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Program Officer - MRV and Pathway

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Governors’ Climate & Forests Task Force (GCF) is inviting applications for a Program Officer – MRV and Pathway Modeling to join the GCF Task Force Secretariat in Boulder, CO.  The position will support the GCF Task Force’s partnership with The Climate Group through the MRV and Pathways grant provided by NICFI through March 2021.  The GCF Task Force states and provinces which will participate in the project are Quintana Roo, Mexico; Loreto, Peru; and Amazonas and Mato Grosso, Brazil.  

In early 2019 an organization will be contracted by The Climate Group to provide MRV and pathway support for selected states and provinces. The Technical Manager will collaborate closely with the contracted organization (CO), GCF Task Force Secretariat (including country coordinators), The Climate Group, and GCF Task Force delegates to provide overall technical oversight and management related to MRV and Pathway planning for the Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector.  The position will expose the incumbent to technical modelling methods and approaches, but also requires program management and administration skills

The Program Officer will be responsible for ensuring pathway and MRV support translates to meaningful and practical results by developing an understanding of the current realities in each jurisdiction and ensuring support is delivered in a manner that is reflective of their policies, programs, and capacities. The Program Officer will also be responsible for using lessons learned from the project to develop an approach for AFOLU pathway modelling that can be adapted and scaled across the GCF network. 

A decarbonization pathway begins with a government’s long-term greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal, and then works backwards to identify the technologies, infrastructure and investments that will be required to achieve it. In collaboration with government agencies, the process helps policymakers set intermediate milestones that must be achieved to reach the long-term decarbonization vision, and better understand the costs, risks, trade-offs and co-benefits associated with different policy approaches. The result is a series of tailored options that explore the potential pace at which emission reductions can be achieved, and their social and economic implications within the jurisdiction. 

Who We Are

The GCF is a project of the University of Colorado, Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) and the Laboratory for Energy & Environmental Policy innovation (LEEP). The GCF Task Force is a unique collaboration among 38 states and provinces in ten mainly tropical forest countries (Brazil, Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Spain, and the United States) that seeks to advance subnational leadership and jurisdictional approaches to forest protection and low emissions development.

GCF Task Force states and provinces encompass more than one-third of the world’s tropical forests, including the entire Brazilian Amazon, over 85% of the Peruvian Amazon, and more than half of Indonesia’s forests. For more information, see

In 2017, the GCF Task Force entered into a strategic partnership with The Climate Group (TCG) which serves as the secretariat for the Under2Coalition. The Under2Coalition is comprised of more than 220 governments, 28 of which are also GCF Task Force members, which have committed to keeping global temperature rise to well below 2°C. The Under2 Coalition secured a grant from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI), to support governments in emerging economies to track emissions and plan pathways to achieve their climate targets. The Climate Group, as Secretariat of the Under2 Coalition, is partnering with the GCF as a primary knowledge partner on tropical forests and land use for this project to help GCF regions build Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems and long-term, 2050 deep decarbonization pathways’ analysis (pathways analysis).

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Act as the primary technical liaison between the GCF Task Force Secretariat, The Climate Group and the CO for MRV and pathways support related to AFOLU.
  • Lead program management and reporting in collaboration with Senior Program Officer and Project Administrator.
  • Maintain and enhance the GCF Task Force Knowledge Database.
  • Establish relationships with relevant stakeholders including: GCF Task Force Delegates, GCF Task Force country coordinators, in-country civil society partners, national governments, representatives from indigenous peoples/local community organizations, external technical experts, and stakeholders from other relevant initiative.
  • Work with CO, GCF Task Force Secretariat and in-country coordinators to identify and promote best practices in MRV and pathway modeling and support capacity building workshops in selected jurisdiction.
  • Assess and track ongoing support provided to GCF Task Force jurisdictions through our partnership with UNDP to ensure pathway planning and MRV support is complimentary to existing initiatives
  • Provide technical backstop support, guidance, quality assurance and quality control to ensure consistency and rigor among MRV and Pathway activities throughout GCF Task Force jurisdictions.
  • Provide guidance and support to ensure pathway planning processes go through appropriate and sufficient consultation and feedback processes at the local level to ensure local relevance, ownership and buy-in
  • Work with GCF delegates and in-country partners to assess implications of different pathway scenarios and provide support to select most appropriate options.
  • Distill information from pathway and MRV activities and disseminate to a diverse range of stakeholders, using terminology for lay-audiences when needed.
  • Work with GCF delegates and in-country partners to determine how results from pathway and MRV support will be integrated into policy and regulatory frameworks.
  • Integrate data collected through MRV and pathway support into the GCF Knowledge Database and other relevant platforms, such as the CDP States and Regions disclosure.
  • Identify and develop opportunities for cross-jurisdictional exchanges to share progress and build capacity across the entire GCF Task Force network and the Under2Coalition.
  • Using lesson learned a tool or approach for AFOLU pathway models to be adapted and scaled across other GCF Task Force jurisdictions.

What You Should Know

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What We Require

  • M.Sc./PhD in relevant fields such as Information Management, Data Analytics, Statistics, Natural Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Economics or similar plus 3+ years of relevant experience. Extensive academic experience can substitute for years of experience.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Strong quantitative analysis skills and experience in managing and analyzing large and disparate data sets of varying quality.
  • Experience integrating data analysis with policy analysis.
  • Ability to distill and communicate technical topics effectively with government officials and civil society stakeholders with varying levels of technical backgrounds.
  • Experience collaborating with diverse stakeholders in an international setting.
  • Strong interpersonal relations skills, cross-cultural sensitivity, and the ability to build relationships and communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English.
  • Understanding and experience in remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 7+ years of related experience.
  • Portuguese or Spanish language skills and experience working in a GCF Task Force country.
  • Practical experience in developing or using data derived from for MRV or national forest monitoring systems.
  • Experience managing initiatives in a decentralized network.
  • Experience working with governments and providing capacity building training to stakeholders with a wide range of technical capacity.
  • Experience or understanding of web design or programming.
  • Experience in assessing co-benefits or performing economic modeling.
  • Experience with managing projects funded by international donors, results-based management experience preferred.
  • Practical experience in developing or using data derived from for MRV or national forest monitoring systems.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. 1 Reference Letter (Not - Confidential)
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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