Investor Relations Manager

Investor Relations Manager

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The Gold Standard Foundation



As the Investor Relations Manager, you will be tasked with promoting the adoption of Gold Standard solutions among development finance initiatives (DFIs), impact investors, and pension funds as well as insurance companies.

Working closely with the Sustainable Finance and Innovations Team, your primary responsibility will be to identify new opportunities and collaborations to bring Gold Standard fund and portfolio-level solutions that include Nature Based Solutions label and landscape approaches to market by outreach and engagement and strategic alliances to ensure broad adoption.

You will be responsible for:

  • managing relationships and strategic partnerships with and any funded programmes or elements of programmes associated with market development for DFIs, impact investors, pension funds and insurance companies, and
  • implementing a long-term strategy to cement Gold Standard’s position amongst this audience catalyzing sustainable finance and maximising its impact for climate security and sustainable development.

This can be a remote working position (UK/Germany based), or a hybrid working position at our HQ in Geneva, Switzerland.


Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate 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. Today, our standard, ‘Gold Standard for the Global Goals’, allows climate and development initiatives within carbon markets, corporate supply chains, and sustainable finance to manage, measure and maximise their impacts toward the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that these results are 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.  We are now seeking a Investor Relations Manager.


  1. Support in understanding the needs for new solutions and then building the business case and leading in go-to-market strategy development for innovative solutions for DFIs, impact investors, pension funds and insurance companies, such as Gold Standard’s fund requirements, portfolio management and certification, and innovations that apply at the portfolio or jurisdictional level, such as Nature Based Solutions (NBS) and landscape interventions.
  2. Foster relationships and strategic partnerships with public and private investors, and insurance companies including identifying and implementing opportunities that promote broad uptake of Gold Standard solutions for investors.
  3. Source and produce market intelligence and data to inform Gold Standard’s market development work, through engagement with stakeholders, research and analytics and provide input to technical development for both new products and innovations.
  4. Identify and implement new demand-building opportunities for Gold Standard solutions, for instance through bilateral arrangements with DFIs, impact investors, large corporates, pension funds and insurance companies or through exchanges or within applications of Article 6 or 9 of the Paris Agreement.
  5. Lead the delivery and management of market development-related funded programmes related to fund or portfolio solutions, working closely with the fundraising team on new opportunities and technical team and other colleagues as required on implementation.
  6. Promote Gold Standard’s positions and thought leadership externally through advocacy, written material and representation in multi-stakeholder initiatives, events, conferences, workshops and media interviews.


  • At least five years of recent experience working in Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and/or within an impact investment fund that was financed by DFIs.
  • Third level studies in  Business,  Finance or related academic fields.
  • Strong technical understandings of impact management and measurement (not just ESGs measurements and disclosure),  carbon crediting and sustainable finance are essential.
  • Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, with additional languages a bonus.
  • 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.


  • Working with diverse financial stakeholders across the world, with some international travel expected.
  • Working within an internationally leading environmental standard at the cutting edge of climate and sustainable development action.
  • Managing the delivery of diverse grant-based programmes, requiring innovative thinking, stakeholder engagement and programme management.
  • Building a broad partner network across international organisations, businesses and other stakeholder groups.


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

Other benefits to working at 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 January 16th, 2023. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


Please submit a 1-page cover letter explaining why you want to work for the Gold Standard and a CV through our recruitment portal.


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.