Engagement Specialist, Supply Chains

Data Analysis & Technical Research Worldwide

This position can be based within the United States where WRI is state registered or in Brazil (other locations to be considered). Existing work authorization is required at the time of application for the country designated. WRI is not able to sponsor work authorization for this position. 


About the program: 

WRI’s Forests Program aims to conserve and restore forests for benefits as diverse as cultural identity, biodiversity, carbon capture, water security and wood supply. We work with civil society, governments and the private sector to ensure forested landscapes are governed fairly and managed sustainably. We support radical transparency and open access to the latest data and cutting-edge monitoring technology, so that all actors can be held accountable for actions that impact forests. We partner with governments, entrepreneurs, investors and forests experts to build the social and financial conditions for conserving forests and restoring degraded ecosystems. And we produce groundbreaking research to shed light on important forest issues and aid in better decision-making. 


Job Highlight: 

In this role, you will sit within the Forest Program’s cross-cutting work on responsible supply chains. You will contribute to the execution of multi-stakeholder processes and projects aimed at realizing sustainable agriculture, working with all commodity sectors but with an emphasis on soy and cattle production in Latin America. You will also support relevant policies and research. 

You will be supported by supply chain engagement experts, as well as research, product and other core teams within the Forests Program 

You will report to the Senior Manager of Supply Chains Strategy. 

 Depending upon location (US or Brazil), this position will be a hybrid model of remote and in-office or fully remote. 

 What you will do:  

 Engagement and project management (80%) 

  • Support the Forest Data Partnership, a project comprised of USAID, FAO, Google, NASA, SERVIR, Unilever and lead by WRI, which aims to strengthen the monitoring of commodity-driven deforestation and restoration in Latin America, as well as West Africa and Southeast Asia.   
  • Execute projects aimed at realizing sustainable agriculture, including an initial project with the World Cocoa Foundation and several cocoa and chocolate companies to improve cocoa-driven deforestation monitoring and drive collective action in priority landscapes across West Africa.  
  • Liaise with relevant parts of the Forests Program, including the GFW Pro team, to help translate the outcomes of multi-stakeholder processes and projects into scalable monitoring solutions 

Policy and research (20%) 

  • Serve as one of WRI’s soy and cattle subject matter experts internally and externally. 
  • Provide input into corporate sustainability policies, government regulations, and other policies in support of sustainable and transparent soy and cattle production.  
  • Provide input into research and knowledge products which shed light on the challenges and opportunities associated with soy and cattle production.   
  • Liaise with relevant parts of the Forests Program, including the GFW Pro team, to keep them informed of policies and research which could present opportunities or challenges to their objectives 

 What you will need: 

  • Education: You have a Master’s Degree in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, environmental management or another relevant field (or a Bachelor’s degree with two years of additional relevant work experience) 
  • Experience: You have a minimum 6-8 years of relevant work experience 
  • Knowledge of cattle and soy sector actors, policies, challenges and opportunities   
  • Experience leading or contributing to multi-stakeholder collaborations and processes 
  • Demonstrated engagement and partner management skills  
  • Understanding of GIS and monitoring, including the ability to effectively communicate around these topics with diverse audiences 
  • Past experience with project management  
  • Previous work knowledge or experience in the cocoa sector 
  • Languages: Verbal and written proficiency in English, and working proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese   
  • Requirements: Existing work authorization is required where this position is based. WRI is unable to authorize visa work authorization. 

Potential Salary 
$59,000-$79,000 if based in the US. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. WRI offers a competitive remuneration and benefits package. 

 How to Apply 

Please submit a cover letter along with a copy of your resume by September 30, 2022. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

 What we offer: 

  • A competitive salary  
  • Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.  
  • The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organization with access to varied learning and training opportunities.  
  • A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.  
  • The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.  
  • Long-term commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours. 
  • Generous leave days that increase with tenure.   

 About Us:  

Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact. 

Our mission and values: 

WRI’s mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations. 

Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.  

  Our culture:  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification. 

  Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.