Monday, November 12, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Conservation International Senior Analyst for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) on Climate Mitigation
The Senior Analyst for Measurement, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) on Climate Mitigation will support the REDD+ MRV task of the Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) project. FCMC is funded by USAID with two full years remaining, with a potential for a six month extension and additional funds. The position would assist the FCMC MRV Task Lead to coordinate and manage ongoing MRV activities and provide technical input and expertise to their implementation. This includes, but is not limited to, co-coordinating the revisions of the current version of the FCMC MRV manual, developing activity concepts, proposals, Scopes of Work and budgets, identifying in-country and/or international partners (institutions or individual consultants), developing Scopes of Work and budgets for their contributions and managing their work, activity reporting, and technical assistance and expertise required to successfully implement activities. The latter also includes managing projects that develop or improve tools for MRV, creating training materials, contributing to in-country capacity building and ensuring that MRV work is integrated and complimentary to the other thematic focal areas of FCMC (Social and Environmental Soundness, Markets and Finance, Low Emissions Development Strategies) as feasible.
The employee would spend on average four out of five days per week at the FCMC project office in Rosslyn, VA, and one day at the CI office to engage with CI’s MRV-Task staff, when not travelling. Travel will be extensive, up to 50% time, mostly in Latin America.
Specific Position Responsibilities
- 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 pl Co-lead the coordination of revisions of the FCMC manual on REDD+ measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), including writing new materials to be included, partnering on editing and coordination with the various partner co-authors;
- 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, including reviewing written materials, travel to the country to interview relevant stake holders and government staff, and writing the MRV section/s of any assessments;
- Developing 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 participate in regular FCMC meetings and maintain full coordination within FCMC and its MRV-related partners.
Education, experience, skills, and abilities
- 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
Qualified candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Marc Steininger (email@example.com) ; Senior Director, Habitat Monitoring and Climate Change Mitigation at Conservation International.