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REDD+ and Government Liaison Advisor


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US non-profit, tax-exempt, private organization established in 1895 that saves wildlife and wild places by understanding critical issues, crafting science-based solutions, and taking conservation actions that benefit nature and humanity. Madagascar is considered one of the “hottest” biodiversity hotspots, with extremely high species diversity and staggering rates of endemism – the island is home to more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity over only 0.4% of the world’s land area. Home to more than 112 endemic lemur species, 90% are now threatened with extinction, and almost a third are Critically Endangered. WCS has been active in Madagascar since 1993 and works to ensure the long-term conservation of the country’s unique biological diversity, focusing on activities in our priority landscape/seascapes. We achieve this through terrestrial and marine protected area management, and engagement with local communities.


The REDD+ and Government Liaison Advisor is a key role focused on supporting the government of Madagascar in the development and implementation of a jurisdictional and nested REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) program. This role will also involve assisting in developing and implementing WCS and partner REDD+ projects across Madagascar. The REDD+ and Government Liaison 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 management team; local to national government authorities; Validation and Verification Bodies (VVBs) and the Verra Secretariat; project investors and credit buyers.


A master’s degree in environmental science, Forestry, Climate Change, or a related field, or a bachelor's degree with demonstrated professional experience. Four years experience in REDD+, carbon markets, climate change mitigation, or related fields. Understanding of international carbon markets and jurisdictional and nested standards. Proven experience in program and project management, ideally in Madagascar. Familiarity with the political, social, and environmental landscape of Madagascar. Fluency in Malagasy, and professional-level English or French Ability to work independently and as part of a multicultural team.

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