Policy Manager – Forest Management (m/f/d)

Deadline for application

September 7, 2021

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.

The Scope

Reporting to the Programme Manager (Forest Management), the Policy Manager – Forest Management plans, organizes and coordinates the development, maintenance and consistent implementation of normative FSC documents in the core area of responsible forest management.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coordinate forest management projects and working group processes within the normative framework, including the development of the mechanisms for the operationalization of the FSC policy to address conversion:
    • Coordinate the process and implement the work plan, ensuring budget adherence and that deadlines are met.
    • Coordinate working groups, project team, consultants, etc.
    • Conduct communication activities (organize public consultations, maintain FSC website content, trainings, preparation of materials for members meetings, etc.).
    • Align with other units/teams working on conversion and remedy related topics, in particular the Engagement team, the Dispute Resolutions and Dispute System Transformation teams.
    • Keep up-to-date and comprehensive records relevant to the process.
  • Reply to information requests by stakeholders, particularly Certification Bodies and National Offices related to assigned responsibilities. 
  • Develop, under the guidance of the Programme Manager, the annual work plan and budget for the relevant projects.
  • Provide support to relevant research and analysis activities.
  • Represent FSC externally and other fora.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • University/technical college degree in forestry, natural resource management, social or environmental sciences, or a related field.
  • Training in Communications, FSC Certification, Project Management and/or administration are assets.
  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience in one or more of the following: multi-stakeholder standards development processes, certification (including auditing), the forest sector/wood industry, conservation/restoration and social restitution, ecosystem services or corporate environmental and social responsibility programs.
  • Experience in leading cross-functional project teams and managing complex projects.
  • Pro-active approach towards solving problems as they occur.
  • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to facilitate interactive discussions.
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written) – Spanish or French is a plus.
  • Good time management skills as well as strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
  • Solution- and service-oriented attitude to work.
  • Good skills in the use of/experience with standard software packages (MS Office).
  • Skills in database management platforms or Content Management Systems is a plus.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.
  • Commitment to FSC’s mission and values.

Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany
  • Starting Date: 1st December 2021 or as soon as possible
  • Working Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week)
  • Duration of contract: The position is for a parental leave substitution, therefore limited for 12 to 14 months.
  • Travel: the position includes sporadic travel


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 27 September 2021 at 21:59 (CET).

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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