Contract Type: Permanent
Asia Pacific Resources International (APRIL) is a large international Pulp and Paper Company located in Riau Province, Sumatra, Indonesia with tree plantation concessions on both mineral and peat soils. Most of the plantation areas are adjacent to or incorporate forest conservation areas managed by the company. APRIL’s objective is to manage sustainable plantations that both supply wood as well as conserve identified conservation, social and other environmental values. Continuous improvement against sustainability goals are of the utmost importance and are outlined in the Company’s Sustainable Forest Management Policy (SFMP 2.0). This position focuses on providing guidance managing and reporting current science, managing research collaborations contributing to best management practices and associated initiatives throughout the company. It also provides a strong link to APRIL’s stakeholders and Supply Partners to improve their understanding and engagement with the implementation of the SFMP 2.0.
This challenging role is an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute towards achieving both economic and environmental targets within a dynamic corporate environment. The candidate requires a good understanding of the ecology of peatland and forest ecosystems – preferably in the tropics – to develop and guide management initiatives to improve sustainability outcomes.
Peatlands are a particular focus of this role as they are now the subject of considerable attention due to issues linked to Green House Gas emissions, global warming and climate change. One of the key roles will be to manage APRIL’s Independent Peatland Expert Working Group (IPEWG) and to facilitate scientific collaboration with other partners across APRIL’s operational landscape.
The chosen candidate shall play a crucial role in bringing together current science and research, relevant internal data and best management practices and Research and Development trial results. Thereafter the candidate shall lead in the management of IPEWG and other collaborations with the outcomes to be closely monitored and regularly communicated through to senior management.
Outcomes from this work and any new initiatives shall be communicated to relevant Business Units for integration into ongoing practices.
- Ensure that APRILs Sustainable Forest Management Policy is effectively operationally implemented including certification and compliance, forest protection and conservation and environmental management;
- Develop strategies, programs and policies to ensure compliance with our sustainability commitments and ensure best practice;
- Ensure that the company upholds and works towards finding new, innovative and economic ways to meet our ongoing sustainability commitments;
- Implement agreed changes and communicate them effectively to internal and external stakeholders;
- Monitor, report and verify company sustainability performance;
- Manage a committed team of sustainability professionals;
- Communicate through presentations and in writing the companies sustainability commitments and operational implementation including in verbal and written media engagements and professional forums.
Desired Educational Requirements and Work Experience
The role requires an experienced person with a proven science background in forestry, plantation and /or environmental science – ideally with applied experience in the forestry / agriculture sector. A postgraduate degree in this area of science or a related field is preferred. Previous experience working with peatland management in the tropics is a considerable advantage. Additionally the candidate should be able to demonstrate experience in some of the following fields:
- A minimum of 10 years professional experience in the design and implementation of programs
- aimed at science communications and/or developing links between research and operations ;
- Project management and good communication skills;
- Experience managing / working with forestry/environmental research – including field verification;
- A good understanding of land management issues in developing economies;
- Experience in managing and communicating large data sets;
- Ability to work autonomously as the situation dictates;
- Must be able to successfully perform multiple tasks with strict and sometimes simultaneous deadlines
Closing date for applications: 11 April 2020