The Global Canopy Programme – Multiple Openings


JOB POSTING: ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMIST

Location: Oxford
Programme: Finance
Type: Full time (1 year contract with a view to renewal)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Applications: Send CV and cover letter with salary expectations to jobs@globalcanopy.org by October 7th 2011

THE GLOBAL CANOPY PROGRAMME
The Global Canopy Programme is a small and dynamic tropical forest think-tank based in Oxford, acting through our global networks of experts in science, policy, business, finance and forest communities. We gather their tropical forest intelligence to spark insight, convene research and design projects that can help leverage future large-scale systemic change. We demonstrate the value of forests as natural capital and communicate it to the world. Our mission is to catalyse a shift across the global economy and society in recognising tropical forests as natural capital essential to human wellbeing and the sustainability of Earth’s ecosystem.

THE ROLE
The Global Canopy Programme is seeking an experienced and dynamic environmental economist who will engage our networks of public and private sector experts worldwide and lead our work designing, catalysing and communicating ways to scale up finance for forests. The successful candidate will help develop a Social Enterprise investment model to finance the transition to a more sustainable economy in tropical forest regions by supporting and enhancing livelihoods and maintaining ecosystem services. Other activities will include awareness-raising and confidence-building measures across sectors; evidence gathering on successful forest finance mechanisms; and catalysing forest finance demonstration activities in collaboration with local governments in forest-owning nations, partner NGOs and the finance sector.

RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Develop a detailed work plan for the Finance Programme with inputs from Programme Heads and Directors.
2. Refine the Finance Programme’s social enterprise/impact investment model, learning lessons from projects and approaches in the forest/climate/green finance arena.
3. Work with stakeholders and partners in NGOs and the finance sector and manage sub-contractors to operationalise the investment model in specific contexts.
4. Organising meetings and capacity-building activities, including with policymakers.
5. Develop funding proposals and grant applications, manage work plan and budgets, and report to donors.
6. Write, review and edit reports and publications, working with the Comms team.
7. Assist GCP on all finance/economy related issues.

KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Post-graduate qualification in a relevant branch of economics (environment or development).
  • Experience with public and/or private sector finance.
  • Economic valuation of ecosystem services and assessing the impacts of their loss.
  • Experience of working with stakeholders in tropical forest countries, especially in Amazonia, is desirable.
  • Project management, e.g. design, work plan management, subcontracting, partner management, etc.
  • Strong organisational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Dedication to work creatively and positively towards our mission; affinity for a dynamic non-profit environment essential.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Languages an advantage, especially Portuguese, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia

JOB POSTING: SENIOR POLICY MANAGER
Location: Oxford, UK
Programme: Policy
Type: Full time (1 year staff contract with a view to renewal)
Salary: Mid to senior level role; Salary dependent on experience
Applications: Please send CV and salary expectations along with a two page brief written view of key policy challenges facing tropical forest conservation between now and 2020 to: jobs@globalcanopy.org by October 7th 2011

THE GLOBAL CANOPY PROGRAMME
The Global Canopy Programme is a small and dynamic tropical forest think-tank based in Oxford. Working with our global networks of experts across the disciplines of science, policy, and finance we convene research and design projects that help catalyse large-scale systemic change. Our aim is to demonstrate the value of forests as natural capital and communicate it to the world.
This is a critical time for forests globally. Governments are committing billions of dollars to reduce emissions from deforestation (REDD+) and the agricultural drivers of deforestation are rising as consumer demand grows. Innovative finance mechanisms are needed to get funds to flow from both Governments and the private sector and must be deployed with adequate safeguards to reduce deforestation whilst also ensuring social justice and enhanced livelihoods for forest dependent and rural communities.

THE ROLE
The Global Canopy Programme is seeking an experienced policy analyst to join our dynamic and vibrant team. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage across a range of high-profile policy-related projects within the organisation and will help to shape new activities within this fast-moving landscape. He or she will join our team to research and disseminate key information on tropical forest policy, and on related land use reforms. Increasingly this will include a focus on the value of natural capital in business and public policies. He or she will support senior staff in ongoing strategic development of our Policy Programme; and manage its day-to-day activities. He or she will have a proven track record as a creative thinker and effective project manager with a strong understanding of international tropical forest policy; the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with stakeholders across sectors and disciplines; proven experience with international policy analysis; and an appetite for overseas travel.

RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Manage new and insightful policy research to progress key, emergent issues in tropical forest policy from inception to delivery.
2. Maintain, develop and manage the The REDD Desk and the Redd Countries Database in collaboration with GCP’s project partners. See: http://www.globalcanopy.org/projects/redd-desk and http://www.globalcanopy.org/projects/little-book-series.
3. Maintain and develop networks of forest stakeholders within the policy sector.
4. Engage as part of a GCP team, at key international policy meetings including the UNFCCC, CBD and other regional meetings, working closely with GCP’s Senior Policy Analyst, based in Washington. Maintain and develop networks of forest stakeholders within the policy sector.
5. Deliver presentations, webinars and other outreach activities to communicate GCP policy research.
6. Manage work plans and budgets, and report to donors where appropriate. Develop new policy projects and funding proposals, submit grant applications.
7. Provide policy advice and support as required to other GCP flagship projects– see for instance http://www.globalcanopy.org/projects/forest-footprint-disclosure and http://www.globalcanopy.org/projects/community-mrv

KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • A thorough understanding of tropical forests and related issues, with at least 2 years of experience working on tropical forest policy. Experience of working in tropical forest countries is desirable.
  • A proven track record of managing complex projects to delivery.
  • Post-graduate qualification in environmental or developmental policy with a focus on tropical forests.
  • Strong organisational, interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Dedication to work creatively and positively towards our mission; affinity for a dynamic non-profit environment essential.
  • Excellent written and spoken English. Other languages are an advantage, especially Portuguese, Spanish and French or Bahasa Indonesia
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