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Policy Officer - Ecosystem Services (male/female)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Bonn
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level First Level
Deadline 11/01/2013
Company Name FSC International Center
Contact Name Matthias Fecht
Telephone *49 (0) 228 367 6628
Website Further Details / Applications
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Policy Officer – Ecosystem Services (male/female)


Business Unit


Policy and Standards Unit

Reports to


Program Manager (Ecosystem Services)

About FSC


FSC is an independent, not for profit, non-governmental multi-stakeholder organization. FSC was established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Today, FSC is the leading forest management certification system in the world.

FSC works by bringing people together to promote responsible forest management and to find solutions to the problems created by bad forestry practices. FSC does so by providing standard setting, trademark assurance, accreditation services and business value for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.


Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.


Mission statement/  business objectives of the function:

The Policy Officer (Ecosystem Services) supports the work of the Ecosystem Services Program in relation to administration, communication, research, and norm development.

Main roles and responsibilities:


  • Supporting market and policy research through analyzing relevant market and policy developments and their impact on the Ecosystem Services Program’s projects, related policies, standards, and strategies.
  • Providing administrative and logistical support to Technical Working Groups, pilot tests, and events.
  • Administration and handling of information requests by certification bodies and third parties.
  • Maintenance of good relations with members, stakeholders, certification bodies, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations and other relevant organizations (e.g. ISEAL)
  • Support in fundraising and reporting to donors.
  • Representing FSC externally in technical and other fora (e.g. on climate change, ecosystem services).


Execution of discretionary power:

The position does not include any signing power.

Key Performance Indicators:


  • Budgets, timelines, and outputs of assigned tasks are adhered to.
  • Timely and professional interaction with external parties (certification bodies, committees, experts, advisors and consultants).
  • High level of quality in implementing the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • High level of customer satisfaction in terms of following up on enquiries.


Functional attribution to organizational unit:


The Policy Officer (Ecosystem Services) reports to the Program Manager (Ecosystem Services).


Cooperation with other operational units:


  • Business units and programs of
    • FSC International Center
    • FSC Global Development
  • ASI – Accreditation Services International
  • FSC Regional Offices
  • FSC Network Partners (e.g. National Offices, National Representatives, National Focal Points)


Qualification, experience and skills:


The successful candidate demonstrates the following key competencies and qualities:

  • Education and Training: University or technical college degree in a relevant field (biology, natural resource management, forest management(?), or equivalent)
  • Working experience:
    • At least two years of work experience in one or more of the following: multi-stakeholder initiatives, standard development processes, the forestry sector, PES schemes, conservation management, corporate environmental responsibility programs.
    • Basic project management experience.
  • Languages: Fluency in English (spoken and written). Spanish is a plus.
  • Computer skills: Good computer skills, including the use of standard software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access) and database management platforms. Experience with Content Management Systems and websites is a plus.
  • 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 program by stakeholders around the world.
    • Familiarity at the general level with the scope of FSC’s programs of standard setting, accreditation, trademark management and political engagement.
    • Ability to represent FSC through his/her work with exemplary personal and professional authority and conduct.


Terms and conditions:

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Full Time: 40 working hours per week.
  • Temporary contract: 2 years – extension possible.
  • Starting date: As soon as possible.
  • Travel: Sporadic travel is required.


How to apply:

  • Please send by 11 January 2013 your motivation letter, including salary expectation (net), and Curriculum Vitae as attachments, in English, to Matthias Fecht at psu.policy.officer.es@fsc.org
  • Please cite Policy Officer (Ecosystem Services) 2013 in the subject line of your email.
  • Please consult www.fsc.org for further information on FSC.


We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please contact Matthias Fecht at recruitment@fsc.org


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