Consultant: Catalysing improved water stewardship in the metals and mining sector


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Project overview:

As part of its mission to drive action for a sustainable economy, CDP is undertaking a project funded by the Alcoa Foundation to support the transition to a water-secure world by catalysing improved water stewardship in the metals & mining sector. CDP will work with companies, investors, regulators and industry bodies to articulate a vision for corporate action and water-related disclosure. The project will identify information, metrics and data that will provide valuable insights and benchmarking for all stakeholders, enable greater peer-to-peer learning, and facilitate refined investment, purchasing and policy decisions. The project’s core objective is to increase, and improve the value and impact of, water- related disclosure in this sector.

The project will take place between early 2018 and end 2019.

Purpose of role:

To strengthen technical content and engagement activity with this sector, CDP is seeking a short-term consultant to support CDP’s technical team. Experts with a demonstrable knowledge of water issues and expertise in the field of sustainability in the metals & mining sector are invited to apply.


Contract duration: 40 days, part time Sept 2018 – Aug 2019

Key responsibilities:

To support CDP’s team with technical input on the development and the timely delivery of:

  1. A disclosure approach document by June 2019, outlining transformational futures in the industry and the transition pathways to water-security, areas of significant impact of the metals & mining sector on water resources and the behaviours that would contribute to reducing or eliminating these
  2. Support to organize and participation in a Global Workshop with key stakeholders in Q1/Q2 of 2019.
  3. Input & support for the development of an Insights report based on 2018 corporate responses to CDP’s first sector-specific questionnaire, leading to refinement of the questionnaire, guidance & scoring methodology.

Additionally, the consultant will support the identification of and engagement with key sector stakeholders from corporations, investors, and sector and other relevant bodies.

Tasks and deliverables

This assignment is managed by CDP’s technical manager.

Working mode

The consultant will carry out this work in collaboration with CDP’s technical team, but also work independently as needed. Regular communication by email and phone, to mutually update and feedback on the progress made will be expected. The estimated dedication is expected to be 40 days in total, shared between 2018 and 2019. Preferred location for this position is the UK due to limited travel budget, although applications from other locations may be considered. At least 2 in-person meetings in London are expected.

Required skills and experience:

  • 5-10 years of professional experience working in the metals & mining sector with experience on sustainable use of water resources
  • Proven knowledge of corporate sustainability reporting frameworks in the mining sector
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; detail-oriented and organized thinker
  • Deep knowledge of the key stakeholders and sustainability challenges for the metals & mining sector.
  • Ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities and meet deadlines
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and an excellent standard of written English
  • Familiarity with CDP’s water security program is desirable.

To apply:

To apply please email your CV and a cover letter setting out how you meet the required skills and providing evidence of experience, which should be no more than two pages, to [email protected] with ‘Improved water stewardship – short-term consultant, First name, Last name’ in the subject.

The deadline is midnight (BST) Friday 31st August 2018 and applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis.