COTAP – Multiple Openings


Position Details
Position Type:
Board (Unpaid)
Position Title:
Board Member (multiple)
Board Member
Posted On:
Job Description:
Prior to becoming part of the Board, successful candidates will first be phased in as actively-contributing Senior Advisors. Overall expected time commitment to average a minimum 3-5 hours per week for 6 months.

Examples of duties, depending on the candidate and their domain of expertise: 

– Co-crafting and giving input on carbon offset term sheets, contracts/agreements (ERPA’s).

– Directing enhancements and additions to the functionality and user experience of the new Cotap website.

– Driving corporate partnerships. Initially, such initiatives will be for discounted or free transaction processing, employer matching donation programs, and pro bono professional services.

– Outreach to mission-aligned foundations, angel philanthropists, and high net worth individuals.

– Growing the Cotap consumer audience and press coverage through a detailed marketing and communications strategy.

– Driving partnerships with global poverty and conservation NGO’s.

– Attracting and directing a team of skilled volunteers and other resources, within and beyond your own well-developed network, necessary to execute the above.

In collaboration with the Cotap team, you will establish and prioritize a strategic, sequenced set of discrete projects with specific desired outcomes, timelines, and deliverables.

Upon being named to the board, board members will be expected to sign a board member contract.

Five or more years of a track record and increasing responsibilities in one or more of these specific domains:

– Early-stage, business-to-consumer internet startups, preferable in a CTO, marketing or product management role.

– International development at an NGO which implements poverty solutions in rural areas of least developed countries, and/or in a similar and relevant role at an organization such as The World Bank, USAID, UNDP, GTZ.

– Management consulting in the international development or nonprofit space (i.e. Dalberg, Bridgespan)

– Forestry, specifically afforestation, reforestation, and agroforestry. 

– Carbon offsets, carbon markets. Preferably on the voluntary side. Ideally, with a track record of crafting ERPA’s, PDD’s, and methodologies.

– Academic degree(s) directly related to your domain of expertise preferred.

Though Cotap primarily values the candidates’ specific domain knowledge, skills, track record, and network, we also strongly prefer these attributes:

– Prior experience as a successful startup co-founder, venture philanthropist, angel investor, or VC.

– Demonstrated interest in the environment or global poverty.

– Prior board experience.

– NGO experience.

– Passionate, proactive, and responsive do’ers. 

Unpaid Board Position
Posting Expiration Date:
How to Apply
Application Instructions:
If you feel that you are a fit, please forward your resume and cover letter to volunteer [at] Please put “Board Member” in the subject line of your email.
Organization Information
Hiring Organization:
Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty (
$0 – $1M
Mission Statement:
Carbon Offsets To Alleviate Poverty ( is an early-stage nonprofit whose mission is to empower individuals in developed countries to simultaneously tackle two of the world’s biggest challenges: climate change and extreme poverty. Cotap will transparently match individuals’ carbon offset purchases to forestry projects in least developed countries. Cotap’s goal is to become a prominent funding catalyst for the forestry carbon market for the purposes of transferring unprecedented wealth to the most economically disadvantaged people on earth, restoring landscapes, and resolving the forestry carbon finance gap. With a dual mission that puts poverty alleviation on an equal footing with CO2 abatement, Cotap will become a unique crowd-sourced funding model which complements existing poverty solutions involving loans, grants, matched savings, and guarantees. Cotap aims to eventually catalyze millions of dollars in verified annual wages to hundreds of thousands of villagers who currently live on $1 per day, as well as hundreds of thousands of planted trees representing millions of tons of validated and sequestered carbon dioxide.
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