Program Officer via Indeed

Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)

Washington, DC, US

Position Overview

The Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) is looking for a Program Officer to join a growing staff in our Washington, DC headquarters. The successful candidate will work with a range of staff on the development and implementation of the new Landscape Standard (LS) and perform other related duties. The Landscape Standard is a globally applicable framework for assessing social, environmental and economic sustainability outcomes at the landscape scale in productive regions, and aims to link local production to emerging green supply chain incentives and diversified sources of finance.

VCS was launched in November 2007 and are now well established among the leading global greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and programs in the voluntary carbon market. VCS is committed to helping reduce emissions, improve livelihoods and protect nature, collaborating across the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that credibly, transparently and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and channel funding for sustaining and scaling up these benefits. We work in any arena where we see a need for clear standards, a role for market-based mechanisms and an opportunity to achieve environmental and social good.

Job Description

The Program Officer will be central to the success of the Landscape Standard. Principal tasks and responsibilities are related to the development and implementation of LS including:

  • Manage sub-grant and contract agreements with in-country partners
  • Draft internal and external reports containing financial and narrative content, including to project donors, and manage inputs from partners.
  • Support management of grant agreements, including financial management
  • Coordinate meetings, conferences and events focused on the development and piloting of the LS framework
  • Support ongoing communication in English and Spanish between the VCS, partners implementing pilot projects in Latin America and local governments
  • Support project proposals and work plan development, including contributing to project strategy
  • Undertake research to support the development of the standard, including on sustainability data and metrics, monitoring and reporting, and potential demand and finance sources
  • Represent VCS at conferences and other industry events
  • Support additional LS-related activities and assist with other VCS-related work, as needed

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of two years professional experience, or one year if holding a relevant graduate degree, with a preference for work experience related to climate change mitigation or adaptation, environmental markets, responsible mining/extractives or agricultural/forest sustainability
  • University education, with an emphasis in environmental policy or science, political science, international development, human rights, or economics. Graduate degree would be an asset
  • Ability to work effectively with international partners and diversity of developing country stakeholders
  • Professional proficiency in English and Spanish
  • Excellent writing skills, preferably with experience in technical writing (e.g., on policy, science or sustainability topics)
  • Willingness to travel, including internationally (10-15% time)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing grants from government donors (such as IKI (BMUB), DFID, NORAD or USAID)
  • Understanding of sustainability issues and standards (eg, Rainforest Alliance, Utz, Fair Trade, ESG criteria)
  • Understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation concepts, SDGs, supply-chain sustainability initiatives, and/or climate/development finance
  • Understanding of public policy process and financing in developing countries, ideally related to climate change mitigation and adaptation policies or green growth strategies
  • Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative analysis, preferably in relation to sustainability monitoring and analysis (or M&E)
  • Excellent spoken communication and presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Portuguese or French

Professional Qualities

  • Sharp analytical mind, with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to manage a diverse, intellectually challenging workload
  • Ability to excel in a professional environment, with limited supervision
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Good organizational, communication, interpersonal and team skills