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 leads 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.