Senior Forests Policy Officer

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Hong Kong



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This one-to-two-year role will support CDP in developing and delivering a program of engagement with policymakers in Indonesia, with the goal of addressing deforestation that results from production plantation forests and cash crops, including palm oil. This work forms part of a wider project being conducted by CDP with project partners following support from the Packard Foundation

About CDP:

CDP is an international, not-for-profit organization providing the global system for companies, cities, states and regions to measure, disclose, manage and share vital information on their environmental performance. CDP, voted number one climate research provider by investors, works with 827 institutional investors with assets of US$100 trillion and 89 purchasing organizations with a combined annual spend of over US$2.7 trillion, to motivate companies to disclose their impacts on the environment and natural resources and take action to reduce them.

Since its launch in 2000, CDP has been built on the belief that transparency and accountability drives positive change in the world of business and investment. We have key hubs in London, New York and Berlin and our newest hub in Hong Kong to deliver our mission in the Asia-Pac region. Please visit find out more.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Planning and delivering a program of policy engagement and advocacy activity relating to deforestation and palm oil, to be delivered in Indonesia over the next year, and securing buy-in to this plan from CDP and its project partners;
  • Establishing good working relationships with partner organisations in Indonesia in order to deliver the above work;
  • Drafting policy briefings about commodity driven deforestation with focus on palm oil, based on analysis of corporate disclosures to CDP combined with outputs from stakeholder workshops;
  • Taking responsibility for organization of an event bringing together stakeholders of the Indonesian palm oil sector;
  • Providing advice to CDP colleagues and management about policy issues related to palm oil driven deforestation, and representing CDP externally on matters relating to palm oil deforestation.

Required skills and experience:

  • Fluency in Bahasa Indonesian and English. Other local languages are a plus.
  • Good understanding of national deforestation policy in Indonesia, and of barrier to implementation in subnational jurisdictions, and a network of contacts in this field;
  • Sound knowledge of deforestation and/or trade policy issues within South East Asia (preferably also China and Europe) and at international level (e.g. development of REDD+) and a network of policy contacts in this field;
  • Experience of engaging with policymakers
  • Experience of drafting briefings for policymakers;
  • Experience of event organization;
  • Ability to work independently, internationally and across time zones to negotiate challenges and build collaboration.

This is a full-time role based at CDP’s Hong Kong office and offers a monthly salary in the region of HK$25,000. This is a fixed term contract for one year with the possibility of further extension for an additional year.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in Hong Kong. The role will require some travel to Indonesia.

To apply please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and and key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages, to with ‘Senior Forests Policy Officer’ in the subject. The application deadline is midnight on Wednesday 16th 2018, and initial interviews will be held in the week commencing 21stMay.

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