Climate Markets Associate
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. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Climate Markets Associate plays a key role in our work to scale carbon market finance in natural climate solutions (NCS) through affecting public and corporate policy and practices. They will play a key role within our Climate Policy & Market’s strategy team and will report to the Director of Climate Markets, Europe. They will provide support in driving both corporate and government ambition and action to scale NCS through carbon markets, and thus can expect to engage with country, sub-national, local agencies, multilateral institutions, business and/or private groups. They will also be responsible for assessing and developing specific carbon finance investment opportunities in Africa, and as such will also need to work closely with the Africa Forest lead within The Nature Conservancy.
The Climate Markets Associate provides research and policy analysis in support of The Nature Conservancy’s policy and corporate practice priorities and tracks policies and decisions that directly affect climate finance and carbon markets, in particular as they relate to incentivizing natural climate solutions. They also help direct specific investments related to carbon finance for NCS within Africa. Support will be provided globally, with at least 50% regarding TNC’s work in Africa
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Influences the outcome of policy and/or corporate initiatives related to scaling carbon finance for NCS at the international, country, sub-national, and local levels.
- Supports assessment and/or development of carbon market NCS projects in Africa.
- Project management with responsibility for discreet areas of work including delivering against budgets.
- Develops strategic partnerships with relevant agencies, conservation organizations, and/or industry.
- Ensures program compliance with internal policies and external requirements.
- Provides research and policy analysis, and may prepare of program materials including presentations, memos, and other communications.
- Work independently, working with supervisor as needed.
- Assists with public and private fundraising efforts to support the Climate Policy & Market strategy.
- Required to travel internationally approximately 15 – 25% of the time.
- Bachelor’s degree and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience working in voluntary carbon markets with a a working knowledge of how such finance supports natural climate solutions.
- Some understanding of regulatory carbon pricing schemes; both those operating today, and those planned for the future – e.g. aviation’s CORSIA.
- Experience of project development of NCS carbon finance (often referred to as ‘REDD+’) projects, including in Africa.
- Experience working with companies on climate change, ideally including natural climate solutions
- Experience researching information from divergent sources and compiling it into a cohesive reporting structure.
- Experience presenting to and communicating with government or corporate staff and/or program leadership.
- Experience working with partners/government agencies and the corporate sector.
- Experience interacting with senior leadership.
- Fluency in English.
- Understanding of EU climate policy.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural experience appreciated.
- Knowledge of or experience related to working within sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience coordinating complex projects in a decentralized organization, working across teams, operating units and functions to achieve optimal results.
- Experience building networks or organizational capacity, facilitating informational sessions, increasing internal knowledge and capacity, and identifying key stakeholders.
- Self-starting, independent worker who can thrive in a decentralized organization with minimal oversight.
- Some prior experience of supporting fundraising activities.
HOW TO APPLY
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