Manager, Global Agri-business Alliance

Location Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date February 24, 2017
Contract Fixed-term
Job Level Manager


About the World Business Council for Sustainable Development

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development is a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. Together with its members, the Council applies its respected thought leadership and effective advocacy to generate constructive solutions and take shared action. Leveraging its strong relationships with stakeholders as the leading advocate for business, the council helps drive debate and policy change in favour of sustainable development solutions.

The WBCSD is a partner with the Global Agri-business Alliance (GAA), recently launched in Singapore in September 2016.

The GAA’s mission is to address sustainability, social, labour and environmental issues where the agricultural sector is seen to have a shared responsibility.

Through a coordinated sector level approach the GAA will look to collaboratively improve rural livelihoods, mitigate the impact of climate change, sustainably manage natural capital, contribute to global food and nutrition security and accelerate progress towards achieving the prioritised Sustainable Development Goals (‘SDGs’).

The GAA has defined work streams which cover key aspects of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the opportunities for the agriculture sector to broadly contribute to sustainable development. The work streams include water stewardship, innovation and smallholders, sustainable landscapes and food losses.

To deliver this initiative, the WBCSD is seeking a professional to manage the working groups and administration of the GAA. This is a full-time position for a period of one year in the first instance (with possibility of extension subject to funding) based at the WBCSD offices in Geneva, Switzerland, reporting to the Director, Climate Smart Agriculture.

Desired profile:

The ideal candidate should have over 5 years of relevant professional experience preferably related to sustainable agriculture and/or agribusiness. We are looking for a candidate with great project management, interpersonal and communication skills with understanding of the regional business and agricultural context. Proficiency in English (spoken and written) is essential.

Main tasks include:

The GAA Manager will:

  • Coordinate communication and action plan deliverables within the working groups (meetings, regular conference calls, project management).
  • Develop the GAA work plan in alignment with the Action Plan.
  • Organize GAA representation and advocacy at relevant regional thematic events within the business community, as well as among policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Support the GAA in the recruitment of new working group members and strategic alliances.
  • Help define the challenges and strategic 'must-haves' in the food and agriculture system, for which business has the right competencies to bring solutions.
  • Work with GAA member companies to identify, scope and develop business solutions for the working group areas.
  • Identify key strategic partners in the agribusiness value chain needed to deliver the business solutions.
  • Coordinating WBCSD activities with the GAA, partners and programs to harmonise the business solutions within the respective programs.
  • Supporting the GAA Co-Chairs and work stream leads in managing the work plan and agenda.

Required competencies include:

  • Experience: Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience in the agricultural or sustainable development fields, preferably including roles in, or working closely with, the private sector. Experience of managing membership based organisations and associations will be well regarded.
  • Education: University degree level education in a relevant discipline (science/business/communications/policy). Other degrees and qualifications will be accepted if the candidate has strong sectoral experience.
  • Knowledge and expertise: Awareness of major agriculture and food system issues, with expertise in one or more specific areas related to the work streams (water, food loss, innovation in agriculture, smallholders, deforestation and landscapes).
  • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement: Evidence of successfully facilitating projects and meetings with many diverse interests, good team spirit and the ability to build, nurture, and work effectively in (new) teams of partners/stakeholders. Capacity to be assertive and take initiative when appropriate.
  • Project management: Evidence of successfully managing competing priorities and ad hoc demands simultaneously, set priorities, effectively utilize available resources, identify and proactively address problems, working to deadlines.
  • Communication: Excellent communicator across languages and cultures both in person and in writing. Evidence of ability to translate between science, policy and business audiences.
  • Language skills: Fluent in English (written and spoken), fluency in additional languages is an advantage.

The WBCSD will organize the Swiss working permit application for the successful candidate and this process is simplified for candidates who are Swiss or currently holders of a valid Swiss working permit. Other candidates should be aware that a working permit is subject to approval by the Swiss authorities.

Please also note that the WBCSD will only respond to candidates selected for the interview process.

More information:

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Closing date for applications: February 24, 2017