Independent Contractor – Certification Advisory Expert - Jakarta

Long-term contract
Localisation Jakarta, Indonesia
Full remote
5 yrs of exp.
Posted on 07-04-2024

Root Capital

Root Capital supports agricultural enterprises so that they can build more prosperous, inclusive and resilient rural communities.

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Position Overview

The Certification Advisory Expert is responsible for enhancing the ability of Root Capital’s clients, coffee cooperatives in Aceh, to manage and improve their certification processes across various standards and regulations, including but not limited to the Rainforest Alliance, Fairtrade, and European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR). This role involves using standardized assessment tools to evaluate cooperative practices, identify gaps, and provide strategic recommendations and training to cooperative staff to ensure certification readiness and compliance.

Main Consultancy Deliverables

In close coordination with the Head of Advisory, Indonesia perform the following:

Certification Gap Analysis

  • Conduct assessments of cooperatives using standardized tools to evaluate current client certification practices against a range of global standards.
  • Identify gaps and lead the creation of action plans to enhance cooperative compliance and performance across various certifications.

Serve as Internal expert on certification

  • Maintain continuous engagement with multiple certification bodies to ensure understanding of existing and updated standards.
  • Provide expertise to Root Capital’s Advisory and Lending teams concerning certification standards and their application in Aceh.
  • Collaborate closely with other consultants in Advisory Services to design action plans (e.g., within agronomic and climate resilience advisory, digital business intelligence, gender equity advisory, business management advisory) that holistically address relevant certification needs and requirements. Provide input and feedback on specific training curriculum as relevant.

Strategic Advisory

  • Develop and implement tailored training and improvement programs that fall outside the scope of Root Capital’s existing services, as needed, based on assessment findings.
  • Guide clients through the certification process and process for implementing required improvements for multiple standards, ensuring alignment with international sustainability and compliance requirements.
  • Provide training and coaching to talent partners around their scopes of work and responsibilities within client organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, Agriculture, Agribusiness, or related field; Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in environmental certification or a closely related advisory role, with a strong focus on multiple certification standards.
  • Extensive and up-to-date knowledge of agricultural certification standards and sustainability regulations and their implications for coffee businesses.
  • Basic knowledge of coffee agronomy. Proven expertise in training design with participatory methodologies and adult education principles and techniques for rural populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and multi-stakeholder initiatives.
  • Excellent networking skills with local stakeholders
  • Familiarity with social issues
  • Professional fluency in Bahasa and English required. Knowledge of Gayo is a plus.

Desired Skills

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and decision-making capabilities.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, capable of effectively engaging with diverse stakeholder groups.
  • Proficiency in digital data management tools for tracking and reporting.

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