The World Economic Forum (the Forum), committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The Tropical Forest Alliance (TFA) is the leading global public-private-community partnership hosted by the Forum and dedicated to collaborative action to help producers, traders and buyers of forest-risk commodities achieve their commitments to deforestation-free supply chains.
Why we are recruiting
TFA has been asked to officially support the UK Government, serving as the Presidency of the UNFCCC COP26, to deliver the Sustainable Land Use and Commodity Trade Dialogue (the COP26 Campaign). This project aims to build a new consensus on addressing agricultural commodity-driven deforestation while assuring food security and economic development through trade.
Reporting Lines & Interactions
The successful candidate will be based in Geneva, report to TFA’s Head of Public Sector Engagement and build a close working relationship with the UK Government COP26 Campaign team.
The Lead will also be expected to work closely with the regional TFA teams and other teams across the World Economic Forum.
The Lead will coordinate across TFA’s networks to mobilize multi-stakeholder engagement and support delivery of a successful COP26 Campaign. Specifically, the successful candidate will:
Lead an active, thorough, ambitious and dynamic process that convenes, mobilizes and aggregates multi-stakeholders from key producer countries in West and Central Africa, South East Asia, and South America as well as from consumer countries such as China and Europe, to the COP26 Campaign
Build strong interface with UK Government team to ensure alignment between government-led process and TFA-led activities in order to create a robust series of Principles for collaborative action, a shared implementation Roadmap, and high-level country commitments that lock in the proposed sustainable supply chain action
Build a strong partnership between global and regional TFA teams and other partners’ regional teams to ensure the work is genuinely multi-nodal and not all designed and delivered centrally from London
Help raiseawareness of the initiative among governments, companies and civil society to gather support for dialogue, generate multi-stakeholder engagement and gather intelligence and perspectives that encourages governments in region to participate
Help to secure pledges & identify ‘flagship’ projects in time for COP26 from demand and supply-side countries, supply chain actors, and financial institutions to provide financial and/or technical support and/or align trade agreement terms and policies with core project elements such as transparency, farm-to-fork traceability, forest, land use and land tenure regulations, etc.
Project manage overall TFA COP26 effort, oversee consultancies, ensure achievement of project outcomes, and reporting to the grantor in collaboration with the Operations team
Requirements and experience
Master’s degree or equivalent
A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in policy, public sector engagement or advocacy
Strong familiarity with the UNFCCC COP process and related initiatives (e.g. Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action)
Exceptional project and performance management skills
Established network among key individuals and organizations in relevant initiatives globally is desired
High standards of professionalism and integrity
Fluency in English with outstanding communication and writing skills. Other European and Asian languages are an asset.
Experience in soft commodity markets and/or land use and forestry, particularly in the tropics would be helpful. A passion for sustainability and public-private cooperation is a must
Why work at the Forum
We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.