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

Level: Officer
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline: 26 March 2023
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Policy Officer (Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood) (m-f-d)

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 Officer (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 support the development, maintenance and consistent implementation of FSC requirements, mainly in the area of Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood.


Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Supporting activities related to the development, maintenance, consistent implementation, review and revision of FSC certification and accreditation requirements, including, for example:
    • Editorial reviewing of such requirements.
    • Researching of technical issues to be covered by such requirements.
    • Coordinating working groups and other technical meetings.
    • Coordination and monitoring of pilot, field and desk tests.
    • Project administration.
  • Supporting the implementation of FSC requirements (e.g. supporting administration and handling of information requests from stakeholders).
  • Supporting administration and handling of interpretation requests related to FSC requirements.
  • Supporting communication and education activities, including, for example:
    • The development of communications, guidance and training materials related to FSC requirements.
    • The management of website content and related communications.
  • Building and maintaining effective contacts and good relations with stakeholders affected by relevant FSC requirements.
  • Participate in the applicable FSC internal competence programs.
  • Any other task as assigned by the formal supervisor and project work as assigned according to special organizational needs.


Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • Working Education and Training:
    • University degree or technical college degree in a relevant field, for example, forestry, forest policy, wood technology, environmental policy or similar.
    • Master's level education is beneficial.
    • Training in FSC certification, project management, commu¬nications, and/or auditing are assets.
  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 2 years of professional experience in one or more of the following: multi-stakeholder standards development processes; certification and auditing, the forest sector; corporate environmental and social responsibility programs, environmental impact assessments.
    • Good time management skills: Ability to perform well while handling simultaneously several ongoing projects.
    • Good sense for diligence and accuracy.
    • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • Solution and service-oriented attitude to work.
    • Experience in drafting, reviewing and/or editing technical documents is an asset.
  • Languages:
    • Fluency in English (spoken and written).
    • Spanish and French are desired.
  • Computer Skills – good skills in the use of/experience with:
    • Standard software packages (MS Office).]
    • Content Management Systems is a plus.
  • Communication Skills:
    • Solid verbal and written communication skills.
    • 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, subject to satisfactory performance).
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.


How to Apply

  • Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Please do not send any photos of yourself.
  • The deadline for applications is 26 March 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 recruitment@fsc.org

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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