Rurality Field Officer

The Forest Trust


TFT (The Forest Trust) is an international fast growing and dynamic non-profit organization which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

TFT is seeking a motivated individual for an exciting opportunity as a -  



Based in Binh Thuan province, Vietnam


The Rurality Field Officer is a field-based position for someone with a passion to drive innovation at the smallholder level by working collaboratively with farmers and mills to understand their business, to improve their collaboration and to create value and promote resilience to fluctuations in climate and markets.

He/she will continuously seek new opportunities and present ideas to increase the resilience of farmers in existing supply chains to climatic or economic fluctuations. He/she should be a self-starter and innovator who believes that farmers are entrepreneurs with vision and leadership.

He/she will work with farmers and mills in Ham Tan District, Binh Thuan Province and will develop and implement a survey of households to gain an understanding of current social, economic and production conditions, including both risks and opportunities. With the Project Manager, he/she will also engage key stakeholders in the region and mill staff and clearly communicate activities and updates to local partners. In addition to the survey, the Rurality Field Officer will develop maps of current land use on each farm. This information will be analyzed and presented as a written report, but also used to develop capacity building activities and provide individual coaching.

The Rurality Field Officer will work in a team, and also participate in the development of a study of market opportunities. He/she will be supervised and work in close collaboration with the TFT Rurality Manager in Vietnam to plan, implement and monitor all program activities.

About Rurality

Rurality is a new program led by The Forest Trust ( which seeks to catalyze innovation between businesses and smallholder farmers in the supply chain. Close to 2 billion people around the world live and work on small farms, often family-run. These farmers are not only the lifeblood of supply chains; they are innovators with the potential to profoundly and positively impact the human and natural ecosystems surrounding them. Rurality, an initiative of TFT, believes they are entrepreneurs who should be empowered to realize their vision. Rurality places the farmer at the heart of the society. The initiative uses a business-minded approach to work with farmers participating in existing supply chains.  Significantly, the initiative believes that there are not one size fits all solutions. Staff are field-based and work side-by-side with farmers and the mill/company. Ultimately the initiative seeks to identify empirical and practical solutions to empower family farmers and build their resilience.

About The Forest Trust (TFT)

Rurality is an initiative of TFT. TFT is an international fast growing and dynamic non-profit organization that helps companies transform the way they source raw materials, with the ultimate goal of protecting nature and improving peoples’ lives. TFT currently manages Rurality projects in Ghana, Indonesia, Dominican Republic, Ivory Coast, Malaysia, Thailand, and France. We employ more than 260 people worldwide and work with big and small companies as well as with communities and producers of raw materials.

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 focus on creating value within supply chains through new innovations, while also encouraging our partners to look inside and reflect on their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create solutions to address the challenges companies and communities face in improving product responsibility.

What We Offer

  • A unique work experience in a fast-growing and dynamic non-profit directly impacting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.

  • A dynamic 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 and Scope

  • Implement the Rurality program in collaboration with a private sector company and farmers, including new and existing members of the supply chain.

  • Engage and build trust with key stakeholders, especially farmers and mill staff.

  • Develop and implement a Rural Dynamics Diagnostic. The Rural Dynamics Diagnostic is a key and compulsory phase of our approach. It is an in-depth assessment of the farmer’s technical, physical, social, and economic environment.

  • Develop farm-level maps.

  • Create a database to manage data, and draft a final report presenting results.

  • Co-design with stakeholders a plan to increase farmer resilience via capacity building, coaching, or other methods.

  • Provide regular written reports and updates on the work plan to the project manager.

  • Lead the implementation of project activities working in close collaboration with local companies, farmers, and other key local stakeholders.

  • Share lessons learned from Rurality Vietnam with other TFT Rurality teams, creating opportunities for exchange and professional growth.


  • Bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience in agricultural, sociology, rural development, forestry, natural resource management, environmental or social sciences or business, including work with local communities.

  • Experience negotiating and working with the private sector including small and large businesses, civil society, and government actors.

  • Minimum of 1 year relevant business or non-profit experience, with increasing responsibilities.

  • Experience with GPS and mapping software preferred.

  • Good data collection, management, interpretation and report writing.

  • Strong organizational and negotiation skills, accuracy, attention to detail and ability to manage multiple interrelated tasks.

  • Demonstrated experience using diplomacy to navigate tough negotiations, and build strong relationships.

  • Candidate shall be proficient in Vietnamese language.

  • Spoken and written communication in English is an advantage.

  • Based in Ham Tan, Binh Thuan, Vietnam, with infrequent trips to Ho Chi Minh City, Ba Ria Vung Tau Province.

Personal characteristics

  • Passion for working on issues related to rural development, sustainability, resilience and supply chains;

  • Passion to work with farmers and agribusiness to generate  value

  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.

  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.

  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team;

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously;

  • Committed to TFT values:

    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;

    • Entrepreneurial spirit;

    • Client-focused;

    • Open collaboration and communication;

    • Humble;

    • Respect for each other.

Other information

  • 6 month contract with opportunity for renewal

  • Immediate start

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume via email to and cc to Please send us your application before 15/10/2017, however, the position will be open until filled. Please put your full name and VietnamRuralityRD2017 in the subject line of the email. Only candidates who send a resume and cover letter will be considered. Only successful candidates will be contacted by email for an initial interview.


Job Details
Organisation Name: 
The Forest Trust (TFT)
Binh Thuan
Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2017-10-15