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Sustainable trade consultant - Calls for expressions of interest

Please apply by 31 October

Sustainable trade consultant

Calls for expressions of interest

Over the next four years the UKRI GCRF Trade, Development and the Environment Hub (TRADE Hub), will work to improve the sustainability of key global supply chains. The hub brings together over 50 organisations from industry, trade agencies, academia, governments and civil society to examine all stages of the supply chain, revealing impacts and identifying pathways for lasting change. The project aims to make trade a positive force for both marginalised people and nature conservation. 

The Business and Nature team at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), in conjunction with UNEP-WCMC, is leading a work package focused on driving sustainable practices in the private sector. We are looking for a consultant to help drive impact from the work.

The person will work closely with the work package leaders at CISL and UNEP-WCMC and in collaboration with a number of other industry, academic and NGO partners.

The specific tasks are to include:

  • Facilitating a Corporate Advisory Forum, bringing the Corporate perspective to the TradeHub’s research and impact pathways, including:
    • Building and consolidating a network of relevant corporates and private-sector related initiatives to attend Forum events
    • Helping with the design and delivery of Forum events
    • Assisting with communication across the Hub and with Corporate partners
  • Providing feedback and guidance on the TRADE Hub’s impact pathways, highlighting opportunities to deliver greater impact with the private sector.

We are seeking applicants committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work, who can demonstrate they have the following essential skills and experience:

  • Experience of working closely with the private sector
  • An existing network of relevant contacts in the private sector and related initiatives.
  • Expertise in international commodities (e.g. cocoa, coffee, palm oil, soy) and their supply chains.
  • Excellent communicator, with strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of working as part of a project team and networking widely with a range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work using own initiative, be flexible and manage competing priorities.

We are hoping to identity a suitable candidate to employ as a part-time consultant to be sub-contracted.  To apply please send a 1 page expression of interest and CV to: Business&

The EoI should include a summary of how you plan to facilitate a Corporate Advisory Forum, along with an estimated number of days, your daily rate and your availability over the next 6 months. This piece of work has a fixed budget available of £6000 initially but there is potential for additional work in future.

Please apply by 31 October at the latest, however, applications will be considered as they are submitted so candidates are encouraged to apply at the earliest opportunity.

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