Strategic Solutions & Engagement Specialist, Global Forest Watch
Ideally, this position will be located in WRI Brasil's São Paulo office, but other Latin American locations may be considered for an extraordinary candidate. Please submit your application materials in English.
In this role in our Global Forest Watch (GFW) team, you will be a part of the GFW Commodities and Finance team and lead the application of GFW Pro to commodity sector needs in Latin America. In this position, you will also coordinate with the GFW Global Engagement team, supporting the scaling of GFW’s suite of monitoring solutions in the region. Your manager is based in our Global Office located in Washington, DC.
Scaling of GFW Pro (75%)
- Serve as the focal point for engagement with local actors – commodity companies, financial institutions, certification standards, NGOs, governments and others - leading GFW Pro presentations, trainings, onboardings, support and feedback collection
- Identify, surface and test ideas with users – such as new analyses, datasets and functionalities - for improving GFW Pro. Support focused proof-of-concept projects as relevant
- Attend regional technical fora pertaining to the intersection of commodity supply chains and deforestation monitoring, engaging and building networks and/or partnerships with commodity sector stakeholders
Supporting GFW’s Suite of Monitoring Solutions (25%)
- Support engagement with local civil society actors, journalists, law enforcement, and other forest monitors by providing trainings and demonstrations on the GFW platform, Forest Watcher and MapBuilder applications, and responding to questions regarding their use
- Identify opportunities for combining GFW’s suite of monitoring solutions – GFW, Forest Watcher, MapBuilder and GFW Pro - and contribute to their implementation as relevant
- Undertake other activities related to GFW efforts in the region, such as assisting in new forest and land cover data acquisition and management
- Minimum of 3 years of work experience at the intersection of agricultural commodities and deforestation issues in Latin America. Prior experience working with and/or for the private sector agribusiness
- Master's degree in agricultural sciences, environmental sciences, environmental management or another relevant field (or a bachelor's degree with 2 additional years of relevant work experience)
- Demonstrated engagement and partner management skills with the ability to scale-up existing partnerships and form new partnerships. Client-focused and delivery-oriented mindset
- Good understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with the ability to discuss GIS concepts with a wide variety of stakeholders. GIS skills including the ability to utilize both ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and ArcGIS Online, work with both raster and vector-based GIS analysis, and run analysis on large and complex datasets is preferred
- Strong communication skills including the capacity to deliver presentations and trainings with ease
- Demonstrated project management skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities at once
- Ability to effectively work within a global team structure and carry-out both collaborative and individual work. Can take initiative and manage own time
- Willingness to try new ideas and be innovative
- Creative problem-solver
- Fluency in English and Portuguese and/or Spanish. Fluency in all three languages is preferred
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter along with a copy of your resume in English. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
WRI’s Forest Program works with governments, businesses, and civil society to sustain forests for future generations. We aim to curb deforestation worldwide and help restore and reforest already-cleared land. With these goals in mind, the Global Forest Watch (GFW) initiative makes the best available data for monitoring forests accessible online. By harnessing cutting-edge technology, GFW allows anyone to access near real-time information about where and how forests are changing around the world.
Global Forest Watch - Commodities & Finance
Recognizing that the agricultural industry is essential for human well-being yet is often associated with tropical deforestation, GFW Commodities and Finance focuses on developing applied monitoring solutions for commodity supply chains. With the recent launch of GFW Pro, companies, financial institutions and other entities can now securely monitor and manage for deforestation risk in areas they buy from or invest in.
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