Multiple Openings – Conservation International

 Advisor, Carbon Fund

Description

Conservation International’s (CI) Carbon Fund Fund was established to help catalyze the nascent forest carbon market by playing a key role as an early-stage investor/developer of best-in-class projects and associated financing mechanisms. As part of our expansion phase, CI is looking to build on our current leadership in the forest carbon space and seeks to scale up our work in order to maximize benefits for conservation and community livelihoods.

The Advisor will provide carbon finance technical expertise to help oversee the Fund’s current portfolio and mature the pipeline of forest carbon projects. This new position will help identify opportunities to engage the Carbon Fund in forest carbon projects, primarily (although not limited to) the emerging REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) asset class and therefore will play a key role in helping the Fund expand its existing portfolio. As part of the this role, the Advisor will manage the development of feasibility assessments, support project design and execution, and provide technical support to the Fund’s existing and growing portfolio. Finally, the Advisor will provide support to the Senior Director and Manager as needed, and may collaborate with other CI and EFD units to ensure organization of activities for a common goal.

This position reports to the Senior Director, Carbon Finance, in the Ecosystem Finance Division, but will work closely with the other Manager position to achieve the Fund’s goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify opportunities for carbon investment based on a variety of conservation priorities, carbon estimates, methodology application, and with consideration to carbon standards requirements (Voluntary Carbon Standard – VCS, Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance- CCBA, Clean Development Mechanisms – CDM, etc)
  • REDD+ projects. Work with CI’s Regional Programs, partner organizations, and external contractors to ensure timely execution of work and identify new opportunities
  • Provide expert advice on technical carbon issues to guide Fund project selection, design and management over the carbon development cycle
  • Support the development of carbon-specific decision support tools internal to CI
  • Support the elaboration of Project Design Documents of forest carbon projects and through the carbon lifecycle including validation, registration, and verification
  • Coordinate with the CI Climate Team to ensure that project activities effectively link to broader national REDD policy / accounting.

WORKING CONDITIONS: This position will require a significant amount, up to 50%, of international travel time

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • 3 to 5 years experience in carbon markets, conservation finance, or related field
  • Strong working knowledge and application of leading REDD and AR methodologies and carbon standards
  • Strong carbon project management experience, with experience getting projects through validation/registration in either voluntary or compliance markets
  • Experience with feasibility studies and investment
  • Fluency in at least one of the following: Spanish, French, Portuguese, Bahasa (Indonesia)
  • Experience working in and sourcing projects from developing countries
  • Ability to work independently after being given the strategic direction and key deliverables is important
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a dynamic, multi-cultural, and interdivisional team comprised of a variety of professionals from different disciplines.
  • Ability to multi-task, learn new material, and manage time effectively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.

Preferred:

  • Masters degree in forestry, agronomy, economics or related field
  • Experience working to create and assess carbon opportunities in developing countries
  • Experience working with/for forest carbon project developers
  • Private sector and deal origination background preferred but not required

 

Manager, REDD+ Training and Capacity Building

Description
The Manager of REDD+ Training and Capacity Building will be responsible for leading the institution’s training and capacity-building activities on REDD+ and other climate mitigation options.  Reporting to the Technical Advisor of REDD+ Initiatives, the manager will form part of the Climate Change Initiative Team, which leads CI’s work on REDD+ and provides technical and capacity-building assistance to partners and field staff.  The Climate Change Initiative Team consists of a Program leader, a Carbon Project Manager and an Advisor on National-level Readiness activities, and is part of the Global Change and Ecosystem Services team – one of the six teams within the Science + Knowledge division at Conservation International.
The REDD+ training manager will be responsible for designing and implementing capacity-building activities that enhance the capacity of CI’s regional programs and partners to effectively develop and implement REDD+ initiatives, and also develop national REDD+ readiness strategies.  The manager’s  main responsibilities will be to 1) develop and update comprehensive training modules on REDD+ and climate change mitigation (including climate change policy, climate change science, forest carbon project design and implementation, carbon markets, and REDD+ national strategies); 2) organize and deliver a series of training courses and workshops to CI regional programs and partners in Asia, Africa and Latin America to enhance regional capacity to implement REDD+ and develop REDD+ readiness strategies; 3) liase with partners to organize strategic REDD+ workshops and training events,  and  4) document the impact of CI’s training and REDD+ initiatives on the implementation of REDD+ and on REDD+ policy and document the lessons learned from the implementation of REDD+ initiatives. In addition, the training manager will provide technical support to regional programs on REDD+, helping develop REDD+ projects, preparing project descriptions (PDDs), and providing support to CI field staff on project design and implementation. S/he may also participate in research initiatives related to REDD+ such as the development of relevant methodologies, documentation of field experiences, and scientific and technical reports on climate change mitigation.
The manager would be expected to collaborate closely with other teams in the Science + Knowledge division, participate in the institutional REDD+ team, and collaborate closely with the Indigenous and Traditional People’s division on REDD+ training for indigenous groups.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Develop and update comprehensive training modules on REDD+ and climate change, including information on carbon markets, forest carbon project development, climate change science, climate change policy, and REDD+ readiness strategies.
  • Deliver training courses and workshop to CI regional programs and partners (including policy makers, technicians and local stakeholders) in Africa, Asia and Latin America and coordinate capacity-building activities with key partners, to enhance the capacity of CI’s field programs and partners to implement forest carbon projects REDD+ readiness activities.
  •  Provide technical assistance to regional field programs on REDD+ field demonstration activities and REDD+ readiness activities.  
  • Support research activities which synthesize CI’s experiences on REDD+ implementation and training, by contributing to peer-reviewed studies, best practice guides, training manuals, and case studies.  
  • Provide support to the CI Institutional Climate team, by assisting in the organization of workshops, presentation and other events related to CI’s REDD+ work, participating in key technical and policy events.
Working Conditions:
  • The position will include frequent international travel (up to 35%), including visits to remote forest areas in  developing countries.    
  • The candidate should be comfortable working in countries with low standards of  living.    
  • The candidate should also feel comfortable working with a variety of international partners andrepresenting CI at international policy and scientific events.
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Required:
  • MSc. in Forestry, Global Change, Natural Resource Management or a related field, with at least 3 years of international work experience on forestry or climate change issues.
  • Detailed knowledge of REDD+ issues, including climate change science, policy, carbon markets, forest carbon project design and stakeholder engagement.
  • Detailed knowledge of REDD+ project design and management, including both technical aspects (project development, baseline establishment, carbon accounting, PDD development, monitoring methodologies) and project management (partner identification, development of project structure, financial flows, etc.).
  • Experience developed high quality training materials (presentations, course materials) related to climate change and REDD+.
  • Excellent public speaking and communication skills; strong writing skills
  • Experience making technical presentations to diverse audiences (scientists, policy makers, NGO practitioners, community groups, etc) and organizing training activities.
  • Ability to compile and synthesize large amounts of information and to communicate this information in a concise and clear fashion to different audiences.
  • Strong inter-personal skills which enable you to work collaboratively within a dynamic, multi-cultural, international and interdivisional team comprised of a variety of professionals from different disciplines.
  • Ability to effectively build partnerships and manage relationships with key partners, donors and government officials.
  • Ability to multi-task, learn new material, and manage time effectively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Fluency in either Spanish or French.
Preferred:
  • Experience designing and managing field projects in reforestation, afforestation or forest conservation internationally
  • Experience in stakeholder engagement processes
  • Ability to work in an inter-divisional team, with multiple regional programs, and with staff from different  disciplines, educational backgrounds and cultures.  
  • Ability to work both independently as well as part of a  broader, dynamic team.  
  • Ability to take initiative, to learn material quickly and to be an effective organizer.

 

Technical Advisor, REDD+ Initiatives

Description

Conservation International (CI) is a non-profit institution headquartered outside of Washington DC, working in over 43 countries to conserve biodiversity, manage ecosystems, and ensure the delivery of related goods and services to people.  Our work on freshwater ecosystems includes the assessment of freshwater biodiversity and threats to it; protection and restoration of connected terrestrial, freshwater, and marine ecosystems across large watersheds; linking upstream protection of freshwater ecosystems to downstream human beneficiaries; and the promotion of freshwater ecosystem conservation critical for achieving sustainable development goals and biodiversity conservation.
 
CI’s Science + Knowledge Division (S+K) seeks international expertise in reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) design and implementation for our Technical Advisor of REDD+ Initiatives.
The Technical Advisor of REDD+ Initiatives is responsible for leading the institution’s technical and scientific work on REDD+ design and implementation.  This position is located within the Global Change and Ecosystem Services group within the Science + Knowledge division of CI, which is leading CI’s strategic research and implementation on REDD+ and land-use-based climate change mitigation.  He/she leads both the Climate Change Initiative Team (consisting of 1 position advising national REDD+ programs and two positions managing REDD+ projects and training initiatives) in the DC office.  This team directly supports CI’s field programs and their partners through the delivery of technical, financial, and capacity-building assistance to support CI’s work on REDD+ in the field. The position also contributes to the synthesis and dissemination of knowledge related to successful forest-based climate change mitigation.  He/she also plays a key role in the institution’s cross divisional team on REDD+, which includes work on science, policy, economics and social issues related to the role of tropical forests in climate change and the development of effective REDD+ mechanisms at the national level.      The Technical Advisor reports directly to the Vice President Global Change & Ecosystem Services.
 
The Technical Advisor brings a practical, field oriented and technical perspective to the design and implementation of the CI Climate Strategy, making recommendations which reflect emerging conditions and opportunities in CI’s field programs and in the forest carbon arena more generally.  The Technical Advisor defines objectives, sets direction and deploys resources to 1) provide strategic, targeted technical support to the development of site- or regional-level forest carbon projects that conserve biodiversity, sustain rural livelihoods and mitigate climate change; 2) enhance the ability of CI’s staff and partners to take advantage of emerging opportunities to channel REDD+ carbon finance towards conservation outcomes, 3) prepare partners (NGO, government and/or community) for effective participation in emerging national-level REDD+ activities through capacity-building programs and technical support; and 4) provide support to national governments on the development of effective, efficient REDD+ national programs and policies.
 
The Technical Advisor will be responsible for coordinating resources to meet specific commitments and obligations to external partners, donors and investors, and is expected to facilitate the teamwork and collaboration of multiple resources and programs across the institution to meet objectives.  The Technical Advisor also represents the program and institution in specific collaborations with external partners to design and deliver activities and outcomes critical to meeting CI’s strategic goals in forest-based climate change mitigation and enhancement of human livelihoods.  The position is expected to collaborate with other programs in the Science + Knowledge Division, and will contribute to research initiatives related to REDD+ such as the development of relevant methodologies, documentation of field experiences, and scientific and technical reports on climate change mitigation.  
 
RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Coordinate delivery of technical advice on REDD+ and forest carbon project development to CI field programs and partners, by supporting partners (government, NGO, or community) in REDD+ readiness activities and REDD+ field demonstration actions.
  • Catalyze the development and implementation of sub-national forest carbon initiatives by CI field programs and partners though technical assistance in project design, start-up and maintenance.
  • Provide leadership and work with other divisions and external partners to design and deploy effective training programs related to REDD+, forest carbon project development,  REDD+ readiness, and international climate change policy for a variety of audiences including CI field programs, strategic partners, and community-level audiences.
  • Serve as technical review for institutional commitments in site-level forest carbon activities, especially (but not exclusively) those considered for funding under the CI Carbon Fund; support those CI field programs who are leading projects selected for funding under the Carbon Fund.
  • Lead the institutional REDD+ team and provide support and input to the institutional Climate Change Strategy on activities related to REDD+ Readiness, including the strategic prioritization of commitments and the development of resources to deliver key objectives.
  • Lead or support research activities which synthesize CI’s experiences on REDD+ and contribute to the design of documents such as peer-reviewed studies, best practice guides, training manuals, and case studies.
Working Conditions:
  • The position will include frequent international travel (up to 35%), including visits to remote forest areas in developing countries.
  • The candidate should be comfortable working in countries with low standards of living.
  • The candidate should also feel comfortable working with a variety of international partners and representing CI at international policy and scientific events.
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Required:
  • MSc. in Forestry, Global Change, Natural Resource Management or a related field, with at least 5years of work experience on forestry or climate change issues.
  • Broad knowledge of climate change science, international climate policy, REDD, carbon markets and forest carbon issues
  • Detailed understanding of evolving REDD+ policies and “REDD+ Readiness” mechanisms.
  • Experience designing, managing and supporting international field projects in reforestation, afforestation,
  • agroforestry and/or forest conservation, with experience in both technical aspects (project development, baseline establishment, carbon accounting, PDD development, monitoring methodologies) and project management (partner identification, development of project structure, financial flows, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of audiences (from field staff to policy makers) from different cultures.
  • Strong public speaking skills and demonstrated ability to give technical presentations on climate change and forest carbon issues.
  • Ability to manage a team to deliver outcomes and meet time-sensitive commitments, and see the ‘big picture’ in order to coordinate multiple resources to meet objectives.
  • Experience in delivering technical training and capacity building in developing countries.
  • Strong inter-personal skills sufficient to work collaboratively within a dynamic, multi-cultural, international and interdivisional team comprised of a variety of professionals from different disciplines. Ability to effectively build partnerships and manage relationships with key partners, donors and government officials.
  • Ability to multi-task, learn new material, and manage time effectively in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Fluency in either Spanish or French.
Preferred:
  • Ph.D. in a discipline related to land-use climate change mitigation, especially Tropical Forest Ecology, or Natural Resource Management

 

 

 

 

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