Niassa REDD + Stakeholder Engagement Liaison

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)

About the organization

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is a US-based non-governmental organization founded in 1895 that protects wildlife and wilderness by understanding critical issues, creating science-based solutions and promoting conservation actions that benefit nature and the humanity. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 countries and experience in helping to establish more than 150 protected areas worldwide, WCS has accumulated biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant places, with flora and fauna, thrive together with local communities. Working with local communities and organizations, this knowledge is applied to address issues of management of species, habitats and critical ecosystems to improve the quality of life of rural poor people, whose livelihoods depend on the direct use of natural resources.

Duties

Full job description on website.

• Provide overview of different government agencies and departments and their roles and responsibilities on REDD+ • Develop pathway for securing government support and lead all government support and approval needs
• Identify policy and regulation requirements
• Develop and implement a stakeholder engagement and collaboration approach
o Establish and maintain communication channels with the key regulatory agencies
o Facilitate relationships between WCS project staff and regulatory agencies
o Establish and maintain regular communication and exchanges with NSR conservation partners, district governments and and local Community Based Natural Resource Management groups in NSR
o Identify key knowledge and capacity gaps and propose approaches for improving REDD+ understanding across partners

• Work with WCS and partners to develop potential project governance structure, including across project partners
• Contribute to the development of the proposed REDD+ Niassa Program
o Work with partners to create carbon credit generation potential models
o Examine appropriate business model and project intervention costs
Identify complementary consultancies as needed, including legal review and advisement
o Serve a key point person for WCS in all engagement with Government and all other stakeholders

Qualifications

• Minimum 5 years of experience in natural resources management, conservation development management, or related field. Experience in climate finance arena required, carbon accounting knowledge strongly preferred.
• Good knowledge of stakeholder management, in particular engaging CSOs and private sector entities.
• Facilitation skills and ability to conduct and build collaborative programs among different stakeholders
• Strong understanding of REDD+ history in Mozambique and Government of Mozambique REDD+ framework development and legislation.
• Good understanding of carbon crediting processes, voluntary market mechanisms, and national (Mz) and international governance processes covering forest carbon emissions, sequestration and storage.
• Willingness to travel extensively to field sites, engage in field data collection, stakeholder meetings, etc.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested candidates, who meet the above qualifications, should apply by emailing an application letter and CV and the names and contact information of three references to [email protected] by the deadline of 30 September 2021. Please include "Niassa REDD + Stakeholder Engagement Liaison, Mozambique" in the subject line of your email.

In addition, please note that all candidates must also apply online via the WCS career portal.

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