Gold Standard Foundation – Multiple Openings

 

Executive Assistant

The Executive Assistant will support the executive team (CEO and Administration & Finance Director) with the day-to-day management and supervision of executive, financial and administrative processes. This is a global position, based in Geneva, reporting to The Gold Standard Administration and Finance Director.

Terms of Reference – Executive Assistant

Background:

The Gold Standard Foundation (GSF) is a non-profit organisation that operates a certification scheme for premium carbon credits. The Gold Standard scheme certifies the highest quality carbon offset projects in the voluntary and compliance carbon markets.  GSF projects employ renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are rigorously measured, monitored and verified. All Gold Standard projects demonstrate real and permanent GHG reductions and encourage local sustainable development.

Over the past two years, the Gold Standard Foundation has gone through an extensive and intensive phase of growth, establishing new processes, hiring more staff (from 5 to 26 in 12 months) and creating newly improved structures for the organization.

With further intent to develop internal operational processes and support the Foundation’s strategic expansion in the market, the Gold Standard Foundation offers an immediate opportunity for an executive and operational support position.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Administrative assistance in the establishment and day-to-day management of the Gold Standard operations
  • Support CEO in activities such as travel and meeting coordination
  • Coordinate Foundation Board meetings, take minutes and follow through on designated action items
  • On-going execution of financial processes including invoice processing, payments, preparation of financial materials for the accountant, interaction with GS bank for day-to-day matters etc
  • Follow up on regional and event budgets where necessary
  • Gather data and organise the financial information to support reporting processes for donors and grantees
  • Maintain the administrative and financial library for the Foundation’s official documents (Board minutes, official notes from Geneva administration, contracts, employees records, work contracts, expenses reports, etc)
  • Responsible for office related tasks such as interacting with the building management office, ordering of office supplies, infrastructure support etc
  • Coordinate management meetings, prepare briefings and take the minutes for internal meetings
  • Act as primary point of contact for UNFCCC secretariat, register management team and board members to main conferences, and relay relevant information to appropriate staff
  • Maintain efficient communication at the Secretariat level by answering phone queries, sorting the mail and fax, providing IT support, etc.
  • Assist in the coordination of training and travel related to Gold Standard events
  • Provide general support to the Secretariat in any form as required by ongoing operational and executive needs
  • Additional assistance in other areas may occasionally be requested

Qualifications

1.    3-5 years experience in a similar position. Knowledge of accounting practices will be a plus

2.    Excellent organization skills

3.    Ability to work independently and to handle a variety of task simultaneously within a multicultural team located throughout the globe

4.    Hands-on and pro-active personality. Solutions oriented

5.    Strong personal motivation towards environmental conservation, climate change and sustainable development in developing countries.

6.    Native English speaker or equivalent language skills. French is a plus.

 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Valerie Cambours. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

 

Scientific Officer

The Science Officer will be based in Geneva and will play a key role in the further development of Gold Standard rules and methodologies. This position offers a rare and powerful opportunity to make a direct impact on climate change mitigation and contribute to sustainable development worldwide.

Terms of Reference – Scientific Officer, Geneva

Background

The Gold Standard Foundation (GSF) is a non-profit organization that operates a certification scheme for premium carbon credits. The Gold Standard scheme certifies the highest quality carbon offset projects in the voluntary and compliance carbon markets. GSF projects employ renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that are rigorously measured, monitored and verified. All Gold Standard projects demonstrate real and permanent GHG reductions and encourage local sustainable development.

The Science Officer will be based in Geneva and will play a key role in the further development of Gold Standard rules and methodologies. This position offers a rare and powerful opportunity to make a direct impact on climate change mitigation and contribute to sustainable development worldwide.

Job Description

The Science Officer will be a member of the Technical Team. He/She will report to the Technical Director (Geneva). He/She will conduct activities in the context of a new Gold Standard programme recently funded by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and aiming at lowering the entry barriers and scaling-up carbon activities in underrepresented regions, such as sub-Saharan Africa.

For this purpose, he/she will take part in the further development of the Gold Standard rules and procedures, and the review and development of new Gold Standard methodologies for the voluntary market. This will include the participation to the activities performed by the thematic Working Groups on technical issues.

The Science Officer will also conduct research and prepare concept notes, proposals and reports in the context of the expansion of Gold Standard certification process to new fields of activity, and by so doing contribute to the Gold Standard longer term strategy. Finally, he/she will contribute to technical outreach activities such as the publication of papers in relevant journals, and presentations at relevant conferences.

Duty Station

Geneva, Switzerland

Qualifications & skills

  • Masters degree or PhD in the field of engineering, environmental science or related discipline; preferably with a specialization in energy and/or environmental impact assessments
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to details
  • Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, excellence in report writing and editing
  • Excellent English language skills; other languages such as French desirable
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work independently, but also as part of an international team
  • Previous experience in the carbon market desirable
  • Excellent computer programming skills desirable
  • Valid permit to work in Switzerland

What we can offer you

An exciting job in a rapidly growing carbon market; competitive salary; multi-cultural work environment; real growth prospects; international work in a fun, motivated and diverse team.

To apply

Please send your electronic application, including a motivation letter, CV, the earliest start date, and salary expectation to:

Dr. Meinrad Bürer

Technical Director

The Gold Standard Foundation

meinrad(at)cdmgoldstandard.org

Starting date for the position is as soon as possible. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



 

 

 

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