Head, Government Relations

Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

About the RSPO

RSPO is a not-for-profit that unites stakeholders from the 7 sectors of the palm oil industry: oil palm producers, processors or traders, consumer goods manufacturers, retailers, banks/investors, and environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to develop and implement global standards for sustainable palm oil.

The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). When they are properly applied, these criteria can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions.

The RSPO has more than 4,000 members worldwide who represent all links along the palm oil supply chain. They have committed to produce, source and/or use sustainable palm oil certified by the RSPO.

You can find further details on their website https://rspo.org/

Head, Government Relations Role Profile

As a multi-stakeholder organisation, the RSPO relies on creating interconnectivity between civil society, business and government.

The Head of Government Relations will help to foster these ties and build out a government relations program globally for the organisation. This individual will support the Global Director of Outreach and Engagement in designing and executing a strategic vision for RSPO, and will lead engagement with governments across the globe, with a focus on key markets such as Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China, the European Union, and the United States.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include but will not be limited to the following: 
  • Design and implement a global government relations strategy for the organisation that is aligned with the objectives of the Theory of Change.
  • Lead and develop internal government relations staff in important RSPO geographies.
  • Manage industry and trade association memberships;
  • Contribute to external policy communications as it relates to government relations;
  • When required, hire and manage external advocacy firms and work with internal and external communications teams;
  • Work with members to maximise the impact of the efforts of RSPO;
  • Build and maintain political and industry relationships; and
  • Work seamlessly with the company’s leadership team to understand the complex issues and areas where the RSPO must succeed.
  • Coach and motivate staff, identify learning opportunities for staff development and advancement, track work progress to build staff competence on the job and encourage motivation, pro-activeness, and job satisfaction of all direct reports.
Apart from the duties stated above, to perform any duty or duties reasonably assigned.
Authority to Decide:
  •  In agreement with Management

Required Competencies

Technical & Professional Knowledge:
  • Proven management and leadership skills, including evidence of crafting and successfully executing significant government relations campaigns.
  • A skilled internal and external relationship builder, with the ability to construct and maintain strong networks of policy influence within the industry and governing institutions.
  • Effective public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Experience integrating public policy with organisation or business strategy; and
Essential Skills
  • Strong business acumen with the ability to synthesise key themes and deliverables from objectives and strategies defined by senior management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, negotiation, cross-team project management and consensus-building.
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders and/or projects across complex geographies.
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be effective independently.
  • Able to plan, allocate and monitor resources to meet fiscal targets and ensure proper budget management.
  • Emotional maturity, patience, curiosity, and a sustained willingness to change one’s mind.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor’s degree in Political Science or any other related fields.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of working experience in a management role specifically in government or corporate affairs;
  • Experience in a global environment working with diverse governments, multilateral trade bodies, UN entities, and government agencies;
  • Experienced with the policymaking processes in ASEAN, Europe, and the US with a strong record of leading and delivering effective results.

Location of Role

  • This position can be located in any South East Asia location that has good travel connections (COVID-19 permitting), particularly Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta.

Terms of Appointment

  • Full-time permament role.

How to Apply?

If you wish to be considered for this position, please complete the Application Form below 12th March 2021. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.
If you have an initial query rather than an application, kindly email us at [email protected].

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by RSPO to undertake this assignment.

Application form