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Regional NBS Advisor

Kigali

  • Organization: WCS - Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Location: Kigali
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
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Reports to:                                    Eastern Africa, Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean Regional Director

Internal liaison:                            WCS Nature-based Solutions Team

Expected travel:                           Approximately 30%. As required within the region and to donor/technical meetings as needed/possible.


Organization Background:
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. With more than a century of experience, long-term commitments in dozens of landscapes, presence in more than 60 nations, and experience helping to establish over 150 protected areas across the globe, WCS has amassed the biological knowledge, cultural understanding and partnerships to ensure that vibrant, wild places and wildlife thrive alongside local communities. 

Program Overview
Across the over 70 landscapes in which WCS works, there are significant opportunities for utilizing carbon finance as an effective approach to achieve long term sustainable financing for conservation. WCS has been actively involved in the development of REDD+ and climate finance programs for over ten years which has resulted in over 20 million emissions reductions through improved forest protection and restoration.

Job Summary
The position will be responsible for leading development, execution, and management of the WCS East Africa, Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean NBS Program together with country staff and other members of WCS’s Global NBS team. Functions include:
  • Serving as the Regional NBS Advisor for the development of the WCS East Africa, Madagascar & Western Indian Ocean NBS program. This role will include serving as lead advisor to country programs in refining the vision and mission of carbon finance in service of conservation and communities;
  • Serve as technical and regional level project manager for all ongoing climate finance projects across East Africa;
  • Identify, develop, and lead a cadre of investor-ready climate change finance projects and jurisdictional programs across East Africa, anchored primarily around existing WCS conservation landscapes. Project identification and design will be conducted through intensive interaction with existing WCS country teams;
  • Together with the WCS country and global WCS NBS team, identify, track, and selectively pursue a pipeline additional project and jurisdictional program development funding;
  • Engage with identified project investors, and create the materials and proposals needed to secure additional investments in project and program establishment;
  • Developing standardized approaches for project development catering to the range of emission reduction and/or restoration opportunities, the typology of project funders and investors, forms of engagement with government, and level of development of national or jurisdictional programs.

Major Responsibilities:
  • Serve as key member of WCS NBS technical team and WCS Regional Team;
  • Develop and provide advisement to WCS country teams on the potential of carbon finance within their landscapes, including internal awareness raising materials and a proposed country strategy;
  • Lead Validation and Verifications of existing VCM Projects:
    • Lead any and all project validation and/or verification in collaboration with WCS NBS team and WCS Country teams
      • Develop / finalize Project Documents or Monitoring Reports
      • Lead engagement with VVB and serve as VVB point person
      • Lead technical component of audit site visit; Oversee in country site visit
      • Lead all required alterations to Project Document
      • Update Project Documents / Monitoring Reports for review by VVB
    • Oversee and monitor the implementation of intervention activities; ensure implementation complies with Project Document;
    • Oversee and monitor the implementation of project governance and engagement with government partners;
    • Provide oversight and provide guidance to WCS country team on all government engagement;
    • Lead country teams to develop monitoring and reporting systems, knowledge management, and lead all and any reporting;
    • Provide project budgeting oversight and internal financial reporting;
    • Provide oversight and guidance in the implementation of benefit sharing mechanisms and financial flows;
    • Act as a liaison with investors, marketing firms and credit end-buyers on investment proposals and deal-structuring.
  • Lead Feasibility Assessments:
    • Lead the development of initial assessments and feasibility studies required for identified opportunities to evaluate and recommend the appropriate role carbon finance may provide within a land/seascape. This will include evaluating and developing a potential project governance approach, evaluating various intervention activities against their net greenhouse gas emissions reductions potential, and determining the financing required for the implementation of such interventions. The objective of the feasibility work is to create a fact base that will facilitate an investor decision on the potential for cost effective credit generation over the long term.
  • Lead emerging VCM Project Development:
    • Oversee the development of all components of a project required for government support and third-party project validation and credit verification;
    • Work with country teams to develop the design and structure of identified projects, based on a theory of change. This will include the design of project interventions, and community and government engagement;
    • Oversee and provide advisement to country teams on the development of community and government engagement strategies, including the role of jurisdictional programs;
    • Work with country teams to develop appropriate benefit sharing mechanisms;
    • Develop and lead in-country technical teams and technical consultants responsible for the full development of identified projects;
    • Identify key third party technical needs; secure and manage identified third party consultants;
    • Determine short, medium and long-term financing needs in order to inform investment and credit sales strategies;
    • Act as a liaison with investors, marketing firms and credit end-buyers on investment proposals and deal-structuring.
  • Assist in development of proposals to expand NBS opportunities in East Africa, including assisting governments in the development of Jurisdictional REDD+;
  • Serve as bridge between regional team, country teams, technical consultants, and the NBS team;
  • Provide regular and timely reporting to investors, funders, and to global WCS NBS team on activities and progress to project milestones;
  • Serve as an expert advisor to global WCS NBS team on regional issues, event, initiatives that create either opportunities or obstacles for advancing our carbon portfolio;
  • Work with country team and global WCS NBS team to further develop portfolio and project level strategy plans along with a short and medium-term financial plan;
  • Monitor and work with country programs to secure additional grant funding.

 
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