Vacancy: International Cocoa Program Coordinator

Vacancy: International Cocoa Program Coordinator

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Rikolto (formerly VECO/Vredeseilanden) is an international NGO with more than 40 years of experience in partnering farmer organisations and food chain actors across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Rikolto runs programmes in 14 countries worldwide through eight regional offices.

In its global cocoa programme, Rikolto tests and harvests new solutions to make the cocoa sector more sustainable and resilient.

  • Cocoa provides a livelihood for an estimated 40-50 million people worldwide. The bulk of the product still originates from family-run farms. However, these smallholder farmers have limited access to resources and are often cut out of the trade, ending up in poverty and leaving their huge potential untapped. To ensure change on a global scale towards more sustainability in the cocoa sector, the following challenges need to be tackled:
  • Smallholders, particularly women and young people, lack market certainty, incentives, and financial and labour capacity.
  • Cocoa price fluctuations heavily impact on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods.
  • Climate change threatens the global supply of cocoa.
  • An ageing farmer population, which curbs investments in innovation.
  • Young people are increasingly abandoning rural areas.
  • Farmers’ organisations often lack the capability to become trustworthy business partners that can represent their members effectively.

Position summary

  • Coordinates with the cocoa cluster (i.e. the virtual team of Rikolto’s regional cocoa specialists) the design and implementation of strategic action plans.
  • Coordinates the design and implementation of a yearly action plan and budget including a corresponding communication and fundraising plan.
  • Leads the discussion towards strategic decisions.
  • Identifies opportunities for cooperation/funding and coordinates with the team members the fundraising actions for the cluster.
  • Is responsible to guide the team towards goals and results.
  • Is a credible reference in relevant networks.
  • Stimulates and organizes the participation of the team members in relevant events and platforms or networks.
  • Organizes and coordinates the internal functioning, communication and M&E through regular meetings (skype or zoom) and in-person meetings.
  • Reports to the director who’s assigned by the International Management Team (IMT) to be the focal point for the cocoa cluster.
  • The scope of the job is global/international.

Basic requirements

  • At least a master’s degree in Agriculture, Agribusiness and /or marketing.
  • Broad knowledge about the cocoa sector, preferably at global level (dynamics, markets, trends and challenges…)
  • Proven experience in implementing or supporting programs in cocoa
  • Has a relevant network in the cocoa sector in the major cocoa producing countries and at market level
  • Talented to connect and motivate people, to take care of the team spirit and to encourage the use of self-steering principles.
  • Skilled to stimulate the team work towards its goals and results.
  • Is able to work in an international and multi-cultural setting
  • Fluent in English and will be challenged to speak Spanish and/or French
  • Is flexible and open to travel (highly appreciated if she/he is living in Belgium or West Africa, specifically Ghana or Ivory Coast)

How to apply?

Please send your motivation letter with CV to femke.vanvaerenbergh [at]

Deadline for application: November 28th 2018