Roster of Experts: The Gold Standard


Gold Standard works to create a climate secure world where sustainable growth brings lifechanging benefits to communities everywhere. Our role as a standard and certification body is to maximise the impact of climate and development activities. We design the strongest processes that amplify the impact of efforts to deliver clean energy and water, responsibly manage land and forests, and transform lives of the world’s poor. We then verify those outcomes, inspiring greater confidence that drives investment to accomplish even more.

Gold Standard was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered on their dual mandate to foster sustainable development. Now with more than 80 NGO supporters and 1100 projects in over 70 countries, our projects have delivered billions of dollars in climate and development outcomes in local communities all around the world.

Job description

We are seeking qualified independent consultants as part of our Roster of Experts (RoE) for the technical review and assessment of Gold Standard CER and VER projects. The experts will be allocated technical project reviews on a part-time and as-needed basis. This is not a full time role and it does not represent full time or part time employment with Gold Standard.

Primary responsibilities:

Perform detailed technical review of Energy & Waste Management projects under the CER and VER streams submitted for Gold Standard certification. The reviews will include, but not be limited to, local stakeholder consultations (“LSC”) reviews, programme of activities reviews, pre-feasibility assessments, registration reviews (including internal validation), issuance reviews (including internal verification), design change reviews and review the renewal of crediting periods.


  • Bachelors or Masters degree in an environmental subject, ideally concerning climate change studies. A degree in international development or sustainable development will also be considered.
  • Priority will be given to any professional qualifications or training related to GHG certification and audit work.


Minimum 6-7 years professional experience post education in a carbon offset project development, audit or certification capacity. Experience with the Gold Standard Requirements is highly desirable.

Required Skill Sets

In addition to the educational and experience requirements noted above candidates are expected to demonstrate a high level of competence in the following areas:

  • Passion for sustainable development and The Gold Standard’s mission
  • Understanding and ability to quickly learn about a variety of project-related issues such as economics, environment, social, and development
  • Personal and professional integrity and the commitment to protecting the integrity and reputation of the Gold Standard Foundation
  • Deep understanding of carbon projects and carbon markets and proficiency in the technical approach to carbon project development
  • Attention to detail, thoroughness and sound judgment
  • Commitment and ability to meet all deadlines and to respond to priority issues in a short time-frame
  • Ability to communicate efficiently and clearly with colleagues, peers, and clients
  • Customer-focus and client service
  • Organizational and time management skills
  • Competence in standard professional IT packages such as Microsoft and Google Docs.
  • Ability to work in a team, maintaining a positive and supportive attitude at all times.


  • Must be fluent in English
  • Additional language skills are an advantage.


It’s a home based role Compensation Compensation will be on hourly basis at internationally competitive rate.

Application Requirements and Deadline

All interested candidates must submit a resume and 1-page cover letter explaining why you want to work for Gold Standard to Applications close on February 17, 2017. We regret that late applications will not be considered.


Read more about the position here.