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COMMUNITIES AND NBS SPECIALIST - MALAYSIA / ASIA PACIFIC

About Us

ecosecurities is an impact-driven provider of environmental services with 25 years of experience in carbon markets and emissions reduction projects around the world. At ecosecurities we are committed to developing high-quality carbon projects based on the principles of environmental integrity, transparency and good practices that contribute not only to climate change mitigation but also to sustainable and inclusive development.

 

With a rapidly growing project portfolio, ecosecurities offers experience and tailored services in the origination, development and financing of Nature-based solutions (NBS) projects that can access the voluntary and compliance carbon markets via REDD+, Restoration, Regenerative & Low-Carbon Agriculture and Blue Carbon mechanisms.

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The Role

This position will play a critical role in the development of nature-based solutions that genuinely promote the rights and economic opportunities of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLC) within voluntary carbon markets and other emerging environmental markets.

 

The role will bring deep expertise in community development, rural-sociology, human rights, environmental and/or social safeguards to develop, integrate and refine positive social and economic impacts within ecosecurities NBS program and our carbon market projects. The role is both strategic to help ecosecurities Asia-Pacific NBS and community energy programs identify opportunities and barriers to genuine community engagement while creating solutions that are deeply grounded in the practical realities of delivering commercially viable carbon projects that deliver impact for communities, partners, and investors.

 

The role will report to the NBS APAC Head and will be responsible for engaging with communities, stakeholders, and local partners to co-design AFOLU carbon projects that are fair, equitable, transparent and positively contribute to the development of local communities. The role must also design and implement long-term monitoring and impact assessment processes that assess the integrity and community impacts derived from the carbon projects.

 

This is a senior role with responsibility for ecosecurities’ NBS program expansion in the Asia-Pacific region and accelerating our growth through strong partnership development, rapid project identification and the delivery of outstanding outcomes for community, companies, the environment and our climate.

 

Key Accountabilities

 

  • Lead the design, development and assessment of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities engagement within carbon projects in accordance with internationally recognised voluntary carbon market (VCM) standards and methodologies, the Climate Community Biodiversity (CCB) standard and other emerging standards.

  • Design community survey and engagement processes to collect and analysis community information and data to support feasibility assessments, due diligence (particularly to assess community engagement and impact), project design, carbon project design documentation, project monitoring and project risk assessments.

  • Design benefit sharing mechanisms, with an emphasis on transparency, equity and fairness for all carbon market projects.

  • Monitor and evaluate ecosecurities carbon projects ensuring rights are protected and supported, communities see tangible outcomes and new method in support of both are advanced

  • Publish principles, guidelines, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for engaging communities in the design, implementation, delivery and monitoring of carbon projects.

  • Manage highly visible, complex technical projects and/or partnerships within ecosecurities and with external partners.

  • Identify new opportunities and thematic areas for the growth and development of ecosecurities NBS program of work across the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Remain current on VCM standards and methodologies, CCB standards and UNFCCC developments and bringing advances into the development of ecosecurities NBS project planning and design.

  • Manage external partner relationships, including convening expert stakeholder input to accelerate project development.

  • Represent ecosecurities in Asia-Pacific forums and events and professionally present the work of ecosecurities across the region.

  • Work collaboratively with other members of the APAC team and the global NBS teams.

  • Other task as directed by the ecosecurities NBS Head for APAC.

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Qualifications & Experience

Essential:

 

  • Master's degree in community or international development, rural sociology, gender studies, social science, environmental education, conservation management or related fields.

  • 5-7 years' work experience in managing community development and environmental programs that directly engage and work with Indigenous People, Local Communities, and their representative organisations across the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Demonstrated understanding and use of third-party standards used to ensure community engagement and outcomes such as Verra, CCB, Gold Standard, Fair Trade etc.

  • Deep understanding of global policy issues related to Indigenous Peoples and Local Community rights, particularly related to climate change and conservation.

  • Experience in designing statistically valid field and community measuring programs and in the analysis of community data.

  • Proven team player able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations.

  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail and experience with work-flow documentation.

  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

 

Desirable:

 

  • Knowledge of nature-based solutions, climate and carbon science.

  • Experience in researching community rights and natural resource use and allocation within the Asia-Pacific region

  • Experience in indigenous ways for knowing and learning

  • Experience in community-led finance mechanisms

  • Experience in environmental and social impact assessments and international safeguard assessments

  • Experience in Multilateral (i.e World Bank,  UNFCCC) and Bilateral (i.e. USAID) environmental and social frameworks

  • Experience in using geospatial information systems.

  • Demonstrated ability to collect data, conduct analysis, interpret and communicate results for a broad audience including government and corporate partners, community leaders and conservation practitioners.

  • Ability to work independently and with minimal guidance.

  • Proficient in an Asia-Pacific language outside English.

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Personal Attributes

  • Builds productive relationships by interacting with others

  • Works collaboratively with stakeholders across all levels, all cultures, and all geographies

  • Communicates effectively and in a timely manner

  • Results driven and takes ownership of tasks.

  • Compassionate and empathetic to support the growth and development of others

  • Leverage differences to resolve problems

  • Thinks and acts from a broad perspective and a long-term view

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Let's Work Together

To apply for this position, send your CV and a covering letter to HR@ecosecurities.com