NatureBank is a global leader in the design, development, and implementation GHG reduction programs at all scales. Our international Land Use division focuses on avoided deforestation, sustainable forest management, and sustainable agriculture. We have developed some of the world’s largest carbon projects including the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project, which is North America’s largest Improved Forest Management project and the world’s largest forest carbon project by area, as well as the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Avoided Deforestation project, the largest of its kind in Africa.
We work with private sector clients as well as government agencies and civil society to develop carbon projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Our Land Use division’s core competencies include:
- Land Use Carbon Quantification - Over the last 13 years we have successfully validated all types of land use carbon projects including Avoided Deforestation, Afforestation/Reforestation, and Improved Forest Management.
- Community-Based REDD+ Design - We have designed, implemented, and managed projects in partnership with indigenous stakeholders, bringing carbon revenue to marginalized groups in Central Africa, Colombia, and Canada.
- Smallholder Agriculture Systems - In partnership with our not-for-profit partner Taking Root, we work with smallholder farmers, using carbon revenue to incentivize the adoption of climate-smart agricultural practices and connecting farmers to markets for sustainable commodities.
- Climate Finance - With a focus on cocoa, coffee and timber, we implement sustainable agroforestry systems for clients throughout Latin America.
Qualitative Research Analyst – International Land Use
As part of the international land use team, the Analyst will play a key role in the development of a variety of forest carbon projects types, including Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) projects, sustainable agricultural interventions, and afforestation/reforestation. This role requires a strong understanding of issues around the science of climate change, as well as land use and natural resource management dynamics in the global south. The Analyst will also be responsible for administrative and other support tasks, such as business development and proposal writing. This is a full time position, reporting to the director of international land use.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Forest carbon project development:
- Developing Project Design Documents for forest carbon offset project projects under voluntary market standards such as the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and Gold Standard.
- Supporting project social and biodiversity impact assessment processes to standards such as the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Standard (CCB).
- Assessing the feasibility of prospective forest carbon projects through desk-based and field research, and preparing feasibility assessment reports.
- Liaising with clients and field teams in Latin America, contributing to ongoing management of operations in Latin America, and providing English-Spanish translation in meetings and deliverables
- Preparing workshops and presentations for clients and partners to support project development.
- Assisting the technical team with geospatial and carbon quantification tasks on an as needed basis
- Developing proposals for funding and consulting work for the international land use team
- Assisting the director with budgeting and financial modeling on an as needed basis
- Contributing to quality assurance / quality control through document review
- Coordinating internal and external meetings.
- Bachelors degree or higher in environmental science, forestry, agronomy, political science or related field.
- Solid understanding of forestry and land use dynamics
- Solid understanding of climate policy
- Written and spoken fluency in English
- 2+ years of relevant professional work experience
- Very strong verbal and written communication skills
- Willingness to travel internationally in challenging conditions up to 20% of time
- Experience with carbon markets, carbon project development
- Experience and proficiency using the ESRI suite of products
- Knowledge of biometrics and/or Geoinformatics
- Field experience with forestry, agronomy, silviculture.
- Good command of evolving climate policy and regulatory landscape
- Experience building and maintaining relationships with clients and partners
- Fluency in Spanish
- Experience working internationally
- 5+ years of professional work experience
- Very strong writing skills
- Very strong qualitative research skills
- Demonstrates good business principles and possesses strong presentation skills
- The ability to work with minimum supervision and to make decisions that ensure the success of the deliverable
- Ability to work effectively in resource-constrained and/or unpredictable environments.
Key Reporting Relationship
Reports to: Director of International Land Use
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