Project Manager – Climate Impact in the Pacific Alliance Region

Project Manager – Climate Impact in the Pacific Alliance Region

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

The Gold Standard Foundation



Gold Standard is responsible for a number of externally funded initiatives and projects intending to build capacity amongst governments, the private sector and civil society to implement high-integrity climate action. As part of this, Gold Standard is implementing a multi-year programme assisting countries in the Pacific Alliance (Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru) on the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions, through dedicated support on issues related to monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV).

We are recruiting for a Programme Manager (6 month, maternity leave cover) to support the implementation of this programme.

The successful candidate can be based in Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru or UK working remotely or working hybrid from our head office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Through this programme, Gold Standard will provide support to the Pacific Alliance’s Sub-Group on MRV and Climate Change, responding to the priorities of member countries to build capacity and systems to underpin climate action. This may involve the commissioning, development and management of research and reports, as well as running workshops, capacity-building activities, and pilots.

The role-holder, working closely with a Programme Officer reporting to them, will be responsible for leading the delivery of the programme. This will involve the development of annual workplans, building close working relationships with country representatives and other key stakeholders, taking responsibility for the preparation of research, reports or pilot activities, and applying strategic and creative thought to how to deliver high-quality and useful work to support national priorities.

This is an exciting international role, that will involve close collaboration with government officials and other experts, a varied portfolio of work, and an opportunity to work internationally to deliver meaningful outcomes for climate security and sustainable development.


Gold Standard is a standards body and thought leader that promotes the best that can be achieved in climate and sustainable 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’, can be used to measure, manage and maximise climate and sustainable development impacts in carbon markets, across corporate supply chains, and through sustainable finance investments to meet the Net Zero ambition of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Certification against the standard provides the confidence that sustainable and climate impacts are achieved, 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.


  • Developing annual workplans and budgets for the programme, in close collaboration with national representatives, delivery partners and the funding entity.
  • Ensuring that narrative and financial reports are submitted on time and following the funding entity guidelines.
  • Developing concepts for work outputs to deliver through the programme and securing approval from country representatives.
  • Ensuring the delivery of these work outputs, either by leading or managing work within Gold Standard or by sub-contractors
  • Leading regular engagement with country representatives, delivery partners and the funding entity to ensure close alignment throughout the programme.
  • Overseeing work of the Programme Officer to manage procurement, budgets, agreements with sub-contractors and other issues that arise through the programme.
  • Representing Gold Standard publicly, for instance through presentations at workshops or public events or written articles and reports.
  • Developing innovative ideas to advance the work of the Pacific Alliance on MRV, and to maximise the impact achieved through the programme.


  • At least five years of recent experience in climate change policy or services, whether in the public, private or non-profit sector.
  • Good understanding of Monitoring, Reporting and Verification of greenhouse gas mitigation activities, with relevant academic qualifications desired.
  • At least one other recent experience of successfully managing delivery of a funded programme focused on environmental issues.
  • Experience working with government departments.
  • Excellent written and verbal English and Spanish communication skills..
  • 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.


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

Other benefits to working and collaborating with 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 27th November 2023. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.


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.