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Director of Environment

The World Cocoa Foundation is seeking a highly experienced and motivated Director of Environment to lead its environmental focus area, addressing deforestation, reforestation and forest conservation. Reporting to the Vice President of Programmes, the Director of Environment will have a proven track record of success in leading environmental initiatives and will provide strategic and technical leadership in this focus area with particular emphasis on the landmark Public Private Partnership, the Cocoa and Forests Initiative (CFI).

The Role

The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is an international membership organization whose members span the entire global cocoa and chocolate sector, including farmer cooperatives, cocoa processors, chocolate manufacturers, supply chain companies and other companies worldwide.

WCF’s vision is to be a catalyst for a thriving and equitable cocoa sector where farmer income is improved, child labour is significantly reduced and deforestation is reversed. WCF’s unique position at the centre of the cocoa and chocolate industry, governments, civil society and cocoa farming communities, enables WCF to realise its vision through the creation of strategic relationships and collaborative programmes that deliver real impact and systemic reform.

About the role

The Director of Environment will work collaboratively with internal stakeholders and external partners, including cocoa producing country governments. The Director of Environment will lead the development of new projects and oversee the execution of ongoing projects. This role will also facilitate environmental policies, procedures, training, guidance, and response to technical issues to support our members.


The location for this role could be in the US, UK or EU with a preference for the UK and EU and will require travel to the US, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, and eventually other geographies.

Key dimensions of the role

  • Design the strategy and action plan to ensure the achievement of key goals and targets related to a deforestation-free supply chain, forest protection and restoration, and climate smart cocoa production;
  • Lead WCF implementation of the Cocoa & Forests Initiative (CFI), in collaboration with WCF member companies and partner governments, and ensure achievement of key commitments and outcomes set out in the Framework for Actions;
  • Lead technical policy dialogue with cocoa producing and consuming governments, and inter-governmental organizations, on key environmental sustainability issues to support an effective and efficient enabling business environment for CFI implementation and climate smart cocoa production;
  • Oversee development of collaborative external partnerships related to CFI, climate-smart cocoa, and environmental sustainability issues (including with industry, government, technical, donor, and civil society, and media stakeholders) to deepen WCF results and impact;
  • Serve as lead expert on environmental sustainability to WCF Members and staff, and ensure delivery of the latest thinking, innovation, research, and science to accelerate environmental outcomes in CFI and WCF work;
  • Foster external learning, knowledge sharing, and communications on environmental sustainability, to ensure that WCF members and stakeholders receive the highest quality support and knowledge they need;
  • Build and sustain strong relationships with current and potential donors interested in providing support to CFI and WCF’s environmental sustainability work, including leading on fundraising and resource mobilization, in collaboration with the WCF President;
  • Ensure effective leadership of the WCF Environment Team, including delivery of annual budget and work program through cost-effective use of resources in compliance with internal controls and policies.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 15 years of full-time relevant professional experience in global environment, natural resource management, or forestry, agriculture and rural development issues, with significant experience in strategic leadership, program development and delivery, and private sector engagement.
  • Advanced degree in relevant discipline preferred, including environmental sciences, forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, development economics, or related field.
  • Deep substantive knowledge of investment and policy issues related to global environment, natural resource management, and sustainable agriculture issues (e.g., climate smart agriculture, sustainable food systems, sustainable land use, forest management, biodiversity, landscapes, and carbon finance).
  • Significant experience working with the private sector, and the development and management of high-level public-private partnerships, including developing annual work plans and budgets, monitoring and reporting progress, and identifying and managing risks in partnerships.
  • Track record of working effectively on policy dialogue on complex environmental and natural resource management issues with private sector and public sector partners.
  • Strong familiarity with institutional frameworks, research and financial institutions, and multi-stakeholder and civil society organizations relevant to global environmental work.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience with multilateral and bilateral organizations, and foundations.
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills. Fluency in English, with French as a strongly preferred additional language.
  • A balance of strategic, diplomatic skill and the ability to plan for, and then navigate multiple, sometimes divergent contingencies.

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