PROJECT AND CLIMATE FINANCE SPECIALIST - BRAZIL
Ecosecurities is an impact-driven provider of environmental services, with 25 years experience in carbon markets and emission reduction projects worldwide. We provide technical and financial services to projects, companies and organizations. With a rapidly growing portfolio of projects, Ecosecurities offers personalized experience and services in obtaining, developing and financing climate mitigation projects. In order to support the transition to zero net emissions, we work with renewable energy projects, nature-based solutions (NBS) and community-based programs.
We are seeking an experienced Project Structuring Specialist to join Ecosecurities’ Brazilian structuring team. The successful candidate will work with our Brazilian and international teams with responsibility for leading the valuation and analysis of new projects and for leading the structuring and execution of financing transactions, and assisting us to expand our carbon origination portfolio under international voluntary standards. Our portfolio includes primarily Nature-based Solutions projects, such as reforestation, REDD+, Blue Carbon, soil carbon fixation, as well as renewable energy and waste handle and disposal in smaller scale.
The role will require a breadth of multidisciplinary skill sets across team leadership, business management, business development, finance, science, markets and technology. It will focus on building relations with local stakeholders to identify opportunities to originate NBS initiatives, as well as emissions reduction projects.
Develop, motivate and lead a capable sourcing team to support growing sourcing activities in Brazil
Identify opportunities for Ecosecurities to act as project partner for new and existing carbon projects
Build and nurture strategic working relationships with project owners, such as pastoral/herd companies, indigenous groups, other landholders, as well as aggregators and membership organisations to develop or manage carbon projects, including on land managed by traditional owners
Initiate feasibility studies and undertake due diligence on prospective leads prior to signing emission reduction purchase/project development Agreements
Design and implement business development campaigns, including workshops and one-to-one interactions targeting new carbon farming projects, and help the Climate Projects team’s marketing lead to design marketing and PR materials, social media
Together with the technical team, develop project plans and budgets to ensure technical expertise is optimally deployed for Brazilian projects
Build business development strategies for the Brazilian commercial team with regards to enhance Ecosecurities portfolio of carbon projects throughout Brazil
Attain or surpass the global project sourcing goals for the region
Support implementation of Ecosecurities’ projects once they have been acquired, in close collaboration with the Technical Team.
Form part of deal teams for carbon projects that require investment in the form of carbon credit prepayments, equity or debt finance, and require effective communications with the investment and structuring teams of Ecosecurities
Advising internal stakeholders in the development of own projects and provide general structuring advice and optimization of returns throughout the business development process;
Develop financial models that reflect analysis of capital structures, risks, sensitivity and profitability, including financing alternatives
Gathering and critically reviewing business case assumptions from multi-disciplinary team members involved in the project;
Evaluating and recommending the most appropriate/competitive funding options for the projects;
Preparation of material (information memorandum, presentations) for the company to access investor and clients, in Portuguese and English;
Support the fieldwork during the stages of pre-investment, investment, monitoring and closure.
Maintaining market intelligence on available financing/funding options, market trends,
Researching emerging trends and recommending new company offerings to satisfy customers’ needs.
Degree in business administration, economics, finance, business administration, engineering or related field. Master's degree is advantageous.
Commercial mindset and proven business development ability with a results-focused approach
Experienced people-manager who is effective at motivating, directing, supporting and managing a small team of dedicated professionals
Minimum 7 years of work experience in carbon markets, carbon project development, emissions reduction methods or a related field
Knowledge of relevant legislation related to Carbon Credits
Experience working with a broad range of stakeholders including government and landowners
Broad understanding of global sustainability issue
Experience in land use projects and knowledge in forest and agricultural markets
Knowledge of climate finance is a differential
Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications, and prior experience in developing and maintaining MS-Excel-based financial models,
Fluency in Portuguese and English is required.
Knowledge of, and experience with, emission reduction project-based carbon standards, technologies and project development processes
Knowledge and experience working with Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Use (AFOLU) projects
5-10 years of experience in positions of business development, commercial, project structuring and / or management consulting. Experience in the north and Midwest regions of Brazil is desirable, as well as experience in forest and agribusiness sectors.