Plan Vivo Foundation
Plan Vivo Foundation

Charity registered in Scotland SC040151

Plan Vivo is an internationally recognised standard in the voluntary carbon market, existing to support smallholders and communities at the forefront of the climate crisis. We are known for our robust, inclusive and holistic approach to project certification, and a focus on ensuring small holders and communities receive equitable benefit sharing of fairly traded carbon finance.

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Communications and Administration Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,250
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 29th February 2024

Plan Vivo is an internationally recognised standard in the voluntary carbon market, existing to support smallholders and communities at the forefront of the climate crisis. We are known for our robust, inclusive and holistic approach to project certification, and a focus on ensuring small holders and communities receive equitable benefit sharing of fairly traded carbon finance.

The Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) is currently looking for a Communications and Administration Officer. The main focus of this role will be to provide support across PVF's offerings, through working with and assisting the Communications Coordinator and the Operations Manager. The successful applicant will work as part of the PVF Edinburgh operational team (the Secretariat) and will be line managed by the Communications Coordinator. The most suitable candidate will be someone with good written skills and with some marketing experience. They will also need to have administrative experience, and not be frustrated by rolling standardised and organisational tasks.

The role is based in Edinburgh. It is full-time, but part-time will be considered depending on the ability and availability of the candidate. The successful candidate does not necessarily need to be located within Edinburgh, however they will be required to work from our Edinburgh office at least once per week, so they need to be located within a reasonable distance. They will also already hold the right to live and work in the UK. This is a 12-month contract, which may be extended, depending on performance and project funding.

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Trustee

  • Management Board
  • Unpaid
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 17th November 2023

The Plan Vivo Foundation is seeking highly motivated individuals with a keen interest in the nexus of climate change, conservation, and international development to join our Board of Trustees.

The role is a voluntary one and is primarily focused on ensuring good governance of the organisation, see below for more details of the responsibilities. As a minimum, trustees are expected to attend four Board meetings, our AGM and up to two strategy and planning meetings a year.

We are particularly keen to receive applications from people who have senior management / executive experience (10 years+) in the areas of: communications-PR-marketing, legal (in particular environmental law), biodiversity, conservation, and the commercial sector.

We welcome applications from within and outside the UK, in particular from the Global South. In joining our Board, you will be part of a friendly and professional team who are passionate and ambitious about delivering impact for nature, climate, and communities. Plan Vivo is in a dynamic period of growth, so it is an exciting time to join and help shape the future of the organisation.

Organisation - The Plan Vivo Foundation

The Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) is a registered UK charity, based in Edinburgh, that supports vulnerable rural communities across the world to develop innovative nature-based solutions (NBS) to reduce poverty, conserve important ecosystems and tackle climate change – primarily through our stewardship of the Plan Vivo Carbon Standard (PV Climate).

The Standard is a core set of social, environmental and governance requirements that projects must meet to become certified under Plan Vivo. PVF and in-country partners support communities and small holders to pass the rigorous certification process and enable access to finance from the ecosystems services (ES) and voluntary carbon market (VCM) to support community-led forest conservation, restoration, and agroforestry to deliver impact for climate, communities and nature.

The Standard is internationally recognised for its focus on ethical and fairly traded climate services, which ensures that a greater share of income reaches those that most need it. Our unique model ensures that at least 60% of benefits go back to the communities on the ground, which has a significant impact on strengthening resilience for vulnerable communities and reducing drivers of deforestation.

Through our collaborative approaches and focus on small holders and communities we have achieved a significant impact over the last 25 years. We now support a global network of 28 certified projects in over 20 countries, have emission reductions of over 7 million tonnes CO2 and have reached 100,000 people - channelling 25 million dollars (USD) directly to communities.

PVF is currently in a significant period of growth in terms of demand, income, and staff. This brings with it governance challenges of change management / organisational development, systems development and staff retention / wellbeing and opportunities to scale up impact for nature, climate, and communities, while remaining through to our charitable purpose (‘scaling with care’).

Responsibilities

Trustees are responsible for overseeing the good governance of the Plan Vivo Foundation. They are responsible for:

  • Ensuring there is a strategy in place to deliver to the vision, purpose, and values of the organisation.
  • Providing oversight and support to the CEO and Management Team.
  • Ensuring the organisation has the appropriate structure and resources for its work.
  • Ensuring the organisation has appropriate policies, procedures, and systems to govern organisational activity.
  • Managing risk and ensure compliance and accountability with the governing document, external regulators, and the law.
  • Making certain that the financial affairs of the organisation are conducted properly and are accurately reported.
  • Linking PVF to other organisations, businesses, institutions, and individuals in their network where appropriate.

Note: There are opportunities to represent Plan Vivo at external events (covered by Plan Vivo) or even for potential project visits (at own expense) if interested and appropriate.

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Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £27,250
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 16th August 2023

The main focus of this role will be to provide support across PVF’s existing portfolio of projects, as well as supporting the development and integration of new/pipeline projects. The officer will work as part of the PVF operational team (the Secretariat), based in Edinburgh. The role involves working closely with PVF project coordinators and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). There may be some remote working required but the majority of the role will be office based.

About Plan Vivo

The Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) is an internationally focused charity, registered in Scotland. Its purpose is to develop and oversee the Plan Vivo Standard and support Plan Vivo-certified projects worldwide. ‘Plan Vivo’ is a framework and Standard for community-based payments for ecosystem services, principally in developing countries. Its growing portfolio of 28 operational and over 20 pipeline projects comprise a diverse range of ecosystem restoration and protection projects, as well as livelihoods development initiatives. These empower smallholder farmers and rural communities to reduce and reverse ecosystem degradation, while improving natural resource management to meet basic needs. Plan Vivo certified projects are typically geared around land-use, forestry and blue carbon interventions, with a clear link to water, biodiversity and livelihoods development activities. Plan Vivo’s work leverages both private sector and donor financed activities, working with a growing range of partner organisations to deliver on some of the world’s most pressing global challenges. Plan Vivo engages academia, the private sector, sustainability consultancies, NGOs and civil society actors in order to develop and improve climate mitigation and adaptation solutions. Its work touches on natural climate solutions, net zero targets, zero deforestation supply chains and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Project Officer

  • Full time
  • £25,000
  • Edinburgh, with some remote/home working possible
  • Closing 22nd July 2022

The Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) are currently looking for two Project Officers. The individuals must be organised and highly motivated, with a genuine passion to work in the climate/international development/conservation space. The role will be offered on the basis of a full-time role, initially on a one-year contract.

The main focus of the role will be to provide support across PVF’s existing portfolio of projects through the project cycle, as well as supporting the development and integration of new/pipeline projects. The successful candidates will work as part of the PVF operational team (the Secretariat), based in Edinburgh and will report to the Projects Manager. The role involves working closely with external project coordinators, the internal projects team and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). There may be some remote working required but the majority of the role will be office based (in Edinburgh).

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Biodiversity Coordinator

  • Full time
  • £28,000
  • Edinburgh, with some remote/home working possible
  • Closing 10th June 2022

he Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) is seeking an experienced, organised and highly motivated individual with a genuine passion to work in the climate/international development/conservation space. This role will be Biodiversity Coordinator, offered on the basis of a full-time role on a permanent contract.

The main focus of the role will be to coordinate: (1) the development of the Plan Vivo Biodiversity Standard; and (2) Plan Vivo’s input to the Global Biodiversity Standard project (Darwin Extra), led by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The successful candidate will work as part of the PVF operational team (the Secretariat) and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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Operations Manager

  • Full time or Part time
  • £30,000
  • Edinburgh, with some home working possible
  • Closing 4th February 2022

The Plan Vivo Foundation (PVF) is seeking an experienced, organised and highly motivated individual with a genuine passion to work in the climate/international development/conservation space. This role will be Operations Manager and the main focus of role will be to manage / coordinate the (non-project) operations of the Plan Vivo Foundation.

The successful candidate will have a strong track record of working in the third sector, specifically in the management and running of NGOs/charities/social enterprises. The candidate will also have excellent relationship management and communication skills, be process and quality orientated with strong analytical skills and have high levels of emotional intelligence and cultural literacy.

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