Forestry Intensification Manager (m-f-d)

Level: Manager
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline: 08 January 2023
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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

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.

We are looking for an engaged Forestry Intensification Manager in the FSC Engagement Unit, who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.


The Scope

The Forestry Intensification Manager in the FSC Engagement Unit is responsible for strategizing and implementing FSC’s work on sustainable intensification, including different breeding and/or genetic engineering technologies, context of forest stewardship. The work will be carried out in dialogue with FSC’s international members, experts in related fields and identified stakeholder groups and associations, in a targeted, engaging manner.


Main Roles and Responsibilities

We are looking for a seasoned and technically up-to-date professional in technology-based forest management (or comparable), who enjoys working at the crossroads of ecology, technology, social science and engagement. The main task is to proactively manage the understanding and engagement of FSC and its members of forest stewardship in sustainably intensified forestry in the context of landscape approaches. This includes:

  • To further develop and implement FSC’s concept on shared value which is what can make intensified forestry sustainable. (Intensification could be considered sustainable if it delivers shared value. Shared value is a positive result of intensification that is shared among stakeholders and across the landscape), aligned with FSC’s global policies and standards, and in consultation with FSC’s Engagement strategies.
  • To facilitate and support the work of the Panel of Experts in FSC’s learning process on genetic engineering for shared value in forestry. Note that this work is limited to research, learning and understanding the impact of new technologies. GMOs remain to be not allowed in FSC certified forests or products.
  • To develop and maintain systematic outreach and feedback mechanism for members and stakeholders contributing to the discussions in sustainable intensification in forestry.
  • To monitor various research platforms on related topics, and encourage feedback and engagement, both to staff and to external audiences.
  • To work closely with the external stakeholders and senior and junior colleagues and deliver high quality work in the pursuit of FSC’s mission.
  • To facilitate and support selected events on the topics related to sustainable intensification.
  • Additional tasks as agreed with the Supervisor.


Qualifications, Experience and Skills

The successful candidate demonstrates the following key competencies and qualities:

  • Education and Training:
    • Strong expertise, deep understanding and research background in both plant genetics and forestry, obtained through one or more university degrees (PhD or Master) in relevant fields.
  • Working Experience:
    • At least 3 years’ professional experience in research and/or work related to the roles and responsibilities of this position, such as biotechnology (e.g in the pulp and paper industry), intensification, conservation, etc.
    • Experience with balancing technological, traditional, and environmental knowledge would be a plus as FSC balances economic, environmental, and social interests in its work.
    • Solid understanding of intensification concepts and its pros and cons in the public debate.
    • Project and other management experience are a plus.


  • Working Style and Skills:
    • Ability to function in a high-pressure environment.
    • Solution- and service-oriented attitude to work.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Good time management skills: Ability to perform well while handling a number of functions simultaneously.
    • Ability to work in a team and independently and deliver plans and implementation on time and on budget.
    • Facilitation skills and experience would be a plus.
  • Languages:
    • Full fluency in English (spoken and written).
    • Fluency in Spanish and/or French would be a plus.
  • Computer Skills:
    • Excellent skills in the use of standard software packages (e.g., MS Office).
  • Communication Skills:
    • Exemplary verbal and written communication skills, including report writing.
    • Ability to deliver engaging messaging to specific target groups.
    • Ability to prioritise and handle multiple projects.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.


  • Others:
    • Ability to work well as a member of a multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual, global team.
    • Commitment to FSC’s mission and values.
    • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to the FSC programme by stakeholders around the world.
    • Ability to represent FSC through their work with exemplary personal and professional authority and conduct.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full-time (40 hours per week).
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract -  2 years (extension possible, subject to satisfactory performance).
  • Starting Date: as soon as possible.
  • Travel: Sporadic travel is required.


What we offer

  • Remote work (“home office”) – at this point two days a week. 
  • Flexible working hours. 
  • Childcare allowance. 
  • Public transports costs (“Job ticket”).
  • Language course allowance.
  • Working in international and highly diverse work environment.


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 08 January 2023.

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

For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.  

Please be informed, that by applying for this position you automatically accept our Data Protection Information on processing your personal data.

We are looking forward to your application!


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