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Senior Technical Officer, Forests (CDP)

Job Purpose and Background

Are you passionate about forests and have a keen interest in forest data? As our new Senior Technical Officer, Forests you will have the technical expertise to support the development of CDP’s forests questionnaire, with emphasis on deforestation and biodiversity conservation linked to the mining sector. This is an exciting opportunity to those interested in the field of environmental reporting and with experience of deforestation or forest conservation. The role involves data analysis, engagement with internal and external stakeholders for questionnaire development, and project management.

About the Reporting Team:

The Reporting team provides a critical contribution to CDP’s mission. We develop CDP’s world leading questionnaires and guidance for organisations reporting environmental information to investors, customers and other data-users. We balance completeness, transparency and high quality of data requested by data-users with the practicality and resources required by companies to collect and report on this data within their own operations and throughout their value chains. This ensures that the questionnaires drive companies’ actions beyond business as usual, catalysing change.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the development of CDP’s forests questionnaire and guidance, including:
    • Writing and proofreading technical documents (questionnaire, guidance and reports);
    • Analysing companies’ past responses to the CDP forests questionnaire;
    • Analysing global trends on deforestation and biodiversity risks linked to the mining sector, as well as other sectors;
    • Collaborating with several teams across CDP, notably the Forests, Scoring, and Supply Chain teams
    • Delivering internal and external training materials and presentations
    • Supporting the Technical Manager, Forests in managing stakeholder relations with relevant sectors, with emphasis on the metals & mining sector.
  • Supporting operational day-to-day tasks and other projects, e.g.:
    • Inputting and reviewing content of the questionnaire/guidance into CDP’s systems
    • Supporting other questionnaire and guidance-related tasks
    • Responding to internal technical queries related to the questionnaire and its guidance

The precise description and nature of your job may be varied from time to time and you may be required to carry out other duties as necessary to meet business needs.

Required skills and experience:

  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrable academic and/or professional experience working on deforestation or forest conservation issues
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to quickly process complex qualitative and quantitative data; to think critically and innovatively
  • Proven record of working within a team to deliver projects against tight deadlines and with competing priorities.

Desired skills and experience

  • Good understanding of the frameworks, standards and initiatives in the forests arena
  • Demonstrable experience on environmental impact assessment and/or biodiversity assessments linked to the mining sector or to infrastructure development;
  • Knowledge of biodiversity-related frameworks, standards and initiatives relevant to the mining sector (e.g., mitigation hierarchy, IRMA and IFC Performance Standards)
  • Familiarity with CDP’s forests program

This is a full-time role on a fixed term contract until November 2020 based at CDP’s London office reporting to Technical Manager, Forests.

Salary and benefits: £27,000 – £30,000, annual discretionary bonus (depending on company performance), 30 days’ holiday, generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and others.

Interested applicants must be eligible to work legally in the United Kingdom.

How to apply

Please email your CV and a covering letter setting out how you meet the required skills and experience or key responsibilities, which should be no more than two pages, to recruitment@cdp.net with ‘Senior Technical Officer, Forests’ in the subject. The deadline is midnight (BST), 2nd June 2019.

Before you apply

We’ll only use the information you provide to process your application. For more details on how we use your information, see our applicants privacy notice. By emailing us your CV and covering letter, you are permitting CDP to use the information you have provided for recruitment purposes.


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