Senior Manager, Carbon Development and Management

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Senior Manager, Carbon Development and Management

Project Site/Duty Station : Quezon City or Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Division/Program : Asia Pacific Field Division/Philippines

Application Deadline : 03 July 2023

Type of Contract : Fixed Term, Full Time

Expected Duration of Engagement : 16 July 2023 to 15 October 2026

Conservation International Philippines Foundation, Inc. (CIPFI) is an Affiliate of CI, a US-based environmental non-profit organization. Our mission is “Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity.”

CIPFI applies innovations in science, economics, policy, and community participation to protect the earth’s richest regions of plant and animal diversity in the hotspots, major tropical wilderness areas and key marine ecosystems.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Senior Manager for Carbon Development will be responsible for the overall technical development of the carbon crediting component of the Mantalingahan Landscape Conservation Project (formerly the Community, Conservation and Natural Climate Solutions (CCNCS) Palawan project). This will include leading the development of the project description document, coordinate with technical consultants in carbon development, work with the rest of the project team across CI and supervise the process of verification and monitoring under various carbon crediting standards such as Verra Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB). The Senior Manager for Carbon Development will directly report to the Project Lead of the Mantalingahan Landscape Conservation Project.

  • Conduct field and desk-based feasibility assessments for both forest and blue carbon components of the project to determine financial and protocol eligibility (Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), Climate Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB), Plan Vivo and other protocols recognized to deliver high quality carbon credits.
  • Assist and/or lead the technical development of carbon projects in the region including the application of CI’s safeguard systems and ensure and implementation of robust monitoring and verification approaches .
  • Work as a key member with guidance from the Project Lead of the Mantalingahan Landscape Conservation Project.
  • Develop a broad and diverse network of relationships and partnerships with various stakeholders at national level like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and local level such as local governments, NGOs and academia to accelerate the carbon development of the project.
  • Work closely with, coordinate, collaborate, and communicate with carbon-related staff & teams across CI (Philippines, APFD NCS and other divisions)
  • Identify capacity-building needs and develop plans to implement and monitor efforts to address capacity gaps of the members of the project team and local implementation partners.
  • Identify and recommend best (global and regional) practices around carbon pricing and carbon taxation that suit the Philippine context and/or project setup.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Stay updated on trends and policies related to standards and methods in carbon crediting. The Project Lead as well as regional carbon colleagues working closely with this position might also assign other duties relevant to the carbon development component of the project.


  • Does not have direct supervisory authority but provides feedback on team member and/or contract/partner staff and support personnel performance.
  • Act as a technical or subject matter expert to peers and other staff.
  • Manage project budget but decisions that bind or commit CI are approved by the Project Lead.
  • Manage public or private funds, monitor results, and recommend follow-up action. Review for compliance with donor agreements.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in forestry, natural resources management, community development and other relevant fields, an advance degree in these fields is desirable.
  • At least 7 years years of related work experience in carbon project development within or outside the Philippines.
  • Demonstrated knowledge on forest and biodiversity conservation, carbon accounting, national and international REDD+ policy frameworks and livelihood development approaches.
  • Understanding of the full VCS and CCB validation and verification process, including the development of Project Description Documents (PDDs), Monitoring & Implementation Reports (MIRs) and Validation and Verification Body (VVB) audits.
  • Demonstrated leadership of complex and dynamic programs, involving multiple internal and external stakeholders including indigenous people’s communities, local CSOs and local governments.
  • Passion for and awareness of conservation and environmental issues including nature-based solutions and blue carbon.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and meet deadlines in highly dynamic, resource-limited environments. Adept at working in and managing a team in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities.
  • Experience communicating for broad variety of audiences, including academic, media, and fundraising.
  • Proven team player able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Superb oral and written communication skills in English and Filipino, fluency in any of the Palawan local languages is desirable.


  • Experience implementing conservation programs in the field.
  • Advanced degree in marine science, environmental management, engineering, sustainable development, environmental policy, or other conservation-related fields.
  • Working experience with indigenous peoples and traditional communities.
  • Experience working with spatial data and GIS
  • Evidence of persistence in overcoming challenges.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to think out of the box and innovate
  • Language skills, e.g. Mandarin, Bahasa, Khmer, or Tagalog would be a plus.

Working Conditions:

(in keeping with Philippine Government and CIPFI regulations health and safety regulations during COVID-19 pandemic)

  • The Senior Manager for Carbon Development will be expected to participate in regular meetings with applicable CI national, regional and international teams created for this project implementation. Depending on base location, the position could require travel up to about 50% of the time – mostly within the Philippines as well as some international trips. CI follows COVID-19 protocols and work will be conducted partially or entirely remotely when necessary, returning to a typical office environment, when feasible. May need to do field work and may need to work extended hours as needed.

CI Values: We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

Kindly send letter of intent with your resumé that will include three references, including their email and contact numbers to: on or before 03 July 2023.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: From Php91,568.75 per month


  • Additional leave
  • Company Christmas gift
  • Company events
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Pay raise


  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Supplemental pay types:

  • 13th month salary
  • Yearly bonus


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)


  • carbon project development: 7 years (Preferred)
  • implementing conservation programs in the field: 7 years (Preferred)
  • working with indigenous peoples and traditional communities: 7 years (Preferred)
  • working with spatial data and GIS: 7 years (Preferred)

Application Deadline: 07/03/2023
Expected Start Date: 07/17/2023