Technical · UK, Germany or India, Remote
Department Technical
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


The Gold Standard Foundation seeks a highly motivated individual to join our standard development team to support and drive the standard development and improvements with a focus on mitigation solutions under LUF scope. It is a full-time position responsible for working on standard development and innovations work.


Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and development projects. It was established in 2003 by WWF and other international NGOs as a best practice standard to ensure projects that reduced carbon emissions under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) also delivered sustainable development benefits. Today, our standard, ‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’, allows climate and development initiatives within carbon markets, corporate supply chains, and sustainable finance to manage, measure and maximise their impacts toward the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that these results are measured and verified, enabling credible impact reporting. ISEAL Code Compliant and backed by a broad NGO Supporter Network, Gold Standard has 2000+ projects underway in over 90 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide. 





The Gold Standard Foundation is looking to build our team with exceptional people who are excited and driven to shape and deliver this ambition and uphold our values.  We are now seeking a Standards Development & Innovation Officer (LUF) to join the team.  



Development and updates - standard 

  • Lead drafting of standard updates, revisions, minutes for advisory committees and gather feedback from stakeholders
  • Serve as a focal point for standard related queries from project developer, VVBs and other stakeholders
  • Support revisions and updates to standard development -  procedures, review and approvals


Reviews and assessments 

  • Conduct review of deviation requests on standard application



  • Working with colleagues in communications, and other teams to ensure timely publication of updates, accuracy and delivery of key messages related to standard requirements and procedures
  • Serve as subject matter expert resource on matters relating to standard application, deviations, including training and support other staff
  • Support other teams on technical matters related to standard requirements and procedures
  • Collaborate with other team members on the Scheme Team workplan, as needed
  • Collaborate with the wider Gold Standard team on programs, innovations, planning, etc. as needed.



  • Lead and contribute to stakeholder trainings and training material development on standard related matters


Governing committees & Subject matter experts 

  • Help managing the standards experts pool for methodology review and approval


External representation 

  • Participate and represent GS in conferences, workshops and events on standard related matters



  • 4+ years of demonstrated experience in carbon project development or carbon/sustainability standards
  • Technical understanding of forest based carbon market mechanisms including CDM and voluntary standards and new developments under Paris Agreement 
  • Experience with carbon credit project development or validation/verification is an asset. Experience of handling carbon projects in Forestry and/or Agriculture sectors is an asset.
  • Understanding of emission reduction/ carbon sequestration process, monitoring and verification techniques including application of remote sensing and GIS in forestry and/ or agriculture.
  • Understanding of GHG inventorization/ carbon accounting frameworks of IPCC and GHG Protocol on AFOLU
  • Familiarity with models/ softwares used for carbon accounting in land use sector
  • Good collaboration and communication skills with the ability to work with a range of staff based all around the world



The salary range for this role will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 


Other benefits to working at Gold Standard include: 


  • A mission-driven organisation working at the leading edge of climate and sustainability
  • Rewarding work in a dynamic non-profit environment
  • A collaborative workplace within a multicultural team
  • An ambitious, agile and flexible environment 



The application date for this role has been extended to 3rd July 2022.. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. 



Gold Standard provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. We are dedicated to an inclusive culture and we welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, background, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics. 


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  • Location
    UK, Germany or India, Remote
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience