Senior Manager – Digital Programme (GSIQ)

Technical · Europe-based (preference) or will consider US/Canada East Coast, .
Department Technical
Employment Type Full time
Minimum Experience Senior Manager/Supervisor

Position Location: Remote working either Europe-based (preference) or will consider US/Canada East Coast

General Terms of Reference

Gold Standard is a civil society NGO, standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate mitigation 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. Gold Standard now has a broad NGO Supporter Network and 2000+ climate and development projects in over 80 countries, creating billions of dollars of shared value from climate and development action worldwide.

Complementary to its focus on developing high integrity technical solutions in carbon markets, Gold Standard is also a thought leader and develops innovative programmes and solutions to catalyse state and non-state climate action.  This involves developing market policy, thought leadership and good practice standards, tools and guidance to to ensure that solutions drive ambition and high environmental/SD integrity where they are applied.

As action to avert the climate emergency ramps up there is a need for credible, practicable, efficient and robust systems to manage the complexity of monitoring, reporting and verifying climate information. This is important to Gold Standard in its mission to support high quality action and drive optimal impacts, but it is also important in the context of wider tracking of targets and impacts, for example by governments, companies and projects.

Gold Standard therefore aims to:

  1. Revolutionise its own governance, standards, assurance and monitoring and evaluation ecosystem by creating a digital ecosystem that
    1. makes Gold Standard processes and services more accessible, intuitive, transparent, effective, efficient, and adding value for internal and external[1] users and
    2. Is flexible and can be adapted to learnings and new developments over time
    3. represents highly credible good practice
  2. Ensure that system can robustly plug into wider efforts for example under the Paris Agreement, Science Based Targets Initiative or carbon markets
  3. Demonstrate and drive a conversation on quality and credibility through our own examples and thought leadership
  4. Participate in and as needed support and critique third party efforts in this space

Gold Standard is a respected thought leader in this space, for example through its work with the Climate Ledger Initiative (CLI) where we have published our thinking on this topic in recent years. Now is the time to move from thought leadership to action.

The role

The Gold Standard Foundation seeks a highly motivated Senior Manager for this digital programme. The role will lead a cross-team initiative within Gold Standard to brief, design, develop and implement according to the four aims above. The role will also become a key industry figure and thought leader.

The role will report to the Programme Director and within the leadership of the Chief Technical Officer.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape and lead efforts at Gold Standard and to use this to shape the wider conversation, all while gaining exposure as a leader in the field. This is expected to be a full-time position, responsible for advancing the Foundation’s digital programme in all areas.


Primary Responsibilities – Programme Management and development

The primary responsibility of this role is to manage the programme of digitisation and related activities at Gold Standard. In this sense the precise responsibilities will further develop and evolve with the actions of the successful candidate. The following is therefore provided as a starting point:

  • Building on the initial concept developed, lead the detailed briefing of the digitisation programme and the detailed business requirements, involving internal and external stakeholders (working closely with Technical and Communications teams to fully map out stakeholders and capture their comments
  • Develop and oversee delivery of road map for Gold Standard’s software product ecosystem, with a focus on the origination of a new digital MRV system
  • Design and implement the programme of digitisation at Gold Standard, in a way that allows specific activities to be brought forward according to priority
  • Identify and manage partnerships with existing and new technology providers in the GS ecosystem, including external development and strategy advisors
  • Act as programme manager and manage the time, budget and quality of all work and all associated internal and external reporting
  • Lead procurement of external experts and service providers and monitor their work to time/cost/quality parameters
  • Ensure the long term resilience and security of digital products at Gold Standard through robust risk management processes


In addition to the above the role may co-develop thought leadership articles and help to represent Gold Standard at external events and working group.


Required Skills and Experience 

We are looking for a manager level appointment with experience as follows.

  • 5 + years of experience managing outsourced design and development of innovative software technology products
  • Ability and experience writing high-level briefs for projects, products, and problem spaces
  • Can read and review Scopes of Work for technology development projects
  • Ability and experience writing release notes for product features and launches
  • Ability to identify and manage partnerships with existing and new technology providers in the GS ecosystem
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders with different and shifting priorities
  • Knowledge of the technology landscape and can assess how new or existing technology creates risks or opportunity for organizations in the Sustainability and Climate Action space
  • Experience in the delivery of complex products with multiple internal and external stakeholders as well as to monitor, evaluate and improve the performance of the system over time
  • Experience with climate disclosure and carbon markets, carbon registries and/or assurance or certification systems very desirable

Closing Date


Applications for this role will close on 30.09.2021.  Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


[1] Internal processes include for example (non-exhaustive): monitoring, evaluation, learning, digital workflows, data governance, quality control, etc.

External processes include for example (non-exhaustive): intuitive standards access and application, automated assurance checks, monitoring data at a glance etc

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  • Location
    Europe-based (preference) or will consider US/Canada East Coast, .
  • Department
  • Employment Type
    Full time
  • Minimum Experience
    Senior Manager/Supervisor