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Program Officer, Ecosystem Carbon Accounting - 22064

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, Dist. Columbia 20037 United States
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Program Officer, Ecosystem Carbon Accounting.


Major Function

Assists the Global Lead Scientist for Climate & Energy and the Senior Director for Forest Carbon Science in the elaboration and delivery of ecosystem carbon estimates as needed to assess the climate contributions of mitigation measures implemented as part of WWF's collaboration with the Bezos Environmental Fund. Works with Nature-based Solutions Measurement and Evaluation Team (NbS M&E Team) members as well as with country teams and partners in the design, implementation and evaluation of emissions and removal estimates as needed for programmatic reporting on mangroves and forests restoration, conservation and management. Contributes to building, WWF capacities for delivery and improvement of estimates of ecosystem-based contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation.


  • Provide technical expertise in carbon estimation design, implementation, and assessment.
  • Deliver ex-ante and ex-post emissions and removal estimates as required for WWF programmatic work; including production/use of input data towards generation of activity data and emissions factors as needed (includes GIS and Remote sensing data processing as well as carbon data production and use)
  • Deliver critical assessment of approaches to carbon accounting, ecosystem carbon modelling, carbon data and analysis used for emissions and removal estimates, with emphasis in mangrove forests
  • Keep up to date with relevant context elements as these relate to use and delivery of estimates (e.g. academic research, standard development, relevant reporting frameworks and their application)
  • Identify, contact and/or work in collaboration with partners to access/produce and deliver relevant datasets and capacities (e.g. academia, other NGOs, support agencies, national teams, etc)
  • Collaborate with WWF Network teams and partners in defining/developing methodological approaches to be used in ecosystem carbon assessments
  • Contribute to building the capacity of WWF staff to replicate/apply the methods


  • Advanced degree (Masters + relevant working experience) in Ecology, Biogeochemistry, Biology, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, or other field relevant to ecosystem carbon accounting
  • 2 years of experience in conducting ecosystem carbon estimates
  • Relevant experience in delivery of carbon estimates for mitigation action design and implementation.
  • General knowledge and understanding of carbon accounting frameworks and standards/guidelines (e.g. UNFCC, IPCC 2006 guidelines, GFOI methodological guidance, FCPF methodological framework, ART-TREES, Gold Standard, Verra-VCS, CORSIA, etc).
  • Solid statistical skills
  • Solid capacity in processing, use and interpretation of remote sensing data for the estimation of emissions, including coding in relevant languages/statistical packages and platforms such as Google Earth Engine-Java Script, AWS, Python, R, etc. Ideally with both active (e.g. SAR, LiDAR) and passive optical data use and processing
  • Use of geospatial data processing software and online platforms and code repositories: e.g. Google Earth Engine, Amazon Web Services, Jupiter Notebooks, QGIS, ArcGis, GitHub, Jupiter, GDAL, ERDAS, ENVI, IDL, etc.
  • Use of field data from permanent plots, p mensuration, allometric models, inventory techniques.
  • Willingness to learn from colleagues and partners
  • Ability work independently to design and implement solutions to problems
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills
  • Committed to building and strengthening a culture of inclusion within and across teams.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF's core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
    • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
    • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
    • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
    • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.


  • Experience monitoring mangrove forests
  • Experience in field data collection and processing
  • Fluency in at least one additional language: Spanish, French for field interactions
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary/multicultural environment
  • International work/research experience
  • Experience in delivery of technical training to others


To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #22064
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone


As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.

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