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Taking Root

Project Development Analyst

remote
Vancouver (Remote Options Available!), British Columbia, Canada .
full-time . December 15, 2022

Description

Taking Root’s purpose is to accelerate the restoration of the world’s forests. We enable smallholder farmers to grow trees and earn money from the carbon they remove from the atmosphere. Our technology and support make it simple for our reforestation partners to create transparent and robust forest carbon removals. From registering farmers and recruiting land, to monitoring trees grown and the carbon stored over time, we provide the tools at every step of the way to help our partners successfully manage and scale their carbon projects. Recognised for its best practices by the UN, EU and World Economic Forum, Taking Root is connecting thousands of farmers to the carbon market, improving their livelihoods by restoring forests around the world.

About this role:

Taking Root’s Expansion Team is responsible for creating, updating, and developing the pipeline of potential projects, geographies, and partners that Taking Root can work towards its goal of being the world’s largest reforestation partner. The Project Development Analyst will provide key analyst support for the Expansion Team through performing desk and on-the-ground research, interviews, documentation review, insight compilation and presentation, report writing, note taking, and other tasks. Areas of content focus for the role will include: forest carbon projects, country-level and global policy review, economic modelling, tropical farming community input, and agroforestry systems with agricultural commodities such as cocoa and coffee, high-value timber, fuelwood, and fruits.

This is a full-time position, and we are open to full-time remote work within Canada. Our office is in Vancouver, BC, and is available for employees who prefer in-person settings. Salary is competitive and based on experience. We work with a diverse set of international partners and especially encourage Indigenous Peoples, members of racial minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+, and members of other underrepresented groups to apply.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for analyst tasks in the identification, selection and qualification of projects and partners through performing:
  • Desk research
  • Maintenance and population of the expansion rubric
  • Field missions of due diligence and report writing
  • Research on key industry frameworks and climate policies applicable to the valuation and reporting of project impacts
  • Maintenance and recording of interested projects and notes on them
  • Review of partner documentation and summarization of key insights
  • Support on pipeline project tracking

Responsible for specific parts of the Expansion or Project Team’s production of strategic and compliance documents, such as the pre-feasibility study, stakeholders consultation, Project Design Document, Economic Models, etc. through:
  • Writing of drafts
  • Data compilation and analysis
  • Project Management of the internal review process

Support impacts analysis and certification through:
  • Measurement and evaluation of potential project impacts through desk research and field data collection
  • Closely collaborating with the Methodologies and Standards team throughout the project development cycle, ensure that project design matches carbon certification requirements and that future project performance is in line with TR’s operational model and objectives

Support expansion-specific budgeting and any contractual agreements for the development of new forest carbon projects or other partnerships through:
  • Compiling of cost data
  • Creating budgets for specific tasks- such as travel or project development
  • Drafting, reviewing, and updating contracts

Support best-practice creation of tools, procedures, and other frameworks through:
  • Keep up to date with best-practices in the industry
  • Contribute to the improvement of TR’s tools and procedures pertaining to new projects development.
  • Support TR on technical topics within our area of expertise
  • Disseminate knowledge internally
  • Keep departmental knowledge-sharing and communication records
  • Support on departmental meetings

Skills, Qualifications, and Experience required:

We especially encourage those with unconventional experience, education, or career paths to apply, even if you may not meet the precise requirements listed in this posting.
  • At least 3 years experience in project management, research, or analysis; bonus, if tied to nature-based solutions, climate-tech, or carbon market; bonus, if 5 years of experience
  • Experience in relevant fields including, but not limited to, sustainability management, forestry, agroforestry, carbon, environmental sciences, agriculture, political science, international relations, business; bonus, if you have a Master’s Degree in addition to work experience.
  • Strong synthesis skills - experience applying research to inform business decisions.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • A track record of organizational and project management work. Strong attention to detail. Ability to create and manage project plans and deadlines.
  • Basic data analysis and excel skills.
  • A professional level of English & Spanish (at least, intermediate);
  • significant international living and work experience is an asset.

Specialized Knowledge:

  • Knowledge in agribusiness, market access or carbon certification for afforestation/ reforestation projects is an asset (PV, GS, Verra).
  • Experience in project design, field monitoring, Measurement, Reporting, and Verification will be a strong asset.
  • Experience related to the cocoa or coffee supply chain will be valued; or other tropical commodities (asset or required).

How to apply

Submit a cover letter and resume via our portal. We value every application; however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
  
Taking Root has a diverse team of talented people across gender and racial spectrums. We have created a culture of innovation, diversity, and inclusivity, striving for open discussions, best hiring and operational practices. We hire and promote based on merit, competence, performance, successful milestones, and business needs. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind, be that based on race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, disability, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal or provincial laws.

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