Voluntary Carbon Standard – Multiple Openings

Policy Advisor

Background on the VCS Association

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) is a leading carbon standard and greenhouse gas (GHG) program, used by organizations around the world to account for GHG emission reductions and credits in the voluntary carbon market. With more than 50 million credits issued, VCS is one of the most widely used standards in the global voluntary market, and it is increasingly helping to shape carbon accounting regulations as they are being developed by local and national governments around the world.

The VCSA is looking for a dynamic Policy Advisor to effectively engage policy‐ and decisionmakers

around the world. The overall objective of this new position will be to strengthen the role that the VCS Program can play in respect of emerging GHG regimes by serving as a source of knowledge and insight regarding the development of robust GHG offset programs and how these can foster the creation of high‐quality cost‐effective emission reductions.

Job Description

The Policy Advisor will be in charge of developing and implementing a comprehensive policy outreach strategy for the VCSA. With the development of new GHG regimes worldwide, including the potential for fragmented GHG markets, the Policy Advisor will take a proactive and strategic approach towards understanding the various initiatives underway and develop a plan for effectively engaging with key individuals and organizations in order to leverage the infrastructure developed by the VCS Program.

Principal tasks and responsibilities will include, at a minimum, the following:

1) Provide up‐to‐date information to policy‐ and decision‐makers worldwide.

2) Review all proposed and implemented regimes designed to limit GHG emissions in order

to understand likely pathways for implementation, key decision points, and the

potential role of the VCS Program.

3) Develop relationships with key policy‐ and decision‐makers to enable effective

communication, particularly as it relates to the development of GHG policies and

regulations.

4) Develop relationships with other organizations (e.g., non‐profits, private sector entities)

that will help establish a thorough understanding of the emerging regimes.

5) Draft and finalize comments, as necessary, as input to emerging GHG frameworks.

6) Participate in conference calls and meetings regarding the development of GHG

regimes.

7) Identify opportunities for other VCS staff to engage with policy‐ and decision‐makers.

8) Assist with other parts of the organization as needed.

The position will likely include extensive travel, both domestically and abroad.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills

1) Excellent written and oral communications skills.

2) 3 ‐ 5 years of work experience.

3) Experience understanding the processes involved in designing regulatory frameworks.

4) Experience in carbon markets would be considered an asset.

5) Masters degree in Public Policy or a related field would be considered an asset.

6) Fluency in English absolutely essential; fluency in another UN language would be

considered an asset.

7) Sharp analytical mind, with good attention to detail.

8) Ability to multi‐task on issues of substance.

9) Ability to work independently and on own initiative.

10) Professional approach and demeanor.

11) Excellent organizational, communication, interpersonal and team skills.

Terms and Conditions

A competitive salary is available and other terms and conditions will be discussed during the

application process. Applicants must be eligible to work in the US.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

1) Cover letter (not to exceed one page).

2) Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages).

3) A short writing sample (maximum 500 words) outlining the role voluntary market programs can play in the emergence of compliance regimes.

All documents must be submitted to employment@v‐c‐s.org by 18 February 2011.
 

Program Intern (Spring 2011)

Background on the VCS Association

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) is a leading carbon standard and greenhouse gas (GHG) program, used by organizations around the world to account for GHG emission reductions and credits in the voluntary carbon market. With more than 50 million credits issued, VCS is one of the most widely used standards in the global voluntary market, and it is increasingly helping to shape carbon accounting regulations as they are being developed by local and national governments around the world. Global experts from top NGOs and international organizations join our advisory groups to help develop carbon policy guidelines in new areas.

The VCSA is looking for an intern to help with the VCS Program during this time of tremendous growth.

Job Description

The VCSA recently convened a new advisory group to draft guidelines for scaling up GHG markets via standardized approaches to additionality and measurement of emission reductions. The intern will coordinate meetings, take minutes and gather input from advisory group members as they debate and draft these new policy guidelines. The intern will also be required to do independent research and, in some cases, draft policy recommendations that will go back to advisory group members for debate. This is an exciting opportunity for a very sharp and organized candidate to work at the cutting edge of global climate policy in direct contact with top global experts.

The internship will be based in the VCSA’s office in Washington, DC and applicants must be available to work at the office. The position requires a time commitment of 20 hours per week and we are offering an honorary stipend of $750/month. The VCS is experiencing tremendous growth, and there may be future internship opportunities with increasing responsibilities and there is the possibility of job openings for the right candidate in 2011 and/or 2012.

The VCSA will gladly work with candidates who would like to receive course credit for their work, but the candidate must coordinate any and all requisite documentation and administration.

Job Requirements

1) Conduct research and draft policy documents on standardized approaches for baselines and additionality;

2) Liaise with steering committee members to organize meetings, to take minutes and to collect and organize policy inputs and recommendations;

3) Research existing literature and manage the document repository for the steering committee;

4) Assist with other aspects of the VCS Program, as required. Strong writing skills and familiarity with social media would be assets as we are currently revamping our web site.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills

1) Sharp analytical mind, with good attention to detail.

2) Strong research skills.

3) Ability to work independently and on own initiative.

4) Professional approach and demeanor.

5) Good organizational, communication, interpersonal and team skills.

6) Strong written and oral communications skills.

7) Basic knowledge of carbon markets.

How to Apply

Applicants must be eligible to work in the US (US citizen or currently holding authorization to work in the US). Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

1) Cover letter, including an outline of your interest in the voluntary carbon market and the VCSA, and your understanding of the challenges related to demonstrating additionality in carbon offset projects (not to exceed two pages).

2) Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages).

All documents should be submitted to employment@v-c-s.org. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received and the application deadline is close of business 11 February 2011.

Program Intern (Summer 2011)

Background on the VCS Association

The Voluntary Carbon Standard (VCS) is a leading carbon standard and greenhouse gas (GHG) program, used by organizations around the world to account for GHG emission reductions and credits in the voluntary carbon market. With more than 50 million credits issued, VCS is one of the most widely used standards in the global voluntary market, and it is increasingly helping to shape carbon accounting regulations as they are being developed by local and national governments around the world. Global experts from top NGOs and international organizations join our advisory groups to help develop carbon policy guidelines in new areas.

The VCSA is looking for an intern to help with the VCS Program during this time of tremendous growth.

Job Description

The intern will play an important role in supporting the work of the program, strategy and communications teams. Specifically, the intern can be expected to:

1) Assist with research and policy development for emerging issues being tackled by the program team;

2) Assist with operational aspects of the program, liaising with VCS registries and VCS stakeholders where required;

3) Conduct research and draft policy documents on standardized approaches for baselines and additionality, in coordination with the VCS Steering Committee on Standardized Approaches;

4) Conduct research on insurance products available for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects.

5) Work with the Communications Director to develop a strategic outreach initiative to target key stakeholder groups.

The internship will be based in the VCSA’s office in Washington, DC and applicants must be available to work at the office. The position requires a time comment of 40 hours per week and we are offering an honorary stipend of $1500/month. The VCS is experiencing tremendous growth, and there may be future internship opportunities with increasing responsibilities and there is the possibility of job openings for the right candidate in 2011 and/or 2012.

The VCSA will gladly work with candidates who would like to receive course credit for their work, but the candidate must coordinate any and all requisite documentation and administration.

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills

1) Sharp analytical mind, with good attention to detail.

2) Strong research skills.

3) Ability to work independently and on own initiative.

4) Professional approach and demeanor.

5) Good organizational, communication, interpersonal and team skills.

6) Strong written and oral communications skills.

7) Basic knowledge of carbon markets.

How to Apply

Applicants must be eligible to work in the US (US citizen or currently holding authorization to work in the US). Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

1) Cover letter, including an outline of your interest in the voluntary carbon market and the VCSA, and your understanding of the challenges related to demonstrating additionality in carbon offset projects (not to exceed two pages).

2) Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages).

All documents must be submitted to employment@v-c-s.org by close of business 22 February 2011. Interviews will be held in early March.

 

 

 

 

 

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