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Forest Carbon Technical Advisor


The Wildlife Conservation Society is an international NGO headquartered at Bronx Zoo in New York City working to save wildlife and wild lands and to meet global challenges in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and the world’s oceans. Africa is one of WCS’s largest field engagements, with approximately 1,500 staff in 13 country programs managed through three regional programs (Central Africa, Sudano-Sahel, East Africa, Madagascar and Western Indian Ocean) Our Mission is to save wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education and inspiring people to value nature. Our VISION is a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth.


Reports to: Country Director Location: Antananarivo, Madagascar, with travel to field sites Department, Division: East Africa, Madagascar, and Western Indian Ocean (EAMWIO) Coordinates with: Regional Nature-based Solutions Advisor, EAMWIO The Forest Carbon Technical Advisor will bring carbon project expertise to the Madagascar program, complementing the existing teams dedicated to project implementation. They will lead the validation of a new baseline for Makira REDD+, and the verification of the pre-jurisdictional program period. They will maintain a clear focus on this goal, finding efficiencies to expedite the completion of the documentation and technical processes to a high standard. The Forest Carbon Technical Advisor will also support developing and validating partner VCS/CCBS REDD+ projects elsewhere in Madagascar. While undergoing the processes required for the initial validation and verification, the Advisor will put foundational systems and processes in place to ensure that future verifications are streamlined and efficient. Following the verification of credits, they will support the sale of credits by engaging with marketing partners and potential buyers. The Forest Carbon Technical Advisor will collaborate with and be supported by a range of internal and external stakeholders, including the global and regional WCS REDD+ team; landscape-based field teams and managers; technical support teams (e.g. GIS/remote sensing team); senior WCS Madagascar


Required Master’s degree in forestry, environmental science, geography, conservation or a related field. Prior experience and familiarity with the design and implementation of large, landscape-level forest conservation and rural development projects. 4+ years’ experience in the assessment, development and implementation of forestry and land-use projects, preferably for the carbon markets under the VCS and CCBS. Strong analytical and technical writing skills; extreme attention to detail. Professional experience in project management and project reporting. Demonstrated professional-level fluency in English is required, and in French is the highlight desired. Ability to travel to project sites, as required, for extended periods. Preferred Prior experience with the development, validation and verification of AFOLU projects under the VCS and CCBS. Experience in proposal development and grant reporting. Demonstrated GIS and Remote Sensing competencies. To successfully satisfy the requirements of this position, you should: Have good personal organizational and priority-setting skills, with the ability to work effectively under time pressure and manage multiple priorities. Be capable of working independently as well as being an effective team player, with initiative and creativity. Have a demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple stakeholders in a culturally diverse setting and build project alliances.

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