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Country Requirements Manager/ Officer (m-f-d)


  • Organization: FSC - Forest Stewardship Council
  • Location: Bonn
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level - Impact Business
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Impact investing, Social venture capital
    • Natural Resource Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are looking for an engaged Country Requirements Manager/ Officer who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.


The Scope

FSC is responsible for setting requirements for responsible forest management all over the world. While cornerstone rules are set internationally, many of FSC requirements need local adaptation, resulting in various normative documents produced that are applicable for a given country or region.

To arrive at a country-relevant set of requirements, the robust process, close collaboration with FSC Network Partners globally, and the robust assessment of the adapted contents are needed.

Process and content for country requirements are managed by two twin programs in FSC Performance and Standards Unit.

Your role will be to assess the rigor and relevance of the contents developed for various countries, hereby contributing directly to FSC implementation on the ground, and to sharing the responsible forest management practices all over the world. You will learn about Indigenous Peoples in various places in the world, about environmental values and forest management practices from Alaska, throughout Congo Basin up to Tasmania. You will hold many exciting conversations with people representing various interest in the countries concerned, and finally, you will recommend or not whether a standard merit the international approval.

Given high level of specialization and responsibly behind content assessments, we are searching for professionals enjoying very deep and detailed document reviews, with an extremely good eye for smallest details while maintaining the ability to keep the global overview in sight. If you are a person who enjoys the above, and have a natural drive for deep specialization, we would love seeing you apply!


Main Roles and Responsibilities

  • Perform thorough content assessment of assigned country requirements against international criteria for rigor and the level of allowed country adaptation. These assessments include:
    • Forest stewardship standards (setting the rules for obtaining forest management certification).
    • Risk assessments to forest stewardship standards (influencing the rigor of auditing).
    • Controlled wood risk assessments.
  • Coordinate the assessment timelines and priorities with a process portfolio manager.
  • Conduct necessary conversations with developers of the content under assessment.
  • Actively participate in the calibration of content assessments with colleagues engaged in similar activities to ensure highest possible level of standardization and the uniform application of FSC requirements.
  • Develop and maintain assessment documentation.
  • Present the contents and the results of the assessments in various fora, as necessary.
  • Participate in FSC internal competence and accreditation program.
  • Other duties assigned by the respective Program Manager.


Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • Education and Training: a minimum of Msc degree in forestry.
    • Other degrees are a strong asset (e.g., Ecology, Natural Resource Management).
    • PhD degree is a very strong asset.
  • Working Experience, Style and Skills:
    • At least 5 years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas: Forest management, Natural Resource Management, Certification, Monitoring and Evaluation, Standard Development.
    • Documented experience with documentation review and proven records of document management.
    • Very strong review and document evaluation skills: ability to understand complex contents and assess its relevance and applicability in a given context using standardized approaches.
    • Ability to make long documents clean and consistent, ability to maintain the contents and editorial styles consistent across various documents.
    • Very strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
    • A very strong sense for diligence and accuracy.
    • Proven successful project management experience.
    • Excellent time management skills: Ability to perform well while handling simultaneously several administrative and support functions.
    • Service and solution-oriented attitude to work.
    • Proactiveness and high level of engagement.
    • Administration skills.
  • Computer Skills – very good skills in the use of/experience with:
    • Standard software packages (MS Office 365; excellence in MS Word).
  • Communication and relationship management skills:
    • Exemplary verbal and written conduct and communication skills.
    • Skills to lead a conversation and the ability to arrive at timely conclusions.
    • Strong presentation skills.
    • Conflict management skills.
    • Assertiveness.
    • Fluency in English (spoken and written).
    • Fluency in Spanish (spoken and written) is a plus.
    • Fluency in French (spoken and written) is a plus.
    • Ability to explain complex topics to a layman’s audience.
    • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations.


Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible, subject to satisfactory performance).
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.
  • Travel: Sporadic travel is required.


How to Apply

  • Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English
  • Please do not send any photos of yourself.
  • The deadline for applications is 01 May 2023.

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For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.  

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We are looking forward to your application!

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