Job Vacancy – Senior Forests Campaigner

EIA’s Forests Campaign seeks to protect the worlds remaining tropical forests by reducing deforestation caused by illegal logging, the associated trade in illegal timber and large-scale conversion to non-forest/other uses.

The overall purpose of the campaign is to curb illegal logging and trade in illicit timber by closing major markets to imports of illegally sourced timber and wood products and to curb forest conversion for plantations by closing major markets to commodities produced through deforestation. Addressing forest governance that includes core issues such as corruption, crime and human rights are part of the solutions provided by EIA. As Senior Forests Campaigner you will be central to the successful operation of the Forest Campaign and in successfully achieving its targets.

Salary: Competitive
Deadline for applications: 15 July 2019
Reports to:
Forests Campaign Team Leader
Role: Full-time, Grade 3

Main purpose of this position

The role requires a wide range of skills and experience including strategy development, project administration, staff management research and investigations, legal, political and technical analysis, internal and external report writing.

Main components of the campaign

  • Scrutinise governance and trade issues facilitating deforestation, including illegal forest conversion, land-grabbing and conflict driven by insecure land tenure
  • Work in conjunction with the Forests Team to achieve a regulatory approach through the European Union Action Plan on Deforestation
  • Detailed intelligence on flows of illicit timber leads to improved enforcement, and /or increased political will for new legislation on illegal timber trade
  • Strengthen civil society to influence policy decisions leading to improved forest governance
  • Monitor the effective implementation of VPAs in East Asia and the European Union Timber Regulation and work collaboratively with relevant enforcement agencies to curb infractions.

Person Specification



  • Knowledge of campaigns work on forest conversion and deforestation such as palm oil
  • Knowledge of environmental and human rights issues with an understanding of mechanisms relating to forests governance, illegal logging and the associated illicit trade
  • Knowledge of Office365 and fully proficient in Windows applications such as Word, Excel and Outlook and other applications.


  • Four to five years’ experience campaigning, or similar field
  • Experience in campaigning on environmental and human rights issues
  • Experience in political and technical analysis relevant to forests and governance issues
  • Experienced in delivering targeted research projects and tasks that include analysing, documenting and reporting findings
  • Desk-based research and field-based activities
  • Experienced in field work including ability to document and explain findings
  • Line managing staff.


  • Strong interpersonal and time management skills
  • Good written skills for internal and external report writing
  • Ability to administrate project commitments
  • Ability to analyse complex social, political, economic and environmental parameters in ways that inform EIA’s work and communications
  • Ability to work with different culture and languages
  • Able to work under pressure and to deadlines.


  • Willing and able to travel at short notice, including to potentially challenging environments
  • A legal right to work in the UK.


  • An understanding of East Asia politics, environmental and human rights issues is an asset
  • Understanding and experience of international forest governance initiatives such as FLEGT VPAs, the EUTR, the Lacey Act, CITES, etc
  • Experience working with indigenous communities
  • An understanding of business and financial issues
  • Experience in working in Indonesia, Myanmar or both
  • Ability to speak, read or write relevant Asian languages : Bahasa Indonesia, Thai, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Burmese. European languages (French, Spanish German, Italian) an asset
  • Staff management qualification.

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