Research Assistants, Supply Change (6 mo) at Forest Trends

Fields: environment, sustainability, agriculture, research, business

Location: DC,

About the Organization: Forest Trends, a not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, helps bridge traditional divides and promotes conservation of forests and other ecosystems through the creation and wide adoption of a broad range of environmental finance, markets, and other payment and incentive mechanisms by: Providing transparent information on ecosystem values, finance, and markets through knowledge acquisition, analysis, and dissemination; Convening diverse coalitions, partners and communities of practice, to promote environmental values and advance development of new markets and payment mechanisms; Demonstrating successful tools, standards, and models of innovative finance for conservation.

Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative (www.supply-change.org) is a resource for businesses, investors, governments, and the civil society organizations that support and hold them accountable; providing information on the extent and value of commitments and their implementation to achieve reductions in commodity-driven deforestation.

About the Position: Forest Trends’ Supply Change Initiative is looking to hire Research Assistants (RA) who will follow our Supply Change Research Methodology to discover and record company commitments to reduce or eliminate deforestation in a sophisticated cloud-based relational database management system, which will subsequently be published on the initiative’s free-to-access, publicly-available web platform. Must be available for hire on a 6-month contract, beginning in March.

Special Requirements/Qualifications:

  • We are looking for someone who is curious, data-savvy, organized, and a great communicator – who is just as happy interpreting individual company policies as they are in analyzing large datasets. They should be interested in environmental issues and corporate sustainability, particularly relating to deforestation, and always ready to learn more. If that sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Bachelor’s-level degree;
  • 1-2 years of work or internship experience in government, private, and/or nonprofit organization, preferably with working on the following topics: corporate sustainability practices and reports; supply chain management; corporate governance; or monitoring and evaluation.
  • Research: Excellent research skills and experience, and willingness to complete repetitive research tasks – demonstrated experience with qualitative data collection and interpretation preferred.
  • Communication: Strong communication skills, with demonstrated experience communicating complex and technical concepts in a clear and effective way; experience in report-writing preferred.
  • Data analysis: Strong skills in Excel formulas – knowledge of Power BI or data visualization programs preferred;
  • Database management: Knowledge of data management systems (ideally Caspio);
  • Subject-matter Expertise: Interest in / ability to gain expertise on agricultural commodity-related deforestation and corporate sustainability issues; knowledge of corporate ownership structure and commodity certifications preferred.
  • Languages: Additional languages from countries operating in or sourcing from areas with tropical deforestation (Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Indonesian, etc.) (preferred)

Estimated Salary: $15 per hour

Deadline: March 8, 2019

Apply Here:
Forest Trends


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