VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – TTAP/TFT Project Officer for China
Job Title Project Officer
Job Posted 8 December 2008
Closing Date 19 January 2009
English and Mandarin
Term Duration: 3 years, with possible extension
Background / General description
The EU Timber Trade Action Plan (TTAP), managed by the Tropical Forest Trust (TFT) and co-funded
by the European Commission is seeking to recruit a Project Officer (PO) for China.
TTAP is a private sector initiative developed by the Timber Trade Federations (TTF) of the UK,
Netherlands and Belgium in response to the growing awareness of illegal logging. A key aim of the
project is to assist the members of these TTFs in ensuring the presence of verified legal product within
their supply chains originating from the TTAP partner producer countries: Indonesia, China, Malaysia,
Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Gabon, Brazil, Bolivia, Guyana and Suriname. This work ensures that
producers with verified legal product will meet EU market requirements as a first step to sustainability.
To support this work, TTAP also provides tools for buyers and suppliers, and inputs into policy
processes in both the EU and in producer countries where the project works.
Project Officer Responsibilities and Tasks
The TTAP project officer will be responsible for the implementation of the project activities under the
guidance of the TTAP manager in Europe. The specific tasks include:
1. Undertake initial meetings and scoping visits with potential producers;
2. Analyse the supply chains of potential producers and identify the principal companies within these
to undertake Gap Assessments (GA)
3. Carry out GAs in forests and factories to identify weaknesses that could permit the entry of illegal
timber into the supply chain;
4. Develop costed Action Plans (AP) that provide practical solutions to the gaps identified in the GA
for secure Chain of Custody (CoC) systems;
5. Provide training and facilitation advice to prepare the company for third party audits.
In addition to the implementation of the CoC systems the Project Officer will be responsible for the
writing of reports that provide feedback and advice to project partners (TTFs and buyers) and will
undertake general administrative tasks as and when required. The Project Officer will also be required
to input into ongoing policy as well as communication material and TTAP research studies.
Qualifications and Abilities
The Project Officer is required to meet the following criteria and demonstrate the following experience
1. Graduate/MSC degree in Forest Engineering, Timber Production, Agronomy or related discipline;
2. Ideally at least two years professional experience in the forest or timber processing industry, and/or
Chain of Custody (CoC) and certification standards and implementation;
3. Understanding of current issues relating to legality within the timber trade and policy framework e.g
the EU Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan initiative;
4. Good working knowledge of MS Office Programmes;
5. Strong written and spoken English language abilities are a MUST;
6. Ability to work alone and in a small team and prioritise and organise own work schedule;
7. Confidence in communicating with a wide range of stakeholders from private companies, public
institutions and NGO’s
8. Significant travel within China expected.
The project officer will be based in Beijing.
Starting date: 1st March 2009
Duration: 3 years, with possible extension.
Salary: to negotiate
The position is partly financed by the European Commission. The candidates must be residents of the
EU or TTAP producer countries.
Candidates interested in the position should send a covering letter and their curriculum vitae (including
references and contact details) in both Chinese and English along with anticipated salary by email to
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.
More information of TFT and TTAP can be found at: