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  • Latin America Program Manager: Smithsonian Bird Friendly

    Guest Ruth Bennett
    • Employer: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
      Location: Panama City
      Country: Panama
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    This position will be responsible for developing, managing, and supporting the Smithsonian Bird Friendly program within Latin America to build opportunities, incentives, partnerships, and funding for coffee and cocoa producers to maintain or transition towards the Bird Friendly habitat standard. Bird Friendly is a registered trademark of the Smithsonian that indicates coffee and cocoa farms and products meet a biodiversity conservation gold-standard developed by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.


    Position responsibilities include:


    Development, management, and promotion of Bird Friendly Program in Latin America

    • Develops, manages, and promotes the Bird Friendly Program in Latin America to increase adoption of Bird Friendly practices and Bird Friendly certification within coffee and cocoa farming systems.
    • Manages communication and outreach with members of Bird Friendly supply chains including coffee and cocoa producers, exporters, importers, and third-party auditors.
    • Oversees the training and accreditation of third-party auditors that verify Bird Friendly practices and issue certification.
    • Produces and promotes decision-support tools about Bird Friendly practices and certification.


    Development of partnerships and funding to support Bird Friendly program in Latin America

    • Develops partnerships with conservation organizations and government agencies that can expand the adoption of Bird Friendly practices and certification within Latin America.
    • Establishes and maintains collaborative working relationships with other professionals and organizations that work in industries or fields related to the Bird Friendly program, including coffee and cocoa production, agroforestry, sustainable or regenerative agriculture, pesticide regulation, environmental certification, and third-party verification.
    • Obtains technical and financial support for Bird Friendly programmatic activities in Latin America from sources within and outside the Smithsonian Institution.


    To be successful in this role, you should meet the following requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, policy, ecology, agronomy, or a related field. Master’s degree or PhD preferred.
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience communicating with smallholder farmers in Latin America. Experience with coffee and cocoa farmers is preferred.
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience managing a conservation, extension, or outreach program in Latin America.
    • Demonstrated success in obtaining funding to support conservation, education, or outreach programs.
    • Ability to communicate with and relate to a wide range of people fluently in both English and Spanish in a multicultural environment.


    Supervisory Controls
    The incumbent works under the supervision of Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Director. Also, the Smithsonian Migratory Birds Center Research Ecologist will provide overall goals and program direction and relies on the incumbent to exercise considerable judgment and initiative in carrying out assignments. work is reviewed for efficiency and effectiveness.


    For more information and to apply, please visit:  https://stri-sites.si.edu/recruiter/users/jobs.php?id=286


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