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 5,000 members from 101 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.

At RSPO, we believe that a not-for-profit organisation is made successful by the passion, skills, and expertise of its members and staff. They are the ones who drive our organisation to new heights and guide us through the next phase of our development.

RSPO recognises the importance of smallholders and the need for improving smallholder inclusion into the RSPO system. More than 3 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 about 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.

Reporting to the Head of Latin America, the Manage of Smallholder Latin America will be fully responsible for taking the lead role in providing support for the inclusion of Latin American smallholders in the RSPO supply chain in line with the RSPO Smallholder Strategy.

The location of this role is Latin America.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Lead and provide assistance to stakeholders in Latin America towards understanding and implementing the RSPO Standards and related certification processes for smallholders.
  2. Be RSPO’s focal point for all smallholder-related matters in Latin America, and act as a liaison between stakeholders in the region and the other departments internally to ensure timely delivery of services for smallholders.
  3. Proactively facilitate the formation of and/or engage existing smallholder groups, and bring them into the RSPO fold.
  4. Proactively and continually provide technical support to smallholders to further RSPO’s objectives to improve livelihood, attain certification and widen market access.
  5. Implement the workplan of the RSPO Smallholder Trainer Academy (STA) and its related activities in Latin America.
  6. Contribute to the wider development of RSPO in the region and assist in the development and implementation of relevant organisational activities (i.e., road shows, workshops etc.) in the region.
  7. Manage and monitor the implementation of RSPO funded smallholder projects in Latin America.
  8. Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned.


  • A Bachelor's Degree in the field of Environmental Science/Management, Agronomy, Forestry or related majors.
  • A minimum of five years experience within the sustainability sphere related to oil palm or other agricultural commodities.
  • Knowledge of the oil palm sector in Latin America and knowledge of agricultural commodity certification.
  • Knowledge of smallholder inclusion issues and/or experience of smallholder farming contexts.


  • Ability to plan, establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact with different stakeholders.
  • Working proficiency in English and Spanish is required.
  • Ability to establish cooperation and rapport with internal and external parties of different backgrounds and/ or nationalities.
  • High integrity and good team player
  • Goal oriented and organised
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to manage a team under pressure
  • Strong in strategic and negotiation skills
  • Sense of pride and ownership in own performance and its impacts on the organisation’s success


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.


Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected]. Please state "Job Application – Manager, Smallholder Latin America" in your email subject line.

**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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