Forests Manager, Southeast Asia

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Hong Kong



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Location: Hong Kong

Length of contract: 4 months, with possibility of 12 month extension

CDP is seeking a project manager with excellent relationship-building and project management skills to contribute to its work addressing commodity-driven deforestation. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated self-starter who enjoys taking ownership of a project, and thrives in a varied and autonomous environment.

About CDP’s work on deforestation:

CDP works with the private sector to remove commodity-driven deforestation from global supply chains. This role will develop and deliver a new project to integrate CDP’s existing work addressing deforestation more deeply into Southeast Asia, in particular Indonesia, by engaging the private sector to implement deforestation-free policies in palm oil supply chains.

Successful candidates will be involved in all aspects of the project, including: project design and development; working with the private sector in Indonesia and throughout Southeast Asia; developing partnerships throughout the region; and working with CDP’s existing forests and supply chain teams to deliver this unique and innovative project. This role will deliver the first 4 months of work of what is planned to be a multi-year project.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing and delivering the project against the work-plan and to budget;
  • Managing relationships with project partners;
  • Engaging with companies on deforestation in supply chains (through one-to-one meetings, presentations and workshops);
  • Convening and attending events;
  • Helping to develop educational and training materials for company procurement teams;
  • Advising the project on regional best practice.


  • A university degree in Environment, Forest Engineering, Sustainability or a related subject. Post-Grad/MBA will be an advantage;
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience in project management;
  • Expertise in the drivers of deforestation in palm oil supply chains, and key geographies;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • A good level of self-motivation and drive;
  • Track-record of working effectively with multiple project partners;
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • A good team player with the ability to work with and develop relationships with colleagues around the world;
  • Fluency in English required; knowledge of Bahasa Indonesian strongly preferred.


  • Good networks within the private sector, governments and civil society engaged in agricultural commodity production and trade in key geographies;
  • Experience of/strong knowledge of two or more of the following themes within forest risk commodity supply chains: procurement, regulatory context, certification & multi-stakeholder roundtables, zero deforestation commitments;
  • Previous exposure to and understanding of sales lead generation.

The successful candidate will work 5 days per week and must be able to work legally in Hong Kong.

Interested candidates should send a copy of their resume along with a cover email outlining their suitability for the role to with ‘Forests Manager: Hong Kong’ in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with a final deadline of 8th December, 2017.

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