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Field Project Manager – Hauts-de-France, France

Deadline: 17/07/2020


Earthworm Foundation is an international dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

Earthworm Foundation is seeking a motivated Field Project Manager, based at les Hauts-de-France, to replace a vacant position (the contract will start at 50% over June (and July), then on a full-time basis).

The successful candidate has experience in project management in the field of agro-ecological transition, excellent communication and writing skills, is passionate about working with farmers and suppliers to generate value, and is interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, suppliers, retailers, farmers with the aim of accelerating the transition to sustainable agriculture and the development of the Living Soils initiative.

The Field Project Manager will be based into the Hauts-de-France region, in order to be a part of the ground situation and the strategy part in Lille. She/He is keen to drive innovation at the national level by working collaboratively with farmers and suppliers to understand their business, to improve their collaboration with the Living Soils initiative.

The Living Soils initiative has 2 main objectives:

  • Support farmers and sectors in the transition to regenerative agriculture;
  • Create tools to encourage farmers to make this transition:
    • Carbon methodology = creation of a tool to remunerate farmers for the additional storage of carbon in their soils;
    • Definition of Living Soils = Integrate the notion of soil fertility into the specifications of agro-industrial companies.

The Field Project Manager will continuously seek new opportunities and present ideas to increase the development of regenerative agriculture in existing supply chains. He/she should be a self-starter and innovator who have very good relationship with the agricultural environment to create new partnerships.

The Field Project Manager will work in a team, in close collaboration with the Project Manager and the Project Officer of the Living Soils initiative. A very large place is left to the autonomy of the team members but cohesion will be the key for high quality of deliverables. The supplier support strategy will likely evolve, the field coordinator will have to co-construct it with the other members of the team.

About Earthworm Foundation

Earthworm Foundation currently has presence in 19 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. We employ more than 200 people worldwide and work with big and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation. With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, we work on the ground with people to create inspiring transformation stories. We focus on creating value, engage without judging and carry hope and a positive vision of the future.

What Makes Us Unique

Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • An organic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks.

Responsibilities

  • Coordination of training and agronomic experimentation actions with the partners of the Living Soils project (cooperatives, traders, agro-industrial companies);
  • Follow-up of the relationship with partners (cooperatives);
  • Co-construction of the cooperative support strategy;
  • Follow-up and implementation of training courses;
  • Coordination of experiments carried out as part of the agronomic part of the definition of Living Soils and the carbon methodology;
  • Direct relationship with the partners' agronomic technicians;
  • Assistance in drafting proposals forwarded to cooperatives.

Development of partnerships with training organizations/technical partners

  • Finding the right partners to implement the strategy for accompanying supply chains;
  • Building a cluster of partners;
  • Drafting of partnership agreements with field partners;
  • Monitoring of partnerships, planning of deliverables for Earthworm.

Carbon methodology

  • One of the objectives of the Living Soils project is to develop a tool to remunerate farmers on the carbon stored in their soils - called the "Carbon Methodology";
  • As part of the carbon methodology, the Field Project Manager will have to participate in the deliverables related to the development of this methodology, whether it is on:
    • The agronomic part: quantification / estimation / verification of the carbon stored in the soil;
    • The economic part: farmers' remuneration scheme / development of the economic model.

Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications

Education

BAC +5 - specialty in agronomy / environmental management.

Experience

More than 2 years - Experience in project management in the field of agro-ecological transition.

Skills:

  • Knowledge of the agricultural sector;
  • Strong interest in agro-ecological transition issues, knowledge of regenerative agriculture;
  • Very good interpersonal skills, autonomous, organized, good ability to take initiatives;
  • Committed to Earthworm Foundation values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Respect for each other.

Languages:

  • Fluent/Native in French (spoken and written);
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written);
  • Permit B (light car) required.

Working conditions / Physical effort:

  • Lille – French office (20%) / WFH work - shared office in the Amiens area (40% of the time) / fieldwork (40% of the time);
  • Frequent trips to the Hauts-de-France (mainly Pas-de-Calais / Somme) and Champagne;
  • Good physical condition.

Other information:

  • Open-ended contract;
  • Immediate start;
  • Valid authorisation to work in France required.

To apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to france.recruitment@earthworm.org by 17/07/2020. Please put your last name and Soil2020 in the subject line of the email. Successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled. Only candidates who send a full application will be considered. Only selected candidates will be contacted.