Program Officer, Plastic Waste Reduction Program @ Verra

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Program Officer, Plastic Waste Reduction Program


Job Title: Program Officer, Plastic Waste Reduction Program

Location: Flexible: Washington, DC or remote (working with significant overlap with US business hours)

Start Date: Immediately

Reports to: Manager, Plastic Waste Reduction Program

Verra is a global leader helping to tackle the world’s most intractable environmental and social challenges. As a mission-driven non- profit organization, Verra is committed to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve livelihoods and protect natural resources across the private and public sectors. We support climate action and sustainable development with standards, tools and programs that credibly, transparently and robustly assess environmental and social impacts and enable funding for sustaining and scaling up projects that verifiably deliver these benefits. We work in any arena where we see a need for clear standards, a role for market- based mechanisms, and an opportunity to generate significant environmental and social value.

Verra manages a portfolio of standards, including the:

With rapid growth in carbon markets driving a new wave of innovative new approaches, Verra is looking for a Program Officer to help manage Verra’s new Plastic Waste Reduction Program (Plastic Program).

**A day with Verra’s collaborative Program Team might include…

  • Participating in meetings with the Program Team and other relevant members of the organization to determine solutions to unique issues that arise for users of the Plastic Program (e.g., providing guidance for a project facing data challenges while demonstrating additionality).
  • Supporting users of the Plastic Program (i.e., project developers, auditors, and other market participants) by clarifying program rules and procedures, and suggesting solutions to resolve challenges faced.
  • Conducting quality reviews of submitted project documentation and new methodologies, and undertaking other research assignments.
  • Contributing to the evolution of the Plastic Program (e.g., helping to develop updates to existing rules and procedures) so they continue to be relevant and drive significant environmental impact.
  • Collaborating with other Verra teams (i.e., Innovation; Market Development and Communications) to advance our organizational mission.

Specific functions you will be responsible for leading...

  • Providing technical guidance and support to users of the Plastic Program. Such users include project developers, methodology developers, validation/verification bodies, and other stakeholders.
  • Supporting the development of the Plastic Program by gathering and synthesizing input from key stakeholders, via participation in relevant working groups and conferences, and researching emerging markets and policies.
  • Drafting revisions to Plastic Program rules and procedures to help maintain the robustness, workability, and impact of those programs.
  • Playing a key role in ensuring the quality of projects requesting registration with the Plastic Program, including reviewing project documentation, visiting projects, and liaising and collaborating closely with project stakeholders.
  • The review of plastic waste collection and recycling accounting and assessment methodologies being developed under the Plastic Program.

You bring with you...

  • At least 1-2 years of relevant professional or internship experience, preferably working for a standards organization, NGO, government, project developer and/or validation and verification body.
  • A relevant university degree.
  • Working knowledge of the waste management or packaging sectors, including recycling processes, plastic materials/packaging and supply chains, and an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners of these arenas.
  • Understanding of circularity concepts, Sustainable Development Goals, supply chain sustainability initiatives and/or climate/development finance.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills, including the ability to prioritize and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines.
  • Culturally aware with ability to work with stakeholders and partners from different countries and cultures.
  • Self-starter with ability to excel in a professional environment with limited supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Fluency in other languages, especially Spanish, Portuguese, French or Bahasa would be an advantage.

In this role, you will grow and expand your expertise by...

  • Working at the cutting edge of programs designed to drive finance towards high-impact activities that tackle some of the most pressing environmental issues of our day.
  • Gaining exposure to challenges and opportunities faced by practitioners of activities aimed at reducing plastic waste in the environment and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving livelihoods.
  • Finding effective ways to ensure the quality of projects and credits under Verra programs
  • Working with a dynamic, committed and focused team of professionals.

You will know you are successful, if...

  • You are seen as a reliable and capable member of the team by your peers and manager.
  • You build an appreciation and respect for the challenges and opportunities faced by users of the Plastic Program, and are able to effectively ensure the quality of activities certified under the Plastic Program.
  • Verra stakeholders consistently express positive feedback regarding your ability to collaborate to find workable solutions to challenges they face.

You will join a team...

  • From diverse locations and backgrounds, including carbon market experts, project developers, consultants, climate negotiators, researchers, auditors, and more.
  • Committed to driving finance at scale to projects and programs that advance climate action and sustainable development through high-quality standards and programs.
  • That embodies the values Verra has established for itself, and which include Teamwork, Results, Integrity, Balance, and Exploration.

Compensation at Verra

To help us attract and retain top talent, Verra pays employees competitively to the market. In return, we expect each employee to, at a minimum:

  • Meet expectations in terms of work effort and performance;
  • Take the initiative to build the skills and knowledge needed to do their job effectively; and
  • Embody Verra’s values.

For this position, the salary range is USD $52,000 - $57,000.

We will recognize employees who go beyond expected performance with salary increases and/or promotions, but the bar for earning those rewards is high.

Salary is one component of Verra’s total compensation package which also includes:

  • Health, vision and dental care, and life insurance;
  • Verra contributions to each employee’s retirement plan;
  • Verra contributions as required by national labor laws in countries where staff are located;
  • Paid Time Off (PTO), comprising 22-30 days plus ten floating holidays, sabbatical after five years of service, and other leave allowances; and
  • Funds to support professional development.

How to Apply

To apply, please send us the following:

  • Cover letter (not to exceed one page)
  • Resume/CV (not to exceed two pages)

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Verra provides equal opportunity for all job applicants and employees and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination. We conduct our recruitment and hiring without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetics, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local law.

Nonprofit- NGO

$52,000 - $57,000


Remote (Washington D.C., DC, USA)




2021-03-09 00:00