Impact Associate

Organization
Uncommon Cacao
Location
Oakland CA or remote
Job Type
Part-Time
Deadline for Applications
12/31/2016
Contact Information
emily@uncommoncacao.com
Tags
Part-time

Summary of Role

  • Design, research, and write Uncommon Cacao 2016 Transparency Report
  • Establish Uncommon Farmer Fund non-profit and create tools and documents for it to begin activities in 2017
  • Identify and write grants or other fundraising opportunities for Uncommon Cacao

Background

Uncommon Cacao started its work in 2010, building Maya Mountain Cacao in Belize to create meaningful market access for smallholder cacao farmers. After catalyzing unparalleled impact for farmer families in the country, and receiving enormous demand for our product and process, in 2014 Uncommon Cacao founded Cacao Verapaz in Guatemala. These companies have revolutionized local economies by linking smallholder farmers to the specialty chocolate industry, through a focus on consistently delivering high quality beans. Today, with growing demand for our cacao, Uncommon Cacao is growing further into the supply chain to drive maximum value to producer groups at origin. Uncommon Cacao Source + Trade enables us to collaborate with more producer groups on delivering the highest quality cacaos, and provide added-value sourcing services to craft chocolate makers and chocolatiers globally. Together, we can build a more fair and sustainable specialty cacao supply chain.

We have been collecting social and environmental impact data since our founding, and have produced a Transparency or Impact Report every year. As we grow, we are committed to continuing to lead the industry in impact reporting and supply chain transparency.

Scope of Role

  • Design, research, and write Uncommon Cacao 2016 Transparency Report
  • Create a framework and outline, including basic design elements, for the Transparency Report, in collaboration with the Uncommon Cacao CEO and Uncommon Cacao Source + Trade Managing Director (MD).
  • Develop common survey / data collection approach, based on shared KPIs and potentially incorporating Acumen Lean Data analysis, across all Uncommon Cacao origins, in collaboration with CEO, MD, and other stakeholders
  • Travel to origin (Belize and Guatemala) to conduct surveys and collect information, as well as take photos if applicable
  • Work with origin teams to collect and analyze data
  • Work with Acumen Impact team to incorporate lean data analysis into approach
  • Research costs and options for third-party verification of data in the report
  • Create a step-by-step timeline for delivering the report and clearly communicate across all relevant teams on progress and needs.
  • Provide frequent drafts for review by MD, CEO and country teams.
  • Work with Uncommon Cacao marketing team to design and deliver final report
  • Create clear and accurate methodology section that allows for external verification of all work
  • Establish Uncommon Farmer Fund non-profit and create tools and documents for it to begin activities in 2017
  • Review all documentation around Farmer Fund to date
  • Create plan for Farmer Fund establishment in collaboration with CEO
  • Launch non-profit establishment process with UC CEO and legal team
  • Draft relevant documentation around mission, vision and impact of the Farmer Fund
  • Create document for internal and external use to explain role of Farmer Fund and relationship to Uncommon Cacao, Inc.
  • Identify and write grants or other fundraising opportunities for Uncommon Cacao
  • Work with CEO to understand grant funding needs and possible approaches for Uncommon Cacao and the Farmer Fund
  • Identify top 5 funding opportunities and complete 2 grant applications based on Uncommon Cacao needs.

Organizational Role

The Impact Associate of Uncommon Cacao, Inc. reports directly to the CEO. This is an independent contractor position. This person has the option of working out of the Uncommon Cacao, Inc. offices in Oakland, CA, but can also work remotely.

Compensation

We expect this person to start in January, 2017, and finish their projects under the 3 areas of work described by May 31, 2017. The payment for this project will be US$12,000, divided into 6 months of biweekly payments of US$1,000.

 

Additional Information

To apply: please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are a great fit for this position to: Emily@uncommoncacao.com.