Agri-Food Transitions Programme Manager

Climate Bonds Initiative

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Job Title: Agri-Food Transitions Programme Manager

Team: Programmes Team

Reporting to: Senior Transitions Programme Manager / Programme Director

Direct Reports: China, EU, Brazil regional policy leads, programme administrator, investor engagement lead

Location: EU / UK

Salary: NGO Competitive

About the Climate Bonds Initiative

Climate Bonds Initiative is an investor-focused NGO working to mobilise the $100 trillion global bond market for climate change solutions. We promote investment in projects and assets necessary for a rapid transition to a low carbon and climate resilient economy.

Our main work streams are green bond standards and certification, data and market analysis, policy and market development, communications and advocacy.

Climate Bonds is a fast growing, dynamic NGO driven by a big mission. You will be working within an organisation that is leading the development of innovative international climate finance solutions.

The Role

The Climate Bonds Initiative is launching a 3-year programme aimed at accelerating the transition of agriculture and food (agri-food) systems toward net-zero, resilient, and sustainable systems. This Agri-Food Transitions Programme is a key pillar of CBI’s flagship Transitions Programme. The overarching goal of the Transitions Programme is to mobilise global capital for financing the transition of key sectors of the economy to align with a net-zero, resilient, and sustainable future.

At the core of our strategy for catalysing agri-food system transitions is the following premise: Green fiscal, trade, and financial policies, as well as structural reform measures used successfully to spur green transitions in other markets, such as energy, can be deployed in food markets to arrive at more sustainable production and healthier diets and reap the ensuing economic, social, and planetary gains.

CBI is looking for a motivated and highly qualified expert in agri-food decarbonisation processes and policies to lead this exciting new global program with a focus on the EU, Brazil, and China.

Team Mission

  • Effective delivery of strategic programmes and projects to time, budget, and quality parameters in alignment with CBI’s organizational strategies, priorities, and policies.
  • Management of internal and external stakeholders and cross functional workstreams from funding through to end-to-end execution with adherence to governance guidelines as outlined by Senior Management, with timely and effective escalation and reporting.

Key Responsibilities and Duties

  • Coordinating and driving forward the global programme on agri-food transitions in CBI,
  • In alignment with other teams, providing an expert voice within and outside CBI on developing context-specific resilient decarbonisation pathways for agri-food systems
  • Working closely with the programme director and transitions manager to ensure the agri-food system programme is strategically aligned with the wider transitions programme and adding value to the overall goals of CBI
  • Providing leadership for agri-food transitions, and overseeing regional (Brazil, China, EU and US) agri-food policy leads to ensure strategic alignment across the programme
  • Deliver transition projects to time, budget and quality parameters as defined by funder/s and senior management.
  • Provide cross-functional leadership and coordination across the core technical teams, communications team, training & events team, and the supporting administrative teams such as finance and HR to deliver the projects in a manner that is professional and seamless.


Qualifications and Experience:


  • Extensive experience working on agri-food transitions from a technical or political perspective with a particular focus on decarbonising high-impact industrial agricultural production methods
  • Experienced in project management, understanding of risk management, change control and budgeting
  • Excellent coordination and matrix management skills, able to build virtual teams and deliver complex programmes
  • Good understanding of the technical and / or political challenges of transitioning to net zero in one or more of the following: food production, livestock production, international supply chains, international commodity and food trade agreements, food processing and retail systems
  • Understanding of the role of finance in supporting the transition to net zero
  • Comfortable with public speaking, excellent communication skills, able to translate complex information into useful and targeted messaging for different audiences
  • Strong writing skills, experience providing clear written communication to internal and external audiences
  • Native or full professional fluency in English, other languages (Portuguese, French an advantage)
  • Based in the EU or similar timezone



NGO Competitive Salary

Opportunity to collaborative in global teams on stimulating projects that have a positive impact

Work with Thought Leaders and grow your career

Remote and flexible working

Family friendly and inclusive environment

Local benefits appropriate to your region e.g. carbon free pension options

25 days holiday

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