The Forest Trust Job Vacancy: Project Officer - GuangZhou City, China

The Forest Trust

TFT (The Forest Trust) is an international fast growing and dynamic non-profit organization, which helps companies transform their supply chains across the world for the benefit of people and nature.

TFT is seeking a motivated: Project Officer based in Guangzhou, Guangdong China

With experience auditing plantations (Eucalyptus & Acacia pulp plantations, palm oil, rubber) and processing facilities.  Ideally the candidate will have experience evaluating product supply chains against responsible sourcing procedures (e.g. legality and traceability systems) and International certification standards (e.g. FSC, PEFC, CFCC, and RSPO).  The primary focus will initially be in the Pulp and Paper sector, with expansion into the Palm Oil and Rubber sectors.  He/she will also review product supply chains, undertake GAP assessments against the standards /sourcing requirements, and compile findings into concise reports.

He/she should have good communication and writing skills, and is passionate about working with transforming supply chains to generate value, and interested in a career with a dynamic non-profit that builds relationships with companies, governments and civil society organizations to bring responsible products to market. He/she will have expertise in dataset analysis (Excel, Access), presentations (PowerPoint, GIS, Power BI) and technical reporting (MS Word).

About The Forest Trust (TFT)
TFT currently has offices in 16 countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, Ecuador, India, and several locations within West Africa, Europe and the Americas. TFT employs more than 250 people worldwide and work with large and small companies, communities and producers of raw materials to create compelling cases of transformation.

What Makes Us Unique
Beyond providing advice on policy set up based on our strong technical expertise, we see the world through interactions and relationships. Operating between two worlds (NGO-Companies/Buyer-Supplier), we encourage our partners to look inside, and are not only their environmental conscience. In addition to traceability and assessments, we create and innovate solutions to the challenges companies and communities face.

What We Offer
  • A unique work experience in a fast growing and dynamic non-profit directly affecting the conservation of the environment and improvements in human rights and social equity through supply chains.
  • A dynamic environment with the chance to work in a multicultural team.
  • The opportunity to lead complex projects, build customer relationships and develop new business, with exposure to different tasks. 
Responsibilities and Scope
  • Conduct field audits / gap assessments of product supply chains against responsible sourcing procedures (e.g. legality and traceability systems) and International certification standards (e.g. FSC, PEFC, CFCC, and RSPO).  The primary focus will initially be in the Pulp and Paper sector, with expansion into the Palm Oil and Rubber sectors.
  • Review product supply chains and undertake GAP assessments against the standards/sourcing requirements.  Compile findings into concise reports and prepare logical & workable action plans towards addressing non-compliance in the supply chain.
  • Prepare supply chain databases, GIS maps, supply chain maps, technical reports
  • Support the preparation of workshops, seminars or other events to raise awareness and address supply chain issues.
  • Prepare site visit & meeting records, and maintain communications with TFT China, TFT clients and stakeholder as required.
Requirements – Candidate Profile Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree or higher in environmental science, natural resource management, forestry, agronomy, supply chain management or related field.  An advanced degree would be an advantage.
  • Ideally, at least five years’ professional experience working with supply chains in either pulp and paper, forests and extractive industries or other agriculture commodities.  Preference for candidates with experience dealing with complex supply chains (logistics and management) with links to sustainability and legality requirements.  Proven experience working with companies to achieve International third party certification preferred, such as FSC CoC, PEFC, CFCC, and RSPO.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office, GIS, supply chain mapping software, data analysis and presentation skills are desirable.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a small team.
  • Ability to prioritize and organize his or her own work schedule with minimum supervision.
Language skills:
  • Chinese (mandarin) essential
  • Proficiency in English (speaking, writing and reading).
Personal characteristics:
  • Passion for working on issues related to sustainability and supply chains.
  • Hands-on, practical, innovative.
  • Flexibility, takes initiative/proactive and positive attitude.
  • Ability to work within a multidisciplinary and multicultural team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work autonomously.
  • Committed to TFT values:
    • Focus on action and on-the-ground results;
    • Entrepreneurial spirit;
    • Client-focused;
    • Open collaboration and communication;
    • Humble;
    • Respect for each other.
Working conditions / Physical effort:
  • Based in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China.
  • Regular business trips to client offices, forests and factories in remote and rural regions, which may include stays in rustic conditions.
Other information:
  • 1-year contract, extension possible subject to available funding.  
  • Immediate start.
  • Chinese citizenship/valid work authorization required.
To Apply
Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV via email to by 15 March 2019.

Please put your Family name and “Project Officer Guangzhou” in the subject line of the email.

We will contact successful candidates by email for an initial interview. The position will be open until filled.