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CARBON TECHNICAL SPECIALIST  LATIN AMERICA (COLOMBIA, MEXICO, PANAMA, PERU)

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, Improved Agricultural Land Management and Blue Carbon mechanisms.

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The Role

ecosecurities is seeking an NbS Carbon Technical Specialist to assist in developing a pipeline of new climate mitigation projects in Latin America. The specialist will be responsible for conducting project feasibility assessments, providing technical guidance and moving priority opportunities to full-scale development including: i) determining project's technical, financial, social and climate eligibility & viability; ii) technical and data analyses to quantify project emission reductions and removals and project impact across other environmental, community and socio-economic parameters; and iii) design and delivery of long-term monitoring and impact assessment mechanisms that support validation and verification processes for those projects being certified to voluntary market standards including, among others, the Gold Standard, VCS, CAR and CCB.

The specialist will be working in close collaboration with the ecosecurities NbS and AFOLU teams operating across Latin America, as well as ecosecurities’ global team in Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. This position will be based preferably in Colombia, Perú, Panamá, or México.

This position will play a critical role in the development, expansion, and validation of ecosecurities’ Nature-based Solutions program in Latin America. The role will provide technical skills and analyses in forest carbon, blue carbon, ecosystem services and natural resource management to develop high impact and innovative carbon development projects. The role also brings deep expertise in current and emerging AFOLU voluntary carbon standards, methodologies and procedural requirements to ensure compliance and development of projects of the highest integrity and quality.

 

Key responsibilities:

 

  • Lead the technical development of NbS carbon projects. This includes but is not limited to data gathering, analyses, and narrative of key elements of the Project Design Document (PDD) and Monitoring and Verification Reports (MRV), developing carbon emissions baseline, quantify emission reductions and removals from agricultural carbon and other nature-based solution projects in accordance with internationally recognised voluntary carbon market (VCM) standards and methodologies, contributing to the identification, design and assessment of field implementation activities, writing project certification documents including PDDs and MRV reports, leading validation/verification processes, and conducting site visits and carbon due diligence, as needed.

  • Support project origination, design, and management of NbS carbon project development opportunities. Develop tools, frameworks, and templates to streamline the data gathering and quantification of emission reductions and removals. Assess and manage environmental, socio-economic and community data to inform pre-feasibility assessment, project risk analysis, financial models, benefits sharing mechanisms.

  • Identify new opportunities and thematic areas for the growth and development of ecosecurities NbS program of work across the Latin America region.

  • Support project management and ecosecurities’ relationships with external partners. Continually looking for opportunities to strengthen technical support and capacity building to enhance collaboration and partnerships.

  • Stay up to date with the evolution of VCM standards and methodologies and UNFCCC developments to inform and support guiding the NbS carbon project structuring and development.

  • Work in close collaboration with the ecosecurities NBS and AFOLU teams operating across Latin America, as well as ecosecurities’ global team in Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions to ensure alignment of strategies and priorities. Provide periodic reports and assessments on progress against project development for internal and external audiences.

  • Other tasks as directed by the ecosecurities Head of N. Latin America Region (Northern Andes, Caribbean & Central America).

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Qualifications

Essential:

  • Master's degree in forestry, environmental science, environmental engineering, agriculture, natural resource management, conservation management or related fields. A first-level university degree in combination with two-three additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • 3-5 years’ work experience in managing forestry, mangrove, agriculture, ecosystems services, conservation, climate change and/or sustainable development projects across the Latin American region.

  • 3-5 years of work experience with carbon project technical development and implementation. Desired experience with getting NBS projects through the full VCS and CCBS validation and verification process, including the development of Project Description Document (PDDs), Monitoring & Verification Reports (MRVs), and Validation and Verification Body (VVB) audits.

  • Demonstrated expertise in AFOLU project development consistent with VCM, jurisdictional (ie JNR, CAR and ART TREES) and/or other global carbon standards.

  • Proven technical expertise in GHG quantification and accounting for agricultural ecosystems across the LATAM region.

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

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Spanish.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of forestry, natural resource management, regenerative agriculture, ecosystems services, conservation, climate change and/or sustainable development issues and policy trends across the Latin America region.

  • Experience in AFOLU project development consistent with VCM, jurisdictional (ie JNR, CAR and ART TREES) and/or other global carbon standards.

  • Knowledge of the carbon market and carbon project development is an advantage.

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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