Palm Oil Markets Executive | WWF
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Position Title:             Palm Oil Markets Executive

Reports to:                  Global Palm Oil Lead

Contract type:              Open

Location:                      Singapore

Application deadline: 22 March 2020 

About World Wide Fund for Nature, Singapore (WWF)

WWF-Singapore is a Singapore-registered charity, a network member of WWF International – one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations. WWF-Singapore protects critical resources for people in Singapore by driving change across government, business, civil society and local communities. To meet key conservation goals, we address issues such as deforestation, haze pollution, seafood sustainability and illegal wildlife trade in Singapore and around the region. We deliver transformational corporate partnerships, fundraising to execute local and global conservation programmes and projects and community outreach to achieve WWF’s global goals for food, forests, oceans, water, wildlife, and climate and energy.   As one of WWF’s global hubs, WWF-Singapore supports a global network that spans over 100 countries.

WWF’s vision is a future where all palm oil is produced without causing deforestation, peatland and environmental degradation or harming wildlife, where workers are treated fairly, and communities' rights are respected, and producers including smallholder farmers have access to tools for responsible production and access to benefit from the market for responsible palm oil.

WWF’s goals for palm oil are to:

  • Protect: Wildlife and the environment is protected from expansion, and palm oil driven deforestation and natural habitat conversion is halted

  • Produce: Production is sustainable in resilient and biodiverse landscapes, no longer contributes to climate change, and the industry provides sustainable livelihoods, reduces poverty and respects human rights

  • Restore: The industry becomes a driver for wildlife conservation and restoration efforts, ensuring that landscapes with palm oil are healthy and living

Major Functions:

Working closely with the Palm Oil Trade & Demand Specialist, the Palm Oil Markets Executive will help to implement and support projects and activities to accelerate demand for more sustainable and responsibly produced palm oil, with a focus on Asia. This includes working with WWF offices around the world and contributing to interventions that promote sustainable production, sustainable trade and sustainable consumption of palm oil.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  

Technical Support

  • Conduct in-depth research on sustainable palm oil related topics including reviewing the palm oil sustainability policies and commitments of major traders and buyers, and progress made in implementing these.

  • Collect and analyse data and generate descriptive statistics in relation to (a) work relevant to global palm oil strategy, and (b) project activities.

  • Support the project management and delivery of an update to WWF’s Palm Oil Buyers Scorecard.

Stakeholder engagement

  • Support the development of the business case and engagement strategy for major buyers and traders.

  • Support engagement with priority major buyers and traders, and lead engagement with selected companies under the guidance of the Palm Oil Trade & Demand Specialist.

  • Coordinate with SASPO, the WWF Sustainable Finance team, and WWF National Offices (NO) to support engagement activities and the delivery of the global palm oil strategy.


  • Support and lead the development of project reports, position papers, presentation and other documents.

  • Coordinate and organize external engagements to promote WWF’s position on sustainable palm oil (including speaking engagements, workshops and consultative committees).

  • Undertake other appropriate tasks as assigned by the Supervisor.

Required qualifications and skills:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, corporate sustainability, environmental sciences or other relevant areas. Master’s degree preferred.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sustainability, conservation and related topics, with a strong understanding of social and environmental issues in the palm oil sector.

  • At least 2 years’ relevant professional experience in corporate and/or sustainability.

  • Strong research and data management skills.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.

  • Proficiency in other languages is desirable, particularly where relevant to major palm oil consuming nations (e.g. India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia).

You need to:

  • Be a self-starter with high level of drive.

  • Be able to work independently.

  • Have great organisational and multi-tasking skills, attention and dedication to details.

  • Be able to handle coordination of various stakeholders on complex projects.

  • Ideally, have experience in project management and collaborations with external partners.

  • Adhere to WWF’s values, which are: Knowledgeable, Optimistic, Determined and Engaging.

This job description covers the main tasks and conveys the spirit of the sort of tasks that are anticipated proactively from staff. Other tasks may be assigned as necessary according to organizational needs.

We may also disclose personal data about you to our affiliates in the network in order to manage our relationship with you.

How to apply?

Interested candidates should email a CV and a cover letter to HR Department (Email:

Please indicate the position being applied for in the subject line.

Important Note: Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.