The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) seeks a qualified consultant to stress test the VCS AFOLU pooled buffer account based on performance of the buffer account to date and potential future scenarios. The VCS AFOLU pooled buffer account currently holds over 8 million buffer credits which can be relied upon in the event of unanticipated losses in project carbon stocks, thereby ensuring the permanence of Verified Carbon Units (VCUs) issued under the VCS Program. It is important that VCS periodically stress test the pooled buffer account to ensure that the approach continues to be effective.

The consultant will be expected to examine the resilience of the AFOLU pooled buffer account through a combination of document review and stochastic (or similar) modeling. VCS also seeks assistance thinking through certain specific items in respect of the operation of the pooled buffer account.

The consultancy will run from April until August, and applications are requested by 29 March 2017 to John Holler, Senior Program Officer, via email at If you are interested in this opportunity and have relevant technical expertise, please review our Request for Proposals for more detailed information regarding the opportunity and application process.