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Drivers of Deforestation Project Manager, Global Canopy Programme – United Kingdom

Organization: Global Canopy Programme

Position Title: Drivers of Deforestation Project Manager

Location: Oxford, England

Dates: Full-time 6-month contract subject to renewal

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015

Description: The Global Canopy Programme (GCP) is seeking a Forest Risk Commodities Senior Project Manager, to be based at our offices in Oxford as part of the Drivers of Deforestation Programme. This is an excellent opportunity to work with a pioneering, versatile and dynamic NGO, committed to demonstrating new approaches that benefit both forests and people. Today, tropical deforestation is caused in major part by demand for land on which to grow agricultural commodities. GCP is pioneering research into how to reduce the impacts of these commodities on forests and how to create demand among producers and retailers for a transition to more sustainable ‘green’ supply chains, while improving the livelihoods of forest communities who live and work at the forest frontier. We are looking for an experienced professional who can help GCP strengthen its leadership position in this fast-developing field, working with the private sector, Governments, and NGOs.

The successful candidate will be responsible for driving forward this research agenda with our team and partners, investigating ways to reform the major commodity supply chains driving deforestation and degradation: beef/leather, biofuels, palm oil, soy and timber/paper with a focus on GCP’s groundbreaking Forest 500 project ( ).

You will work in close collaboration with other GCP researchers to: · innovate and lead research, producing reports and other outputs to support our ‘Forest Footprint’ theme · provide evidence-based advice for stakeholders and other GCP programmes; · attend and present at relevant meetings worldwide; · work in close collaboration with our key partners the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other NGOs.

Responsibilities: Manage the delivery of the Forest 500 project ( which analyses, assesses and tracks the policy performance of the world’s key powerbrokers of zero deforestation ANALYSIS – Commission and analyse studies by sub-contractors and collaborators, synthesising findings with other desk-based research to produce reports and other project outputs. Analysis of economic, trade, land-use change and supply chain data. COMMUNICATIONS – Contribute to creating change through written and other media outputs based on research; including reports, policy briefs, academic papers, and other formats as needed. CORPORATE ENGAGEMENT –Attend targeted meetings and webinars with companies and investors on “forest risk commodities”, explain complex issues to non-specialist audiences and ultimately engage the private sector to take steps to reduce their “forest footprint”. WORKSHOPS & MEETINGS – Help to organise, attend and lead workshops & meetings in the UK and abroad with the private sector, governments, civil society and academia engaged with forest risk commodities and deforestation. PROJECT MANAGEMENT – Manage research and report production. This includes managing in-house research, managing contracts and budgets, collaborating with a range of partners, especially CDP and National Wildlife Federation in the USA. FUNDRAISING PROPOSALS – Originate and contribute to relevant fundraising proposals.


  • MSc and/or PhD in environment, geography, economics or similar. Good knowledge of supply chains, commodity trade and/or deforestation monitoring. · At least 3 years of post-degree work experience (or equivalent) in the environment, economics or supply chain sector, with an established research and publication record/reputation in this field; strong quantitative data analysis skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills. · Existing network within research organisations and private sector organisations engaged in commodity production in Latin America, Africa or Asia. · Excellent organisational skills, with experience of managing complex projects and workload as well as managing work with project partners. · Good knowledge of two or more of the following priority themes: forest risk commodities, markets, procurement policy, drivers of deforestation · Communications experience in an NGO/ non-profit environment. · Experience presenting at international conferences or events, and the confidence and skillset to explain complex issues to a governmental or business audience. · Ability to work independently and proactively in a fast-changing environment. · Availability for extensive international travel. Desirable · Fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Bahasa or Mandarin. · Experience of multi-stakeholder roundtables and other demand-side measures to reduce commodity-driven deforestation.

How to Apply: Send CV and covering letter detailing relevant experience and providing evidence of how you meet the essential criteria listed below, and what your salary expectation is, to [email protected] by Monday 1st June 2015.

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