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 over 5,200 members from 102 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. 

The Manager, Smallholder Programme (Malaysia) is reporting to Head, Smallholder Unit and will be supporting day to day operation in meeting the objectives of the RSPO Smallholder Strategy and Operational Plan by taking the lead in providing support for the inclusion of Malaysian smallholders in the RSPO supply chain.

The location of this role is Malaysia.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Lead and provide assistance to stakeholders in Malaysia towards understanding and implementing the RSPO Standards and related certification processes for smallholders.
  2. Be the RSPO’s focal point for all smallholder related matters in Malaysia, 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 the engagement of existing smallholder groups and bring them into the RSPO fold.
  4. Proactively and continually provide technical support to smallholders to further the RSPO’s objectives to improve livelihoods, attain certification and widen market access.
  5. Implement the workplan of the RSPO Smallholder Trainer Academy and its related activities in Malaysia.
  6. 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 Malaysia.
  8. Proactively involve in the preparation, documentation and representation of smallholder unit for the multistakehoder process (working groups, standing committee, Roundtables, global events, task force etc)

Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned.


  • Minimum Bachelor degree in any discipline; preferably in Agriculture, forestry or socio-environmental science.
  • Preferably with at least 5 years of experience in the palm oil / forestry sector; involved in works related to sustainability, audits, consultancies, and/or certification for smallholders


  • Familiar with sustainability certification in palm oil / forestry.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or G-suites.


  • Proficiency in English and Bahasa Melayu is a must with good communication skill and ability in establishing cooperation and rapport with internal and external parties particularly with smallholders     
  • Conscientious and willing to take responsibility.
  • High integrity and a good team player.
  • Goal oriented and organised
  • Self-motivated and self-directed
  • Ability to work under pressure


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] 

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

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