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Project Support Officer – Internship Position

Title: Africa & Europe Project Support Officer

Position: Internship as Project Support Officer for Africa & Europe projects 

Number of positions: 1

Remuneration: 350 Euros per month

Period: 6 months
Starting: Q4 2021
Location: Amsterdam office & home-office

Summary:

  • Assisting Africa and Europe projects as a Project Support Officer with tasks related to:
    • Project evaluation support: Evaluation and administration of new projects submitted through our website, assessing project impact potential, suitability, professionality, and conformity with our approach. 
    • Business Development support: Support the Portfolio Manager in proposal writing, research activities, and administrative tasks
    • Project Management support: Weekly calls with projects, local coordination, communication with local teams and other internal stakeholders, support in administrative, invoicing and contracting activities.
    • Research/Content creation: Research activities and support of the Content Team in regards to the writing of articles for the reNature website as well as project management updates. 

Conditions: 

  • Availability of 32-40 hours per week.
  • Must be living in the Netherlands, working from the office several days per week is required to be able to fulfill this position effectively. 
  • Must have a valid working visa, search year, or equivalent. reNature is currently not able to sponsor visa application processes.
  • We have a preference for applications without a thesis-writing component.

Prerequisites for the position:

  • Having intrinsic motivation for working on topics regarding regenerative agriculture, agroforestry, and other similar approaches, getting excited about finding the balance between impact & financial performance.
  • Having a relevant educational background, (equivalent to) a Master’s degree (MA or MSc). in a field within the natural sciences (e.g. forestry, agronomy, biology, environmental sciences or related fields), social sciences (e.g. geography, rural economics, environmental policy, development studies, or related fields), or a mix, are preferred.
  • Fluency in the English language, both spoken and written.
  • Creative and mentally flexible; calm and positive when presented with external pressure or a lack of structure.
  • Good communication skills, able to build effective relationships in multicultural environments.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Desirable traits for the position :

  • Experience in agriculture in the European and African (rural) setting.
  • Understanding the realities, especially in the global South, of disenfranchised groups (including LGBTQI+, women, indigenous communities, youth).
  • Having experience with business development and project management, preferably within one or more of the following sectors: 
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Rural development
    • Corporate agri-food
    • Climate change mitigation & adaptation
  • Having a network amongst farmers and other stakeholders in the food chain in the regions of interest (Africa, EU)
  • Fluency in the Dutch language, both spoken and written.
  • Experience in working on an Apple platform, with tools such as Asana, Slack, Hubspot, and apps like KeyNote, Pages, and the Adobe suite of products.

Full description:

Can you think from the perspective of both farmers and corporate sustainability managers? Do you want to deepen your knowledge on regenerative agriculture? Do you get a kick from finding the sweet spot between positive impact and profitability? And are you driven to understand how sustainable agriculture projects develop and scale up? Then you might be the next addition to our growing team! 

reNature’s goal is to make regenerative agroforestry mainstream. To reach this, we collaborate with a growing number of farmers and organizations worldwide that want to drive the transition towards regenerative farming systems. reNature’s aim is to help these organizations, farmers, and communities, to realize net-positive impacts in environmental, social, and economic domains. We do this by connecting promising projects to the required resources, such as expert knowledge (farmers, scientists), funding, and off-takers, creating the conditions for success and scale. 

We work as a team of driven, proactive, and independent people that take responsibility for the quality of their own work, as well as that of the team as a whole. We think in opportunities, and have a strong sense of conducting business ethically. And whilst we work hard, we have fun and love doing what we do.

So what are we looking for? 

In this position you need to combine hands-on experience with business development and project management; working with the guidance of the European and African Portfolio Managers, and collaborating with our group of Project Managers.

Your role will be, with guidance from peers and senior colleagues, to take responsibility for daily project management, including: daily contact with project partners (from farmers to executives), maintaining and forecasting budgets and plannings, forging stronger relationships with relevant stakeholders, developing and ensuring quality of deliverables, and proactive communication on project performance. We expect you to perform this role with proactiveness, positive energy, structure, and attention to detail.

Additionally, you will support business development in the African and European portfolios by leading or supporting on meetings with potential project owners, farmers, companies, and investors; getting to the ‘question behind the question’ and understanding how we can help our clients and beneficiaries; examine new project submissions; critically review company or investor strategies, as well as new market opportunities, and threats; making contributions to the creation of content for reNature’s network; supporting or leading the development of proposals that include a realistic timeline, exact budget, and a clear scope & deliverables; and deploy your network to scout business opportunities. We expect you to develop a knack for seeing real opportunities that can become reality soon, follow up structurally and with sustained effort, and ensure stay close to the company’s mission and business targets.

We have our own ideas about organization that are far away from the traditional hierarchical pyramid. At reNature, pro-active individuals and self-steering teams take the majority of decisions, and receive the freedom and trust to take responsibility. We’re a flexible organization that relies heavily on digital tools and continuous improvement of our way of working (by all team members). Throughout your work, you will need to be flexible and comfortable with uncertainty and newness, and proactively provide structure.

Affinity with regenerative agriculture from the field will be greatly valued for this position; as is the ability to understand the realities of farmers & communities, disenfranchised groups, and the different farmer archetypes from rural subsistence to large-scale mechanized farming.

Do you see yourself in the text above, and are you excited to apply for this creative and exciting position? Then please use this link to apply:

reNature is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity and will only consider your abilities in how you match the role.

Have you got what it takes? We are looking forward to receiving your application!

reNature is committed to diversity as well as fostering an inclusive working environment. Applications are welcome from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

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