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Environmental and Climate Change Specialist


Job description

We are in search of an Environmental and Climate Change Specialist to join our team at Tony’s Open Chain. The #1 goal is to advance Tony’s Open Chain’s impact initiatives to a globally recognized standard by focusing on environmental sustainability and climate action while generating tangible benefits for farming households.

In this role, you will be part of a team of specialists and lead initiatives to ensure that our ‘5 Sourcing Principles approach’ exceeds industry norms in environmental stewardship, specifically in relation to cocoa sourcing. This includes responsible management of nature to protect it for future generations. It involves conserving habitats, using resources wisely, preventing pollution and negative health impacts, addressing climate change and building resilience among farmers, and building ecosystem and environmental conservation.

As the leader of a "Center of excellence" within our environmental initiatives, you will design impactful and innovative programs, setting ambitious benchmarks for sustainability and conservation in our cocoa-producing landscapes. Collaborating closely with team members and colleagues in West Africa, you will play a pivotal role in raising standards and effecting positive change.

Here’s is what you will do:

  • Lead pioneering programs for environmental sustainability and climate action.
  • Develop a robust, long-term strategy for the "center of excellence," aligning with Tony’s Chocolonely's values.
  • Work closely with the West Africa teams to implement programs within our expanding supply chain, with credible approaches that work at scale.
  • Secure external funds, manage budgets, and assess the cost-benefit of interventions to align with the Tony's Open Chain business model.
  • Ensure accountability and forge an evidence-driven, collaborative environment by convening a diverse array of stakeholders, including governments in West Africa, and experts from within and beyond the organisation.
  • Provide clear guidance and mentorship to colleagues and partner cooperatives who are the first-mile implementers of the 5 Sourcing Principles.
  • Utilise your expertise to pilot innovative solutions for environmental conservation and climate resilience, leveraging data modelling where applicable.
  • Regularly monitor and refine programs, setting high standards for the industry and exceeding best practices.
  • Evaluate environmental metrics and traceability, ensuring effective implementation and approach.

Job requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Climate Change, or related field; Master's degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in similar roles, demonstrating practical skills and proficiency in environmental sustainability and climate action.
  • Proven track record in designing and implementing environmental conservation projects, ideally in cocoa-sourcing regions Ghana & Côte d'Ivoire.
  • Strong capacity to build momentum, share knowledge, and empower others.
  • Collaborative, adaptable, and industry-savvy, with a data driven & strategic outlook.
  • Proficiency in English is required; fluency in French is a big plus.
  • We are all about being more in person than apart. This means we offer flexibility but see each other in the Amsterdam office on average 3 days a week. More is fine!
  • Motivated to raise the bar and challenge both yourself and Team Tony's to increase ambition and successfully achieve our mission. Embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes along the way.
  • Strong belief in Tony's mission and wholeheartedly embody our core values: outspoken, willful, entrepreneurial, and always bringing a smile.
  • Last but not least, you can deal smoothly with the challenges that come with a growing company, and positively contribute to team Tony's performance.

Sounds like you?

Are you passionate about making a difference in the world? Look no further! If you're ready to take the chocolate industry to new heights with us, we'd love to hear from you! Please send your direct application by sharing your resume and answering our questions, no agencies. We can't wait to hear from you!

Everybody is welcome to apply. From classics to limited editions, we know that different flavours make life more inspiring. And not just in our chocolate assortment. At Tony’s, we welcome everyone with equal enthusiasm – regardless of race, colour, age, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, disability or veteran status. Crazy about chocolate, serious about people.

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open Chain


  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
Open Chain