Natural Climate Solutions Project Manager

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Conservation International

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Singapore, Singapore

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30+ days ago

Natural Climate Solutions Project Manager
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on remote, hybrid, or on-site work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet.
POSITION SUMMARY
People need nature — and for over 30 years, Conservation International (CI) has worked to protect it. Through cutting-edge science, innovative policy, and global reach, we work to protect the nature that we rely on for food, freshwater, and livelihoods. CI is a US-headquartered charity with offices in 29 countries and 2,000 partners worldwide.
CI 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.
CIAP is seeking an NCS Project Manager (Manager), as part of the TAF Portfolio Team, to manage carbon development for NCS projects across the Asia-Pacific region. The Manager, working closely with the NCS Project Analyst and the TAF Technical Team, will be responsible for managing workflow for the development and implementation stages of carbon 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. The Manager will work in close collaboration with project implementers such as CI’s country offices in the Asia Pacific and external partners, project developers, finance partners, and with key personnel across CI’s Global Programs and Centers to 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.
To be successful, the Manager needs extensive knowledge and experience developing and managing complex international projects with the private sector, government, and civil society partners. Managing NCS project information requires excellent communication skills, a high degree of organization, attention to detail, and strong technical writing and editing skills. At times the manager will be required to research across a variety of subjects to provide the information required for technical reports such as Project Design Documents. Additionally, the Manager may be called upon to support donor fundraising initiatives and reporting.
RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Manage project development workflow through evaluation, development, and implementation stages including, working closely with implementing and technical partners, creating work plans and budgets for the carbon development components of NCS projects.
  • Set up and manage project management software and reporting tools to facilitate efficient and timely delivery of NCS project outputs such as Project Opportunity Profiles (POP), Project Design Documents (PDD), and Monitoring and Implementation Reports (MIR).
  • Research to fill gaps, provide technical editing, format, and finalize all key NCS project documents to a high professional standard. Assist in the development and management of systems for file and data curation to ensure NCS project files are the correct version, secure, and accessible.
  • Keep abreast of developments and opportunities across CI Programs and Centers to identify resources to improve NCS project outcomes.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • This is a full-time position and will be based in Singapore.
  • Frequent travel within the region may 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 international field offices located in multiple time zones.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required

  • A Bachelor's degree (or relevant combination of education and experience) in environmental science or management, climate science, or related fields, plus 4 to 6 years of work experience managing complex projects, preferably conservation and/or development field programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with technical writing and editing.
  • Experience managing information systems to ensure files and data are organized, accessible, and properly versioned
  • Believe that forest conservation and other NCS initiatives are critical for addressing climate change.
  • Proven team player able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches.

Preferred

  • Experience working across different countries in the Asia Pacific region.
  • Experience in carbon project development.
  • Experience communicating about REDD+ and other forest carbon finance mechanisms to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience working with or within the private sector, including corporates and/or institutional investors, on climate or forest-related issues.
  • Working experience with indigenous peoples and traditional communities.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
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Job Type: Full-time