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NBS - GHG Quantification Specialist

Terra Global
Oakland, California, US
Closing date
May 31, 2022

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Informatics / GIS
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Position: Nature-based Solutions GHG Quantification Specialist

Term: Full-time, consultant or employee depending on country of residence

Location: Time zone that works well with Pacific Standard Time (Remote)

Company Summary

Founded in 2006, Terra Global is a woman-run, women-owned for-profit social enterprise, and small business. Terra Global's mission is to facilitate financially, socially, and environmentally sustainable landscapes. Terra Global is a global leader in sustainable forest and agriculture program development, land-use greenhouse gas quantification and finance, and providing technical expertise and investment capital to their global client base in a collaborative and innovative manner. Having worked in 31 countries, Terra Global has designed and supported the implementation of REDD+ and other sustainable landscape programs from the project to national scale.

Since Terra Global's founding, we have led the development of ground-breaking GHG quantification methodologies, Program Documents and Monitoring and Implementation Reports under Verra, American Carbon Registry, Climate Action Reserve and Carbon Fund Methodological Framework. From the program design through monetization of verified emission reductions, Terra Global has developed innovative financial structures and transactions to create commercially viable sustainable landscapes programs. Using its proprietary software and standard operating procedures, Terra has conducted greenhouse quantification in a spatially explicit manner and established pathways for crediting from project to national scale.

Position Responsibilities

This position for GHG quantification specifically supports technical aspects of methodology development, carbon accounting and calculations (at project and program scales), and business development. The preferred candidate has a minimum of 5 years' experience in AFOLU NBS carbon development and is a self-starter who shows team leadership qualities with proven ability to work on a tight deliverable schedule.
  • Develop and review technical aspects of AFOLU carbon projects and programs and provide guidance regarding project typology, eligible methodologies and mechanics of carbon monitoring, reporting and verification
  • Assist in writing feasibility reports, Project Documents and Monitoring and Implementation Reports of NBS projects and programs
  • Create, review and revise AFOLU carbon methodologies and tools for all forest carbon accounting and support agricultural methodologies.
  • Compile data from literature and field-data, including forest inventory and harvest data for GHG accounting procedures for any AFOLU project types
  • Contribute to developing biomass calculations associated with land-use change and forest management including modeling timber management plans
  • Develop models in excel and python for baseline, ex-ante carbon calculations, and ex-post emission reductions/removals of AFOLU carbon projects and programs
  • Visit remote project sites primarily in developing counties and verify fieldwork to support forest-based carbon projects (e.g., overseeing and reviewing biomass inventories)
  • Manage the collection of in-situ land use and land cover data and assess the biophysical, and socio-economic feasibility of NBS/AFOLU carbon projects
  • Support Project Managers for multiple international projects, including ensuring tasks remain under budget and on-schedule.

Essential Skills And Qualifications
  • Must have past experience in conducting GHG quantification of AFOLU projects or programs using globally recognized standards.
  • Preferred master's in applied natural sciences such as forestry, ecology, natural resources, or biogeochemistry strongly suggested
  • Coursework in biometrics, biostatistics, modeling, programming, GIS analysis, soil science, and tropical forest systems
  • Deep experience in forest monitoring, REDD+ carbon accounting, and MRV, geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, and land-use planning and spatial analysis.
  • Experience developing or evaluating carbon projects and programs, including familiarity with accreditation programs and standards like the ACR, CDM, VCS, FCPF and CAR
  • Ability to assess national FAO data and National Forest Reference Levels to provide methodological options to allocate the FRELs into Projects and Programs.
  • Practical and applied understanding of mathematical and statistical related to forest growth, yields and harvests.
  • Familiar with basic biogeochemistry in forest and agricultural ecosystems, including soil, understanding of terrestrial and blue carbon quantification
  • Excellence in MS Office suite, including advanced Excel skills of modeling, computer-literate with the ability to absorb new tools quickly
  • Logical and structured thinker with understanding of spatial software such as ArcGIS /QGIS, and statistical software for data analysis such as python or R
  • Excellent written skills in English, and able to communicate fluently in English
  • Organized, market-focused and results-oriented
  • Understanding of cultural sensitivities associated with working in international settings
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team environment while self-managing deliverables
  • Passionate about working in the development and environmental sector
  • Preferred knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably Spanish, French, or Portuguese.

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