The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is looking for a Program Officer to join a growing staff in our Washington, DC headquarters. The successful candidate will work with a range of staff on the Landscape Standard (LS). The Officer will support this new program, as well as perform various other tasks as required by the team and wider organization.
VCS was launched in November 2007 and are now well established among the leading global greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and programs in the voluntary carbon market. VCS is committed to helping reduce emissions, improve livelihoods and protect natural resources, collaborating across the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that credibly, transparently and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and channel funding for sustaining and scaling up these benefits. We work in any arena where we see a need for clear standards, a role for market-based mechanisms and an opportunity to achieve environmental and social good.
The Program Officer will be central to the success of the Landscape Standard. Principal tasks and responsibilities include support to the development and implementation of LS including:
• Manage sub-grant and contract agreements with in-country partners
• Coordinate meetings, conferences and events focused on the development and piloting of the LS framework
• Support ongoing communication in Spanish between the VCS, partners implementing pilot projects in Latin America and local governments
• Support project proposals and work plan development, including contributing to project strategy
• Draft internal and external reports containing financial and narrative content, including to project donors
• Undertake research to support the development of the standard, including on sustainability data and metrics, monitoring and reporting outcomes and potential demand and finance sources
• Represent VCS at conferences and other industry events
• Assist with other parts of LS and the organization, as needed
Knowledge, Experience and Skills
• A minimum of two years professional experience, or one year if holding a relevant graduate degree, working preferably within the context of climate change mitigation or adaptation, environmental markets, responsible mining/extractives or agricultural/forest sustainability
• University education, with emphasis in forestry or agriculture, natural resources or environmental management, or environmental economics. Graduate degree would be an asset.
• Understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation concepts, frameworks and multilateral institutions (including the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement)
• Understanding of public policy process and financing in developing countries, ideally related to climate change mitigation and adaptation policies or green growth strategies, would be an asset
• Understanding of sustainability issues and standards (eg, Rainforest Alliance, Utz, Fair Trade, ESG criteria) would be an asset
• Experience managing grants from government donors (such as DFID, NORAD, USAID or BMUB) would be an asset • Ability to work effectively with international partners and diversity of developing country stakeholders
• Excellent technical writing, spoken communication and presentation skills
• Fluency in English and Spanish; proficiency in Portuguese or French a plus
• Willingness to travel, including internationally Professional Qualities
• Sharp analytical mind, with excellent attention to detail
• Ability to manage a diverse, intellectually challenging workload
• Ability to excel in a professional environment, with limited supervision
• Excellent time management skills
• Good organizational, communication, interpersonal and team skills Terms and Conditions A competitive salary and benefits package are available and other terms and conditions will be discussed during the application process. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US (i.e., US citizen or holding current work authorization).
To apply, candidates are requested to submit the following documents:
• Cover letter (not to exceed one page) • Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages)
• 1-2 sample(s) of relevant written work (e.g., webpages, fact sheets or reports on a relevant topic)
All documents should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.