Supply Chains Research Associate, China Food and Nature Resources Program

Data Analysis & Technical Research Beijing, China


Focusing on the life cycle of the food and land system including production, supply and consumption, the WRI China Food and Natural Resources Program dedicates to the sustainable transition of food and land system to accelerate the climate mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity protection, SDGs initiatives, and protecting the environment and human health.

Job Summary

Report to Director of Food and Natural Resources Program, the Associate of WRI China Food and Natural Resources Program will lead the development and implementation of the team’s greening supply chains strategy (mainly soft commodities), including food, forest and other soft commodities that are critical for global food, forest and land system. The successful candidate will conduct researches, engagement and project management to identify and maintain WRI China’s approaches and value propositions on greening soft commodity supply chain, and this might include but no limited to policy, finance and business engagement, as well as developing and securing fundraising opportunities for the project of soft commodity supply chains.

- Play leading roles to collectively conduct professional research together with project partners and WRI global teams on both technical and policy measures on advancing the trade, green soft commodity supply chains strategies;

- Develop and maintain trust-based stakeholder relationships on trade, supply chains, with focus on relationships between governments/policy thinktanks on trade, agriculture, supply chain, etc., financial institutions, prioritized businesses, other NGOs, and industry associations, etc;

- Lead the project implementations of greening soft commodity supply chains, trade and ensure projects are delivered with high impact, contributing to WRI China’s visions and meeting funders’ expectations;

 - Provide mentorship and performance review of other team members, and maintain healthy team build-ups and growth together with directors of Food and Natural Resources Program;

- Develop, author or co-author WRI knowledge products, such as reports, issue brief, working paper, blog etc, both in English and Chinese;

- Prepare, draft and review fundraising proposals for soft commodity supply chain related projects;

 - Conduct other tasks to generally support director of Food and Natural Resources Program.


- 5~8 years of highly relevant, full-time work experience in trade, agriculture/food/environment / land use/nature resources or related fields. Knowledge and networks on soft commodity supply chain fields is a plus.

- Master's degree in food/agriculture/ environment/land use/nature resources or related fields. PhD degree is a plus. 

- Strong stakeholder engagement and external communication skills.

- Impact-oriented problem solver and team collaborator.

- Excellent research skills, with strong quantitative analytical skills.

- Fluency in written and spoken Mandarin and English, and outstanding inter-personal skills.

- Strong academic ethic.

- Strong team spirits, and ability to handle multiple priorities, take initiative, and deliver under tight deadlines.

How to Apply

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Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Final candidate will be required to take a writing test.


China Associate’s Job Title

Salary and Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package

Duration: Full-time

Location: Beijing, China

About WRI China

WRI China was established in 2008 as WRI’s first international office. Currently, WRI China has more than 30 full-time staff members working on Climate & Energy, Sustainable Cities, Green BRI, and Food & Land. We engage with businesses, policymakers and civil society at the local, national and international levels to advance transformative solutions for sustainable development and “ecological civilization”. WRI China recently registered as a foreign NGO under the Ministry of Public Security and the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. 

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