Technical Manager – Sustainable Technologies – Africa

South Pole

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Job Summary:

As a Technical Manager Sustainable Technologies (ST), you will be accountable for the delivery of all milestones proposed for projects under various carbon standards, mainly in Africa and collaborate with other members of the Project Development and implementation team.

You will be responsible for the design and development of carbon projects, and ensuring the efficient delivery of carbon emission reductions and other climate change advisories.

In addition, the Technical Manager – Sustainable Technologies – Africa will be responsible for developing carbon estimations and delivering high-quality products (project documents, monitoring reports and others) in English and will assist in the audit process for the validation and verification of GHG reductions. You will participate in business rounds, technical sessions, site visits, and other relevant events.

Main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the implementation and management of viable carbon finance projects. This includes but is not limited to developing carbon emissions baseline and project scenarios, contributing to the identification and design of field implementation activities, writing project certification documents including PDDs, designing and managing work plans and budgets for technical activities related to carbon project development, and leading projects through audit and validation/verification processes under different standards (VERRA, The Gold Standard) among other local and international carbon schemes
  • Conduct site visits and carbon due diligence, as needed
  • Oversee the technical sections of carbon project feasibility studies, Project Documents and Monitoring Reports
  • Be a key point of contact and maintain a good relationship with the team members inside the company, project partners, validation and verification bodies, and other counterparts
  • Review and, where appropriate, facilitate the adoption of new methodologies and new technologies to expand and improve the efficiency of our carbon offerings
  • Provide technical and business development support to project sourcing
  • Follow up with the internal procedures in our internal project management tool regarding all signed ERPAs
  • Support commercial teams on technical topics and carbon expertise with clients
  • Prepare proposal and deliverables and finalise them to the quality required by South Pole and the partners
  • Contributing to partners’ presentations for each project implementation opportunity
  • Keep up to date on developments in the carbon field through research, sectoral watches, participation in industry groups, etc and disseminate knowledge to key people at South Pole
  • Collect data from Partners or another third party for due diligence, financing plans and budgets, technical, financial and legal documentation
  • Define and plan content and structure to support the certification of the project: work plans, work schedules, budgets, and deliverables
  • Schedule Technical Reviews and Quality Checks
  • Draft invoices to be approved by the supervisor and sent to accounting for submission to clients
  • Manage Partners’ accounts in our internal project management tool
  • Update proposal/project information in the project management tool and ensure all relevant documents are accessible on the drive at any time
  • Keep general information, milestones and cash flow in the project management software up to date
  • Planning and development of site visits and other types of business trips/training


Essential –

  • Several years of experience in getting ST Carbon projects through the full VCS and Gold Standard validation and verification process, including the development of Project Description Documents (PDDs), Monitoring & Implementation Reports (MIRs), and Validation and Verification Body (VVB) audits. e.g water, cookstove, renewable energy, waste-to-energy projects
  • Relevant experience in managing data collection projects for research studies to deliver quality results on time, on budget, and within the scope
  • Respective experience in organizing, coordinating, and leading stakeholder consultation engagements
  • Proven team player, able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations.
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches
  • Undergraduate/Bachelor/Masters in any of the following fields: Carbon Methodology, Market research, Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Data and Analytics
  • Ability to work on assignments that are diverse in nature, applying company policies, processes and procedures to resolve a variety of issues/problems
  • The capacity to solve relatively complex project-related problems independently, and receive general direction on new assignments or projects
  • Have excellent communication skills, especially verbal and written skills in English (and French but not required)
  • Ability to create high-quality written documents (proposals and deliverables) in English
  • Team management experience
  • Ability to manage targets and priorities and develop own goals
  • National, or holder of a valid work visa for Kenya, Mozambique or South Africa

Desirable –

  • A second language is considered a plus e.g. French
  • Good statistical skills
  • Experience working with different stakeholders

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