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Program Manager - Ecosystem Services (male/female)

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Town/City Bonn
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid 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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Program Manager – Ecosystem Services (male/female)


Business Unit


Policy and Standards

Reports to


Policy and Standards Director

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 Program Manager (Ecosystem Services) is responsible for the strategic planning, organization and coordination of projects and activities to explore, pilot test, and adopt standards (indicators), systems (accreditation, database), reward mechanisms and methodologies (monitoring, impact assessment) for the certification of Ecosystem Services to advance the FSC Certification Scheme.


Main roles and responsibilities:


  • Organization and coordination of:
    • The implementation of the current FSC Climate Change Engagement Strategy by identifying, planning, budgeting, assigning and strategically reviewing relevant projects and activities, ensuring continued FSC membership support.
    • The development of an FSC Strategy for the Certification of Ecosystem Services. 
    • The development of an FSC strategy towards biomass for bioenergy.
  • Ensuring the periodic review of strategies relevant to the Ecosystem Services Programme.
  • Overseeing project management and coordinating the implementation of FSC activities under the GEF co-funded project “Expanding FSC Certification at Landscape Level through Incorporating Additional Ecosystem Services”.
  • Planning, budgeting and coordinating the implementation of Policy Motions relating to the Ecosystem Services Programme.
  • Coordination of the monitoring and analysis of relevant regulatory frameworks and review appropriate response strategies.
  • Establishment and maintenance of good relations with members, stakeholders, certification bodies, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations and other relevant organizations (e.g. ISEAL).
  • Representing FSC externally in technical and other fora (e.g. on climate change, ecosystem services).
  • Coordination of the work within the Ecosystem Services Program:
    • Supervision and appraisals of all staff members of the Program.
    • Development of the Program work plan and budget.
    • Ensuring work plan implementation and budget adherence of all staff members of the Program.
    • Delegation of tasks within the Program as needed.
    • Coordination of activities with other PSU Program areas and FSC Units as necessary.
  • Additional tasks as agreed with the Policy and Standards Director.


Execution of discretionary power:

Limited signing authority in line with FSC Policies.

Key Performance Indicators:


  • High level of customer satisfaction with the implementation of the assigned projects.
  • Budget adherence, management and reporting are ensured.
  • A high level of quality in implementing the relevant Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) is ensured.
  • Successful execution of the Ecosystem Services Program work plan.
  • Potential or emerging risks for project implementation (e.g. lack of stakeholder acceptance in terms of credibility or feasibility of relevant system changes) have been identified, prevented or minimized.


Functional attribution to organizational unit:


The Program Manager (Ecosystem Services):

  • Reports to the Policy and Standards Director.
  • Supervises the Policy Manager (Ecosystem Services) and the Policy Officer (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 10 years of 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.
    • Extensive project management experience.
  • Leadership: Experience in supervising staff.
  • Languages: Fluency in English (spoken and written). Spanish is a plus.
  • Others:
    • Ability to work well as a member of a multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual, global team.
    • 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.
    • Commitment to FSC’s mission and values.
    • Familiarity with the scope of FSC’s programs of standard setting, accreditation, trademark management, political dialogue and networking.
    • 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.program.manager.es@fsc.org  
  • Please cite Program Manager (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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