The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a not-for-profit, international membership organisation that is working to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. To do this, we have united stakeholders from all sectors of the palm oil supply chain and civil society to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil production and procurement.

Since its inception in 2004, RSPO has enjoyed rapid growth and today has 5,000 members from 101 countries, including oil palm producers, processors, traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks, and non-governmental organisations. Thanks to the commitments and actions of these members, nearly 20% of the global supply of palm oil has already been certified as sustainable.

At RSPO, we believe that a not-for-profit organisation is made successful by the passion, skills, and expertise of its members and staff. They are the ones who drive our organisation to new heights and guide us through the next phase of our development.

The RSPO Principles & Criteria (P&C) 2018 requires RSPO members to identify, monitor and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to minimize the impacts of oil palm on the environment in the pursuit to produce sustainable palm oil.

These requirements cover the need to identify, manage, conserve and reduce the impacts from peatlands (Criteria 7.7) and GHG emissions (Criteria 7.10), covering both existing operations and planned developments.

The Manager, Climate Change (GHG/Peat) will be responsible to oversee the development and innovation of standards, guidance and procedures related to the above criteria. S/he shall guide and advise relevant RSPO governance committees, in collaboration with technical experts. As a member of the Standard Development division, s/he will be part of RSPO’s fast-growing team and will work collaboratively across RSPO’s teams globally.

The location of this role is Malaysia.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Act as the focal point and technical expert for the GHG/Peat portfolio covering the development of standards, procedures and guidelines for the relevant committees and divisions within the RSPO Secretariat, and collaborate with external experts as and when needed.

  2. Oversee and manage the revision and updates to the methodology (based on industry accepted methods, where available) of existing RSPO GHG tools, namely “ PalmGHG v4.0 ” and the “GHG calculator for new development” following the requirements of RSPO standards, procedures and guidelines.

  3. Advise the RSPO senior management on its strategic roadmap for the RSPO to meet its commitments on GHG and Peat, and engage RSPO Members and stakeholders in closing identified gaps, including developing guidance for practical, stepwise implementation and recommendations.

  4. Identify areas requiring revision in Criterion 7.7 and 7.10 based on lessons learnt from implementation of the current requirements, areas of improvement to increase the impact of RSPO certification in reducing overall GHG emissions and advise the P&C Task Force and relevant Subgroup(s) accordingly.

  5. Work closely with the relevant departments within the RSPO Secretariat in the various regions and/or countries, the relevant committees, and the external experts to ensure that the procedures and guidelines developed are aligned to the RSPO standards.

  6. Ensure the development and revision of relevant key documents, tools and guidelines related to GHG and Peat are in line with the RSPO Endorsed Methodology and are based on global best practices.

  7. Train RSPO Secretariat staff on any methodologies endorsed by RSPO related to the portfolio and its implementation, and create the relevant processes, protocols, and training documents.

Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned by the Management.



  • University degree in a related field. A graduate degree would be advantageous.

  • 5+ years of work experience in the field of sustainability standards and/or certification schemes, preferably within the oil palm sector.

  • Understanding of GHG emissions monitoring and reporting, and relevant methodologies used for GHG accounting.

  • Knowledge of RSPO standards, its existing processes, tools and requirements related to GHG and Peat (e.g, PalmGHG, GHG new development calculator, Drainability Assessments etc.) is advantageous.

  • Understanding of other palm oil sustainability standards (e.g. MSPO, ISPO, ISCC, Rainforest Alliance etc) and other third-party certification schemes.

  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and/or projects.



  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact with different stakeholders.

  • A high proficiency in English with good communication skills. Spanish, French and/or Indonesian language skills are a plus.

  • Ability in establishing cooperation and rapport with internal and external parties of different backgrounds and/or nationalities.

  • High integrity and a good team player.

  • Goal-oriented and organised.

  • Self-motivated and self-directed.

  • Ability to be flexible on the implementation of projects and meet given deadlines.

  • Strong strategic thinking skills.



Your commitment and passion to drive innovation will be rewarded with an opportunity to work in an international multi-stakeholder organisation, where making a difference to People, Planet and Prosperity is not just a statement, but what we passionately believe in.

Operating within a dynamic and fast-paced environment, you will enjoy functioning within a role that offers the opportunity to broaden your skill set and develop your capabilities.


Qualified applicants are invited to send in their updated CV giving comprehensive details of educational background, work experience, and related achievements to [email protected]. Please state "Job Application – Manager, Climate Change (GHG/PEAT)" in your email subject line.

**RSPO is an equal opportunity employer. Due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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