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China Program Lead, Forest Campaign

The Environmental Investigation Agency, a 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington DC, is seeking a motivated, organized and committed campaigner to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington today. EIA’s Forest Campaign documents and exposes illegal logging and associated trade and supports civil society organizations engaged in forest governance reform around the world. EIA uses primary evidence obtained from in-depth research of illegal timber trade flows to push for systemic policy shifts to stem the demand and funding for these illegal activities.

This position will entail a wide diversity of activities, including the following:

• Working in close collaboration with the Director of Forest Campaigns and the Forest team, the China Program Lead will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies to halt the flow of illegally logged timber into the Chinese market.

• Lead investigations of forest related crimes and global supply chains of illegal timber, through analysis of trade and financial data and online and field research.

• Direct follow-up advocacy campaigns or other activities that may result from investigations, including drafting of credible and robust analytical and investigative reports and briefing papers.

• Conduct policy analysis of relevant Chinese laws and regulations as well as multilateral and bilateral policies affecting China’s wood products industry and global timber sourcing. Design policy reform strategies with relevant partners and civil society organizations.

• Coordinate outreach efforts with Chinese government, industry and NGO stakeholders to share investigative results and policy recommendations.

• Engage with governments and communities in countries impacted by Chinese timber sourcing practices, working with local CSOs.

• Outreach to relevant stakeholders to build effective coalitions, including through organizing meetings and maintaining communications with key stakeholders in the private sector, government and academia.

• Supervise small team of campaigners; manage grant deliverables and reports to funders.

• Assist in managing the budget, finances, and contractual obligations of EIA partners.

Essential Qualifications:

• Fluent in verbal and written Mandarin Chinese and English;

• Background in environmental policy, business, finance, economics, supply chain management, procurement and/or international trade policy;

• Experience working in China with government, industry, academic and/or civil society;

• Strong demonstrated oral and written communication skills;

• Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular a collaborative and cooperative approach to work, as well as an ability to network and to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people, across a variety of settings.

• Possess strong research and analytical skills;

• Close attention to detail;

• Willingness to travel frequently;

• Have at least five years of relevant work experience.

Desirable Qualifications:

• Background in campaigning and/or advocacy;

• Experience in journalism, photojournalism, or documentary filmmaking;

• Master’s in economics, business, finance, international trade, or a related field;

• Experience working with journalists and media to advance international campaign objectives.

• Strong language skills in verbal and written Spanish, French, or other languages a plus;

• Experience with database, trade network analysis, or other relevant analytical software programs

Competitive salary and benefits package, commensurate with experience. This position is based in EIA’s Washington, DC office.

Send cover letter and resume/curriculum vitae to hr@eia-global.org with the subject line: China Program Lead Application

Additional information about the organization:
Since its founding in London in 1984, EIA has pioneered the use of innovative investigative techniques to expose environmental crimes and other abuses against the natural world—using its unique evidence to campaign against illegal logging, illegal wildlife trade
and other environmental threats. Highlights of EIA’s achievements include instigating the 1989 global ban on international elephant ivory trade; an Indonesian government operation that became the biggest crackdown on illegal logging in history; a historic global agreement signed in Montreal, Canada, to phase out greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 22 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide; and a precedent-setting U.S. ban on the import and trade of illegally logged timber and associated products.

Due to the large volume of applicants, we are not able to answer emails or phone calls.

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