Climate Change Technical Director, GERES


GERES – Groupe Energies Renouvelables, Environnement et Solidarités – is a French nonprofit NGO created in 1976 after the first Oil crisis. Today, 108 staff work on innovative sustainable development projects in France and in eight African and Asian countries. 

GERES teams are particularly involved in the implementation of engineering solutions  to reduce energy poverty and improve the livelihoods of the poor. 
The organisation has been engaged in carbon markets since 2004, and in 2006 established a climate change unit (CCU) Cambodia dedicated to obtaining carbon finance for development focused projects.  
The GERES Climate Change Unit is now a global department active across all countries where 
GERES operates. It is currently geographically dispersed with focal points in: Morocco, Cambodia, France, UK, Indonesia, Singapore, India and Mali.  A 3-year plan has been established for the CCU that specifies the scope of activities for 2011-2013. 
The 4 scopes of action are: 
  1. Carbon project development (CPD) 
  2. Laboratory and Research 
  3. Advocacy on Climate Change policies
  4. Awareness raising on Climate Solidarity
Carbon project development is the main area of expertise of CCU and constitutes the core strategic activity. With an ethos of keeping close to the projects in the field, it is dedicated to realising the carbon assets of development projects (GERES and other projects). Headed by a Technical director, it is composed of 4 Carbon Analysts (1 based in Indonesia, 2 in Cambodia and 1 in West Africa)  and 1 Technology and Economic development expert (part time, based in West Africa). 
CCU Carbon Project Development Program consists of:  
  • Technical assistance for project origination and carbon project development. Especially at the GERES level and key partners (Nexus, Alliance Climat, etc). 
  • Capacity building of local experts on carbon project development (e-learning, coaching) and to ensure dynamic internal capacity building  
  • Developing applied research proposals to improve the carbon markets for development practitioners
The geographical scope is South East Asia, West Africa, India, Central Asia, Maghreb 

The role of Technical Director is to ensure that project development and carbon service activities are performed with the highest level of quality and diligence. This consists of four key functions.
CDM and Carbon market expertise  
  • Assist Carbon Analysts on specific projects 
  • Act as technical reviewer of project documentation  
  • Contribute to CDM methodology development  
  • Co-ordinate and manage the CDM/VER project cycle 
  • Manage relationships with third parties
  • Participate in the design and implementation of  technical partnerships in the field of the CDM or Carbon markets (such as joint studies with International companies or NGOs)  
  • Assist with the project origination process 
Strategy and Program management  
  • Ensure organizational effectiveness on a regional basis by providing management and leadership for the project development team  
  • Coordinate planning of CPD activities in collaboration with the CCU manager and the project development team (in direct link with the preparation of budgets) 
  • Insure a smooth relationship with the field project benefiting from CPD assistance (GERES and externally)  
  • Share and participate in developing the CCU strategy 
Capacity Building and knowledge management 
  • Be responsible for training, competency assessments and approval to perform critical activities such as the preparation of PDD’s, CER forecasting reports and due diligence studies  
  • Supervise follow-up, evaluation and knowledge management process on carbon finance 
Development of new activities  
  • Setting up a pool of expertise on CDM Methodology development  
  • Advocacy on inclusions of suppressed demand  
  • Contribute to the research process on governance of carbon funding. 


  • Capacity to tackle a constantly changing and challenging agenda, to work independently and under pressure 
  • Minimum of a University degree in the field of Environment, Economics, Development or related subject. 
  • Intimate familiarity with the carbon finance project cycle having a minimum 5 years’ experience, including at least 3 years in the field of Carbon finance and carbon markets 
  • Excellent communication & team management skills with an ability to assist with the operational activities of regionally dispersed project development team 
  • Excellent risk assessment and project review skills 
  • General knowledge and experience of energy, development and environment is an advantage  
  • Important mobility for frequent missions (Asia, Africa, Europe) 
  • Carbon project management experience 
  • Demonstrable ability to work in developing countries and other cultures 
  • Research skills 
  • Track record in designing and implementation of carbon finance tools and practices; 
  • Strong network and established profile in the carbon market; 
  • Strong management and leadership skills; 
  • Ideally fluent in English and French with either as a native language 
  •  Based in Aubagne, Bouches du Rhône, France 
  • Under the responsibility of the CCU manager 
  • Starting date : ASAP 
  • Gross Salary : 30 k€Ã‚ 
  • 2 years minimum contract
  • French contract or consultancy contract depending on nationality and preference of the successful candidate 
Please send your cover letter and resume by e-mail to
Dead line for application: 25 February 2011
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