Location Paris
Job-type Permanent
Salary €Competitive
Reference 18807

About Sucres et Denrées (SUCDEN):

Sucres et Denrées (SUCDEN) is an independent soft commodities trader based in Paris. Over the last few years, SUCDEN has grown its presence in the cocoa market and is now one of the world's largest cocoa traders. SUCDEN also operates a fully owned subsidiary in New York, General Cocoa.

General Cocoa has provided the company with a strong marketing arm in North America as well as global sourcing in Latin America and product trading capabilities.

Sucden's Sustainability's Objectives:

Sucden's sustainability objectives are rooted in three pillars: they seek to support farming families, safeguard the planet, and provide trustworthy cocoa. In practice, "trustworthy cocoa" means that Sucden's clients must have trust that the cocoa that Sucden sells will meet the growing legal requirements for imports, as well as the social and environmental requirements of other stakeholders.

Sucden has as its objective to harmonize its approach to collecting, validating, and analyzing data for clients and other stakeholders. Sucden is therefore looking for a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to support this objective:

  • To create a system to consolidate and validate all data provided to internal and external stakeholders

  • To develop and evaluate a framework for SUCDEN's monitoring and evaluation activities

It is with the intention that this role helps SUCDEN's sustainability programs in West Africa and Latin America to meet the client's milestones and objectives and generate on-the-ground impact for farmers and their communities.

Given the intentions above, SUCDEN is seeking an individual to operate as a full-time Monitoring and Evaluation Manager.

The position's location is currently flexible, with a strong preference to be based in Paris/France.

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Setting a strategy for the validation, consolidation, and revision of data provided by our origin teams and implementing partners for client reports and reports for stakeholders (e.g. CFI, Annual Responsibility report, reports for green loans)

    • Including support to origin teams to build systems for data collection and analysis

  • Designing a monitoring and evaluation framework and system for Sucden Cocoa's global sustainability team

  • Building dashboards and tools for internal program management and external (client-based) reporting, working with internal technical teams

  • Conducting periodic capacity assessments on existing M&E and Learning systems

  • Supporting the drafting of reports for internal and external stakeholders, including PowerPoint presentations, narrative reports, etc.

Desired Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Analytical and reporting skills/experience:

    • Understanding of how data is collected, analyzed and interpreted in rural settings

    • Ability to manage and analyze complex databases

    • Ability to anticipate issues and engage with origin-based teams to deliver multiple reports within prescribed and tight timeframes

    • Ability to understand reporting requirements (current and future)

    • Ability to extract, interpret and synthesize relevant information in an intelligible manner for narrative reports and presentations

  • Strong project management experience; ability to follow-up on progress against a timeline, anticipate and raise identified challenges in a timely manner, and put forward improvement solutions

  • Able to self-direct and prioritize tasks and handle competing priorities and deadlines

  • Flexibility, and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. High energy and dynamism are a necessity

  • Thrives being a part of a dynamic and growing team environment

  • Languages: oral and written fluency in French and English, knowledge of Spanish is a plus

  • Ability to travel to origins, if needed.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A Bachelor's degree or higher or developed knowledge in the area of development economics, statistics, data science, process control, management, rural development, environmental management, or related fields

  • At least five years or similar demonstrated experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, data analysis and reporting, preferably in the agri-business sector and sustainability area

  • Proficient with all Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel

  • Experience in using data analysis and data visualization tools such as Power Bi is highly desired

  • High level of knowledge of statistics

Reporting Line:

  • Reports directly to Sucden Cocoa's Program Manager

  • Liaises with Sucden's Cocoa's Sustainability Director and origin-based M&E Managers

If you've realized this is the opportunity for you in 2023 to bring significant impact within the cocoa sector or would like to know more, please apply directly.

If you have any questions, please contact Thaddeus Tan at thaddeus.tan@acre.com to enquire further.

Please note that only applications through Acre's website/link will be considered. Outreach from Acre and the recruitment process will begin in January 2023.