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ProVeg Asia Program Operations Manager

Permanent employee, Full-time · China Remote

Role Summary
The ProVeg Asia Program Operations Manager will work closely with the internal management team and local authority to ensure compliance requirements of an INGO. He/she will be responsible to initiate and deliver meaningful campaigns with thoughtful planning and budgeting. In addition, the role will include developing and implementing processes that help decision making, information sharing, and resources allocation.
Job Details
Job title: ProVeg Asia Program Operations Manager
Reports to: Managing Director, Asia
Location: Home-based, Shanghai.
Hours: 20-40 hours per week
  • Assist the Managing Director, Asia, and work closely with the International Operations Manager, PV US leadership, and Executive Team on the registration of, and compliance and governance of, an INGO in China
  • With the support from the international team, assist the Managing Director with:
    • the development of annual goals, quarterly objectives and key results (OKRs) and project plans in Asia
    • annual budget planning and accounting and contributing to the development/maintenance of systems for management reports, as well as grant funding management and reporting
    • facilitating the communication and learning processes between ProVeg Asia and other country offices
  • Maintain positive relations with relevant third parties, such as service providers, other companies or non-profits to build a strong base within the Asia region
  • Any other task that may reasonably be expected of the job holder’s scope and level of responsibility.
Essential requirements
  • Relevant higher education or post-graduate degree
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills in Mandarin Chinese (Native level) and English (Fluent).
  • 3+ years of relevant work experience in mainland China. 
  • Being based out of Shanghai, and, where necessary, travel within China and occasionally to Europe/USA
  • Ability to create and implement strategies and manage change effectively
  • Strong organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in dealing with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds and seniority levels
  • Experience of effectively working remotely and in remote teams located across the globe.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and demands from varying sources at the same time
  • Confident in Google Workspace, project management software and similar digital productivity tools
  • Good knowledge of organisational processes/systems (cross-cultural sensitivity and international experience and perspective)
  • Eagerness to keep learning and developing
  • Alignment with the goals, guiding principles and objectives of ProVeg
Desirable requirements
  • University degree in the fields of marketing, food, or health & nutrition  
  • Experience with the food sector (industry, retail, and food services)
  • Experience in a nonprofit sector, ideally in an international charitable organisation 
  • Previous experience in dealing with legal topics, knowledge of legal requirements for establishing and managing an INGO in China
  • Experience with general data protection compliance
  • Experience with organisational evaluation and impact assessment
  • Interest in and concern for animals, the environment, public health and just food transitions towards more plant-based diets. 

Benefits of working with us
  • Flexible, trust-based working arrangements and home office arrangements.
  • A strong focus on personal development, with a designated training budget.
  • Mindfulness Program.
  • We are a workplace that encourages everyone to bring their whole selves to work. We are an inclusive workplace for our diverse employees around the world.
  • And last but not least: become part of a great team and work with us towards a world where everyone chooses delicious and healthy food that is good for all humans, animals, and our planet!

Application deadline: open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Further information
Further information about ProVeg Asia Programme

ProVeg International launched the ProVeg China programme in 2018. Plant-based eating in China has been limited to a small number of people who have shifted their diets in response to the global issues of health and environmental protection and so the establishment of a ProVeg team in the world’s most populous country represented a huge opportunity. In a short space of time, ProVeg China has strengthened its relationships with key influencers in the mainstream Chinese food industry, including manufacturers and scientists, and is actively participating in building a new future for sustainable development in the region. At the beginning of 2020, in collaboration with Shanghai Society of Food Science, ProVeg China launched the ‘Plant-Based Food Innovation Contest’ in Shanghai, the first of its kind in the world. The contest attracted around +250 students from leading universities, who were coached and mentored by industry experts, including Danone, Beyond Meat, Ferrero and Oatly. The contest has been launched at a time when the plant-based meat market in China is growing steadily, and at a faster rate than GDP growth, and has continued into 2021 with an expansion of the contest to South East Asian students, universities and companies.
We are developing and implementing exciting new food innovation programs and events in China and SouthEast Asia. Due to the growth, we now require program and operation support. You will contribute and support initiatives that underpin our success in Asia. 

About us
ProVeg International is a food awareness organisation working to transform the global food system by replacing animal-based products with plant-based and cultured alternatives. We work with decision-making bodies, companies, investors, the media, and the general public to help the world transition to a society and economy that are less reliant on animal agriculture and more sustainable for all humans, animals, and our planet. We have offices in nine countries across four continents and are active around the world. ProVeg has a permanent observer status with the UNFCCC, special consultative status with ECOSOC, is accredited for UNEA, and has received the United Nations’ Momentum for Change Award.

We base our strategy on empirically-based evidence whenever possible. We seek to stay abreast of the latest research to inform our strategic considerations and outreach materials. We evaluate all of our programs to make sure we are allocating our resources in the best way to reach our goal.

ProVeg fosters a culture in which challenges become opportunities to learn and thrive. Because changing the global food system is a huge undertaking, we are looking for new team members who are pragmatic and professional and who are willing to step out of their comfort zone when needed. Critical problem-solving skills, team spirit, and creativity are all vital to accomplishing our ambitious goals.

Your application
We are happy about your interest in ProVeg. Please send us your application only by using the following form.

The application process takes between four and eight weeks and includes the following steps:
  • Screening by the HR department
  • Screening by the respective department
  • Processing of trial tasks
  • First Interview
  • Possibly second interview
  • Confirmation
For federal voluntary services and internships, the process is shortened slightly and usually only one interview is conducted. In these cases, the trial tasks are usually carried out in the form of a trial day at our Berlin office.

Please submit your application including a cover letter, CV and references in one PDF document (max. 3 MB) and answer the questions in our general questionnaire for all applicants. Your contact person is Nora Winter, Head of HR.

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