Program Officer, Agriculture Innovation

  • Verra
  • Remote
  • May 18, 2022
Full time Sustainability

Job Description

Job Title:                     Program Officer, Agriculture Innovation 

Location:                     Remote - Worldwide (with significant overlap with Europe and US business hours) 

Start Date:                  Immediately 

Reports to:                 Senior Manager, Agriculture Innovation 

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.  

Verra manages a portfolio of standards, including the:  

A day with Verra’s Agriculture Innovation Team might include... 

  • Responding to an inquiry from an external stakeholder about agricultural methodologies and project development in the VCS Program; 
  • Working with Program Development & Innovation (PDI) team and Finance team colleagues to finalize a request for proposals (RFP) for an upcoming consultancy and coordinating with Communications team colleagues to advertise the RFP;  
  • Participating in stakeholder meetings focused on potential new opportunities in the agriculture sector and current barriers to agricultural project development.   
  • Drafting a press release for the upcoming publication of a new agriculture-related VCS methodology; or 
  • Coordinating with the Administrator, PDI to pay a consulting invoice. 

Specific functions you will be responsible for leading...  

  • Interacting with external stakeholders via email and in meetings to respond to questions about VCS rules, methodologies, and project development related to agricultural land management (ALM) or livestock management activities. Such stakeholders include project and methodology developers, validation/verification bodies, and credit buyers; 
  • Providing operational and/or administrative support to Ag Innovation colleagues to implement processes such as public comment periods, webinars, communications, and contracting; 
  • Working with colleagues to draft revisions to VCS Program rules and procedures relevant to the ALM and livestock sectors to help maintain the robustness, workability, and impact of those programs;  
  • Supporting the review of concept notes, methodology revisions, and new methodologies, including research and technical reviews;  
  • Supporting the PDI team on other emerging opportunities. 

You bring with you... 

  • At least 2 years of relevant professional experience, preferably in GHG accounting, methodologies, standards, and carbon crediting programs. 
  • A relevant university degree (e.g., agricultural or soil sciences, environmental sciences, biology). A master’s degree would be advantageous. 
  • Technical background and demonstrated understanding at the intersection of agriculture, climate change, and sustainability science.  
  • Demonstrated skill using Microsoft Office/Microsoft Teams/SharePoint/OneDrive and Google Workspace.  
  • Strong attention to detail and project management and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines.  
  • Culturally aware with the ability to work with stakeholders and partners from different countries and cultures. 
  • Self-starter with the ability to excel in a professional environment with limited supervision. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Fluency in English is essential.  

In this role, you will grow and expand your expertise by...

  • Working at the cutting edge of programs designed to drive finance towards high-impact activities that tackle some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day. 
  • Working on challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners of activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve livelihoods. 
  • Finding effective ways to ensure the quality of projects and credits under Verra programs. 
  • Working with a dynamic, committed, and focused team of professionals. 

You will join a team... 

  • Of leading experts in the carbon space. 
  • From diverse locations and backgrounds, including carbon market experts, project developers, consultants, policymakers, researchers, auditors, and more. 
  • Committed to driving finance at scale to projects and programs that advance climate action and sustainable development through high-quality standards and programs. 
  • That embodies Verra’s values, which include Teamwork, Results, Integrity, Balance, and Exploration. 

Compensation at Verra 

To help us attract and retain top talent, Verra pays employees competitively to the market. In return, we expect each employee to, at a minimum: 

  • Meet expectations in terms of work effort and performance; 
  • Take the initiative to build the skills and knowledge needed to do their job effectively; and 
  • Embody Verra’s values. 

For this position, the salary range is USD $54,708 - $60,801, depending on experience. We will recognize employees who go beyond expected performance with salary increases and/or promotions, but the bar for earning those rewards is high. 

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 plus ten floating holidays, sabbatical after five years of service, and other leave allowances; and 
  • Funds to support professional development. 

How to Apply 

To apply, please send us the following: 

  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page) 
  • Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages) 
  • At least two references 

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Verra provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. 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.

Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level

Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

$54,708 - $60,801 USD