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Associate, One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B)

at WBCSD
Published 14 March 2022
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Category Permanent  
Job Type Associate  

Description

Deadline for application: 28 March 2022

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world. We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies.

Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing combined revenues of more than USD $8.5 trillion and 19 million employees. Our global network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. Since 1995, WBCSD has been uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver impactful business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues. Together, we are the leading voice of business for sustainability: with a vision of a world where more than nine billion people are all living well and within the boundaries of our planet, by 2050.

One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) is a unique cross-sectorial, action-oriented project of WBCSD with a specific focus on agriculture, initiated within French President Macron’s One Planet Lab framework, launched at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on 23 September 2019. The coalition is determined to drive transformational systemic change and catalyze action to protect and restore cultivated and natural biodiversity within the value chains, engage institutional and financial decision-makers, and develop and promote policy recommendations for the 2021 CBD COP15 framework.

 

Actions are focused around three pillars:

  1. Scaling up regenerative agricultural practices;
  2. Boosting cultivated biodiversity and diets through product portfolios;
  3. Eliminating deforestation / enhancing the management, restoration and protection high-value natural ecosystems

On these pillars OP2B runs tangible initiatives to:

  1. Advance the biodiversity agenda of its members companies (supporting commitments definition, building common frameworks of action e.g. regenerative agriculture framework)
  2. Advocate for biodiversity and agriculture, through participation to high-level events (e.g. IUCN, COP26, CBD COP15), and contribution to regulatory processes
  3. Impulse on-the-ground collective actions (e.g. regenerative agriculture, financing)
  4. Catalyze expertise and relationship with the ecosystem (e.g. sharing of best practices and learnings from pilot projects, engaging with partners from academics, NGOs, coalitions)

Job overview 

WBCSD is looking for a candidate with strong project management experience, knowledge about policy and advocacy, and good member/customer engagement as well as events organisations and communications skills – ideally in the fields of agriculture and environmental preservation.

This is a full-time position based in Geneva (with potential for flexible working). The OP2B Associate will report to OP2B’s Director and will work closely with the Food and Agriculture team as well as key external partners such as Business for Nature (B4N).

Responsibilities and duties 

The associate’s primary responsibilities and duties include:

  • Assist in building and maintaining team spirit and work as a core factor for the coalition’s success.
  • Be the guardian of member centricity in the team by ensuring appropriate and timely communications with members, as well other key stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the coalition’s work on policy and advocacy – both at EU and international levels.
  • Contribute to develop and implement the coalition’s communication strategy and workplan, and support the publication of reports and other communication tools.
  • Assist in organizing events, working sessions and webinars by preparing and sharing briefing materials, invitations and presentations.

 Qualifications 

  • Education level:  Master’s degree in science, agronomy, communication, policy or business
  • Experience: 3+ years of operational experience in international project management, civil society, environmental protection and/or sustainable development, with a focus on agri-food systems issues a plus.
  • Experience working with private sector, government and other sector stakeholders

Specific skills: 

  • Excellent project management skills with ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels and with different backgrounds
  • Good understanding of the agri-food, cosmetics and/or textile sectorswith knowledge of communication and/or in policy-making
  • Familiarity with regenerative agriculture & biodiversity preservation
  • Communication: Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English; fluency in French, Spanish, or other language a plus.
  • Knowledge of, or strong interest in digital communication (especially social media).
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and ideally sharepoint, website backoffice

Personal characteristics: 

  • A genuine passion for sustainability
  • Organized, reliable, diligent and able to work with a certain degree of autonomy
  • Teamwork and collaboration, in both in-person and remote working context
  • Pro-active with a can-do, hands-on mindset

Expected start date: As soon as possible

WBCSD is a purpose-driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization characterized by the diversity of gender, nationalities and work experiences.

THE WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

WBCSD offers a competitive, modern, and flexible working arrangement:

  • Geneva-based organization with offices in London, New Delhi, Singapore and New York City
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • State-of-the-art facilities and ICT-enabled working tools
  • Flex-time and part-time possibilities
  • Dynamic working atmosphere
  • Open culture encourages interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support

The position is full-time based in Geneva but might require some (limited) international travel.

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