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Project Manager (Mexico)

Proforest is seeking a motivated, organised, and experienced professional to support their growing programmes and consultancy services for responsible production in Mexico. This is an exciting opportunity to work with major international brands, consumer goods clients and agricultural & forestry production companies to develop and implement their responsible production strategies, particularly in relation to forestry and agricultural commodities.

About Proforest 

Proforest is a dynamic non-profit organisation with global presence that has established itself as a leader in the development and implementation of sustainable production and responsible sourcing schemes.
Proforest provides practical support to producers, processors, purchasers and investors to help them work in environmentally and socially responsible ways. As demand for sustainably sourced commodities increases, producers, processors, purchasers and investors in natural resources all need to demonstrate that they are meeting commitments to environmental and social responsibility. This is a complex task in a challenging commercial environment. We work at every stage of the supply chain, from production and processing, through to purchasing and investment. Our 15 years’ experience covers the management of forests, palm oil, soy, sugarcane, rubber and beef, at a range of scales that includes companies, smallholders, communities and forest-dependent people through to multinational businesses. We focus on the opportunities for conservation and social benefits within the production landscape, and never lose sight of the need for pragmatic and workable practices.


Position summary 

The position offers an exciting opportunity to take a leading role in the management and delivery of Proforest’s programmes and services, in both the forest products and agricultural commodities sectors. The role involves participating in a range of projects to deliver a variety of services such as policy advice, field assessments and audits, research and capacity development. We work with major brands such as PepsiCo, Nestle, Danone, etc.; with producers like Cargill, Olam and Wilmar; as well with NGOs such as WWF, RSPO and FSC; with governments; and national companies.
Based in Villahermosa (can be negotiated), Mexico, the position will be involved in the implementation of a range of projects related to social compliance; particularly community engagement, human rights, social development and labour in agricultural commodities (mainly palm oil and sugar cane). This position involves regular national and international travel for fieldwork.



  • Manage and deliver responsible production projects, programmes and partnerships. This includes proposal writing, budgeting and managing client relationships and reporting;
  • Provide technical assistance and field work (where relevant).
  • Support other Proforest’s related projects and programmes as required, especially in relation to sustainability standards and certification schemes;
  • Maintain a clear understanding of the current policy and strategic factors relating to the sustainable management and sourcing of forestry and agricultural commodities; 
  • Build and maintain relationships with relevant key stakeholders such as sustainability initiatives, support agencies, civil society and other stakeholders;
  • Contribute to the development of the relevant Proforest consultancy service areas, including involvement in activities such as planning, business development and monitoring of progress against objectives.


Qualifications, Experience, Qualities

Essential Qualifications, Experience, Skills:

  • Tertiary level (masters or equivalent) qualification in a social science: humanities, sociology, anthropology, legislation, social politics, labour compliance, etc.
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in social issues: community engagement, capacity building, gender equality, labour compliance, etc.; 
  • Demonstrable fluency in Spanish and English;
  • Experience related to working in forest management and/or agricultural commodity production, especially palm oil, sugar cane or other tropical commodities.
  • Understanding of environmental and social sustainability issues, especially in Mexico;
  • Excellent project management skills (including excellent time-management, problem-solving and organisational abilities);
  • Highly developed interpersonal and team working skills, as well as proven ability to operate in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work on short assignments in remote locations; 
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills, including presentation skills;

Highly desirable:

  • Experience and/or knowledge related to sustainability standards, auditing and certification, e.g.: RSPO, Bonsucro, Rainforest Alliance, FSC, etc.
  • Experience in concepts such as Social and Environmental Impact assessment and mitigation, High Conservation Values (HCV), High Carbon Stocks (HCS) and Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC);
  • Experience in consultation and working with various stakeholders including large companies, small and medium enterprises, NGOs, financing institutions, government aid agencies, smallholders and local communities;


Commensurate with experience

To apply 

Please send your CV (3 pages maximum), a cover letter explaining your suitability for the position (1 page maximum) and your expected salary range to .

Application Deadline

15 February 2019 

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 28 February 2019


Proforest is an equal opportunity employer.


Download the Job Description (pdf) here

To apply: Send your CV, cover letter and expected salary range to by 15 Feb 2019