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Manager, Food & Nature Policy

Location Geneva, Switzerland
Closing Date April 29, 2019
Contract Permanent
Job Level Manager


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. WBCSD is 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.

Job Overview

WBCSD is seeking a professional to join the Food & Nature program. This is a full-time position based at the WBCSD offices in Geneva, Switzerland, reporting to the Director, Food Systems Transformation.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Manage development of WBCSD Food and Nature policy messages vis-à-vis global forums such as the UNFCCC, G20, UNGA, UNDP, CWF and as well as tailored messages for policy-makers in key national or regional jurisdictions (e.g. EU, China, US, India working with our WBCSD regional offices and Global Network partners etc.).
  • Coordinate and support Food and Nature policy messages development for WBCSD projects within the program, and link into the Food and Land Use Coalition and the Food Systems Dialogue.
  • Research, analysis and communication of key food and nature policy and regulatory developments.
  • Collaborate with WBCSD member companies, partner organizations and coalitions in outreach activities towards policy-makers with consistent policy messages.
  • Represent WBCSD Food & Nature within the business community, among policymakers and other stakeholders.
  • Support grant funding strategies for the WBCSD Food & Nature program and its


  • Education: Master’s university degree level education with an economics /political science focus. Other degrees will be accepted if candidate has strong policy analysis/development experience.
  • Experience: minimum 8 years’ relevant experience, of which at least 4 years in a private sector multinational company in a policy analysis/development role.
  • Knowledge and expertise: Fluency in key food and/or nature policy and regulatory concepts. Experience of analyzing legislative texts. Evidence of effective translation between policy/regulation and business strategy. Strong understanding of the outlook for Food and Nature policy trends.
  • 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 policy and business audiences.
  • Language skills: Fluent in English (written and spoken), fluency in additional languages is advantage.

WBCSD is a purpose driven, forward-thinking and action-oriented organization, characterised by 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 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 encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • International relocation support
  • Sustainable commuting incentives
  • Annual community service

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