Project Officer- Climate Impact in the Pacific Alliance Region

Technical · UK, Germany or Switzerland, .
Department Technical
Employment Type Fixed Term Contract
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Gold Standard will shortly begin a multi-year project assisting countries in the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru) on the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions, through dedicated support on issues related to monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV). We are recruiting for a Project Officer to support the implementation of this project.

Through this project, Gold Standard will provide support to the Pacific Alliance’s Sub-Group on MRV and Climate Change, responding to the priorities of member countries to build capacity and systems to underpin climate action. This may involve the commissioning, development and management of research and reports, as well as running workshops and pilot activities.

The Project Officer, working closely with the Project Manager, will be responsible for managing the day-to-day delivery of the project, including the development and delivery of workplans and budgets, relationships with sub-contractors and engagement with country representatives and other stakeholders.

This is an exciting international role, that will involve close collaboration with government officials and other experts, a varied portfolio of work, and an opportunity to work internationally to deliver meaningful outcomes for climate security and sustainable development.


Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and sustainable 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’, can be used to measure, manage and maximise climate and sustainable development impacts in carbon markets, across corporate supply chains, and through sustainable finance investments to meet the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that sustainable and climate impacts are achieved, 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.



For almost 20 years, Gold Standard has shown how carbon finance can achieve its highest potential. We’ve created innovative new standards, programmes and tools that raise the bar for quality across a broader range of applications than carbon markets. We focus on those that have the most promise to contribute to our vision and mission, bringing them to market with the requisite planning and resources.



We build on our reputation for quality and rigour with more robust measurement of outcomes, stronger safeguards and greater impact across the Sustainable Development Goals. Our objective is to make rigour simpler and more achievable at scale.



We work with key partners who share our goals and complement our strengths. Our partnership strategy aims to move beyond working opportunistically as a delivery partner in favor of collaborating in long-term strategic synergy.



We were established to bring confidence, trust, and accountability to carbon markets. We will continue to take strides to improve transparency in our own processes, in the broader market and in non-market mechanisms.


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.



  1. Managing the workplan, budget and payment requests for the project, ensuring time and travel are tracked accurately and that work is delivered on time and to budget.
  2. Ensuring compliance with the project funder’s requirements, and ensuring progress and financial reports are submitted in a timely and professional manner.

  3. Leading and managing any procurement of work under the project, including authoring requests for proposals, establishing evaluation procedures and ensuring compliance with procurement rules.

  4. Preparing and managing agreements with sub-contractors, managing the performance of sub-contractors, and ensuring sub-contractors deliver funded work in an efficient way and to a high standard.

  1. Managing meetings and potential site visits with the project funder, country representatives and other stakeholders, including managing logistics for any in-person meetings and workshops.

  1. Ensuring that all project documentation is properly filed and accessible to partners and subcontractors where relevant.

  1. Subject to the role-holders ability and interest, contributing ideas and content for work delivered under the programme.


  • At least three years of recent experience in project management (required), with project management qualifications (for example PRINCE2) desired.
  • Practical experience with project management software is an advantage
  • Experience managing projects funded by government departments.
  • Good technical understanding of climate change and climate finance desired.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, with Spanish strongly desired in addition.
  • Strong inter-personal and relationship management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities and deliver outputs on time
  • A team player who will productively and collaboratively engage with colleagues at different levels of seniority within and outside Gold Standard.
  • Alignment with and commitment to Gold Standard’s vision and mission.


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

    Other benefits to working and collaborating with 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 



    Applications for this role will close on 3 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 strive to create a workplace where teams of people with diverse backgrounds, characteristics, perspectives, ideas and experiences work together.


    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 Switzerland, .
    • Department
    • Employment Type
      Fixed Term Contract
    • Minimum Experience