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The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit, international membership organisation that is working to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To do this, we have united stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil supply chain and civil society to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production and procurement.
Since its inception in 2004, RSPO has enjoyed rapid growth and today has close to 5,000 members from 100 countries, including oil palm producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and non-governmental organisations. Thanks to the commitments and actions of these members, nearly 20% of the global supply of palm oil has already been certified as sustainable.
RSPO recognises the importance of smallholders and the need for improving smallholder inclusion into the RSPO system. More than three million smallholders and small-scale farmers make a living from palm oil globally. While their farmlands are small compared to industrial plantations, smallholders account for approximately 40% of total global palm oil production, making smallholders significant contributors towards a sustainable oil palm industry.
In March 2017, the RSPO Board of Governors (BOG) approved the RSPO Smallholder Strategy, which paved the way for the adoption of the RSPO Independent Smallholder (ISH) Standard in 2019. The standard aims to increase the inclusion of smallholders into the RSPO system through a mechanism that recognises the challenges faced by smallholders globally. To date, a total of 162,938 smallholders are covered by various RSPO schemes, representing 460,823 hectares of certified area.
The Head of the Smallholders Programme Unit will be responsible for leading and managing the Smallholders Programme Unit ensuring that the direction and workplan is effectively implemented in accordance with the RSPO Smallholder Strategy.
Reporting to the Technical Director, the Head of Smallholders Programme Unit will manage an international team of technical managers and specialists across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. S/he will serve as a primary interface for smallholder groups, members, and stakeholders who wish to engage with the RSPO and will support the mission and purpose of the organisation by supporting the RSPO Smallholder Standing Committee.
The preferred location of this role is Malaysia, Indonesia, or Singapore.
KEY ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Duties include but will not be limited to the following:
THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT
TECHNICAL AND PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE
WHAT’S ON OFFER
Your commitment and passion to drive innovation will be rewarded with an opportunity to work in an international multi-stakeholder organisation, where making a difference to People, Planet and Prosperity is not just a statement, but what we passionately believe in.
Operating within a dynamic and fast-paced environment, you will enjoy functioning within a role that offers the opportunity to broaden your skill set and develop your capabilities.
HOW TO APPLY
Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of educational background, work experience, and related achievements to email@example.com. Please state "Job Application - Head of Smallholders Programme Unit" in your email subject line.
**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.