19 May 2022

Carbon Analyst, Africa Region (location flexible internationally) at Nature Conservancy

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Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable.  One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the 9 countries we operate.

TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development and sustainable food production, working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.

The Nature Conservancy has shown that Natural Climate Solutions (NCS)- sustainably managing, restoring, and protecting forests, grasslands, wetlands and other ecosystems – have the potential to provide a third of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. NCS can also provide a range of other benefits, such as protecting biodiversity, improving watershed function, increasing resilience, and supporting sustainable livelihoods. In Africa, The Nature Conservancy flagship program to support climate and forestry in Africa’s is the Africa Forest Carbon Catalyst (AFCC). The AFCC is a technical and funding grant program for NCS projects across Africa, with a keen focus on supporting the development of high-quality carbon projects.


The Carbon Analyst – Africa region will join the AFCC team to provide technical support to field programs and TNC partners across Africa’s diverse and varied landscapes to assess the feasibility of and options for developing certified carbon credit projects. They serve as an expert on the carbon standards and methodologies relevant to the generation of carbon credits from NCS projects, such as the Verified Carbon Standard. Reporting to the Carbon Markets Director for Africa, they will work closely with other colleagues from the AFCC Program, Africa NCS, and the Global Carbon Markets teams, the position will be located at any of the TNC office locations. No employment visas or assistance is being offered with this position except for the local labour employment requirements.


The Carbon Analyst will provide support to TNC Africa country programs and partners receiving support from the AFCC throughout the carbon project cycle – from early idea generation to implementation. They will use their knowledge in terrestrial carbon cycling science and data analytics to develop carbon impact models and estimates, and monitoring frameworks for carbon projects. They will work with colleagues and partners to develop novel solutions and approaches for the assessments and measurement of the carbon impacts of projects. They will review and evaluate technical carbon accounting aspects of projects and coordinate the relevant internal processes to ensure adherence with TNC’s requirements for carbon projects across the Conservancy. They will make recommendations to the organization and other stakeholders, share relevant knowledge and learnings to drive TNC’s agenda to improve carbon project literacy, increase quality and promote participation in carbon markets in Africa.


  • Works with TNC Africa program staff, partners, and technical consultants to identify and evaluate promising NCS projects across the continent.
  • Provide technical advice, analysis, and support to develop NCS carbon credit projects, particularly climate impact modeling, project baseline assessment, project financial models and analysis of regional and global carbon datasets.
  • Assists the designs, development and implementation of carbon projects encompassing multiple programs within the Africa region, which may include regular field work and travel to project areas.
  • Assists in developing reports, presentations, and assessments on related topics providing technical carbon content.
  • Assists in supporting and building capacity on carbon impact accounting and monitoring among TNC field teams and partners.
  • Provides strategic analysis and technical input specifically on carbon accounting in support of TNC’s conservation agendas and carbon markets strategy.
  • May represent the Conservancy in external events and meetings.
  • Manages a complex workload and communications with partners receiving technical AFCC support independently and professionally.
  • Makes strategic decisions based on analysis, experience, and context.


  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields, and at least 4 years related experience, or equivalent combination with further education.
  • Data analytical skills including GIS and remote sensing skills experience.
  • Experience in designing, evaluating, and/or implementing nature-based carbon and other land-based projects.
  • Experience with carbon project development cycle and nature-based carbon accounting methodologies, including the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) carbon standard.
  • Analytical and communication skills experience to present technical work to a range of audiences.
  • Experience in science-led, critical analytical thinking with a thirst for learning.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment and meet time sensitive deadlines. A team player.



  • Interest and drive to become a global leader of carbon accounting and analysis for NCS.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of living and working in Africa; strong preference for applicants based in Africa.
  • Data management, and database and IT systems solution development
  • Statistical analysis utilizing R etc. and other relevant tools, such as Google Earth Engine.
  • Deep understanding of the fundamental principles of carbon accounting and application to generate real climate benefit.
  • Experience working for a carbon standard, VVB, or carbon project developer welcomed.
  • Awareness and understanding of nesting and jurisdictional approaches to nature-based carbon projects.
  • Familiarity and knowledge of policy and practices pertaining to the global carbon markets and approaches of NGOs, business, governments within natural climate solutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and political savvy.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural, multidisciplinary matrix context.
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Closing Date : 25th May, 2022.

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