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[Job Vacancy] Standards and Assurance Manager at Beyond Beans Foundation

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Beyond Beans Foundation is dedicated to developing, organizing and implementing projects across ETG’s commodity supply chains in collaboration with other companies, NGOs and government agencies. We aim to boost innovation and deliver maximum benefits for the farming communities and landscapes that form the backbone of our rapidly expanding supply chains.

We believe that the world of today has the knowledge, people, and tools in place to build profitable and self-sustaining cocoa communities, where farming is regarded as a respected profession and sustainable entrepreneurship is the norm. Beyond Beans aims to be a catalyst in achieving this vision, by connecting the right stakeholders and introducing innovative solutions from other sectors to the cocoa supply chain.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Standards & Assurance Manager

Location: Akure, OndoEmployment Type: Full-time

Key Activities and Responsibilities

Monitoring of and internally updating on performance and progress of activities of (RA/internal BB standard) certification compliance of IMS teams of suppliers, through:
Monitoring the progress of all steps of the certification processes of IMS teams of suppliers
Updating the internal Certification Status overview on a weekly basis and ensuring key updates are shared with the Country Representative
Conducting risk assessments per IMS team on ‘certification readiness & risk’, timely indicating challenges to the Country Representative and the Global Standards and Assurance Manager
Farm Inspection survey to include all necessary indicators for both RA and client reporting purposes
Traceability form capturing farmer purchases at community level
Collecting and updating all documents relating to the certification process, such as: pre-audit reports, audit reports, non-conformity reports, certificates
Standardizing processes across suppliers’ IMS teams to ensure aligned deliverables, through annually reviewing and updating the following guidance documents for implementation, guided by the Global Standards and Assurance Manager:
Multi-level (IMS staff, Field Trainer, Farmer) training curriculums to meet RA and internal training requirements, ensuring integration of additional training topics for client reporting on i.e. Climate Smart Cocoa, Child Labour.
Farmer Profile survey to ensure all necessary indicators for the Farmer Registry for both RA and client reporting purposes are captured
Updating the list of necessary additional documents for RA certification and creating templates for these assisted by the relevant BB staff (example: environmental management plan with the CFI team, Assess & Address system with the Community Development team)
Monitoring standardized data collection activities by all suppliers’ IMS teams and supervising data organization efforts with documentation officers/data analysts, to create the following full population databases:
Farmer registries compliant with RA and containing all internal indicators necessary, through Farmer Profile Surveying done by Field Trainers
First-step collection of GPS polygon files, through farm mapping done by GPS mappers
Traceability database, through traceability recordkeeping done by Field Officers
Farmer training attendance database, through training attendance record-keeping done by Field Trainers trainings
Working closely together with the M&E & Information Management Team within Beyond Beans, in order to:
Develop, pilot and scale best practices on digitizing standardized data collection, with the following ambitions:
Full population digital data collection for Farmer Profile Surveys to collect data for the Farmer Registries & for GPS mapping
Piloting digital data collection for Inspection Surveys, Training Attendance, Traceability
Coordinate setting up and training on tools & data collection methods for surveyors (Field Trainers, GPS mappers) collecting data digitally
Being in continuous communication with Certification Standards / the Standards and Assurance team at Head Office, to:
Remain up to date on any developments or changes to the RA 2020 standard and on communication on the implementation of the RA standard or RA certification processes in Nigeria
Support with and providing consultation on the development of internal standards, as well as developing implementation guidelines
Coordinate training on data review, cleaning, analysis and file management for documentation officers and data analysts
Address any technical issues arising during the digital data collection processes with the relevant service providers and/or Head Office

RequirementsQualities we are looking for:

A Master’s Degree in Agricultural Development, Environmental Science, or other related disciplines.
A passionate and ambitious worker
Self-starter and all-round mentality; willing to execute simple tasks as well as manage big portfolios
Fluency in English; fluency in French is an advantage
At least 5 years of experience in managing agricultural related standards in cocoa, coffee or cashew (preferably cocoa). Experience in RA certification programme is an advantage
Planning and organizational skills
Communication and inter-personal skills
Innovative and driven to continuously improve our projects and procedures


How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply