The ambition of the Foundation's work in China is to broaden the scope, the understanding and the adoption of a circular economy, with a view to enable better forms of economic growth. Our strategy revolves around four building blocks that have been at the core of the Foundation’s strategy, placing emphasis on high-level relationships, local demonstrators, and building capacity through communications, learning, insights and analysis.

Engage, exchange – Information exchange to bridge best practices between China and international examples; translate and tailor circular economy research findings to different audience groups in China; make China-specific and international insights available in both Chinese and English; open-access; an online repository.

Mobilise along value chains. Mobilise stakeholders around selected material streams and value chains, such as plastics, fashion and food.

Convene, shape pilots and implement in cities. Use cities as a focal point to build multi-stakeholder coalitions and conduct city pilots covering the whole process from strategy development, financing, dialogue mechanisms, implementation process, to measurement, and turning lessons learnt into shareable knowledge assets.

Equip – Businesses, students and citizens. Develop educational initiatives to complement our work and embed systems thinking. Focus on engaging the design community, businesses, schools and academia to impact strategies of today’s and future decision-makers.

The Food Initiative is one of the Foundation’s Systemic Initiatives. The Food Initiative brings together key actors to stimulate a global shift towards a regenerative food system based on the principles of a circular economy. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with a broad group of leading companies, cities, philanthropists, policymakers, academics, students, NGOs, and citizens.

Role and Responsibilities

Working with our Head of Beijing office you will:

  • Develop and deliver our Food Initiative strategy in China.
  • Manage budget, projects and activities of the Programme.
  • Maintain and expand relationships with key relevant stakeholders including government, private sector, NGOs, academia and funders.
  • Produce reports, case studies and general communications for the Programme.

Your profile

  • 5+ years’ experience in environmental protection, agriculture or other relevant sector.
  • Evidence of working with International NGOs and/or international cooperation organisations is preferred particularly in the food, agriculture or biodiversity sectors.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and Mandarin is a prerequisite.
  • Knowledge of the circular economy framework would be a definite advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to quickly build strong professional connections at a variety of levels.
  • Ability to deliver work on an ‘outcome’ basis and develop methodologies to achieve that.
  • A good academic record and degree level qualifications in business, economics, science, engineering, political or social science, or other relevant discipline.
  • Must be prepared to travel within China and internationally.
  • Must be a Chinese citizen.

Please apply with CV, covering letter and salary expectation.

Desired starting date: As soon as possible

Salary package: Competitive within the charity sector and dependent on experience

Location: Beijing, China

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