FSC China – Public Affairs Director

Level: Director

Location: Beijing, China

Application link: https://fsc.org/en/work-for-us/fsc-china-public-affairs-director-mfd

About FSC

As the world’s most trusted sustainable forest management solution, FSC aims to deliver positive impacts for the forests, market and people, today and tomorrow.

FSC works by bringing people together to promote responsible forest management through providing standard-setting, trademark assurance, accreditation services and business value for companies and organisations interested in responsible forestry.

Products carrying the FSC label are independently certified to assure consumers that they come from forests that are managed to meet the social, economic and ecological needs of present and future generations.

FSC International has five Regional Offices and is represented through National Offices or Network Partners in more than 40 countries across the world.

FSC certification started in China in 1998 and since 2006 has grown rapidly with over 11,000 Chain of Custody certificates and 1.2 million Ha of certified forest. More information is available at http://cn.fsc.org

The Scope

The FSC China Public Affairs Director is responsible for positioning and advocating for FSC’s interests in China, particularly with public institutions. The Director engages stakeholders and manages relationships that ultimately result in the successful implementation of FSC’s strategy for China. The Director acts as a senior advisor to the FSC China, Asia Pacific (APAC) Regional Office and FSC International on public engagement strategies in China.

Main Roles and Responsibilities

The FSC China Public Affairs Director works with relevant public institutions to position FSC as a key partner and a cooperative player in the voluntary certification market. His main roles are:

Public Engagement

  • Formulating public engagement strategy.
  • Formulating and executing implementation plans.
  • Providing policy updates, reviews, analyses and advice to the Country Director, Asia Pacific Regional Office (APRO) and FSC International.
  • Leading initiatives to create continuous dialogue between FSC China and key public institutions.
  • Developing and implementing advocacy for domestic and international policies related to forest governance.
  • Providing advice on FSC positioning in terms of external relations, meetings, products and communications activities, when requested.
  • Recommending approaches and content related to communications with public institutions and the general public.

Government relationship management

  • Building and maintaining positive, fruitful relationships with decision makers from public institutions.
  • Coordinating visits and high-level meetings between FSC representatives from FSC International, APRO and FSC China and representatives from public institutions.
  • Providing advice on conducting joint activities with public institutions or relevant partners.
  • Providing support to identify, articulate and communicate areas of mutual interest and benefit between FSC and public institutions.
  • Facilitating local government support for FSC standards and FSC market development work in China when needed.

Supporting other staff members

  • Collaborating and coordinating with government engagement managers in the APAC region.
  • Performing any other activities assigned by the FSC China Country Director and the FSC APAC Regional Director, or that are required by the FSC China work plan.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

  • Education and Training:
    • University degree.
  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 15 years of professional experience and a demonstrated track record in relationship management and political advocacy.
    • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the structure, culture and decision-making mechanisms of public institutions in China.
    • Proven track record of conducting complex multi-stakeholder political advocacy processes.
    • Project development and management experience.
    • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to propose alternative solutions to reach consensus.
    • Good background knowledge of the forestry and forest products sector is a plus.
    • Knowledge of voluntary market-based governance systems is a plus. 
  • Team Membership Skills
    • Ability to work in both national and global teams as a professional in a broadly multi-cultural, inter-disciplinary, multi-lingual team.
    • Experience in constructively challenging team members whilst maintaining professional working relationships.
  • Exceptional Interpersonal Communication Skills
    • Clear and convincing communication skills at the individual and team level, and in spoken and written formats.
    • Possess active listening skills.
    • Advanced facilitation, negotiation and mediation skills.
  • Diverse Range of Technical Responsibilities
    • Ability to function in a dynamic environment, shift focus quickly and synthesise and harmonise a diverse range of organisational, managerial and technical demands.
  • Relate to the FSC’s Values and Approach
    • Ability to identify with the values and mission of FSC.
    • Relate to the principal mechanisms of the organisation.
    • Familiarity with the scope of FSC’s programmes of standard setting, accreditation, trademark management, political dialogue and networking.
  • Languages:
    • Fluency in both Chinese and English (spoken and written).
  •  Computer Skills
    • Skilled in the use of all MS Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and so on.
  • Others:
    • Demonstrated cultural awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of values, views and approaches to issues relevant to FSC stakeholders around the world.

Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Beijing, China.
  • Working Hours: 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: 1year (extension possible).
  • Travel: Occasional domestic and international travel will be required.

How to apply

  1. Please send your CV, expected pay, and an expression of interest. Application should be sent to info@cn.fsc.org
  1. Please cite FSC China Public Affairs Director in the subject line of your email.
  • Please do not send photos.
  • Please consult cn.fsc.org or http://www.fsc.org for further information on FSC.

Due to resource constraints, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the final outcome of the selection process.