Senior Carbon Project Manager
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.
POSITION SUMMARY- This position could be based in Indonesia, Singapore, or other regions within the Asia Pacific
Conservation International is one of the global leaders in using natural climate solutions (NCS) to combat climate change. There is significant growth in the demand for high-quality conservation projects that can access the voluntary and compliance carbon markets and CI is rapidly expanding its portfolio of high-quality carbon projects to meet this demand. CI Asia Pacific (CIAP) has recently launched the Asia Pacific Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), a multi-donor facility, to provide technical support and invest in NCS projects and enabling conditions. Projects include REDD+, landscape restoration, and Blue Carbon mechanisms.
Based out of the Asia Pacific Field Division, CI is seeking a Senior Carbon Project Manager to assist in evaluating and developing a project pipeline of new bankable terrestrial and blue carbon avoided deforestation, restoration, improved forest management, and other NCS projects- and jurisdictional-scale initiatives, both internally within CI and externally with outside partners.
The Senior Carbon Project Manager will be responsible for managing workflow for the scoping, feasibility, development, and implementation of NCS projects using voluntary market standards like the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate Community Biodiversity (CCB) standards, or compliance markets, such as Japan’s Joint Crediting Mechanism. This role will provide analyses of the country, jurisdictional and site opportunities for terrestrial and blue carbon NCS carbon finance projects. This includes managing the development of Project Idea Note (PIN) scoping documents, managing the development of Project Opportunity Profile (POP) feasibility assessments, the production of Project Descriptions (PD), and Monitoring Reports (MR). As a member of the APFD carbon development team, the Manager will work in close collaboration with the NCS Blue Carbon Team, the Carbon Finance Division technical team, project implementers such as CI’s country offices in Asia Pacific and external 2 partners, project developers, finance partners, and with key personnel across CI’s Global Programs and Centers to provide work plans and budgets for carbon development components of NCS projects, and ensure efficient and timely delivery of NCS project documents and reports. The Manager will create and implement carbon development work plans using Project Management software to track activities, flag issues, and provide status reports. Additionally, the Senior Carbon Project Manager will provide support with internal and external due diligence and donor reporting obligations.
To be successful, the Senior Carbon Project Manager needs to be fully conversant with developments and trends in NCS carbon markets, climate policy, carbon/climate, and Safeguards certification standards. Familiarity with NCS carbon methodologies (Verra VCS in particular) is required. The Senior Carbon Project Manager must also have demonstrated knowledge or experience in the role and development of conservation finance and forestry carbon finance transactions (especially REDD+); and must be able to work across a broad range of stakeholders including external partners in the private sector, development finance institutions, project developers, government, and civil society. Must have business and commercial acumen and be able to articulate an actionable plan for developing a pipeline of high-quality emissions reductions and NCS projects (environmental and social approach) at scale. Managing NCS project information also requires excellent communication skills, a high degree of organization, attention to detail, interdisciplinary thinking, and strong technical writing skills.
In addition, the Senior Carbon Project Manager should have a strong understanding of terrestrial and marine ecology, restoration activities in tropical ecosystems, climate-smart agriculture, and land management practices in the Asia Pacific Region. The Manager should be familiar with field methods for carbon inventories and oversee field efforts to ensure that the appropriate field measurements are gathered for the required set of equations and that quality assurance targets are met. A deep familiarity with standard forestry skills such as growth and yield modeling, regression estimation, and operation planning is required. A key element of success will be evaluating and creating new methodologies for the accurate calculation of carbon through the application of the latest ecosystem research to calculate and project carbon volumes over time. In addition, the Manager should have a solid understanding of land management laws and carbon policies for countries within the region.
As a member of the APFD Carbon Development Team the Senior Carbon Project Manager should:
- Manage project development workflow through scoping, feasibility, and implementation stages of terrestrial and blue carbon NCS projects to facilitate efficient and timely delivery of NCS project outputs such as Project Opportunity Profiles (POP), Project Descriptions (PD), and Monitoring and Reports (MR).
- Create work plans and budgets for the carbon development components of NCS projects working closely with implementing and technical partners, including Project Opportunity Profiles (POP), Project Descriptions (PD), and Monitoring and Reports (MR).
- Work closely with, coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with all multiple institutional Carbon-related CI staff & teams. Engage and collaborate with APFD country program teams.
- Manage timelines for a portfolio of carbon projects to ensure that all milestones are achieved on schedule and on budget.
- Lead the development and completion of PIN, POP, and PD documentation.
- Work closely with other technical staff across the organization to ensure that all data required for PIN, POP, and PD development meets CI’s standards.
- Manage field data gathering efforts to ensure inventory data is gathered for carbon quantification following protocol requirements and the best management practices for data collection.
- Establish training and QA/QC programs for the field staff to ensure high-quality and efficient data-gathering efforts.
- Research and develop techniques for improving carbon quantification methods and creating new methodologies for developing carbon projects based on solid ecosystem science.
- Establish state-of-the-art quality assurance techniques that ensure that errors are detected early and corrected well before project validation and verification.
- This is a full-time position with the flexibility to adjust to deadlines and time zones.
- Frequent travel within the region will be required, often this will entail travel to remote locations with rustic conditions.
- Flexibility in work schedule is required in order to accommodate time differences between the Arlington, VA office and field offices in Asia Pacific in multiple time zones.
- Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
- Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (e.g. environmental science, economics, forestry, agronomy, law, or business).
- 5 to 7 years of work experience with NCS projects and/or jurisdictional initiative development and implementation.
- Proven knowledge or experience in climate-related issues including carbon finance transactions (origination, voluntary carbon market standards, and implementation), terrestrial and/or blue carbon, and a track record of success.
- Solid understanding of land management, forest operations, terrestrial and estuarine inventory practices, silviculture, and restoration activities in tropical forest ecosystems with a focus on Asia Pacific ecology.
- Demonstrated NCS carbon finance knowledge and experience, including voluntary carbon markets, and use of carbon standards such as Verra VCS, Climate Community & Biodiversity Standards, Climate Action Reserve, ART TREES, Gold Standard, etc.
- Experience managing complex projects.
- Excellent analytical and data quantification skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Highly organized and with strong attention to detail.
- Demonstrated team player.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches.
- Demonstrated track record of working effectively and collaboratively with multicultural, international, and multidisciplinary teams to produce concrete results, including a strong capacity to navigate diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Self-starter with the ability to work in a matrix organization.
- Language Skills: o English: Excellent written, reading, and speaking skills.
- Masters Degree.
- Experience developing carbon projects for the voluntary carbon market.
- Experience working across different countries in the Asia Pacific region.
- Familiarity with spatial analysis, GIS, and remote sensing.
- Familiarity with land management project design (e.g. using Open Standards).
- Work experience with indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
- Language skills appropriate for the region (Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, etc.)
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
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