Senior Analyst, Climate Mitigation and MRV – Conservation International

The position is at CI although is entirely dedicated to CI’s contribution to the MRV task of the Forest carbon, Markets and Communities project (FCMC). This project is global in scope, although our current focus is in Latin America. S/he will co-lead the development of national capacity assessments, capacity building materials, training workshops and will report on a multi-organizational project on GHG inventories and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). The work is in partnership with other CI staff and other NGOs. S/he will contribute to the establishment and maintenance relationships with USAID, Multilateral Organizations and local partners.
The employee would report to the MRV Task lead of the FCMC project, who is based in CI headquarters. This project conducts national REDD+ capacity assessments, builds capacity and creates and improves tools and guidelines, in partnership with various other organizations. The MRV Task coordinates closely with the US governmental inter-agency program SilvaCarbon. The FCMC project has an emphasis in the Andean region although is also expected to work in other regions. Spanish language skills are thus important for this position.
The position is a full-time position at CI’s headquarters in Arlington, VA. However, the employee would spend an average of four out of five days per week in the office of the lead organization of the FCMC project, Tetra Tech / ARD, located in Rosslyn, VA. These offices are two metro stops from each other and both are a short commute from downtown Washington, DC. In addition to the scientific and capacity-building work, the employee will cover most of the responsibilities for strategizing, coordinating communicating as needed for the MRV task within the FCMC project. This includes regular reports to the FCMC Chief of Party, coordination with the other FCMC tasks, development of activity plans, and coordination and partnership on activities with US-based and international partners.
  • Co-lead the coordination of revisions of the FCMC manual on REDD+ measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), including writing, editing and coordination of various chapter contributions from partners;
  • Conduct assessments of national REDD+ capacity or of USAID and partner projects and programs, focusing on the MRV aspects, as requested by USAID for FCMC;
  • Develop activity work plans in FCMC, including coordination within FCMC, with FCMC partners and with national counterparts, which may include training or improvement of systems related to satellite monitoring of land cover, carbon-stock inventories, GHG inventories or community-based monitoring;
  • Lead the execution of a selection of approved FCMC activities, including supporting the direction of CI and partner staff in the various tasks required;
  • Report on progress and other indicators as required for FCMC, as well as attend regular FCMC meetings and maintain full coordination within FCMC and its MRV-related partners.
Working Conditions:
  • Based in both the CI headquarters in Arlington, VA
  • Extensive travel expected, up to 50%, much of this in Latin America
  • PhD degree in geography, forestry, environmental science, natural resource management, or a relevant environmental field with a substantial experience in aspects of forest and GHG inventories and monitoring;
  • Detailed knowledge and experience in REDD+ technical and policy issues;
  • Eight years experience in technical work related to the above topics;
  • Experience leading inter-disciplinary projects with multiple partners;
  • Training experience and strong verbal and written communication skills, especially in an international context;
  • Experience working on forest carbon issues in developing countries
  • Familiarity with implications of developing REDD+ mechanisms for requirements for national monitoring and reporting
  • Proficiency in Spanish
  • Strong experience in satellite monitoring of habitats
  • Strong experience in MRV-related techniques, such as calculation of carbon stocks, map validation, statistical errors
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