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Vacancy for a Junior Researcher Forest Team (0.8-1 FTE)

 
Introduction

We are looking for a junior researcher, who can provide overall support to Aidenvironment’s Forest
team, including research, data analysis, and report writing.

About Aidenvironment

Aidenvironment is a not-for-profit foundation with 30 years of experience in sustainable value chain
development, sustainability assessment, climate change and ecosystem programmes.
Aidenvironment generates sustainability impacts in agricultural and forest landscapes across Asia,
Africa, and Latin America. We have offices in Amsterdam (Netherlands), Jakarta (Indonesia) and
Kampala (Uganda), and employ around 45 professionals (www.aidenvironment.org).

Aidenvironment’s Forest Team focuses on deforestation and land use changes caused by large-scale
agricultural expansion linked to soft commodities. A video of the work we do can be found here. Our
two main projects are Chain Reaction Research (CRR) and Realtime Deforestation Monitoring (RDM).
We are currently increasing our activities and projects in a third stream of work on recent EU
regulation developments on deforestation and due diligence linked to soft commodities’ supply
chains. Particularly relevant is the EU proposal for a regulation on deforestation-free products that is
currently being discussed in the European Parliament and the Council (EU Member States). We
support civil society organisations and investors with research on the potential implications of this
upcoming Law on commodity stakeholders.

Junior position: your role

We are looking for a junior researcher, who can provide overall support to Aidenvironment’s Forest
team, including research, data analysis, and report writing. The candidate will work on all three
projects described above and will particularly support with (trade) data analysis and policy research
linked to various deforestation-linked commodities (soy, beef, leather, coffee, palm oil, wood,
cocoa). In this work, Aidenvironment examines soft commodities’ supply chain linkages from
production sites to global operators and markets. We collaborate with local partners that conduct
on-the-ground investigations.

Work topics and tasks for the junior researcher may include the following:

  • Analysis of commodity trade data, trade flows (to the EU), research on assets and infrastructure
    of key commodity actors
  • Research deforestation-linked themes, including the impact of specific policies on forest-risk
    commodities and supply chains, traceability issues, company research, or the social impact of
    commodity production
  • Support near real-time monitoring and reporting of deforestation and fire events in global
    commodity supply chains
  • Prepare content, visuals, and communication pieces to present our findings to potential funders
  • Ad-hoc support to the team.

 

What are we looking for?

Most important is that you are engaged with our mission to stop deforestation and that you are
eager to develop sustainable value chains and promote change in corporate behaviour.

Key requirements

  • Master’s degree (international development, natural resources management, environmental
    policy, forest and nature conservation or any co-related area)
  • Two years of working experience and affinity with one or more of the following topics:
    sustainability issues, commodity-driven deforestation, policy research, corporate research
  • Strong analytical skills, familiar with analysing large datasets (e.g., trade data)
  • Excellent working knowledge of English (verbal and written)
  • Pros: Background in one of the regions we are working, e.g., Latin America, or ability to
    speak a relevant foreign language (e.g., Portuguese)
  • Experience in an international environment
  • Team player.

 

What we offer

You will work on cutting edge projects that are meaningful, innovative, but above all urgent in the
current context of increasing commodity-related deforestation worldwide. You will be a member of
a passionate team in an international organization working for a sustainable future. Aidenvironment
will provide a stimulating and flexible working environment, with opportunities to travel, learn and
grow.

The position is for one year, with the intention to prolong. Minimum working hours are 32 (0.8 FTE)
and we are open to 40 (1.0 FTE) as well. Preferably the candidate starts 1 June 2022. You will receive
an initial monthly salary (for 40 hours) between 2,500 and 3,200 Euros (depending on your
experience). Costs for public transport will be remunerated. We have a good pension scheme and
allow for flexible working hours and the option to work part-time from home. The position is open
to applicants of all nationalities, but we will only consider candidates with a work and residency
permit for the Netherlands.


Your application

Please send a motivation letter (not more than one page) and CV (two pages) to Joana Faggin
(faggin@aidenvironment.org) by May 11th, 2022 the latest. If you have any questions or want
additional information, you can contact Joana by e-mail.

 

 

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