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ASI RSPO Lead Assessor

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Town/City Contractor preferably, based in key oil palm producer countries.
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Part Time / Per Day
Level Mid Level
Deadline 10/08/2015
Company Name ASI Accreditation Services International GmbH
Contact Name
Email asi-info@accreditation-services.com
Website Further Details / Applications
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Accreditation Services International GmbH (ASI) is the global company that assures the integrity of leading sustainability standards. ASI offers assurance services including third party accreditation for voluntary certification schemes, e.g. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).

ASI is located in Bonn, Germany.

ASI does not certify individual producers, processors or suppliers; it oversees the certification processes and documentation of accredited Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and ensures that their policies and practices are adequate, transparent, fair and rigorous.

Job Purpose

The ASI Lead Assessor (LA) is responsible for planning, performing and following-up on ASI assessments to applicant and accredited CABs in relation to the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C) and RSPO Supply Chain Certification (SCC) conducted in accordance with the requirements of the RSPO certification program. LAs play an essential role ensuring the robustness and credibility of the RSPO program by evaluating conformance of CABs. The position provides an opportunity for intellectually challenging and stimulating work on palm oil, but potentially also other commodities.


LAs carry out assessments in a number of ways: these involve undertaking audits of CABs against RSPO P&C and RSPO SCC requirements by onsite inspections of CABs’ records, systems and documents, by desk review, by witnessing P&C and SCC assessments and by monitoring traceability.

The main tasks are:

  • Daily management of, and communication with, accredited and applicant CABs.
  • Creating and maintaining strong, trusting relations with CABs so that problems can be quickly and easily resolved.
  • Planning and performing accreditation and surveillance assessments.
  • Preparing assessment reports and following up on nonconformities according to accreditation standards and ASI procedures.
  • Commenting on policy and procedure development processes as necessary.
  • Providing technical support on issues relating to complaints and appeals.

Competencies and Skills required

  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge on palm oil, accreditation and/or certification is essential. Additional experience in relation to forestry for example or other commodities relevant for ASI’s strategy is an asset.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills in English are essential and fluency in at least one further language desired (i.e. Bahasa, Spanish, Mandarin).
  • Client orientation: Ability to communicate well with clients as well as establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Management: Demonstrated ability to manage priorities and generate quality results on concurrent assignments.
  • Organisational and personal attributes: Excellent personal organisational and work planning skills, demonstrating high productivity and ability to manage competing work priorities; high personal and work ethics; and a successful record of project development and management. Solutions-oriented approach to working with clients and within the team. Proven ability to plan and organize work independently, and meet deadlines.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multiethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Ability to work successfully as part of a team is essential.
  • Skills: Quality-related methods and techniques including quality management tools, social responsibility and environmental management methods and techniques and their application.
  • Well-developed analytical and systematic problem solving skills, demonstrating sound reasoning abilities and logical decision-making.
  • International relations: Ability to work in the international arena, and deal with other international organisations. A significant amount of (international) travel is required.
  • Relationship Management: Interpersonal skills to deal effectively with the auditing role and remain professional when there are complaints and / or conflicts of interest.


Qualification and work experience

  • Advanced university degree in agriculture; forestry; ecology; social science or other related degree. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
  • Background knowledge in quality and/or environmental management systems (ISO 9000, ISO 14000) is recommended;
  • ISO Lead Assessor qualification or equivalent preferred.
  • 3 or more years of professional work experience in palm oil management, agriculture, forestry, ecology and social science;
  • In addition, preferably 3 or more years of professional work experience directly related to RSPO certification and/or certification for other sustainability standards;
  • Advanced skills in the use of computers, including the use of standard MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat). Proficient and competent use of electronic information systems and databases.
  • Work experience in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment is desirable.


Working Conditions

  • ASI is looking for lead auditors, preferably, based in key oil palm producer countries.
  • Depending on experience, an initial training period may require a stay of up to 3 months in our office in Bonn.
  • ASI offers competitive rates and development opportunities to its collaborators.
  • The selected lead auditors will be retained on a contractor basis.

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, ethnicity, or religion.

How to apply:

All applications including full CV/resume and a motivation letter should be sent to asi-info@accreditation-services.com.

Please provide the contact details of two individuals that would be able to provide references if required. ASI reserves the right to the contact these individuals directly.

Please provide an indication of an expected daily rate for subcontractor services as ASI lead assessor.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The successful applicant will be expected to start as soon as possible.


The deadline for sending applications is 10th of August 2015.

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