Global Agronomic and Climate Resilience Advisory Coordinator
Reports To: Global Advisory Manager
Job Type: Full-time, exempt
Region: Central America & Mexico - East Africa - South America
Location: Mexico, Costa Rica, Perú, Colombia, or Kenya
Start Date: Immediate
Contact: Please apply using the form below.
The Global Agronomic and Climate Resilience Advisory (ACRA) Coordinator leads the technical coordination of the ACRA service for active Lending clients or pipeline organizations in Central America, Mexico, South America, Africa and Indonesia. This role is responsible for identifying the strengths, weaknesses and potential opportunities to create impactful and tangible change in growing agribusinesses, with an emphasis on climate change resilience for rural coffee businesses.
The Advisory team is responsible for the design, quality assurance, monitoring, partnership management, and implementation of business Advisory services - including Agronomic & Climate Resilience Advisory - to rural agribusinesses, in line with Root Capital’s mission. Over the next five years, Root Capital seeks to deepen and expand its existing Agronomic & Climate Resilience Advisory offering to agribusinesses across its global portfolio.
The Global ACRA Coordinator actively participates in the design and planning, and is responsible for coordinating the technical aspects of the service, its scale-up and its continuous improvement, in close coordination with the related implementation and strategy teams. This role actively ensures the quality and impact of the service provided and works in close coordination with the Advisory Managers, the Regional ACRA Coordinators, the advisors, and the quality management, monitoring and evaluation, innovation and strategy teams.
Mission of Root Capital
Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or grains from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems.
We supply these businesses with vital resources: access to capital, trade and technical partners, financial training and conservation practices. We work in hard-to-serve geographies where others don’t. To date, we’ve distributed $1.5 billion to improve the lives of over nine million people in farming communities.
Headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Root Capital currently has associated offices in Costa Rica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Kenya.
Service Design, Implementation and Quality (70%)
- Develop the curriculum, methodology, and monitoring and quality tools for Agronomic & Climate Resilience Advisory (ACRA) Services for rural businesses (using inputs from experts, or connecting with them, on this topic). Update service content based on industry developments and customer needs as they evolve.
- In collaboration with regional advisory managers and regional ACRA coordinators, lead the development of global agronomy and climate resilience advisory work plans that advance Root Capital's strategic and programmatic goals.
- Monitor the global implementation of the ACRA work plans, including the completion of programmatic milestones within the strategic objectives. Collaborate with regional managers to monitor the performance of regional coordinators and provide them with coaching on their performance.
- Hold regional implementation teams accountable for completing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning requirements for ACRA Services, in collaboration with the Impact team and Advisory management.
- Promote knowledge sharing and collaboration across our offices in Asia, Africa and Latin America to improve the impact and efficiency of the service.
- Support the launch of ACRA in new geographies as needed, including collaborating with regional advisory managers to support coordination tasks (recruit relevant advisors, create onboarding plans, prioritize clients in line with global processes and standards , etc.) as long as there is no regional coordination structure.
Onboarding and Training (20 %)
- Develop materials and contents for onboarding and continuous training of the advisors and regional coordinators to complement the skills that may be lacking on issues of climate risk assessment, participatory training methodologies, development of key performance indicators, interpretation of dashboards, preparation of analysis tools, data collection methods, etc.
- Contribute to the process of induction and training of new advisors related to the ACRA program, providing direct training on certain topics and providing feedback on the quality of the process.
- Participate in training workshops, aimed at the staff, leadership and producer members of agricultural businesses and/or Root Capital advisors, together with the advisory team, in order to guarantee their quality, contribute complementary skills and provide feedback on innovations and new training components.
Coordination with external (10%)
- Manage relationships with external technical / implementation partners who facilitate and/or complement Root Capital services.
- Represent Root Capital before external audiences to disseminate progress and lessons learned. Contribute to the consolidation of information from the region for performance reports to donors.
Additional responsibilities linked to the role, which could include advising the Root Capital credit team or other teams on relevant issues, participating in conversations with donors, etc.
Required Skills & Experience
Qualifications and Experience
- Degree in Agronomy, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Sustainable Development, Business Management or related careers.
- Experience of more than 5 years in processes related to rural development or agricultural businesses.
- Extensive knowledge of environmental issues and climate resilience.
- Experience in climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in agricultural value chains-preferably coffee/cocoa.
- Experience and pedagogical skills, preferably in training design with participatory methodologies in urban and rural settings.
- Knowledge of and competence with adult education principles and techniques.
- Demonstrable commitment to the search for innovative solutions to the challenges faced by rural cooperative enterprises.
- Experience working with multidisciplinary teams to design products or services.
- Affinity with the mission, vision, and leadership principles of Root Capital (Leadership principles: Service, Integrity, Equity, Transparency, Empowerment, Accountability)
- Proven teamwork and horizontal leadership skills, with a focus on internal customer service.
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including active listening, empathy, and the ability to convey complex concepts clearly.
- Professional fluency in English and Spanish.
- Ability to manage your work independently, with a high degree of responsibility and a willingness to proactively seek support when needed.
- Attention to detail.
- Advanced or high intermediate skills in Excel (design of pivot tables, Power Query, Power BI, etc.)
- Experience in the use of business management software packages: electronic calendars and agendas, email, virtual document storage, collaborative documents, etc.
- Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time.
Work Environment and Physical Demands
Field and office work: rural environments to visit current and potential clients, traveling to rural areas, with road conditions and limited transportation requiring long-distance travel. Modest food and lodging. (As conditions permit)
Office work will be done virtually or in the office or coworking, with good internet access conditions and the necessary equipment provided by the organization.
Root Capital provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, active military or veteran status, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth, and breastfeeding and expressing breast milk), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Root Capital is committed to creating a dynamic work environment that upholds our leadership principles of empowerment, equity, integrity, service, and transparency.