We’re hiring – Regional Policy Manager, Asia-Pacific Region

Level -Manager

Location Asia-Pacific (near travel hub)

Deadline for application – June 30, 2021

Application Link: https://fsc.org/en/work-for-us/regional-policy-manager-asia-pacific-region-mfd

The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at www.fsc.org.

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are looking for an engaged Regional Policy Manager Asia-Pacific Region, who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.

The Scope

Reporting to the FSC Asia-Pacific Regional Director and coordinating with the FSC Performance and Standards Unit at FSC International, you secure the quality of the development and revision of FSC forest management standards and FSC Controlled Wood risk assessments in the Asia-Pacific region. You further act as technical coordinator for various international program activities in Asia-Pacific and represent the interests of the FSC Performance and Standards Unit in the region.

You can work fluently across cultures and countries in the region, and with a diverse set of stakeholders and interest groups. You support and guide FSC network partners and standard developers to achieve high-quality technical outputs and aim to improve the efficiency of relevant development and review processes.

You see yourself as a resource person and problem solver for others. You look for pragmatic solutions that support colleagues across the regional network in their various policy endeavours. You go the extra mile to include others in your work and you build a strong personal internal network across hierarchies and functions.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • To develop and coordinate a network of standard developers in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • To advise and assist FSC Network Partners and standard developers in developing or revising national standards according to the FSC Principles & Criteria and to provide assessments of draft standards.
  • To design and provide relevant training programs to FSC Network Partners and standard developers.
  • To coordinate and provide technical advice to the development of international standards and procedures as well as on pilot tests for new policy instruments prior to their integration into the FSC normative framework.
  • To support the preparation of concept proposals in the context of new policy as well as fundraising initiatives.
  • To represent FSC at regional events and in technical fora with relevance for standard development.
  • To work effectively with Regional team staff and units in HQ to provide relevant support and guidance.
  • To represent the Asia-Pacific region in the Steering Group leading the FSC Forest Management Community.
  • To provide support to the Asia Pacific regional team, and guidance and advice to the network partners in the region on matters pertaining to policies & standards and forest management.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

Education and Training:

  • University degree or equivalent.

Working Experience, Style and Skills:

  • Substantive professional experience in at least two of the following areas: multi-stakeholder processes; standard development; capacity building; the forestry sector, nature conservation or corporate environmental responsibility programs.
  • Independency and diligence in managing or coordinating projects, with hand’s on approach to coordinate the team’s activities that report into this role.
  • Thorough understanding of the forestry sector in Asia Pacific.
  • High level of motivation to work with efficiency, flexibility and diplomacy under tight deadlines and pressure, both autonomously and as member of a team.
  • Knowledge on small-scale and/or community forestry will be a plus.


  • Sound written and verbal English communications skills to support clear and concise communication and consistency in messaging and approach.

Communication Skills:

  • Effective cross-collaborator who liaises with peers, program managers, directors, and others across the organization to ensure work is delivered on schedule.
  •  Ability to work collaboratively and in cooperation with diverse stakeholders from a multitude of cultural backgrounds on sensitive issues, while maintaining balance and the solid aptitude to manage and respond to divergent views.

What we offer

  • Flexibility for remote work (“home office”).
  • Flexible working hours. 

How to Apply

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English.

Please do not send any photos of yourself.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021 at 21:59 (CET).

We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your spam filter and if you cannot find it there contact us at recruitment@fsc.org

Please be informed, that by applying for this position you automatically accept our Data Protection Information on processing your personal data.

We are looking forward to your application!

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