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The Associate will be a key subject matter expert and will facilitate
program management and contribute to the development of high quality
project activities and research products that are designed to influence
The Associate will work with the Forest Legality Initiative (FLI), an
international, multi-stakeholder initiative designed to increase the
demand for legal forest products and to reduce the trade in illegal
timber. To this end, FLI pursues a series of activities including: (a)
evaluating, promoting, and developing tools and technologies used by the
forest products industry and other stakeholders to practice due care
and to deter the entry of illegal forest products into supply chains;
(b) strengthening and building capacity of civil society and independent
monitors to increase accountability for and to eradicate illegal
logging; and (c) convening a wide range of stakeholders to discuss,
share knowledge, and collaborate on ideas and projects aimed at
exercising due care and eliminating the illegal timber trade.
The Associate’s main areas of responsibility will include the following:
Program/Project Management (60% of time required)
- Working in partnership with government agencies, the private sector,
and other non-profit organizations to develop collaborative approaches
for promoting timber legality verification, due diligence, and promising
tools and technologies for tracking and traceability within the forest
- Designing, implementing, and evaluating project activities in China and related to Chinese forest products trade.
- In collaboration with senior level staff, helping to manage outcomes and partnerships.
- Monitoring and managing project deliverables, setting and clarifying priorities for global team members.
- Monitoring and managing project budget performance, scoping progress
according to planned milestones, expenses and revenue, and internal and
- Completing institutional and donor reporting (narrative, quantitative and financial) for projects, including project outcomes.
Research & Knowledge (30% of time required)
- Conducting research on the Chinese forest products sector and global timber supply chains.
- Conducting research on challenges and best practices in the forest
products sector for complying with timber legality regulations and
- Authoring or co-authors knowledge products (e.g., reports, briefs, data-products).
- Implementing methods that lead to robust and unbiased knowledge products.
- Mentoring junior researchers.
- Reviewing 2-4 knowledge products written by other WRI researchers yearly.
Program Development (10% of time required)
- Contributing to research proposals between a five and six figure fundraising goal.
- Identifying and developing funding partner relationships through
external outreach; conducting due diligence on feasibility of use
through fit-gap analysis.
- Monitors and complies with sub agreement guidelines.
- Contributing to presentations and donor proposals.
- Masters in related field (Forestry, Economics, Public Policy, International Relations, Environmental Management/Science, etc.).
- Minimum 5-7 years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with program implementation and project management experience.
- At least 3 years of experience working in China on forest legality, illegal logging or forest conservation.
- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong quantitative, analytical research skills.
- Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
- Ability to travel when needed
- Native Mandarin speaker with English proficiency.
- PhD in a related field.
- Work experience in government agencies or government-affiliated institutions in China.
- Experience with external communications and/or donor management.
- Demonstrated expertise on forest governance, trade or forest-related industries in China.
- Excellent interpersonal and diplomatic skills, including an ability
to work constructively with a wide range of stakeholders and within a
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Previous experience working with partners based in different countries preferred.
- Commitment to WRI’s mission and institutional values
Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.
Optional: Finalists will need to submit 2 writing samples.
Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI China offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package
Start date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: Open till filled
Qualified applicants should apply online at careers.wri.org. All
applications must be submitted online through this career portal in
order to be formally considered.
About WRI China
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