Senior Associate, Forest Policy Trade and Finance (FPTF)

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



1203 19th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States



Forest Trends seeks a Senior Associate to support its Forest Policy, Trade and Finance Program on topics related to forest governance, illegal deforestation, and associated trade. This position is ideal for a self-starter who can prioritize competing demands, demonstrate initiative and responsibility, and quickly become an integral member of our small team. Successful candidates will have the flexibility to work independently while ensuring that work is completed within established deadlines. Proven research and data analysis skills are essential. The primary focus of this position will be an empirical analysis/mapping of global trends in illegal logging and associated trade under a grant from the US State Department.

The Associate will have the opportunity to become closely involved in all program activities, learning about Forest Trends’ work to promote legal and sustainable trade in timber and other commodities harvested from forest landscapes. FPTF combines research, mentorship, and convening “communities of practice” to address issues at the intersection of natural resource governance, markets and trade, law enforcement, resource rights, and green growth. Since its creation in the early 2000s, FTPF has gained the trust of high-level government decision-makers in key timber-producer and -consumer countries by producing timely data analysis with key insights on relevance for markets, livelihoods, and policy impact.

This is a full-time position (40 hours/week), and includes a competitive compensation package commensurate with skills and experience. The position is guaranteed through March 2020, and contingent upon funding thereafter.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Research (65%):

Contribute to the design, development, and publication of FT research products in collaboration with FPTF team and other partners:

  1. Conduct empirical analysis (desk review) of global patterns in illegal logging and associated trade, with focus on scale of trade, major drivers, key trade routes and supply chains, and links to other transnational organized crime
  2. Conduct background research and/or literature reviews for FPTF publications
  3. Synthesize findings from full reports into shorter, targeted briefs and communications materials
  4. Edit draft reports submitted by staff and consultants
  5. Write information briefs and other reports

Lead FPTF Trade Data Analytics and Visualization:

  1. Acquire relevant data from external sources, including downloading data from online platforms and integrating purchased data into large databases
  2. Produce charts, maps, and other visuals for FT research products and presentations using Tableau, Excel, and other tools
  3. Conceptualize new approaches to structure and manage data, including developing databases to more efficiently store and analyze large datasets
  4. Analyze trends in international commodity trade to inform program strategy

Program Reporting and Management (35%):

  1. Support FPTF team in new business development efforts by drafting text for proposals
  2. Solicit and synthesize consultant inputs to narrative reports and monitoring & evaluation tools
  3. Contribute to ongoing planning of FPTF activities, participate in team meetings and update staff on status of ongoing projects
  4. Coordinate logistics for conferences, workshops, and peer review meetings
  5. Manage invoices and budget for US State Department grant
  6. Represent Forest Trends and present research at domestic and international meetings
  7. Undertake other tasks as requested by the FPTF Manager, Director, Senior Advisor, and others

Required Skills, Experience, and Qualifications:

  •  Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (forestry, economics, political science, international development,

environmental science, geography)

  • 2-4 years demonstrated professional experience
  • Excellent research skills, including ability to work with large data sets
  • Initiative and ability for self-directed, independent work
  • Exceptional organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands and projects in both short and long term, and perform well under pressure
  • Excellent communications skills in English including the ability to write clear, concise, and grammatically correct content and ability to edit and summarize text written by others, to make complex text more accessible without compromising message and content.
  • Committed to the mission of Forest Trends

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in relevant field
  • Experience conducting analysis and visualization with large quantitative data sets using specialized software. Strong skills in Excel and knowledge of Tableau or other data visualization software
  •  Familiarity with and demonstrated interest in resource governance, timber legality, and forest commodity trade issues
  • Professional fluency in a second language (Spanish preferred)
  •  Experience living and working abroad
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; comfortable liaising with diverse array of collaborators from across the globe (including government officials). Ability to sense and convey contextually appropriate tone and style for formal and informal communication to individuals from various cultural backgrounds

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please send your CV, a brief cover letter, and writing sample (2 pages maximum) to by September 30, 2018. Subject line must read “Senior Associate, FPTF”.