World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's leading conservation organization, seeks a Market Intelligence Researcher at our Washington, DC office. The global commodity markets are dynamic. Changes occur due to political change, extreme weather, market dynamics relating to price and product substitution, and even consumer demand. We are looking for someone who is passionate about researching macroeconomic trends and connecting the dots. WWF seeks a unique individual to join a dynamic team and undertake research on global issues and trends as well as innovative ideas and solutions. We are looking for state-of-the-art analyses on market demand for priority commodities, the relation between increased demand and production of these commodities. We seek a candidate that can undertake analyses about the business case for continuous improvement and better practices as well as the financial case against business as usual for commodity drivers that lead to deforestation, habitat conversion and other key environmental impacts. This position is a 4 year limited term role(benefits eligible).
The work will include three components: research, interpretation and presentation:
Research: Identify demand and supply trends for palm, soy, and beef. Research will include (1) imports/ exports associated with deforestation and illegality; links to major buyers, producers, traders, processors; and impacts on deforestation; (2) aggregate data to reveal global purchasing trends for palm, soy, and beef (sustainable and unsustainable) and link to impacts on the ground); (3) identify “hot spot” countries whose emerging commodity imports (0-10 years) may cause significant deforestation. It will be important to make better use of state of the art research techniques such as Horizon Scanning. Track financial institutions (public and private), including ESG policy adoption and impacts on overall investments. This will be done in alignment with the Transactions Child Project and Moore Foundation funded finance research and mapping for beef and soy.
Interpretation: The interpretation of the data will be key. This person will need to reach out to others to better understand and to detect trends in the data both for the immediate future as well as the longer term. WWF is interested in knowing whether consumption patterns are changing (either increases or decreases of priority commodities or shifts in demand for products made from those commodities) and what the global implications of those changes are likely to be on priority commodities as well as where and how they are produced and whether other commodities are likely to become viable substitutes going forward.
Presentation: Finally, this person will need to maintain on-going contact with key individuals to better understand what their presentation needs are from the analysis being undertaken; present quarterly findings in a succinct, innovative format using infographics, charts and other visuals in addition to descriptive text; and maintain an archive of materials that others can access. The need and the formats are likely to change over time. It is envisioned that this person is not undertaking all this work on his/her own but rather is reaching out to and connecting with other researchers to insure that the work being done is well coordinated. In the meantime, we envision that these materials could include:
- Global reports or papers covering priority commodities trade flows and country production, domestic consumption, and exports.
- Coordinate with commodity staff to ensure we have up-to-date major buyer market research
- Commodity horizon scan report
- Up-to-date review on emerging deforestation fronts and drivers
- A Bachelors degree and 4 years of relevant work experience is required.
- Familiarity with commodity production, particularly beef, soy and oil palm, and knowledge of global commodity supply chains
- Computer literacy and research experience
- Bright, inquisitive mind
- Excellent research and reporting skills
- Infographics and presentation skills
- Working knowledge of commodity trade, conservation, sustainability, environmental business practices are desirable.
- Bachelor's degree required
- Please visit our Careers Page, job#17029, to submit an online application including resume and cover letter
- Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and veteran or disability status.