REDD+ Monitoring, Reporting & Verification (MRV) Coordinator – The Nature Conservancy

Summary:  
The MRV Advisor, along as a specialized technical support team, will establish robust monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) systems for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This will be utilized to develop robust, country-wide, multi-level, nested MRV systems for REDD+ activities. These systems would constitute a  component of a national, fully integrated, mandatory system for registering, monitoring, reporting, and verifying greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of Mexico’s economy.
 
Responsibilities:
This individual will oversee site specific field projects to assess the feasibility, reliability, replicability, scalability and cost-effectiveness of MRV methods and techniques, and lead the project’s team focused on MRV activities. Demonstration projects will ensure that the MRV methods proposed or developed can contribute to a comprehensive national MRV system. He/she will provide the leadership and be responsible for delivering the following:
  • Scientific and technical research, case studies, and analyses conducted and shared with relevant public, private sector, and civil society entities to improve MRV systems for REDD+ activities including, but not limited to, Reference Emissions Levels, detailed forest inventories, forest carbon accounting methods, carbon standards, remote sensing tools, and field measurement methods.
  • Best practices and lessons learned for REDD+ MRV developed and disseminated among relevant government agencies, civil society, indigenous groups, and forest dependent communities, emphasizing those which may be replicated and adopted nationally.
  • In contribution with other teams, at least six pilot projects designed and implemented to test or adapt novel elements of MRV systems for REDD+ activities.
  • Prepare work plans with the technical team and contribute to execution and follow-up of work plans by field teams, including field visits to ensure progress and adapt to ongoing assessments of feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and system quality.
  • Contribute to national and regional policy dialogues about Mexico’s MRV system including how the pilot projects nest into a national program.
  • Maintain networks and manage relationships with partners, policy makers and other stakeholders.
  • Prepare reports, memos, presentations, and lessons learned, as needed.
  • Coordinate and communicate with TNC staff in Mexico and worldwide.  
Requirements:    
  • Master’s degree in science-related, forestry, climate change, environmental sciences and/or related fields, and 4 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data on vegetation cover derived from remote sensing and GIS databases, field observations, biomass estimation, and carbon accounting.
  • Experience on formulating and negotiation collaborative agreements with external potential partners including governmental agencies, NGOs and academia.
  • General knowledge on land use planning and development under low emissions development, as well as in the management of GIS.
  • Experience managing complex or multiple projects and tasks, including managing finances and coordinating the work with other teams and partners.
  • Knowledge on legal frameworks in Mexico related with environment, land use, etc. and climatic change policy.
  • Experience on projects and initiatives working with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience on contributing to fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposals.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish (reading, writing and speaking).
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office Suite Software.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master’s degree in science-related field and 4-6 years experience, or Ph.D. and 1-3 years experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting data on vegetation and land use derived from remote sensing and GIS, field observations, biomass estimation, and carbon accounting.
  • At least 3 years of experience working in forestry, especially with regard to deforestation and forest degradation data collection/monitoring, forest carbon assessments, land use and land use change monitoring and modeling, UNFCCC and other MRV standards and guidelines (IPCC guidelines).
  • Skills for integrating MRV methodologies into policy planning and capacity building.
  • Knowledge of Mexico’s forest sector and climate change policies, laws, development and management issues is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of current carbon market trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and regions highly desirable.
  • Proven project management skills and a track record of meeting deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Web browsers, etc.) and ability to use provided computer technology to enhance the quality of work.
  • Peer-reviewed publication record a plus.
  • Strong communication skills, both interpersonal and written; Fluency in Spanish and English (reading, writing and speaking).
  • Successful experience in partnership development (NGOs, governments, etc.) including extensive networking with high-level conservation and political contacts.
  • Comfort with operating in a non-hierarchical and collegial manner.
  • Demonstrated experience influencing, developing and implementing assessments at the regional, national and/or country/international level.
Deadline:
All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 15, 2013.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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