Verra

Verra develops and manages standards and frameworks to vet environmental and sustainable development efforts, build their capacity and enable funding for sustaining and scaling up their benefits. By ensuring that our standards are robust, practical and transparent, we can accurately quantify benefits and drive investment in responsible, high-performing projects and programs. We work closely with civil society, governments and the private sector to develop novel frameworks and enable results on the ground. We continue to bring our expertise in standard development and program management from our flagship voluntary carbon market program into new fields, to increase the scope and scale of our impact.

All of our programs undergo extensive stakeholder consultation and expert review, and draw from four key components: standard, independent assessment, accounting methodologies, and registry.

How We Do It

Standard

  • Guiding principles
  • High-level requirements
  • Processes to follow

Independent Assessment

  • Accreditation of auditors
  • Training of auditors
  • Oversight

Accounting Methodologies

  • Establishing a baseline
  • Monitoring requirements
  • Enabling various interventions

Registry

  • Listing of program information
  • Avoid double counting
  • Transparency of results

 

Standard: Establishes the core rules and requirements that must be met for any project, program or activity to be certified under the framework. Depending on the circumstances, our standards may set out higher-level requirements or, for more complex endeavors, include more detailed rules and procedures.

Independent Assessment: Ensures that projects, programs and activities meet our standards. Where standards require independent auditing or verification, we establish processes for accrediting auditors, overseeing their work, and sanctioning them if they underperform. We provide support and oversight to established accreditation programs to ensure cost-effective and high-quality independent auditing.

Accounting Methodologies: Allow for the determination of baselines (ie, what would have happened in the absence of the project, policy or program) and set out specific parameters for measuring, accounting and monitoring impacts.

Registry: Displays the performance of projects, programs or activities to allow tracking of results or, in some cases, tradable units. The final programmatic component of a typical standards framework and essential to functioning certification markets, registries provide tracking services to account holders and transparent project documentation to the public.

Verra Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
A global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental challenges, Verra seeks a Chief Program Officer (CPO) to oversee the various standards frameworks Verra currently manages, ensure effective collaboration with Verra’s Innovation, Market Development and Administrative teams, and provide strategic input to organizational opportunities and challenges. The CPO will directly supervise Directors responsible for managing diverse teams working on the day-to-day implementation of Verra programs, the development of program elements, including those related to REDD+ and AFOLU, and management of the Verra registry. The ideal candidate will have: • Significant experience managing standards and their associated programmatic elements, including the development of accounting methodologies, working with auditors and ensuring the quality of their work, and overseeing a registry system; • A keen understanding of the evolving policy frameworks affecting...
Verra Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
A global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental challenges, Verra, seeks a Director, REDD+ and AFOLU to oversee our land-based work under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The Director will report to the Chief Program Officer, and will sit within a team of directors who oversee the day-to-day implementation of Verra programs, the ongoing development of program elements and management of the Verra registry. The ideal candidate will have significant experience in REDD+ and other Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) activities and will have proven expertise in managing teams, engaging outside stakeholders, and identifying and implementing pathways for continued improvement of standards. In particular, the ideal candidate will have a keen understanding of policy, market and user needs related to REDD+ and AFOLU solutions, with knowledge of UNFCCC and national policy frameworks, jurisdictional approaches and project...
Verra Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
A global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental challenges, Verra seeks a Manager for Nature-based Innovations to lead our work in identifying and conceptualizing new standards, tools and programs for supporting nature-based solutions (NBS), especially forest-related activities that drawdown atmospheric carbon and generate other environmental and social benefits. The ideal candidate will have: • Strong experience with forest carbon sequestration activities, including restoration, afforestation, agroforestry, and/or improved forest management; • Understanding of the main technical, policy and market opportunities and challenges related to scaling up forest carbon sequestration and other NBS; • A creative yet pragmatic mindset to identify and advance the most promising opportunities for leveraging standards to support NBS; and • Outstanding communication, interpersonal and collaboration skills to effectively engage with potential...
Verra Washington, D.C., USA
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
A global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental challenges, Verra, seeks a Senior Program Officer, REDD+ and AFOLU to support our land-based work under the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). The ideal candidate will have relevant experience in REDD+ and other AFOLU activities, including an understanding of policy frameworks, REDD+ and AFOLU project types, and knowledge of jurisdictional approaches. The SPO will be detail-oriented, well organized, and have excellent written and verbal communication skills. About Verra Verra develops and manages standards that help the private sector, countries, and civil society achieve ambitious sustainable development and climate action goals. Currently, Verra manages the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) Program and its Jurisdictional and Nested REDD+ framework (JNR), the Verra California Offset Project Registry (OPR), the Climate, Community & Biodiversity (CCB) Standards, and the Sustainable...