The Nature Conservancy – Carbon Markets Director (Nairobi).

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A LITTLE ABOUT US

Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. 
The Nature Conservancy Africa program follows a holistic approach to protect vital lands and waters, transform the way natural resources are used and managed and inspire to equip others to contribute to the shared vision of a healthy and sustainable future for Africa’s lands, waters, wildlife and people. We use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit http://www.nature.orq or follow @nature press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has shown that natural climate solutions (NCS)—sustainably managing, restoring and protecting forests and other lands—can provide up to a third of the solution to climate change by 2030. We have raised awareness of these solutions and identified the countries and types of actions that have the greatest carbon-abatement potential. 

As public concern about climate change drives corporate and other net-zero commitments, interest in carbon markets is growing exponentially, and in particular how such markets can support the scaling of NCS. Around the world, we are responding directly to dozens of leading companies, all of whom are committed to reaching their net-zero commitments and require voluntary and compliance carbon market participation to achieve their commitments

YOUR POSITION WITH TNC

The Carbon Markets Director, Africa Region, leads TNC’s work on Carbon Markets in Africa and seamlessly with our global teammates and the director of our Tackle Climate Change priority at TNC. This position will work with TNC’s partners to continue to design, build and strategically invest in NCS projects in Africa in our key geographies and with projects that are able to scale and deliver large scale climate and biodiversity outcomes. This position will have a team of colleagues to help with execution, including working closely with the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director.

Reporting to the Africa Regional Managing Director, the position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Carbon Markets Director, Africa region, leads the region’s engagement with carbon market participants – including project developers, carbon buyers and policymakers. They coordinate closely with senior level colleagues to align, implement, and actively manage the program. They are a key focal point for topical expertise on carbon markets for the region. They work to develop a dotted line network of carbon and climate change experts across TNC and with external partners and work to support the development of the staff whom they actively manage. Most importantly, they will need to work closely with the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst Director – who heads a program focused on building a portfolio of carbon storage and habitat protection projects that offer scale, impact and durable lasting outcomes for people and nature. This position will help drive fundraising and strategic communications with support from TNC Africa functional teams. 

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

  • Develops a carbon markets strategy for the region and leads engagements with carbon market participants
  • Works with philanthropy and corporate engagement teams to bring additional carbon finance to projects TNC and its partners supports
  • Leads carbon market policy engagements in Africa to ensure there are clear rules of the road concerning the development of private sector carbon projects and ensuring they are nested within national programs. This could include specific guidance on Article 6 and ‘nesting’ guidance in various countries, use of ART/TREES in Gabon or the South African Emissions Trading Scheme. 
  • Works closely with AFCC director to assess potential recipients of AFCC support and ensure that the appropriate technical assistance is provided to new projects
  • Works with TNC central science team and Africa regional team to assess scientific validity of carbon offset projects TNC is considering or currently supporting.
  • Develops external relationships with key partners and subject matter experts – including signing of MOUs and partnership agreements
  • Sits on AFCC Steering Committee and supports the partnership development of a new Africa focused forest conservation and restoration fund. 
  • Coordinates with global TNC teams to maximize and align with TNC globally to develop guidelines and rules around TNC engagement with carbon buyers
  • Coordinates the work of other professionals, inside and outside of the organization
  • Manages a team, involving 1-1 coaching and professional development opportunities
  • Deals directly with field management personnel and organizational leadership
  • Ability to contribute to Conservation Strategy Team management decisions  
  • Requires willingness and ability to travel up to 25% both domestically and internationally, and to work occasional weekends and evenings.
     

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, Resource Management or related and 10 years of related experience or equivalent combination in a carbon financing/ carbon project development role
  • Experience leading and managing complex projects and strategic initiatives in an unstructured environment
  • Deep knowledge of African environment and of African carbon projects and enterprises
  • Project management experience and experience meeting deadlines
  • Experience developing end products with software such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, cloud and web-based tools including SharePoint, WebEx/conferencing software, Skype, Google Hangouts, and DropBox or other similar tools
  • Strong ability to collaborate with colleagues across TNC
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly with donors and partners

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Multi-lingual and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • Demonstrated scientific understanding of carbon science and deep knowledge of carbon standards. 
  • Self-starter with ability to generate work plans with limited support in line with the overall Conservation Strategies Team outcomes, goals, strategies, and plans
  • Experience developing business plans or major strategy assessments, particularly with conservation forms of valuation, deal structuring, negotiations support, financial modeling and analysis, business planning
  • Fluency in language other than English (e.g. French, Swahili, Portuguese)
  • Knowledge of politics and society with respect to environmental and international affairs
  • Willingness to learn and develop expertise in new conservation strategies, economic drivers, management tools, and global affairs
  • Strong team player who can build relationships and work collaboratively across the organization, including with senior management, and with Conservancy partners

HOW TO APPLY

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To apply to position number 49514, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.

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