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Carbon Project Developer

Role: Carbon Project Developer

Location: Cape Town or Johannesburg, South Africa

Practice Area: Projects and Development

Contract: Full-time

Remuneration Range: Competitive


Responsible for the implementation and management of offset projects which includes:

  • Carrying out carbon feasibility studies;
  • Drafting of Project Design Documents (PDDs);
  • Emission’s baseline determination and surveys
  • Additionality, leakage, eligibility, methodology evaluation and reduction calculations
  • Validation, monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) activities under the applicable carbon standard (e.g. Gold Standard, Verra’s VCS)
  • Conduct site visits, manage stakeholder engagements and feedback rounds and travel to project locations whenever needed;
  • Schedule Technical Reviews and Quality Checks;
  • Assist in sourcing and contracting suitable offset projects to expand CNG’s project portfolio:
  • Conduct various project sourcing tasks including, but not limited to, research, crosschecking qualifications under carbon standards, technical assessment, emission reduction estimates, project profitability /cash flow projections, additionality assessments, preparing presentations, writing reports and drafting agreements;
  • Lead the definition and planning of content and structure to support the certification of projects: work plans, work schedules, budgets and deliverables;
  • Keep up-to-date with knowledge on developments in terms of the South African and international carbon market and (inter-)national climate policy
  • Be a key point of contact and maintain a good relationship with the team members inside the company, project owners, clients, verification bodies, stakeholders and other counterparts: o Develop and maintain a network of project developers, verification bodies (VVBs) and standard bodies (e.g. Gold Standard and Verra’s VCS);
  • Proactive networking with relevant organisations including potential project owners, technology providers, multilaterals, public and private entities, government agencies and others


About Climate Neutral Group and Anthesis Group

Climate Neutral Group (CNG) is a fast-growing organization with a clear purpose: to enhance the Net Zero journey to combat climate change. Since its foundation in 2002, Climate Neutral Group has been stimulating organizations in Climate-Neutral entrepreneurship: from A to Zero CO2 emissions. CNG recently merged with Anthesis Group.

CNG helps organizations to get insight in their CO2 emissions, to reduce their emissions and to offset their residual emissions and to substantiate their climate neutral claims through our Climate Neutral Certification Program. Climate Neutral Group has grown strongly in recent years. More information can be found at:

In 2022 Climate Neutral Group became part of Anthesis, the sustainability activator!

Proud to be a B Corp, we seek to make a significant contribution to a world which is more resilient and productive. We do this by working with cities, corporates, investors and other organisations to drive sustainable performance. We develop financially driven sustainability strategies, underpinned by technical expertise and delivered by innovative collaborative teams across the world. The company combines the reach of big professional services groups with the deep expertise of boutiques.

Anthesis has clients across industry sectors from corporate multinationals such as Reckitt Benckiser, Cisco, Tesco, The North Face and Target, and also supports early-stage companies through Anthesis Ventures. The company brings together 1100+ experts operating in 42 countries around the world and has offices in Andorra, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Middle East, the Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and the US.

At Anthesis Group, we are truly committed to putting people and our planet at the heart of all we do.

We encourage all employees to contribute their ideas, perspectives, and experiences to help us create an inclusive and equitable workplace. By embracing diversity and providing equal opportunities, we believe we can drive innovation, foster creativity, and achieve our shared goals. So, if you’re ready to be a part of something truly extraordinary, then we want you! Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, martial status, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Together, we can continue to build a diverse and inclusive workforce where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and thrive.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to your application process, or need this job advert in a different format, just let us know and we’ll be happy to help.

Summary of Role

As part of the Projects and Development team, you will play a leading role in contributing to the South African and broader African carbon market by developing the underlying carbon credits in various emission reduction projects. You will be responsible for qualifying, developing and managing new and existing carbon offset projects and assist or lead in the external audit process. If you are an enthusiastic professional with a sound understanding of carbon credit development, then we are looking for you!

Candidate profile

  • A relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, ideally in Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering, Economics or sustainability-related disciplines
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in carbon credit development with a proven track record in PDD writing and/or managing projects through the carbon project cycle;
  • Candidates with more than 10 years relevant work experience will be considered for the role as Senior Carbon Project Developer
  • Excellent knowledge of International carbon standards VCS (Verra), Gold Standard for the Global Goals and CDM and the most common carbon methodologies;
  • Up-to-date knowledge on developments in terms of the international carbon market and (inter-)national environmental policy;
  • A strong technical understanding of renewable energy, waste and industrial sectors in order to identify opportunities in the carbon market/ climate change field, including methodologies required for the development of projects;
  • Commercial skills, good business sense & target driven; able to identify and seize opportunities in a challenging and competitive market environment;
  • Proven knowledge and network in the relevant fields;
  • Attention to detail and ability to work both alone and in a team;
  • Strong MS Excel and MS Word skills;
  • Excellent oral and written skills in English;

Compensation at Climate Neutral Group South Africa

To help us attract and retain top talent, CNG 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;
  • Embody CNG’s values

Does this sound like your dream job? If so, go ahead and apply for position and we’ll be in touch.

In order for your application to be processed we require:

  • A cover letter and CV highlighting your carbon development experience and track-record
  • That you are a South African citizen or residents or holder of a valid work permit

We look forward to hearing from you!