development of the relevant Proforest service areas. This includes proposal writing, budgeting and managing of client relationships.
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant key stakeholders such as sustainability initiatives, companies, support agencies, civil society and other stakeholders.
  • Support other Proforest's related projects and programmes as required, both regionally and globally.
  • Provide strategic advice and technical assistance to clients and partners as needed to achieve programs.
  • Carry out field activities such as capacity building, site assessments, data collection and others, as required by the programs and projects.


Qualifications, Experience, Qualities  

Essential Qualifications, Experience, Skills:

  • Tertiary level (masters or equivalent) qualification in sustainable agriculture, forestry, finance or other relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of 7 to 10 years of relevant experience in sustainability, responsible production, social responsibility and/or human rights in the agricultural sector.
  • Deep understanding of environmental and social issues in agricultural commodities, particularly in Mexico.
  • Excellent project management skills, including excellent time-management, problem-solving, organisational abilities and admin.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, as well as proven ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrable fluency in English and Spanish is an indispensable requirement.
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills, including presentation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work on short assignments in remote locations.


Highly desirable:  

  • Experience and/or knowledge related to sustainability standards, auditing and certification, e.g: Bonsucro, ISSC, Proterra, Rainforest Alliance, etc.
  • Experience in concepts such as Social and Environmental Impact assessment and mitigation, High Conservation Values (HCV), High Carbon Stocks (HCS) and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).
  • Experience in consultation and working with various stakeholders including large companies, small and medium enterprises, NGOs, financing institutions, government aid agencies, smallholders and local communities.



Commensurate with experience


To Apply

Please send your CV (3 pages maximum), a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position (1-page maximum) and your expected salary range to with CC to


Application Deadline: 8th October 2020

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 16th October 2020


Proforest is an Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Proforest does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices based on: age, race, religion, colour, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, pregnancy status or any other status protected by law.

Posting Summary

Job Description

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To apply

Send your CV and a cover letter by 8th October 2020.