Program Officer, Natural Climate Solutions (CCB & SD VISta)

About Verra.
At Verra, we've created a culture of flexibility + autonomy. You'll be able to work with remote teams from diverse countries and industries. Wherever possible, we aim to find mutually agreeable solutions for international hiring.

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges. As a mission-driven non-profit organization, Verra is committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that credibly, transparently and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and enable funding for sustaining and scaling up projects that verifiably deliver these benefits. We work in any arena where we see a need for clear standards, a role for market-based mechanisms, and an opportunity to generate significant environmental and social value.


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Title:   Program Officer, Natural Climate Solutions (CCB & SD VISta)
Location:   Remote  - Worldwide (with significant overlap with US business hours)
Start Date:   Immediately
Reports to:   Manager, Natural Climate Solutions
 
The Opportunity.  
 
It is an exciting time to join Verra! Our organization is growing rapidly. With the rapid growth in carbon markets driving a new wave of project development, Verra is seeking a Program Officer, Natural Climate Solutions (CCB & SD VISta), to grow our Program Management Team. In this role, you will be playing a critical role in conducting reviews of projects submitted through the CCB or SD VISta project cycle. You will also be asked to assist in providing solutions to challenging project situations when they arise. There will also be many opportunities for you to work with and provide support to other teams and departments within Verra

The Role.
  • Reviewing project documents to ensure the quality of VVB performance and integrity of Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) projects requesting validation and verification to the CCB and SD VISta Programs. 
  • Collaborating internally with the Auditing and Accreditation Team on project quality and VVB performance and liaising externally with VVBs. This role may also entail periodic onsite audits of VVB site visits. 
  • Serving as a subject expert within the Program Management Team on nature-based solutions for CCB and SD VISta programs. 
What we’d like to see.
  • Relevant 1 or 2 years of professional experience, preferably working for a standards organization, NGO, government, project developer, and/or validation/verification body.  
  • Technical background and previous experience reviewing or developing nature-based projects, such as REDD+, WRC, IFM, ARR, and/or ALM. Understanding of the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity aspects of nature-based projects.  
  • Interest in maintaining high-quality projects and auditors through careful review of project requests and documentation. 
  • A relevant university degree. A master’s degree would be advantageous. 
  • Understanding of climate change mitigation strategies, climate/development finance, and an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners of these arenas. 
  • Strong attention to detail. 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including prioritizing and working efficiently and effectively under deadlines. 
  • Culturally aware and able to work with stakeholders and partners from different countries and cultures. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to excel in a professional, team-oriented environment and work independently. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English is essential, and proficiency in other languages would be an advantage. 
Our Team.
  • Verrans come from diverse locations and backgrounds and include carbon market experts, project developers, consultants, climate negotiators, researchers, and auditors.
  • We are committed to driving finance at scale to projects and programs that advance climate action and sustainable development through high-quality standards and programs. 
Working at Verra.

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges. As a mission-driven non-profit organization, Verra is committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods, and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors.

We’ve created a culture of flexibility + autonomy. You’ll be able to work with remote teams from diverse countries and industries. Wherever possible, we aim to find mutually agreeable solutions for international hiring.

For this position, the salary range is between $57,225 - $63,597 USD. The compensation band is based on a U.S. base salary range and shares the minimum and maximum base salary for the position. This position is eligible for remote work.

The final compensation offered will be contingent upon role, level, and location. Our Talent team can share the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

Salary is one component of Verra’s total compensation package, which also includes:
  • Health, vision and dental care, and life insurance
  • Verra contributions to each employee’s retirement plan
  • Verra contributions as required by national labor laws in countries where staff are located
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), comprising 22-30 days vacation, 7 days of annual sick leave, holidays, sabbatical after five years of service, and other leave allowances
  • Funds to support professional development
Verra is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all our work, and doing this successfully is crucial for us to embody our established values, including Teamwork, Results, Integrity, Balance, and Exploration. We actively celebrate belonging among our team members’ different abilities, sexual orientations, ethnicity, faith, and gender. 

How to Apply.

Please send us a Cover letter (not to exceed one page) and your Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages). 

Verra provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. As such, we conduct our recruitment and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local law. 

Program Management

Remote (Washington, District of Columbia, US)

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