Carbon Trade Advisor

Position: Carbon Trade Advisor

Employer: World University Service of Canada

Location: Malawi

Deadline: January 14, 2018

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: January 14, 2018

Full Description

Brief Description:

DURATION: 12 months

Departure date is contingent upon completion of administrative file and approval of visa. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and position will remain open until filled.

Uniterra is a leading Canadian international volunteer cooperation and development program, jointly implemented by the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

Uniterra contributes to improving the socio-economic conditions of poor and marginalized communities in 14 countries and with over 200 partners in Africa, Asia and the Americas through the exchange of expertise and knowledge of Canadian and international volunteers. Uniterra believes that economic growth, when inclusive, is the most powerful driver of poverty reduction. The purpose of the Uniterra program is to improve the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable populations by stimulating growth and facilitating access to the benefits of growing and diversified markets. To make this happen, we are working with our local partners to enhance the income of poor and marginalized women and youth through better access to employment and income generation opportunities. Uniterra country program staff work with our local partners to design Uniterra assignments in the context of the country strategy, supporting the inclusion of women and youth in key economic subsectors.

For more information on the Uniterra program, our approach and countries of focus please visit:

The Agricultural Research and Extension Trust (ARET) seeks to promote the sustainable production of high value export agricultural crops for the realization of improved farm profits while conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. ARET is working with the Oil Seed Products Technical Working Group (OSPTWG) to offer farmer’s information and services on oil seed crops. This is part of the Government of Malawi’s National Export Strategy. ARET also offers a service to farmers (and input suppliers and marketing organizations) that enables useful real-time information on oil seed crops to be available to its farmers.

The Carbon Trade Advisor will support ARET to implement Non Tobacco Revenue Alternatives strategy. This strategy is essential to ARET’s organizational development and sustainability.

- Work closely with ARET staff to understand Carbon Trade mechanisms, policies and programs;
- Support ARET to conduct a feasibility study for establishing a Carbon Trade program looking at both the technical capacity and the cost benefit analysis;
- Review activities of other agencies/ institutions that are already involved in carbon trade both within and outside Malawi;
- Provide recommendations on how a Carbon Trade program could be successfully implemented in Malawi;
- Support ARET to implement recommended proposal regarding the establishment of a Carbon trade program;
- Write reports required by ARET and the Uniterra program.

- Degree in energy, environmental science, environmental policy or a related field;
- Strong understanding and experience of designing and implementing carbon trade interventions;
- Understanding of carbon trade global emerging issues on carbon trade;
- Ability to work in an intercultural environment; and
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English.

- Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in country.
- Participation in a pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about the program, gain practical skills for living and working in an intercultural context and meet other volunteers. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- In-country orientation and briefing upon arrival in-country.
- Language training in-country where required.
- Return flights, visas and work permits.
- Cost of required country specific vaccinations and antimalarials.
- Health insurance.
- Modest monthly living allowance while overseas.
- Accommodation while overseas.
- Vacation leave entitlement.
- Return debriefing in Canada after completion of assignment. Travel, meals and accommodation are covered.
- An incredible opportunity to enhance your professional skills and participate in an experience of a lifetime!

- Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada between the age of 18-70.
- Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa processes, medical clearance, police checks, travel documentation).
- With the support of the program, all volunteers shall undertake to make a minimum financial contribution of $1,500 for participating in the program.


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