IDH The Sustainable Trade Initiative Job Vacancy: Senior Program Manager Landscape and Commodities, Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia

Posting Job


January 31, 2019

Expired Job


May 26, 2020



Country Coordinator and Senior Program Manager Landscape and Commodities this role is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Position overview
This senior leadership position is working directly with the Program Director in
Indonesia and Global Landscape Director in Utrecht.  The position is
leading the Landscape and Commodities team in Malaysia in the development and
execution overall program management, technical and administration direction, as
well as setting and delivering on long term goals. The position is responsible
for providing guidance, directing and monitoring IDH’s Landscape and
Commodities team in Malaysia to achieve the objectives:

  • Engage with Malaysian National Government and related entities to design and
    implement the program and linking this with subnational institutions in the
    context mainstream sustainable palm oil production.
  • Engage with State level Government to design and implement
     jurisdictional Green Growth Plans that enable mainstream production of
    sustainable palm oil and other commodities, while safeguarding natural

  • Unlocking and securing private sector investment in sustainable production
    of palm oil and other commodities, as well as sustainable natural recourse

  • The development and transformation of commodity markets into sustainable
    supply chains and preferential sourcing areas.

  • Set-up and manage overall operations in Malaysia by establishing, following
    and enforcing standard system and procedures, complying with IDH’s regulation.

Job Description
  • Responsible for convening and securing commitments and agreements from
    governments, private sectors and other stakeholder related to the effort to
    Landscape and Commodities program at the national level and State level.
  • Coordinate and leading the program team throughout program implementation,
    deliverables, monitoring progress and reporting on outcomes.

  • Manage effective and persuasive presentation with partners and stakeholders
    to inform program goals and objectives, address key barriers and challenges, and
    identify opportunities to improve program outcome.

  • Represent IDH at industry associations, conferences, and other external
    meetings and events as directed by Program Director.

  • Promote a knowledge sharing and learning culture among the team members and
    program partners.

  • Serve as the technical lead in proposal development, concept notes,
    investment committee notes and program summaries.

  • Advance degree in in agriculture, social science/development studies,
    strategic/program management or related field.
  • A Minimum 15+ years of relevant working experience in international
    organizations/settings, previous experience in office set up would be
  • Proven ability for networking with major players in government, private
    sector and other stakeholders at the national and local levels across the
    development sector.

  • Extensive knowledge of sustainability issue in the landscape and commodities
    sector (Palm Oil, Timber, Pulp and Paper, Rubber, and sustainability development
    in respect of forest conservation.
  • Proven track record and high proficiency in project management across
    various stages of project development and implementation (initiating, planning,
    execution, monitoring and completion).

  • Proven record of managing and developing a team of staff.
  • Good knowledge of financial management and budgeting principle.
  • Have extensive experience of working in Malaysia.
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English.
Next to these criteria, the following competencies are expected of
  • A Team player and able to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced environment.
  • A practical approach to problem solving and the identification of
    opportunities, and ability to make clear and concise decisions.
  • Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to remote areas.
IDH offers a challenging position within an enthusiastic and passionate team.
 As a IDH team member you can contribute to positive global change. The
position is a full-time position. The successful applicant will initially be
offered a one-year contract but with the possibility to extend.

How to apply
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and application to mentioning “Senior Program Manager Landscape and
” in the subject line. We encourage applicants to respond
as soon as possible, latest by 18 February 2019.
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