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Manager, Nature Action

at WBCSD
Published 22 November 2023
Location Geneva, Switzerland
Category Fixed-term  
Job Type Manager  

Description

Deadline for the application: 6/12/2023

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is the premier global, CEO-led community of over 200 of the world’s leading sustainable businesses working collectively to accelerate the system transformations needed for a net zero, nature-positive and more equitable future.

We share a vision of a world in which more than 9 billion people are able to live well, within planetary boundaries, by 2050. To achieve this vision, we must collectively accelerate the required transformation of businesses, their value chains, and the systems in which they operate to limit the impact of the climate crisis, restore nature and tackle inequality.

How our community works

Our community leads positive change through our imperatives work by building the infrastructure of a better world through climate, nature and equity action. In our distinct pathways, we outline the critical transitions required in some of the significant areas of business activity to profoundly shift the systems we work in and transform them towards a better future. Together we succeed when our collective effort is rewarded through a lower cost of capital, which is the scope of our redefining value work; helping companies measure and manage risk, gain competitive advantage and seize new opportunities by understanding environmental, social and governance (ESG) information.

WBCSD’s contribution

WBCSD stimulates progress by ideating & level-setting new best practices and trends from different expertise & sectors. By improving performance, we enable standards and protocols supported by tools and technology to solidify businesses’ sustainability competence. We build partnerships by bringing together members and external partners to create coalitions and partnerships and build scale into change. Finally, we drive the policy agenda by amplifying the voice of positive business and shaping policies collaboratively to transform the systems we work in.

Our work aims to empower business leaders to raise their ambition to achieve a better world, deliver action at speed and scale in their operations and value chains, and sharpen the accountability of their performance.

Job Overview 

The Manager, Nature Action role is to manage WBCSD’s contribution in the EU Horizon-funded project: Accelerating Transformation through Capitals Knowledge (A-TRACK). A-TRACK is a joint collaboration with the Capitals Coalition, UNEP-WCMC, VITO, CISL and other stakeholders, kicking off in December 2023 and running until 2027.  

The overall goal of the A-TRACK project is to consolidate and mainstream activities to accelerate transformation in organisations, such that, by end of project, a critical mass of businesses, financial institutions, and governments, integrate the value of natural capital in their decision-making, helping to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.  

WBCSD’s focus in the project is to advance and mainstream natural capital assessment and accounting in businesses for priority decision-making contexts (operational, strategic, financial) through targeted outreach, practical guidance, training and support for decision-makers. 

This role sits in WBCSD’s Nature Action team with links to the Redefining Value and Education teams, as well as working collaboratively with colleagues across different value-chain pathways.  

Responsibilities and Duties:

Manage the A-TRACK work package on Natural Capital Assessment and Accounting  

  • Coordinate the A-TRACK work package focusing on Natural Capital Assessment and Accounting including overall project and stakeholder management
  • Liaise with A-TRACK project partners on concepts and work that integrates biodiversity and natural capital into business and finance contexts
  • Ensure project milestones are met and deliverables are finalised in time 

Develop and deliver engaging training materials targeted on Natural Capital Assessment and Accounting 

  • Conduct research on business needs and status quo in terms of the current uptake of Natural Capital Assessment and Accounting 
  • Collaborate to create learning content for targeted training materials on Natural Capital Assessment and Accounting for 4 different decision-making business functions (target audience - senior management/boards; management accountants/ finance; sustainability team; and/or risk management; procurement) 
  • Facilitate and manage member engagement in the project and their contributions
  • Organise and deliver targeted trainings, webinars, workshops for the respective business functions
  • Draft and coordinate creation of project materials (such as business cases of novel applications, guidelines, training materials, reports), i.e. collect intelligence, draft text, facilitate agreement between partners, members and other involved stakeholders, work with the WBCSD education team and A-TRACK project partners responsible for design to finalise the materials and ensure content and design quality

Contribute to and align with other capacity building approaches in WBCSD 

  • Throughout the project, align the approach with capacity building activities happening within WBCSD’s Nature Action team, Redefining Value and Education teams
  • Liaise with colleagues in other programs and member companies to deliver first-class value to our members 
  • Collaborate with other WBCSD programs such as Redefining Value team
  • Represent WBCSD within the broader business community and other stakeholders 
  • Collaborate with WBCSD member companies, Global Network partners and other business associations and organisations in outreach activities

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • Masters degree level education with a sustainability/environmental engineering/science background and strong understanding on natural capital, biodiversity, ecosystem services, nature valuation, assessments and accounting, and sustainable business concepts
  • Experienced in a relevant industry setting, including managing large-scale complex projects  
  • Experience in capacity building, training and/or education with a business audience
  • Strong understanding and technical knowledge on frameworks, tools and resources related to Natural Capital (TNFD, SBTN, Natural Capital Protocol, etc.), and sustainability disclosures (CSRD, etc.)
  • Ability to process large amount of information and bring out the most important aspects in a compelling way
  • Facilitation and stakeholder engagement and the ability to create effective relationships with new partners or stakeholders. 
  • Planning and organising - Sets clearly defined objectives; Plans activities and projects well in advance and takes accounts of possible changing circumstances; Identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; Maintains an awareness of inter-relationships between activities; Establishes realistic milestones and timetables for long term objectives and monitors performance against them 
  • Project management: Takes responsibility for projects, actions and people. Capacity to work independently by setting priorities within own work streams, identify and proactively address problems and work to deadlines.
  • Presenting and Communicating Information: Engaging communicator both in person and in writing, ability to adjust style of communication to suit audience
  • Creating and innovating: Produces new ideas, approaches or insights; Produces a range of solutions to problems; Willing to take a chance / calculated risks
  • Teamwork: working across teams and diverse interest groups, good team spirit and the ability to contribute to, and work effectively in teams of partners /stakeholders
  • Language skills: Fluency in English (written and spoken) is critical, fluency in additional languages is an advantage

The position is full-time and based in Geneva, but will also occasionally require international travel.

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

Work environment

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

  • Geneva-based organization with additional offices in Amsterdam, 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 encouraging interaction and sharing of ideas and opinions
  • Sustainable commuting incentives