AGROFORESTRY CARBON ASSISTANT

Full Time

The Nature Conservancy

Introduction

Welcome to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), where our mission is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we tackle the world’s toughest environmental challenges, fostering innovative on-the-ground solutions to ensure the thriving coexistence of people and nature. Diversity, respect, and community engagement are at the heart of our values. Discover more about life #insideTNC on our TNC Talent YouTube playlist or visit Glassdoor for reviews from our staff.

WHO WE ARE

At TNC, cultivating an inclusive work environment is a primary goal, where employees globally feel valued for their unique contributions. We strive to hire a diverse staff that reflects the communities we work in, acknowledging the value of life experiences beyond job qualifications. Join TNC for the mission, stay for the people.

Established in 2007, the Africa Program envisions a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our focus includes 9 countries, and we actively implement Water Funds, collective action governance platforms uniting stakeholders to invest in ecosystem protection and sustainable watershed management.

NATURE FOR WATER FACILITY

Accelerating the adoption of the Water Fund model across Africa, TNC and partners established the Nature for Water Facility. This facility empowers local champions to develop watershed investment programs more efficiently and at scale, ensuring the health of freshwater systems and societies dependent on them.

AFRICA FOREST CARBON CATALYST (AFCC)

TNC’s Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) demonstrate the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a third by 2030. The Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst (AFCC) is a critical program supporting organizations across Africa, focusing on developing high-quality carbon projects.

JOB OVERVIEW

The Agroforestry Carbon Assistant plays a crucial role in providing technical support to a portfolio of Water Fund-NCS projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Sierra Leone. Working closely with TNC’s Water Funds team and other project contributors, the assistant ensures that projects are designed and implemented according to best practice standards.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Collaborative Project Development: Work closely with the TNC Water Funds team and project contributors to progress carbon project development, adhering to best practices.
  2. Technical Support: Provide advice and guidance on agroforestry aspects, including site-species selection, restoration management plans, and intervention design.
  3. Database Management: Manage a database of tree growth models and allometric equations for accurate estimation of tree biomass growth and carbon stocks.
  4. Impact Assessment: Assess project biomass and soil carbon pool impacts from tree planting and restoration initiatives, ensuring compliance with carbon standard certification requirements.
  5. Monitoring and Reporting: Design and deliver monitoring, reporting, and verification plans for tree planting and restoration projects.
  6. Data Collection: Identify data gaps and develop plans for collecting biomass, carbon, and tree growth data.
  7. Problem Solving: Demonstrate independent judgment and problem-solving skills to address challenges effectively.
  8. Team Collaboration: Act as a critical team member, collaborating with various stakeholders within and outside TNC.
  9. Knowledge Sharing: Keep updated with global methods for measuring and modeling carbon impact, sharing relevant knowledge to enhance carbon project quality.
  10. Travel: Be prepared to travel up to 30% of the time for fieldwork.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resource management, international development, or related field, with 3 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination.
  2. Strong understanding of tree carbon cycle, forestry, and agroforestry concepts.
  3. Experience in designing and developing agroforestry, tree planting, or restoration initiatives with community participation.
  4. Proficiency in database management and using excel equation builder or similar tools for estimating and modeling carbon stocks.
  5. Exceptional organizational skills, delivering high-quality work across multiple projects simultaneously.
  6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.
  7. Political savvy, diplomatic, and experienced in negotiating complex projects.
  8. Analytical skills, capable of synthesizing information and data for project documentation.
  9. Ability to work closely with diverse partners, including community members, government officials, and internal scientists.
  10. Proven ability to complete tasks independently within established timelines.
  11. Familiarity with ecological land management principles and conservation practices.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Over 5 years’ experience working in agroforestry, carbon projects, and database management.
  2. Knowledge and experience in community-based natural resource management and sustainable development in Africa.
  3. Passion for agroforestry, restoration, and community sustainable development, aspiring to become an accomplished carbon project builder.
  4. Experience working with grassroots communities.
  5. Fluency in French or Swahili an added advantage.
  6. Basic GIS skills.
  7. Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to negotiate, influence, and persuade.
  8. Multilingual and multicultural experience appreciated.
  9. Willingness to apply science to decision-making and guide activities.
  10. Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management, and natural resource preservation.

WHAT WE OFFER

Since 1951, TNC has made a significant impact in conservation, thanks to our dedicated staff, partners, and supporters. We offer competitive and comprehensive benefits packages tailored to individual countries where we operate. These include health care benefits, retirement plans, parental leave, paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance programs, and more. We also prioritize a flexible work environment to support the health and well-being of our team.


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EXPERT TIPS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT

Applying for the Agroforestry Carbon Assistant position? Here are some expert tips to help you stand out:

  1. Demonstrate Passion: Showcase your passion for agroforestry, restoration, and community development, emphasizing your commitment to making a positive impact on the environment.
  2. Highlight Diversity and Teamwork: Emphasize your ability to collaborate with diverse partners and communities, contributing to an inclusive and dynamic work environment.
  3. Showcase Technical Skills: Highlight your experience in database management, carbon modeling, and agroforestry project design, demonstrating your ability to handle complex tasks.
  4. Communicate Effectively: Craft clear and concise application materials, showcasing your excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Stay Informed: Stay up-to-date with global methods and trends related to carbon impact measurement and agroforestry, sharing relevant knowledge in your application.
  6. Be Solution-Oriented: Demonstrate your problem-solving skills and independent judgment, showing how you can effectively address challenges in your role.
  7. Be Flexible: As the position involves fieldwork and collaboration across countries, emphasize your willingness to travel and adapt to various working conditions.

APPLY NOW

Ready to join our mission at TNC? Apply for Job ID 53764 by clicking the “Apply Now” button at careers.nature.org. Need assistance? Contact applyhelp@tnc.org or visit our recruitment page for guidance. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and contribute to our global character.

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