Policy Officer (Forest Stewardship Standards) (M-F-D)

Level - Officer
Location - Bonn, Germany
Deadline - 10 October 2022
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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 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 (Forest Stewardship Standards) who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

The Scope

To support activities related to the development, maintenance, and implementation of Forest Stewardship Standards.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • To manage and monitor a database of country processes and develop progress reports.
  • To monitor reports submitted by standard developers from various countries and report progress status to the team.
  • To extract data for reporting the progress towards achieving FSC Global Strategy.
  • To perform communication and publication related activities (e.g., public consultation announcements, news items, updates to FSC website content and publication of forest stewardship standards).
  • To compile and analyze data relevant for country processes (e.g., examine numbers and types of stakeholders participating in such processes and conditions issued by body approving country processes).
  • To support editorial review of the forest stewardship standards.
  • To support the development of contracts and procurement activities.
  • To coordinate and support development of interpretations to approved forest stewardship standards, including:
    • Organize meetings, develop agenda, and record decisions.
    • Manage registry of interpretation requests.
    • Implement communication activities.
  • Additional tasks as assigned by the formal supervisor.

Qualification, Experience and Skills

Education and Training:

  • A minimum of a Master university degree or MBA.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in forestry, natural resource management, environmental sciences, social sciences, sustainability, or related field is a plus.
  • Training in forest certification, project management, or tableau are assets.


Working Experience, Style, and Skills:

  • At least 2 years of professional experience working in one or more of the following: project management (including support functions), certification, report writing and proof-reading, research and analytical tasks, communication solutions, quality management systems, record keeping, etc. 
  • Experience in forest management or standard setting is a strong plus.
  • Ability to perform well while handling simultaneously several functions.
  • Solutions and service-oriented attitude to work.
  • A very strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
  • Proven ability to plan, prioritise and organize work (professional project management experience is a plus).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective communication with peers and external stakeholders.


Computer Skills:

  • Good skills in the use of/experience with standard software packages – MS Office 365, especially MS Excel.
  • Tableau is a plus.
  • Database management platforms and/or relationship management systems is a plus.


Language and Communication Skills:

  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
  • Spanish is a plus.

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.

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 10 October 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


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!