The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a global, non-profit organisation with voluntary members working to transform the palm oil industry to make it sustainable. We are focused on bringing together stakeholders from across the palm oil supply chain to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

At RSPO, we believe that our success is built by the passion, dedication, skills, and expertise of our people. 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) 2023 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, and reduce the impacts from peatlands and GHG emissions. Alongside the P&C 2023, the role involves research, stakeholder engagement, and solution-seeking in the subject matter of Net Zero, Circular Economy, Climate Solutions, Climate Due Diligence, Sustainable Technologies for the Palm Oil sector and Sustainability Reporting.

The Manager, Climate Change (GHG/Peat) will be responsible to oversee the development and innovation of standards, guidance and procedures related to these criteria(s). 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 to support the organisation as a leader in sustainability. The Manager role is also responsible for projects management and standard-setting work related to environmental sustainability and climate change.

The location of this role is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Duties include but will not be limited to the following:

  • 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.
  • Oversee and manage the revision and updates to the methodology (based on industry accepted methods, where available) of existing RSPO GHG tools, namely Palm GHG Calculator and GHG Assessment Procedure, following the requirements of RSPO standards, procedures and guidelines.
  • Advise the RSPO senior management on its strategic roadmap for the RSPO to meet its commitments on Net Zero, Circular Economy, Climate Change Goals, GHG Management, Carbon Monitoring, Peat Management; and engage RSPO Members and stakeholders in closing identified gaps, including developing guidance for practical, stepwise implementation and recommendations
  • 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.
  • Ensure the development and revision of relevant key documents, tools and guidelines related to GHG, Peat Management, Environmental Management, Circular Economy; are in line with the RSPO Standard Setting Procedures and RSPO global best practices.
  • 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.



  • 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.

Technical and Professional Knowledge

  • Understanding of GHG emissions monitoring and reporting, and relevant methodologies used for GHG accounting.
  • Fair experience in carbon inventory or environmental foot-printing inventory.
  • Knowledge of RSPO standards, its existing processes, tools and requirements related to GHG and Peat (e.g., PalmGHG, Drainability Assessments etc.) is advantageous.
  • Knowledge of life cycle analysis (LCA), environmental impact assessment, or environmental monitoring.
  • Understanding of other palm oil sustainability standards (e.g. MSPO, ISPO, ISCC, Rainforest Alliance etc) and other third-party certification schemes.
  • Advance technical knowledge in “climate change” concepts, theory, policies, and frameworks.

Essential Skills

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and interact with different stakeholders.
  • A high proficiency in English with good communication skills. Foreign 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.


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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