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Latin American Research Assistant

Reference     (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors   Nature Conservation (Terrestrial Ecology)
Location   England (South Central)
Town/City   Oxford
Salary   Salary: 20-27k depending on experience
Type   Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status   Full Time
Level   Mid Level
Company Name   Global Canopy Programme
Contact Name  
Telephone   01865 724333
Fax   01865 724222
Website   Further Details / Applications
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


Global Canopy is an agile and entrepreneurial charity with an outsized impact. Our aim is to end large-scale deforestation, a global problem with huge hidden costs for people and prosperity. We work smart, by focusing on the big market levers driving deforestation at regional, national and international levels. And we bring a fresh approach to identifying, targeting, and mobilising action among the key powerbrokers - the governments, businesses and financial institutions worldwide - with the power to end this global ‘deforestation economy’. Increasingly, we also address related environmental and social impacts caused by the same market dynamics that are converting the world’s rainforests into land for agricultural commodities: our systemic failure to account for the vital benefits we receive from nature. Over the last 16 years we have built up a strong track record and an international reputation for innovation and effectiveness.


For more on our work see: www.globalcanopy.org; and for flagship initiatives falling under our 3 key programmatic areas:

www.trase.earth, www.forest500.org, www.naturalcapitaldeclaration.org and www.financingsustainablelandscapes.org




We are seeking a talented researcher who is highly motivated and committed to helping us achieve our mission. The role will sit within the Supply Chains programme and work across the projects with a focus on supporting in-country work in Latin America. You will produce research outputs on the production and trade of Latin American soy, cattle, palm oil, and timber for engagement with partner organizations and companies, and craft insights from Trase data in support of novel communications.




1. Research on State of Play in Latin America


a. Conduct background research and situational analyses on forest issues and commodity production in Latin America—including local contexts, policy landscapes, key supply chains and specific risks and local actors—with a focus on the four forest-risk commodities of soy, cattle, palm oil, and timber in Brazil, Peru and Colombia.


b. Work with Latin America Associate to craft thematic reports for partner organizations and for internal use.



2. Research to produce novel insights


a. Analyse existing data, largely from Trase and Forest 500, to produce novel insights on actors and places involved in the production and trade of the four target commodities.


b. Work with communications team and Latin America Associate to produce blogs, articles, and reports from these novel insights.


3. Data analysis to support development of Trase SEI-PCS model a. Support the acquisition, processing, and management of trade, customs, and logistics data b. Engage with researchers at partner organizations to identify and deliver on synergies.





• University degree in environmental studies, rural development, policy, law or other related degree, or 2+ years of working on commodity supply chains

• Demonstrated research skills, with an eye for detail and accuracy when researching and ability to clearly communicate findings

• Ability to read and synthesise ideas in Spanish and/or Portuguese

• Strong time management skills, and calm in situations with tight deadlines

• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to communicate complex ideas and teach others

• An interest in commodity-driven deforestation

• Proficient Excel user and strong data management skills

• Already eligible to work in the UK



• Fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese

• Experience managing others

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