winrock Remote, USA Full-time 2024-06-26

Winrock International is recruiting a Technical Advisor in the Ecosystem Services Unit (ECO) to lead a portfolio of global projects aimed at building effective strategies to mitigate climate change within food and forest systems. This position works with private sector clients to assess critical investments that finance emission reduction and removals. The Technical Advisor manages a team of technical specialists with deep expertise on the measurement of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the development of monitoring protocols, and assessment of project risks and opportunities.  

This position may be based remotely within the United States but is expected to work East Coast hours (EST).  

Ecosystem Services Unit (ECO) 

The ECO team forms the cornerstone of Winrock’s scientific leadership and has been at the cutting edge of the evaluation of ecosystem services from forests and agriculture for 25 years. The ECO team is a global leader in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) 

 

Past ECO team projects have focused on:  

  • Providing technical support to project developers and private sector entities to support high quality offsets.  
  • Developing tools and games for building institutional capacity on Jurisdictional REDD projects. 
  • Developing protocols and providing in-country training for forest inventory design, GHG measurement, and monitoring. 
  • Creating decision-support tools for the measurement and monitoring of GHG emissions and ecosystem services for use in the forestry sector.  

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES 

Essential Duties 

The Technical Advisor oversees a team of technical specialists, provides technical and project leadership, manages client interactions, and contributes to new product development.  

New Business Development: 

  • Contribute to the strategic growth and diversification of ECO’s portfolio, deepening impact, scale, and reach. 
  • Grow ECO new business by serving as a technical lead, contributor, or reviewer on proposals; leading decisions on whether to pursue ECO new business opportunities; and working closely with the ECO leadership team, New Business Support Unit and E2 New Business Manager to ensure the delivery of quality proposals. Work with the team to identify, document, and promote technical best practices and methodologies for future new business design.  
  • Augment ECO’s technical visibility with key stakeholders, practitioners, and donors with an eye towards identifying and engaging promising partners for collaboration and innovation through thought leadership activities including, but not limited to, penning op-eds; serving as a technical panelist, and identifying topics and convening technical fora. 

Technical Leadership:  

  • Provide scientific leadership in the fields of REDD+ and forest carbon accounting. 
  • Develop and implement statistically sound approaches to project design and data analysis for carbon projects, including use of field data, new statistical tools, and models.  
  • Recommend and implement new approaches that strengthen Winrock International’s reputation for sound science and expand the visibility of Winrock International as a leading developer of measurement and monitoring methods. 
  • Augment ECO’s technical visibility with key stakeholders, practitioners, and donors with an eye towards identifying and engaging promising partners for collaboration and innovation. 

Team Leadership:  

  • Lead by example and inspire staff in the unit, promoting professional development and creating a positive working environment that encourages productive relationships, creative problem solving, and high performance. 
  • Provide effective supervision to staff including setting performance expectations, conducting regular performance evaluations, and providing ongoing feedback and coaching. 
  • Serve as a champion for Winrock’s Core Values (accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation) in the approach to management of the ECO team and encourage upward feedback and management.  

Project Leadership: 

  • Manage key projects in portfolio, liaising with donors, mentoring project support staff and producing high quality deliverables/products.  
  • Maintain day-to-day client communications by communicating clearly with and addressing clients’ needs. Provide accurate, consistent, and coherent technical guidance and explanations to clients and donors. 
  • Track and monitor programs as assigned to ensure they are fulfilling deliverable and performance requirements at a high quality, on time, and on budget.  

 

Qualifications and Background: 

 

Education: 

  • Master’s degree in environmental science, natural resource management, forestry, ecology, or other related field required; terminal degree (Ph.D. or equivalent) strongly preferred. 

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in forestry and natural climate solutions, four years of experience in GHG accounting for forests and land use. Additional years of experience are strongly preferred. 
  • At least 10 years of experience designing and implementing donor funded projects. Strong preference for experience with USAID, World Bank, Department of State, and bilateral and multi-lateral funding mechanisms as it relates to forestry and natural resource projects.  
  • At least four years of overseas experience with technical and/or operational issues related to GHG accounting and forests, or related issues strongly preferred. Experience working in developing countries is required.  
  • Experience developing, mentoring, and managing teams of technical staff.  
  • Experience leading complex technical projects with a diverse team of staff and consultants. 
  • Experience in the development of Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) projects and/or programs in the voluntary and/or compliance carbon market preferred. Experience identifying and implementing financial mechanisms for REDD+. 
  • Demonstrated experience in research and public communication on technical issues, including peer-reviewed publications. 

 

Qualifications 

  • Strong analytical capability and problem-solving abilities required.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are required, including effective public speaking and the ability to communicate complex issues both verbally and in written form.  
  • Ability to foster and maintain good working relationships with clients and partners, including government ministries and officials at national and local levels, non-profit organizations, the private sector, foundations, multilateral organizations, and the U.S. Government.  
  • Understanding of GHG emissions quantification methods, carbon credit project development, and/or other sustainability product certification standards.  
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, including Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Advanced proficiency in Excel is preferred. 
  • Fluency in English; fluency in a language in addition to English is strongly preferred. 

This position may be based remotely within the United States but is expected to work East Coast hours (EST).  

The salary range for this role is set between $155,000 and $165,000, with the majority of candidates typically land within the midpoint of this range, there is an additional 10% contribution for a 403b annually and an excellent benefits package.

 

Winrock is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people and value diversity and inclusiveness. Winrock recruits, employs, trains, promotes and compensates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, or any other basis protected by law.

At Winrock we have a clear mission: Empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources through unwavering dedication to accountability, equity, innovation, integrity and transformation.

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