Policy Manager (Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood) (m-f-d)

Bonn, Germany
Deadline for application

June 15, 2022

The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at www.fsc.org.

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are looking for an engaged Policy Manager (Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood) who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

The Scope

To manage the development, maintenance and consistent implementation of normative FSC documents, mainly in the area of Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • To manage the development, review and revision of normative FSC documents, including, for example:
    • Editorial reviewing and drafting of normative documents.
    • Researching of technical issues to be covered by normative documents.
    • Providing interpretations of relevant normative documents in response to corresponding requests.
    • Coordinating and facilitating working groups and other technical meetings.
    • Preparation, coordination and monitoring of pilot tests.
  • To manage communication and education, including, for example:
    • Developing communications, guidance and training materials related to normative documents.
    • Providing advice and training to Certification Bodies, Network Partners and others throughout the FSC Network to ensure the consistent implementation of normative documents.
    • Managing website content and related communications.
  • To manage project development and administration:
    • Conceptualizing projects and feasibility studies.
    • Providing support in fundraising and reporting to donors.
  • To ensure administration and handling of information and interpretation requests related to normative documents.
  • To represent FSC externally on technical and other fora.
  • To build and maintain effective contacts and good relations with stakeholders affected by relevant normative documents.
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the formal supervisor.


Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Education and training:
    • University or technical college degree in a relevant field (e.g. forestry, wood technology) or equivalent.
    • Training in FSC Certification, Project Management, Commu­nications, and/or Auditing are assets.
  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 5 years of professional experience in one or more of the following: multi-stakeholder standards development processes; the forest sector; certification or corporate environmental responsibility programs.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Proven ability to plan and organize work (e.g. by relevant project management experience).
    • Experience in writing, reviewing, revising, and/or editing technical documents.
    • Pro-active approach towards solving problems as they occur.
    • Good time management skills: Ability to perform well while handling simultaneously a number of ongoing project tasks.
    • Solution-oriented attitude to work.
    • Service oriented attitude to work.
    • A strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
  • Languages:
    • Fluency in English (spoken and written).
    • Spanish is a plus.
  • Computer skills: Good skills in the use of/experience with:
    • Standard software packages (MS Office).
    • Content Management Systems is a plus.
  • Communication Skills:
    • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills that contribute to cohesive team efforts and decision making.
    • Ability to facilitate interactive discussions.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible).
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.

What We Offer

You will be working for a truly diverse organization: a melting pot of 40+ nationalities under one roof sharing in the mission of protecting the world’s forests.

In addition to social events and complementary tea/coffee you might expect some of FSC’s highlight benefits include sponsoring language classes, LinkedIn Learning access, Kindergarten support, and public transportation fees.

Based in the Rhine Valley and within an hour to Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands, there’s plenty to explore with 30 days of vacation and flexible working hours.      

How to Apply

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English.

Please do not send any photos of yourself.

The deadline for applications is 13 July 2022.

We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your spam filter and if you cannot find it there contact us at recruitment@fsc.org

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We are looking forward to your application!

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