Location: Barcelona or New York preferred / other locations considered
The recent IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5°C starkly emphasizes the urgency of addressing all sources of greenhouse gas emissions including by aggressive pursuit of natural climate solutions. The protection and restoration of tropical forests is one of the most significant opportunities to mitigate climate change over the coming decades. Alongside political and regulatory efforts, the challenge is to create market mechanisms and mobilise finance at the necessary scale. After more than a decade of progress on the technical and policy framework for verifying forest carbon credits (known as REDD+ credits), there is now a historic opportunity to turn this vision into a reality.
With support from the government of Norway, and partnerships in place with the Environmental Defense Fund, the Rockefeller Foundation and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator (“Emergent”) has been created to respond to this opportunity. Emergent will “prime the pump” for a high-integrity, high-volume REDD+ market by acting as an aggregator and intermediary to help overcome barriers for both buyers and sellers. On the demand side, Emergent will provide reliable access to jurisdictional REDD+ carbon credits for public and private buyers in both the regulatory and voluntary carbon markets. On the supply side, it will provide forest nations with a guaranteed source of demand for their REDD+ credits, by facilitating access to a range of high-volume buyers. Emergent will act as a principal in transactions and deal exclusively in credits issued under the new TREES standard. This is focused on tropical forest protection at national or sub-national (“jurisdictional”) scale, with the ambition to catalyse very substantial flows of private sector funds underwritten by sovereign guarantees.
Emergent was registered in 2019 as a not-for-profit entity (a US-registered 501(c)(4)), has a board and an executive director, and is now building the team able to rise to the jurisdictional REDD+ challenge. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) is a critical role. The role holder will have significant autonomy within a small, high-performing team to shape and catalyse a new market, with the potential for a profound impact on climate change and our environment.
The CCO will be expected to work closely with Emergent’s Chief Operations & Strategy Officer (COSO), who is primarily responsible for defining Emergent’s transactions architecture and business model. The CCO’s primary responsibility will be on Emergent’s business development strategy and execution. This includes shaping the go-to-market strategy, leading relationship development and negotiating sales of carbon credits both direct and through channel partnerships. We expect buyers will include industry consortia, airlines, energy companies, public sector clients (eg metropolitan authorities) and, in time, potentially retail customers. The CCO will also play an important role in supply side transactions with the jurisdictional programmes that generate REDD+ credits. The CCO will also be deeply involved in Emergent’s research and industry engagement activities.
The holder of this role will interact with a range of businesses including sophisticated carbon market participants, and, along with the Executive Director, be the face of Emergent in the evolving REDD+ space. Emergent is a global team, so candidates will preferably be based in New York or Barcelona, with other locations considered. The CCO will manage a small team that they will have considerable freedom in shaping, recruiting and developing, working closely with the Executive Director.
We seek a dynamic, charismatic, entrepreneurial leader who can develop and articulate a compelling case for high-quality forest carbon credits in general, and for Emergent in particular, that inspires businesses to see Emergent as a critical partner in meeting their compliance market obligations or voluntary climate commitments.
Emergent provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, local or other applicable laws.
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