Job Description: Global Director
About the HCV Network
The HCV Network envisions a world where production to meet human needs conserves nature, benefits people, and respects their rights. The HCV Network provides practical tools to conserve nature and benefit people where commodities are produced, linking local actions with global sustainability targets and agreements such as the Global Biodiversity Framework and the Paris Agreement.
The HCV Network was founded in 2005 to set the standard for implementation of the HCV Approach, a science-based methodology to identify and protect six categories of High Conservation Values (HCVs) from the negative impacts of land-use change. Examples of HCVs are ecosystem services, rare, threatened, or endangered species, ecosystems, and the needs and livelihoods of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs).
The protection of HCVs is required by more than 20 voluntary sustainability standards for commodity production, financial institutions (including some of the most important commercial banks), international aid agencies, and large corporations operating in the Forest, Land and Agriculture (FLAG) sector.
The HCV Network is a member-based organization. Members include global social and environmental NGOs, producer and supply chain companies, technical service providers and voluntary sustainability standards who have a shared interest in ensuring the robust implementation of the HCV Approach to achieve benefits for nature, people, and climate in development contexts.
About the HCV Network Secretariat
The Secretariat runs the Network’s day-to-day operations. It is hosted by HCV Network Ltd., a private company limited by guarantee without share capital registered in England and Wales (company no. 9710578). The Secretariat team is multi-cultural and works remotely from different countries (Indonesia, Costa Rica, Argentina, the UK, the Netherlands, and France). The team leads the development of technical guidance and tools, provides quality assurance services and learning opportunities, and gives technical support to HCV Network Members and other users to ensure robust implementation of the methodology in all ecosystems (land-based, aquatic), scales (from farms and management units to landscapes and jurisdictions), and development contexts (forestry, agribusiness, other).
About the role
Reports to: Board of Directors
The HCV Network Secretariat is recruiting a Global Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a multi-cultural high performing team based globally. Reporting to the Board of Directors, this position will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all UK-based and overseas employees, company operations, programs, projects, strategic expansion, and execution of the organization’s strategies.
• Strategic oversight and direction of the HCV Network, HCV Approach and Secretariat, including developing timelines and leveraging resources needed to achieve all strategic goals.
• Oversee HCV Network governance, including development, improvement and maintenance of governance documents and processes, and coordination of, and reporting to, all governance bodies (including Trustees, Legal Directors, Members, other)
• Lead Member engagement and coordination to deliver the HCV Network’s strategy to ensure credible use of the HCV Approach globally.
• Oversee the strategic broadening of partnerships and membership to firmly position the HCV Approach and its implementation tools in all relevant international frameworks and initiatives, and emerging markets and regulations, and to garner new opportunities.
• Oversee program and project development and implementation, finance and administration, fundraising, communications, and operations systems.
• Manage and mentor a highly skilled, multi-cultural team and recruit talent to ensure delivery of projects and programs and the wider Network strategy.
• Oversee the organization’s annual budget and expand revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support implementation of new and existing programs and projects.
• Ensure long term financial sustainability through diversified income streams.
• Deepen and refine all communications—from social media and web presence to external relations with the goal of further strengthening the HCV Network and the HCV Approach ‘brand’.
• Represent the organization and use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
• Extensive international experience working with a diverse range of stakeholders operating in the FLAG sector.
• Advanced degree (minimum of master’s degree) in Environmental Management, or relevant.
• At least 15 years of professional experience and 5 years of senior management experience.
• Track record of effectively leading and scaling an organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
• Fluency in English and at least one of the following languages: French, Spanish or Bahasa Indonesia.
• Ability to travel nationally and internationally.
• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to manage and develop high-performing teams, set, and achieve strategic objectives, and manage budgets.
• Past success working with Boards, with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
• Strong marketing and public relations experience, with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
• Passion, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
• A deep understanding of the fundraising process including identifying, researching, qualifying, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects.
• Inventive problem-solving skills.
• Ability to work effectively and independently as part of a remote, global team, and in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
• Experience in handling confidential information.
• Demonstrated passion for environmental management, climate change, and conservation issues and general experience in the sustainability sector.
• Experience in using Microsoft Office (Teams, Outlook), and time tracking and project management tools.
• Experience working with the High Conservation Value (HCV) Approach
• Knowledge of and/or experience in no deforestation, no conversion commitments and regulations, international agreements, and frameworks.
• Experience with commodities such as timber, pulp, paper, oil palm, rubber, cotton, or sugar.
• Experience working in Southeast Asia, Latin America, or Africa.
• Experience with social media (e.g., Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, other)
• Experience with website development processes (e.g., WebFlow, WordPress), email marketing tools such as Mailchimp, or customer relations management platforms (such as Salesforce).
United Kingdom or Global (remote).
Hours of work
Full-time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week).
HCV Network Ltd.
Permanent (probationary period of three months).
Commensurate with skills and experience.
How to apply?
Please send a 1-page cover letter explaining your suitability for the position and your CV in English to email@example.com by Friday June 30th, 2023. Applications that do not meet these requirements will not be considered.