Part-Time Independent Contractor - (3 days per week or 12 days per month approx.)
Washington, DC preferred
The FAIRR Initiative is an innovative peer network for investors harnessing the power of capital markets to transform global protein production away from an over-reliance on intensive animal agriculture. FAIRR works with over 300 investors, representing over $65+ trillion in combined assets under management to use their power and influence to help global livestock, fish and dairy companies build a more sustainable food system.
FAIRR publishes the annual Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, the world’s only assessment of meat, dairy and farmed fish producers on material environmental, social and governance risks. As well as the Coller FAIRR Climate Risk Tool, the first climate risk model analysing the physical and transition risks of the animal agriculture sector.
The consultant will be engaged on a part-time basis, approximately 3 days per week or 12 days per calendar month, this will be kept under review and will be considered again after 3 months.
- The consultant will provide the following services: Leading on US policy engagement in relation to FAIRR’s investor network, strategic agenda and global outreach (see tasks below).
- Contributing to the Foundation’s broader policy interests on intensive animal agriculture and sustainable proteins.
- The consultant will support the engagement with governments, regulators, industry bodies and investors to promote greater understanding and awareness across all areas of focus for the FAIRR Initiative, building increased engagement around sustainable policy and practice. This would include taking part in relevant meetings in person and remotely.
Scope of Work
US policy strategy & stakeholder plan and goals:
- Drafting a short US policy strategy for FAIRR’s work in North America, including identifying strategic action points and stakeholders to engage over 2022-2023.
- Drafting a stakeholder plan for outreach, including in-person outreach to US-based stakeholders and organisations, such as US officials, international financial institutions, relevant trade associations, as well as US-based investor members.
Scoping report on Responsible Climate Policy Engagement:
- Initial research and scoping report on the topic of responsible climate policy engagement by agricultural companies in line with new investor frameworks on the topic.
Other FAIRR activities and goals, where required:
- Where requested by investor members, liaising with key stakeholders on the topic of financial regulation and climate disclosure regulations in North America, including feeding into strategic policy consultations on these topics, where relevant.
- Where relevant, engaging with policy stakeholders in Latin America to share FAIRR’s research, including in Brazil.
- Drafting short briefing papers or responses to consultations, if appropriate.
- Build relationships with critical stakeholders, organisations and allies in national and global policy spaces, including in the run-up to the COP27 Climate Summit, as well as the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.
- The consultant will be required to provide consultancy support flexibly across projects as required; including advising, supporting and guiding junior staff members.
Background & Experience
- A seasoned professional with at least 6-8 years of professional experience delivering similar scope of work is required, with policy experience in North America, and/or in Latin America essential. Candidates engaged in an established trade or business in the industry are preferred.
- Strong knowledge of the policy landscape with experience working with US government officials, regulatory bodies, development finance organisations and additional relevant parties is essential.
- An understanding of how investors operate is essential and previous experience of working directly with investors would be an advantage.
- An understanding of the following issues and frameworks is required: sustainable finance, environmental issues and ESG with specific knowledge of EU Taxonomy, TCFD, and other investor policy frameworks which require institutional investor engagement on ESG policy-related issues highly desired.
- An understanding/interest in international food system policy and agricultural policy and relevant networks amongst key stakeholders is highly desired. Able to develop detailed policy positions, as well as broader strategies.
- Strong analytical skills, able to think strategically and synthesise diverse information sources.
- Quantitative and qualitative research skills required.
- Exemplary project management and organisational skills, with strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously under tight deadlines.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience of writing concisely and credibly.
- Strong presentation skills (Note that the consultant will be required to represent FAIRR amongst internal and external stakeholders).
Personal Qualities and Attitudes
- Proven experience and thorough knowledge of the field of expertise and willingness to keep abreast of advancements.
- Experience in project management.
- Excellent organizational and coordination skills.
- A great listener with the ability to communicate with people of diverse disciplines.
- A demonstrated ability to adapt to changing circumstances, organise and prioritise deliverables, and maintain meticulous attention to detail.
- A drive to achieve concrete results, prioritising and ensuring delivery while facing competing priorities in a complex working environment.
- A self-starter with the ability to provide consultancy support to projects is required.
Please provide details of your expertise relevant to the requirements outlined above by sending your consultancy resume and covering letter to [email protected] with ‘Consultancy’ in the subject line.