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Cocoa Life Country Manager at Mondelez International LLC

Posted on Fri 02nd Dec, 2022 - --- (0 comments)

Mondelez International, Inc. empowers people to snack right in over 160 countries around the world. We’re leading the future of snacking with iconic brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Cadbury Bournvita, TomTom, Cloret, and Trident gum.  Our 90,000+ colleagues around the world are key to the success of our business. Great people and great brands. That’s who we are.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Cocoa Life Country Manager

Reference ID: R-67922
Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full Time
Work Schedule: Standard 40 business hours per week

Job Description

  • Are You Ready to Make It Happen at Mondelez International?
  • Join our Mission to Lead the Future of Snacking. Make It Matter.
  • You are joining the team driving the Cocoa Life program, a core element of our global sustainability strategy. Based on learnings from our first 10 years, we have now announced the next phase of Cocoa Life, backed up by a $600 million investment with the aim to increase the number of farming households reaching a living income, enhance child protection systems and access to quality education in Cocoa Life communities, and seek no deforestation on Cocoa Life farms globally.
  • To meet our business targets, we are now expanding the program into Nigeria and Cameroon and are looking for a Country Manager who will cover these 2 countries in the first years.

How You will Contribute:

  • As you implement the programs, you will work with a cross functional team and oversee implementing partners that include suppliers, agencies and NGO partners. In this role, you will manage program budget, create and maintain reports on program results, monitor the program on the field and remain open to the opportunities to further enrich our strategy in these 2 countries.
  • You will work locally with business colleagues and external partners to implement plans under each respective pillar.

What You Need to Know about this Position

  • Working with the local business unit and the global teams, you implement a cocoa sustainability program in Cameroon and Nigeria that is aligned with the Cocoa Life vision and strategic plans to deliver expected growth, impact for farmers and communities, and efficiency.
  • You drive integration and alignment of Cocoa Life in internal and external stakeholder (e.g., governments, supply chain partners, and commercial partners) agendas in these countries.


  • The core purpose of the country manager is to lead the full implementation of the Cocoa Life Program in Cameroon and Nigeria, generating empowered, thriving cocoa farming communities.
  • The country manager works closely with Central Cocoa Life team as well as local business unit team to deliver plans through vendors.
  • The role plays an important part in diversifying Cocoa Life’s portfolio to two important, new origins, and reaching MDLZ’ ambitious sustainability goals.

What Extra Ingredients You will Bring:

  • A desire to drive your future and accelerate your career and the following experience and knowledge:
  • Role model for ethical and compliant behaviour
  • Sustainable agriculture development at grass roots level
  • Supply chain business acumen
  • Program management
  • Management of budget and deliverables
  • Foster innovation and learning across teams
  • Communicating effectively, verbally and in writing, and executive presentation skills.

Program Management:

  • Supervise implementation of Cocoa Life program
  • Manage spend budgets
  • Quality assurance of field level implementation,
  • Build trust with implementing partners and communities, through presence in the field and transparent communication
  • Risk management including early warning system
  • Reporting back and aligning with the global team and other Cocoa Life country teams.


  • Lead quarterly proof of performance process with partners
  • Monitor progress, evaluate impact, and verify data vs KPI’s (volume, sustainability deliverables)
  • Provide input to strategy development and strategic planning processes.

Business Development:

  • Identify and recommend new opportunities in countries, especially around new climate smart producing models and improved supply chain 
  • Keep an eye on policy alignment
  • Facilitate dialogue, build relationships and ensure information flow between all implementing partners and with local BU
  • Lead in-country visits including from Flocert and IPSOS.

In country Representation:

  • Strengthen the Cocoa Life Program in Nigeria and Cameroon by building strong relationship with the local authorities and national platforms.
  • Represent MDLZ in relevant fora and attend relevant cocoa sustainability roundtables, in particular pertaining to regulation of the sector.

Job Specific Requirements

  • University Degree
  • At least 10 years of work experience in Cocoa sector across West Africa
  • Problem solving, analytical and conceptual skills
  • Bilingual/Multilingual: English is a requirement; French is an advantage
  • Supply chain business acumen 
  • Specific knowledge on human rights, forest protection and restoration, and farmer income
  • Willingness to travel regularly upcountry in Nigeria, to Cameroon and to other relevant destinations (50% of time).

What You Will Bring
A desire to lead the future for our company and accelerate you career with experience and knowledge in:

  • Leading and managing in a related industry and/or Impact area such as Sustainability, Mindful Snacking, Social Impact or Well-being
  • Excellent program and project management skills
  • Understanding of and passion for positive influence, external social impact and business growth under one or more of our Impact pillars
  • Clear, effective communication skills in a variety of settings and styles.

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


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