Job Purpose and Background in summary
If you’re passionate about forests and want to have an impact on saving this vital resource by working with private and public sectors across the globe, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. CDP is seeking a highly motivated individual to manage an ambitious, multi-million dollar project that seeks to eradicate deforestation from commodity supply chains. The project works with financial institutions, purchasing companies and suppliers to report and act on issues associated with the production of forest risk commodities - primarily cattle and soy but also timber, palm oil, rubber, coffee and cocoa. Using data disclosed by companies and financial institutions, the project also engages policy makers with insights and opportunities to strengthen legislation that support a transition to a 1.5 degree, nature positive world.
The successful candidate will work with various teams across CDP to ensure highest impact is achieved and will also provide day-to-day coordination of activities across internal functions and teams as well as external partners, including the donor.
The role sits within in the Innovation & Change Department, reporting to the Programme Manager Forests.
CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. The world’s economy looks to CDP as the gold standard of environmental reporting with the richest and most comprehensive dataset on corporate and city action. In 2021 we launched our new five-year strategy: Accelerating the Rate of Change - find out more here. Visit https://cdp.net/en or follow us @CDP to find out more.
Key project outputs include:
- Increasing forest-related disclosure from corporates and financial institutions to drive action and measure progress towards forest related targets.
- Supporting investors to identify and mitigate forest-related risk within investment portfolios and capitalize on opportunities to protect and restore forests.
- Engaging with high impact purchasing companies to drive a shift to sustainable souring and production within their supply chains.
- Delivering policy briefs and reports that target key stakeholders in Latin America and Southeast Asia with information about corporate impacts on forests.
- Using CDPs network to increase collaboration along complex global supply chains that link China, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and the UK.
- Delivering initiatives designed to strengthen Nationally Determined Contributions in Indonesia and pilot traceability systems in Colombian cattle supply chains.
Key responsibilities include:
- The successful delivery of the assigned project in time, scope, quality and budget following CDP’s project methodology.
- Build, manage and motivate the project team.
- Manage project deliverables and contractual obligations to time, cost and quality.
- Build and manage positive relationships with external stakeholders across the projects as well as internally, identify and manage anticipated hurdles, and provide support where necessary to drive successful delivery.
- Deliver effective project communication and supporting documentation including grant reporting (financial and narrative reporting).
- Prepare and facilitate key governance forums including project working groups and steering groups; including preparing briefing papers and the agenda, ensuring that business concerns are addressed.
- Safeguard original project scopes and manage subsequent change requests.
- Manage risk registers and work with the teams to mitigate potential issues.
The precise description and nature of your job may be varied from time to time, and you may be required to carry out other duties as necessary to meet business needs.
You will have the following skills and experience:
- At least 4 years of working experience as a project manager at the interface of the private and public sector to address climate change, deforestation, environmental management, or a related field.
- Demonstrable expertise in one or more of the following: the drivers of deforestation, key commodity supply chains (including beef, soy, timber, pulp & paper, and palm oil), key geographies (South America, Southeast Asia), sustainability.
- Sound experience of working with project management methodologies and tools as well as reporting and budgeting; preferably gained while managing globally diverse, donor funded, multi-year projects.
- Ability to manage project risk, make timely decisions, develop solutions and facilitate mitigating actions.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to simplify the complex.
- Flexible and resilient, able to work in ambiguous situations to deliver on time and under pressure.
- Strong relationship management skills with the ability to manage various stakeholders with potentially competing priorities.
- Experience / strong knowledge of two or more of the following themes within forest risk commodity supply chains: commodity driven deforestation drivers in the corporate sector, global financial sector and capital flows, global regulatory context for deforestation, certification & multi-stakeholder roundtables, zero deforestation commitments
- Certificate in PMP, PRINCE2 or equivalent
- Experience of using tools like Microsoft Project or similar
- Experience in an environmental related not-for-profit organisation
Salary and benefits: £38,000 - £45,000 per annum, 30 days’ holiday plus bank holidays, generous non-contributory pension provision, Employee Assistance Programme, life assurance, training and development, flexible working opportunities and other benefits.
This is a full time, fixed-term role until 31 December 2025 to start as soon as possible. The role is based in CDP’s London office with remote working scheme and flexible hours to be agreed with the line manager. We are also considering applications from individuals located in Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands or Chech Republic who are interested in a remote working scheme.
Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the UK or EU. We cannot sponsor this role.
Before you apply
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How to apply:
Please upload your CV in the application form along with a covering letter as an additional document setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages. The deadline is 15 August 8 am UK time. Early applications are encouraged as interviews will be held on a rolling basis and we will close the advert as soon as we have appointed a suitable candidate.