Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy, and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.
Winrock serves as the Secretariat to ART, which was launched in 2018. ART provides a rigorous standard and comprehensive process to transparently register, verify and issue REDD+ emission reduction and removals credits that embody high environmental and social integrity. The ART Secretariat has led the development of TREES (The REDD+ Environmental Excellence Standard), in partnership with expert committees and the ART Board and has moved into an operational phase of overseeing jurisdictions as they move through the process to be issued verified TREES Credits towards achievement of global Paris Agreement targets.
The Manager, Policy is an important role within ART contributing to the strategic positioning of the ART program as well as serving as a liaison to external stakeholders and supporting the Associate Directors of Policy as well as the Managing Director. This individual will help ensure ART continues to represent the highest environmental and social integrity by facilitating appropriate accreditations and recognitions, developing engaging outreach trainings and materials, and supporting the development of strong relationships with stakeholders.
- Develop a deep understanding of all ART program requirements including both the technical and safeguards requirements in TREES
- Support ART’s accreditation applications and ongoing reporting requirements
- Review and provide substantive feedback on TREES documents submitted for Secretariat review under ART
- Assist in the oversight of ART validation and verification bodies including during audit processes and document reviews
- Support and/or take a leading role in the development of and updates to ART Standards, templates, guidance documents, tools and other program documents
- Further ART’s role in the market through engagement with organizations conducting offset market quality analyses or evaluations
- Work with the ART Policy team to implement the Stakeholder engagement strategy
- Develop articles, thought pieces, workshops and other communications regarding ART and jurisdictional REDD+ with a particular focus on community involvement, scaling of activities and nesting of subnational programs
- Assist with development of summary materials for the ART Board and present on technical topics as appropriate
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND
Education: Advanced degree in Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Carbon Accounting, Economics or related field.
Experience: The preferred candidate will have 5-10 years of experience working in the carbon market, REDD+, or international forest carbon industry. The candidate must have strong familiarity with carbon markets and REDD+ or forest carbon accounting and quantification methods. Previous work experience with an ENGO or government is preferred.
- Deep understanding of the voluntary carbon market industry and the requirements of key jurisdictional and project offset programs
- Deep knowledge and understanding of voluntary and regulated carbon markets including CORSIA and the Paris Agreement and the relative positioning of ART across markets.
- Fluency in spoken and written English is required. Fluency in one or more additional languages is an asset, especially Spanish, Portuguese, or French.
- Ability to manage project operations and workflow effectively, to track and meet deadlines for multiple tasks.
- Strong interpersonal skills, impeccable integrity and trustworthiness, sense of humor, and diplomatic approach to problem solving.
- Ability to consistently interact with others in a professional, courteous, and tactful manner, maintain a positive attitude and good working relationships, and work effectively in a team setting.
- Ability to work independently for timely completion of quality deliverables.
- Strong technical and analytical skills.
- Strong speaking, presentation and written communication skills.
Other: Must be available to travel for short-term assignments. Commitment to Winrock’s mission and interest in market-based approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions required. Candidate must be comfortable working in a flexible, high-paced environment and able to work well in teams and also independently.
Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.
At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.
Winrock knows that its success comes from the hard work and steadfast dedication of its diverse workforce. Winrock remains committed to maintaining diversity, inclusion and equity across the entire organization