22 Jul, 2018
Job Purpose and Background CDP is seeking a highly motivated individual to join its Forests team and support the delivery of on-going grant deliverables and the implementation of our new thematic strategy. We are looking for a motivated self-starter with a keen interest in working towards reducing and ultimately removing deforestation from corporate supply chains. Deforestation currently accounts for 10-15% of the world's GHG emissions. Halting deforestation is critical to global efforts to prevent and mitigate climate change. Businesses' production and procurement decisions have the power to alter global demand for the agricultural commodities that are the primary drivers of deforestation and forest degradation. CDP works to remove commodity-driven deforestation from corporate value chains, to effectively contribute to a below 2 - degree, water-secure world, and to decouple deforestation from forest-risk commodity production. CDP's work on forests was launched in 2014 and now boasts the backing of more than 650 financial institutions with over $87 trillion in assets. CDP collects critical forests-related data from the world's largest corporations that buy, sell or trade key forest-risk commodities (palm oil, soy, livestock and timber products). This data is used to inform the global market place on investment risk and commercial opportunity, and to catalyse action, supporting companies in their efforts to remove deforestation from their supply chains. About CDP: CDP is an international non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests through standardized monitoring, reporting and analysis. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$87 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts. Over 6,300 companies with some 55% of global market capitalization disclosed environmental data through CDP in 2017. This is in addition to the over 500 cities and 100 states and regions who disclosed, making CDP's platform one of the richest sources of information globally on how companies and governments are driving environmental change. Since its launch in 2000, CDP has been built on the belief that transparency and accountability drives positive change in the world of business and investment. We have key hubs in London, New York and Berlin. CDP is also a founding member of the We Mean Business Coalition. Please visit to find out more or follow us on Twitter to find out more. Key responsibilities include: Cooperating with teams across the organization, including CDP's regional offices, to achieve our objectives on forests, as set out in the global forests strategy, with a focus on: Supporting effective corporate action and engagement globally, to reduce deforestation Supporting effective investor engagement and action to remove deforestation risk Supporting CDP's global policy and public affairs team, with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals and grant deliverables Supporting the development of the forests questionnaire, scoring methodology and accompanying guidance. This includes building thought leadership knowledge across the four forest-risk commodities on which companies report to CDP: palm oil, soy, livestock and timber products Supporting the development and execution of CDP's forests strategy through carefully planned research, data and insight gathering. This includes leading on annual analysis and production of CDP's global forests reporting output Organising, executing and supporting CDP's forests work, presenting at selected events and preparing and giving webinars where appropriate Collaborating on projects and initiatives both within and outside of CDP, that promote deforestation free supply chains Support fundraising efforts for CDP's work on forests globally. The precise description and nature of your job may vary from time to time and you may be required to carry out other duties as necessary to meet business needs. Required skills and experience: At least 3 years professional experience Demonstrable knowledge of one or more of the following: drivers of deforestation; commodity supply chains (including beef, soy, timber, pulp & paper, and palm oil) Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with previous experience of producing written research outputs Detail-oriented and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities Proven ability to multi-task and meet deadlines A high level of self-motivation and drive Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with teams Good experience of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Desirable skills and experience: Experience of engaging with the private sector is desirable Salary and benefits: This is a full-time permanent role based at CDP's Central London office reporting to the Director of Forests. Salary: £26,000-£28,000 per annum (depending on experience) Annual discretionary bonus, 24 days' holiday (increasing to 30), generous non-contributory pension provision, life assurance and others. To Apply: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK. Please email your CV and a cover letter (which should be no more than two pages) setting out how your skills and experience match the key responsibilities of the role via the button below with ' Senior Project Officer, Forests' in the subject line by 23:00 BST on Monday 6 th August . Before you apply We will only use the information you provide to process your application. For more details on how we use your information, see our applicants privacy notice . By emailing us your CV and covering letter, you are permitting CDP to use the information you have provided for recruitment purposes.