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Mark Kenber Executive Director, VCMI

“By joining VCMI, you’ll not only become a valuable member of a collaborative and supportive team, but you’ll be undertaking vital work to develop and advocate for clear norms and standards in voluntary carbon markets. When done well, VCMs can be transformational – providing a meaningful contribution to global emissions reductions and essential finance to where it’s needed most, all while helping companies achieve ambitious climate goals. As a record number of businesses set net zero targets, it is imperative that any claims made accurately reflect real action to cut and remove emissions. The importance of the work we do with our partners cannot be overstated at this critical time. We can’t wait for you to join us.”

Why join VCMI?

Our People Strategy is very simple.

Hire intelligent, driven, skilled people who share our values and passion.

Set them clear and challenging goals.

Provide a supportive environment.

Give them autonomy.

And get out of their way.

We believe passionately in what we’re trying to achieve – our work could have significant implications for the future of the planet.

This is an exciting stage in our development as we move from being a proof of concept idea to a fully incubated entity. Joining us now means being able to directly influence the way we work beyond your own role and help develop our organisational culture.

We treat our people as individuals and respect them for who they are. We believe that teams with diverse skills, backgrounds and ways of thinking create a more stimulating workplace and deliver higher quality results.

To achieve this, we recruit globally and embrace flexible working, recognising that optimal work/non-work balance is unique to you and that your personal wellbeing is the foundation of performing at your best.

Our current vacancies

Communications Manager

Circa £75k plus benefits
37.5 hours per week
Location and working pattern flexible

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon offsets.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a clear and transparent path for companies to achieve Net Zero targets. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it is currently being road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Over the next three years we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

Our Communications Manager will be the organization’s point person for developing and managing VCMI’s external engagement strategy. This will be an extremely challenging and dynamic set of responsibilities, reporting to the Director of Policy and Partnerships and effectively taking ownership of all external content across all channels.

This will range from direct responsibility for the quality of our digital content and engagement, acting as point person for all media and external stakeholder communications, managing external strategic partners and essentially, developing the foundation upon which awareness and engagement with the Code of Practice will be built.

This is a new position created as a result of our team’s growth. As a result, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the scope of the work that you are responsible for beyond the role’s core requirements.

The person we are looking for

  • The ability to provide structure and clarity to internal and external stakeholders and to inspire trust in others through compelling presentation of evidence, influence, and passion to drive change;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, enabling you to develop an exceptional network with other communications stakeholders within VCMI’s wider circle;
  • Willingness to challenge concepts that aren’t clear to you, in order to successfully refine technical concepts for wider consumption;
  • Attention to detail in content and presentation, provided professionally and tailored to the right audience;
  • Highly collaborative and actively working with non-communications specialists and help them express their conviction through effective communication tools.
  • Ideally, past exposure to climate communications, in particular carbon pricing and market mechanisms, although enthusiasm to address climate change and willingness to learn is more important.
  • Experience of managing junior staff and commissioning support from external agencies where appropriate, including budget and deliverable management.
  • Demonstrable track record of achievement in a similar role.

How you will make an impact

  • Lead the development and execution of the external comms strategy, brand and narrative, managing external agencies and partners.
  • Manage the maintenance and promotion of VCMI’s digital channels, including the long-term development of our website, digital and social media content.
  • Organise, support and participate in workshops and convenings with external partners and stakeholders, to support VCMI objectives and support the execution of VCMI led external events.
  • Organise and deliver high-quality VCMI events and speaking engagements;
  • Lead on the production and promotion of high-quality copy and PR materials across all external channels including blog posts, Op-Ed’s and newsletters ensuring consistency with the VCMI communications strategy.
  • Draft, review and advise on the writing of thought-leadership content such as Op-Eds, articles and speeches, as well as briefings for senior leadership ahead of external events
  • Lead on media engagement and monitoring, acting as the first point of contact for press enquiries and broader external enquiries about the work of VCMI.
  • Develop and maintain VCMI’s core briefing pack.
  • Prepare briefings for external engagements and develop PR and media relationships.
  • Identify and secure opportunities for VCMI Executive Team and representatives from VCMI’s governing bodies to deliver thought-leadership speaking engagements, articles, Op-Ed’s

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up. 

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create. 

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 10/10/22

Technical Director – Markets and Standards

Circa £120k plus benefits
Location and working hours flexible 

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon credits.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a path for companies to accelerate credible net zero climate action. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it was road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Looking ahead, we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

We are now seeking an experienced professional with a background in carbon markets and corporate climate action to form part of our Executive Management Team and lead the organisation’s technical work, including the further development and implementation of the Claims Code of Practice.

The Director of Standards will lead on the delivery of critical workstreams with key outputs being;

  • A high-quality Claims Code of Practice published ideally by the end of Q1 2023
  • A broadly accepted governance and assurance framework for the Code published in parallel with the Claims Code
  • White papers (contracted externally) on links with Paris Agreement Article 6 accounting; boundaries, materiality and coverage of Scope 3 emissions; assessing company progress towards their GHG mitigation targets; and the sectoral impacts of the VCMI Claims Code
  • A refreshed Expert Advisory Group that provides insightful and timely advice to the VCMI Steering Committee and Executive Management Team

This is a new role, arising from the expansion of our team. As such, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the specifics of the work you are responsible for above and beyond the core requirement of the role. This is a global role so will require international travel and a willingness to flex hours to communicate with partners.

The person we are looking for

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge of development and implementation of environmental standard-setting and assurance mechanisms
  • Knowledge and experience of carbon markets, including UNFCCC market mechanisms and voluntary carbon markets
  • Experience of playing a critical role in high-level multi-stakeholder political and regulatory engagement processes delivering high-ambition outcomes
  • A broad understanding of corporate climate action, including target-setting, progress assessment and relevant external initiatives and standards
  • Outstanding facilitation, negotiation and diplomatic skills.

The ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate;

  • Experience of implementing environmental standards and frameworks in a corporate setting
  • Experience serving on the Secretariat of a governance body or international initiative
  • Knowledge of greenhouse gas accounting and reporting
  • Knowledge of corporate climate change disclosure systems and requirements
  • Experience working in different geographies and cultures
  • Knowledge of government regulations covering environmental labelling and consumer protection, corporate environmental disclosure and carbon credits.

How you will make an impact

  • Lead the development and implementation of VCMI standards, guidance, and codes of practice.
  • Lead the development and implementation of relevant assurance systems.
  • Identify key pieces of analysis required and oversee work specification, selection of external contractors (where needed) and peer review and maintain quality control of outputs.
  • Manage VCMI grant-making and management on issues related to the scope of the role
  • Support the Executive Director and facilitate decision-making by the VCMI Steering Committee by ensuring a flow of timely, high quality and intelligible information, including covering technical elements
  • Facilitate and oversee the operations of the VCMI Expert Advisory Group.
  • Form part of the Executive Management Team along with the Executive Director, Director of External Affairs and Operations Director, contributing to the short and long-term strategy of the organisation and taking co-responsibility for the delivery of the VCMI implementation plan.
  • Manage a small team of technical experts on carbon markets, corporate climate action, reporting and disclosure and climate regulation.
  • Together with the Director of External Affairs, identify key external partners that will support and complement VCMI’s work
  • Support the Director of External Affairs in delivering a work plan that leads to the incorporation of VCMI’s standards and guidance into relevant government regulation.

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Total Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up.

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 10/10/22

Engagement Manager

Circa £75k plus benefits
Location and working hours flexible

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon credits.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a path for companies to accelerate credible net zero climate action. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it was road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Looking ahead, we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

We are seeking a professional with a background in stakeholder engagement, climate finance and carbon markets form part of our Policy and Partnerships team.

The Engagement Manager will lead on the delivery of critical workstreams, with key outputs being:

  • VCMI stakeholder engagement short- and medium-term strategy agreed
  • VCMI stakeholder engagement groups constituted, with diverse membership and Terms of Reference secured, to enable effective outreach and engagement with business, civil society and IPLC group
  • A pipeline of companies from around the world committed to pilot and implement the VCMI Claims Code
  • At least four partnerships with relevant initiatives and/ organisations to help drive uptake of the VCMI Claims Code so it becomes a global norm of best practice

This is a new role, arising from the expansion of our team. As such, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the specifics of the work you are responsible for above and beyond the core requirement of the role. This is a global role so will require international travel and a willingness to flex hours to communicate with partners.

The person we are looking for

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge and experience of stakeholder outreach and engagement, including international convening and facilitation to build consensus on complex issues among a diverse range of organisations
  • An understanding of corporate decision-making
  • Excellent relationship building and management skills, overseeing contracts/ grants/ partnerships to deliver high-ambition outcomes on climate issues
  • Outstanding strategic thinking and entrepreneurial approach to problem-solving and workstream delivery
  • Expertise and sincere interest in carbon crediting and/ or other forms of beyond value chain mitigation as a key tool for climate mitigation, and high motivation to advance this topic in direct collaboration with civil society, IPLCs, and the private sector
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Spoken and written fluency in English
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and ability to explain complicated topics to diverse audiences in an engaging and understandable manner
  • A good team player, with a proven ability to work effectively across disciplines and in inter-cultural settings, delivering on different priorities and deadlines under time pressure

The ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate;

  • Team leadership and management experience
  • Experience serving on the Secretariat of a governance body or international initiative
  • Understanding of carbon markets and / or voluntary corporate climate action including environmental disclosures and certifications
  • Experience working in different geographies and cultures
  • Additional language skills

How you will make an impact

  • Develop and lead VCMI’s stakeholder engagement strategy, including organising and facilitating VCMI stakeholder group convenings
  • Relationship building and management of key partners to develop and deliver on shared aims
  • Identify additional workstreams needed to address priority issues for VCMI’s work, lead specification, selection of contributors (including external contractors and / or grantees, where needed) and manage delivery
  • Form part of the Policy and Partnerships team and contribute to the team’s wider work.
  • Represent VCMI externally, organise convenings of international stakeholders, interact directly with key stakeholders and participate in conferences
  • Support the Technical team in delivering a final VCMI Claims Code and Assurance Mode

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Total Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up.

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 23/11/22

Manager – Markets and Standards

Circa £75k plus benefits
Location and working hours flexible

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon credits.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a path for companies to accelerate credible net zero climate action. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it was road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Looking ahead, we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

We are seeking a professional with a background in corporate climate target setting, carbon markets and Monitoring Reporting and Verification to join our Technical team.

Reporting to the Technical Director, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in developing and finalising key products, including the VCMI Claims Code and accompanying assurance framework.

Key outputs of the Technical team will include:

  • A fully operational Expert Advisory Group providing rigorous analysis and opinions to the VCMI Steering Committee
  • A series of briefing documents outlining options on key issues covered in the VCMI Claims Code
  • A finalised VCMI Claims Code accompanied by a User Guide and reporting template
  • An assurance framework that enables robust verification of claims made under the VCMI Claims Code
  • Guidance on other forms of Beyond Value Chain Mitigation

This is a new role, arising from the expansion of our team. As such, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the specifics of the work you are responsible for above and beyond the core requirement of the role. This is a global role so will require international travel and a willingness to flex hours to communicate with partners.

The person we are looking for

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge and experience of corporate climate target setting, building certifiable standards and/or carbon markets
  • An ability to synthesize complex and often conflicting ideas and present them clearly in both written and spoken form
  • A willingness to listen and understand competing perspectives and retain an objective position when assessing and summarising them
  • Experience of managing advisory groups and contractors providing external analysis
  • Experience in managing small teams
  • A genuine interest in how carbon markets and other forms of beyond value chain mitigation can accelerate and deepen greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills.
  • Spoken and written fluency in English
  • A proven ability to be a team player but also to work independently under your own initiative and meet challenging deadlines

The ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate

  • Knowledge of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification, assurance and auditing processes
  • The Paris Agreement’s Article 6 mechanisms
  • Corporate GHG accounting and reporting
  • Experience serving on the Secretariat of a governance body or international initiative
  • Experience working across multiple regions and culture

How you will make an impact

  • Contribute directly to the finalising the VCMI Claims Code of Practice which will enable companies to use voluntary carbon markets with high integrity and so channel additional finance to where it is most needed for greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable development
  • Contribute directly to the development and rollout of the VCMI assurance programme which will enable scrutiny of corporate climate claims and provide confidence to investors, consumers and other stakeholders
  • Lead work on defining high integrity use of carbon credits by financial institutions
  • Develop work on other forms of Beyond Value Chain Mitigation
  • Represent VCMI in public fora and meetings with stakeholder

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Total Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up.

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 24/11/22

Policy Associate

Circa £50k plus benefits
Location and working hours flexible

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon credits.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a path for companies to accelerate credible net zero climate action. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it was road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Looking ahead, we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

We are seeking a professional with a background in climate finance, carbon markets and government policy to form part of our Policy and Partnerships team.

The Policy Associate will lead on the delivery of critical workstreams, with key outputs being:

  • A refreshed government engagement and ‘pathway to regulation’ strategy, including organisation and delivery the next phase of the VCMI country contact group and follow up to the ‘VCMs Access Strategies’ pilot to deliver capacity-building to host country governments
  • Policy analysis and knowledge products on key issues relating to high integrity voluntary carbon markets and VCMI’s work
  • At least two policy-focussed partnerships with relevant initiatives and/ organisations
  • Training materials to effectively convey VCMI’s approach to policymakers, practitioners, companies, and other stakeholders

This is a new role, arising from the expansion of our team. As such, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the specifics of the work you are responsible for above and beyond the core requirement of the role. This is a global role so will require international travel and a willingness to flex hours to communicate with partners.

The person we are looking for

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge and experience of carbon markets, including UNFCCC market mechanisms and voluntary carbon markets
  • An understanding of government policy processes
  • Expertise and sincere interest in carbon crediting and/or other forms of beyond value chain mitigation as a key tool for climate mitigation, and high motivation to advance this topic in direct collaboration with governments and international organizations
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Spoken and written fluency in English
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills and ability to explain complicated topics to diverse audiences in an engaging and understandable manner
  • A good team player, with a proven ability to work effectively across disciplines and in inter-cultural settings, delivering on different priorities and deadlines under time pressure

The ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience serving on the Secretariat of a governance body or international initiative
  • International engagement and convening experience on policy issues
  • Direct experience working with or in government on carbon markets issues
  • Experience in climate finance, grant making and grant/ contract management
  • Experience in negotiating policy outcomes internationally
  • Experience working in different geographies and cultures
  • Additional language skills
  • Knowledge of government regulations covering environmental labelling and consumer protection,
    corporate environmental disclosure and carbon credits

How you will make an impact

  • Lead VCMI’s policy analysis, government engagement and ‘pathway to regulation’ workstreams, including developing the strategy to accelerate incorporation of VCMI’s standards, guidance and other outputs into relevant government regulations
  • Provide the point of contact for government and policy relationships and the Country Contact Group, including to gather input from external bodies into VCMI’s work and to contribute VCMI’s knowledge and expertise into other policy-relevant processes
  • Develop dedicated projects relating to policy and government engagement and manage contractor
    and grantee relationships
  • Form part of the Policy and Partnerships team and contribute to the team’s wider work
  • Represent VCMI externally, help organise convenings of international stakeholders, interact directly with public/private sector stakeholders and participate in conferences
  • Support the Technical team in delivering a final VCMI Claims Code and Assurance Model

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Total Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up.

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 24/11/22

Standards Associate

Circa £50k plus benefits
Location and working hours flexible

About VCMI

The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) is a task force dedicated to ensuring the integrity and credibility of voluntary carbon markets worldwide through creating a Code of Practice that governs the use of carbon credits.

By creating and advocating for clear norms and standards, we aim to provide a path for companies to accelerate credible net zero climate action. To achieve our goals, we must attract participation from corporates, governments, non-profits, and civil society organizations; and we must clearly communicate a shared aspirational vision that resonates emotionally and powerfully among stakeholders.

We launched the draft Code of Practice for public consultation in early June and it was road tested by a group of over 60 companies. Looking ahead, we will refine the document by incorporating corporate and public feedback, seek to grow adoption of the standards amongst global organisations and assess the potential for widening the scope of the Code.

About the role

We are seeking a professional with a background in corporate climate action and carbon markets to join our Technical team. The successful candidate will provide technical support to develop and finalise key products, such as the VCMI Claims Code and accompanying assurance framework.

Key outputs of the Technical team will include:

  • A fully operational Expert Advisory Group providing rigorous analysis and opinions to the VCMI Steering Committee
  • A series of briefing documents outlining options on key issues covered in the VCMI Claims Code
  • A finalised VCMI Claims Code accompanied by a User Guide and reporting template
  • An assurance framework that enables robust verification of claims made under the VCMI Claims Code
  • Guidance on other forms of Beyond Value Chain Mitigation

This is a new role, arising from the expansion of our team. As such, the job description is flexible, and you will have the opportunity to directly influence the specifics of the work you are responsible for above and beyond the core requirement of the role. This is a global role so will require international travel and a willingness to flex hours to communicate with partners.

The person we are looking for

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Exceptional analytical skills and an ability to synthesize complex ideas
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills. Spoken and written fluency in English
  • Knowledge of climate policy and carbon markets
  • Ability to prepare clear concise briefing notes, background papers and presentations
  • A genuine interest in how carbon markets and other forms of beyond value chain mitigation can accelerate and deepen greenhouse gas mitigation
  • A team player, with ability to be flexible and work independently under pressure

The ideal candidate would also be able to demonstrate;

  • Knowledge of voluntary carbon market and corporate climate action standards
  • A background in economics and finance
  • Knowledge of more than one language
  • Experience working in different geographies and cultures

How you will make an impact

  • Contribute to the finalisation of the VCMI Claims Code of Practice which will enable companies to use voluntary carbon markets with high integrity and so channel additional finance to where it is most needed for greenhouse gas mitigation and sustainable development
  • Contribute to the development and roll-out of the VCMI assurance programme which will enable scrutiny of corporate climate claims and provide confidence to investors, consumers and other stakeholders
  • Support to respected leaders and international experts in the field of climate policy and carbon markets
  • Provide analysis that informs internal and external discussions on voluntary carbon markets and their uses
  • Develop research that informs innovations in the voluntary use of carbon credits and other forms of Beyond Value Chain Mitigation

Our Employment Offer

  • 28 days annual leave
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Contributory Pension scheme
  • Personal Wellbeing Allowance
  • Personal Development Allowance
  • Total Flexible Working Policy

Why we might not be the right choice for you.

We want our people to enjoy their time at VCMI by allowing them to be themselves and placing them in situations where they will thrive. However, that means different things to different people. We may not be a great fit if;

  • You prefer very clear boundaries around your role and responsibilities. We are a small team with a simple structure that relies on flexibility and agility. You’ll sometimes be asked to stretch upwards, responsible for deliverables at the edge of your comfort zone, but you’ll also be expected to “muck in” with a high level of self-sufficiency. Your job description will evolve as the project proceeds.
  • Personal achievements are more important to you than collective efforts. We want everyone to grow and succeed, but the team results always come first. This may mean at times we’ll ask you to prioritise a colleague’s deliverable over your own. Achieving our goals won’t be down to one or two superstars. It will be because we collaborate as a team, support one another, and see the best in each other.
  • You want a clear long-term career path within an organisation. Our size means we cannot promise to promote everyone that joins us, but we do promise to create an environment that helps everyone grow whatever their personal goals. We know and accept that for some of our people the career ladder will lead them to other organisations. We’ll be proud of our contribution to their growth.
  • You would prefer a role with well-established processes and solutions. You are likely to be the first person doing your job at VCMI. There will be an absence of explicit work instructions and process. In fact, we’ll be asking you to create these and determine the best way to deliver on our objectives.

Our Cultural Roadmap

We understand how difficult it can be to judge an organization’s culture from the outside, especially when the details are still evolving in the early stages of a start-up.

Here are some links to material that has inspired us and hopefully gives you a sense of the working environment we’re looking to create.

How to apply

To apply, please send a copy of your CV along with a cover letter to recruitment@vcmintegrity.org.

Role posted: 24/11/22

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