Manager, Projects Development AFOLU

  • South Pole
  • San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Mar 30, 2021
Full time role

Job Description

South Pole is an energetic, global company offering comprehensive sustainability solutions and services. With offices spanning all six continents, we strive to create a sustainable society and economy that positively impacts our climate, ecosystems and developing communities. With our solutions we inspire and enable our customers to create value from sustainability-related activities.

Our Project Development team is at the forefront of developing and managing climate mitigation activities. By working closely with project owners and developers as well as their local communities, we manage the complete registration, verification and evaluation of carbon projects to enable the issuance of emission-reduction certificates, in line with official carbon standards. If you are a smart, ambitious and dynamic sustainability professional with a strong passion to make a real difference in the fight against climate change, the below position may be right for you!

Job summary:

As a Manager of Forestry and other land uses projects development, you will oversee the timely and effective generation and delivery of emission reductions, as well as the management of several full project cycles in North America and globally when it is required. Reporting directly to AFOLU Senior Lead, you will support other project offices with global Project Development and other forestry and other land use related sourcing and project development topics, as well as assign project coordinators to support the team with such activities. You will be fully responsible for a team of project coordinators based in North America and you will ensure that all projects assigned to your team are implemented as agreed upon while adhering to a high standard of quality. 

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • The North America lead responsible for the implementation and management of the emission reduction projects which includes leading/drafting feasibility studies and project design documents, validation, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) support under different standards (CDM, VERRA, ARC, CAR and national or local Standards) among other local and international carbon schemes
  • Conduct site visits and travel to project locations whenever needed
  • Be a key point of contact and maintain a good relationship with the team members inside the company, project owners, clients, validation and verification bodies, and other counterparts
  • Provide technical and business development support with project sourcing
  • Follow up with the internal procedures in our internal project management tool regarding all signed ERPAs
  • Prepare proposal and deliverables and finalise them to the quality required by South Pole and the client
  • Define and plan content and structure to support the certification of the project: work plans, work schedules, budgets, and deliverables
  • Schedule Technical Reviews and Quality Checks
  • Ensure that all collaborators receive ongoing training and that they have the necessary skills and tools to perform their work
  • Keep the team members (collaborators) informed of their progress in the project and remind them to stay within the time and budget agreed
  • Update proposal/project information in project management tool and ensure all relevant documents are accessible on the drive at any time
  • Planning and development of site visits and other types of business trips/training
  • Support and facilitate the engagement of new projects and opportunities 



  • University Degree in forestry, agriculture, natural resource management, sustainability or climate change and carbon mitigation related fields
  • Minimum 5 years of work experience in Forestry, Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation or related fields.
  • Familiarity with carbon standards like CAR, CDM, VERRA, GS4GG, etc
  • Knowledge on soil carbon dynamic / Agricultural land management
  • Ability to work on assignments that are diverse in nature, applying company policies, processes and procedures to resolve a variety of issues/problems.
  • The capacity to solve relatively complex project-related problems independently, and receive general direction on new assignments or projects
  • Ability to create high quality written documents (proposals and deliverables) in  English
  • Have excellent communication skills, especially verbal and written skills in English 
  • Ability to create high quality written documents (proposals and deliverables) in English 
  • Ability to manage targets and priorities and develop own goals
  • National, or holder of a valid work visa in USA


  • A second language is consider a plus
  • Good statistical skills
  • Experience working with different stakeholders
  • Team management experience

What we offer:

At South Pole, we care about our employees as much as we care about the planet. South Pole is not just an employer, we are a Team. South Pole does not just offer people a job, we offer you a career. By joining our team, you will find strong purpose and deep meaning in everything you do. You will have the chance to make a real difference for our clients and for the planet, working alongside a passionate team of like-minded colleagues, while building your knowledge/skills and developing your career in a fun, dynamic, international and fast-growing organisation. 

We’re a planet of 7.5 billion unique and different people.  We all have a contribution to make; South Pole is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status or disability.  Our recruitment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

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Carbon Removal & Utilization Engineering, Climate Risk, Ecosystems & Biodiversity, Pollution & Waste Reduction