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Project Development Portfolio Manager

  • Location:ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners have offices in the UK, US and Kenya. For this role flexible working in all locations can be discussed, with India and Southeast Asia particularly attractive for the current portfolio.
  • Type:Full-time, permanent
  • Salary:Competitive
  • Reports To:Global Director of Project Development

This is a unique opportunity to join one of the most established and high growth companies in the voluntary carbon market, and to be central to the growth strategy of the company. You will benefit from a highly collegiate, ‘one team’ working environment as you build our position in this highly innovative and rapidly evolving market. We are looking for someone able to make an impact from day one and help us capitalise on our leading position in this space. The opportunity for significant personal and professional development is there for the taking.

The role is focused on the delivery of an international portfolio of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) and Energy development projects, from the earliest stages of development, under recognised voluntary carbon standards.

ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners make and manage long term investments in development projects in return for verified emissions reductions (VERs). We work closely with project development partners who are implementing project activities on the ground, bringing our expertise and oversight to ensure that projects are designed, set up and managed to deliver the expected volume of high-integrity VERs and other impacts. The delivery these development projects will be crucial for meeting our aspirations for impact and commercial value.

You will work closely with experienced Project Development professionals to manage multi-year contracts with project development partners, with a strong focus on reputational, delivery and management of commercial risk and value. You will also work closely with client management colleagues to meet our obligations to clients. As the project development portfolio grows and business value is demonstrated you will have an opportunity to build a global team to enable the robust management of the project development portfolio.

About ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners:

ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners are dedicated to tackling climate change and improving lives. It aims to make our world a climate neutral one – where everyone takes full responsibility for their carbon footprint. ​

We help organisations take responsibility for their climate impact by financing, developing and managing carbon reduction projects across the world. ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners helped create the voluntary carbon market and pioneered carbon finance for community development projects and are delivering some of the largest carbon offsetting programmes in the world. We work with over 500 clients and over 600 projects around the world.

Leading organisations and governments trust ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners to solve complex climate and sustainability issues. With us by their side, they can be confident on their journey to Net Zero.​ Since 1997, ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners and its partners have cut over 100 million tonnes of CO₂ and improved quality of life for more than 46 million people around the world.

As an award-winning profit with purpose Certified B Corporation, ClimateCare is recognised as setting the highest standards. Values and integrity are at the heart of all we do – just as they have been since it was founded in 1997. These values are underpinned by strong environmental credentials, a commercial focus on risk management and a proud record of delivering outstanding results for clients.​

ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners have ambitious plans to double its impact and scale. This is supported by new growth minded investors. We are looking to build our team with exceptional leaders who are excited and driven to shape and deliver this ambition.

Responsibilities:

  • Management of long-term contracts with project implementation partners to ensure that projects deliver the committed carbon and other benefits to ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners and ensure that all contractual rights and obligations are and ensure that we are able to deliver on our commitments to our clients.
  • Regularly review project status and outlook with project partners; make timely recommendations for actions required ClimateCare and Natural Capital Partners and/or project partners to resolove issues, mitigate risks, ensure ongoing alignment of project stakeholders or capture additional commercial value for us; where needed lead contract amendment negotiations with project partners.
  • Support definition of commercially and operationally robust payment milestones at the start of the project; be responsible for approving dispersal of development funding consistent with delivery of payment milestones, working with other team members and external advisors as needed.
  • Visit international project sites at least annually, putting pragmatic health and safety plans in place prior to project visits; facilitate project visits for client teams and clients as required.
  • Develop and implement high-quality, robust financial and operational project management and reporting systems; liaise with the finance department to ensure timely payment of partners and tracking of project budgets.
  • Provide timely and accurate project reporting to client teams in support of meeting the company’s obligations to its clients.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with project partners; anticipate and position the company to capitalise on upside and expansion opportunities.
  • Build on the company’s award-winning project development reputation to position the company as the ‘partner of choice’ by demonstrating our value to our project partners and supporting company marketing initiatives.
  • Sharing lessons learned from project delivery with the wider Project Development team to inform screening, due diligence and commercial terms for opportunities in the pipeline.
  • Keeping up to date with changes in voluntary carbon standards and international (e.g. Article 6) and national policies in project host countries to help inform our approach to managing project delivery risk.

Capabilities and experience:

  • At least 10 years’ relevant experience in management of contracts or investments requiring an understanding of on-the-ground realities of delivering impact or conservation projects and dispersal of funding against outcomes.
  • Experience in NBS or Energy carbon project development is an advantage but not essential, as is exposure to carbon markets; a desire to learn quickly about carbon project development and carbon markets is essential.
  • Experienced in working in emerging markets with a variety of delivery partners including NGOs, and entrepreneurial private companies, with an understanding or local stakeholder issues (from Governments to local communities and suppliers).
  • Track record in delivering both commercial and impact outcomes; contract negotiation and management experience.
  • Experience of managing funding or investment from large corporate entities or investors is advantageous.
  • An ability to build effective relationships balancing support and challenge; not always taking the first answer at face value and having the commercial maturity to assess stakeholder motivations and capabilities.

We are looking for someone who:

  • Is prepared to challenge project partners constructively to ensure that projects are set up and managed to deliver;
  • Has a strong attention to detail and able to identify what is most important to address; has a proven understanding of project risks and how these impact commercial discussions;
  • Is solution-focused and pragmatic;
  • Has excellent project management skills and attention to detail;
  • Can manage competing priorities and is respectful of others’ time in a busy organisation; and,
  • Sets high standards for ethical behaviour.
  • Language skills would also be an asset.

To apply

If you are interested in the role and meet the above criteria, please apply here.

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