July 31, 2023

Climate Mitigation and Agriculture Specialist

  • Deadline:
  • Location: Remote
  • Organization: Environmental Incentives
  • Salary: USD $ 0-150,000
Full Time


Environmental Incentives seeks to hire a Climate Mitigation and Agriculture Specialist who will work at the intersection of agriculture and climate change mitigation to support USAID’s Natural Climate Solutions Division in the Center for Environment, Energy, and Infrastructure (EEI). The Specialist will be embedded within USAID as a member of the Division, working across the EEI Center as well as USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security (RFS).

The Specialist will provide technical support on issues related to low-emissions agriculture and food systems, including land-based methane emissions. The Specialist will provide technical assistance to the design and implementation of low emissions agriculture programs and the implementation of natural climate solutions programming at USAID.

The Technical, Operational, and Program Support (TOPS) project is a five-year United States Agency for International Development- (USAID) funded institutional support contract for USAID’s Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation (DDI) to meet the pressing challenges caused by climate change. TOPS aims to help USAID meet the increasing complexities of global development by recruiting technical assistance providers to work in USAID’s offices and facilitating more evidence-driven technical decisions.


At Environmental Incentives, our purpose is to create the conditions for human and natural communities to thrive. We do this by helping our partners improve the performance of conservation and development programs. Our clients trust us to design and support implementation of programs that (1) use evidence to develop effective strategies within complex systems, (2) center local stakeholder experiences and facilitate collective action, and (3) produce results that support learning about what works. Environmental Incentives is a certified B Corporation with offices located in Washington, DC, South Lake Tahoe, San Diego, Nairobi, and Lima (pending registration). Our remote staff and consultants are based in multiple states within the United States, and across five continents.


Provide Technical Service
Coordinate the NCS Division’s participation in the low-emission agriculture and food systems (LEAFS) and methane working groups, and support overall coordination of LEAFS in cooperation with the NCS Division and RFS co-chairs.
Provide technical assistance to missions as they design and implement low-emissions agriculture policy and programs, including land-based methane emissions, including through cooperation with RFS’s Office of Country Support and Regional Bureau climate and agriculture offices.
Coordinate cross-sectorally with other Bureaus and Divisions to increase commitment towards low-emissions agriculture.
Assess viability of new technologies, approaches, and business models for advancing low-emissions agriculture in the country contexts USAID works in.
Develop internal and external communications materials, such as examples of successful approaches from USAID programs and partner governments to achieve low-emission agriculture and food systems.
Support the NCS Division’s capacity building efforts in areas related to their expertise, including designing and delivering training for USAID staff.
Support the NCS Division on other natural climate solutions programming as needed.

Our team members are talented, creative, and inspired professionals who provide technical support in a growing practice while being flexible enough to add their unique perspectives to a strong culture. If you are passionate and thrive on collaboration, you are probably a great fit for our team!

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of relevant experience; Master’s degree and 7 years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Relevant degrees include but are not limited to agriculture, environmental science, social science, natural resources management, forestry, etc.
Experience with implementing technical approaches and policy for reducing agricultural emissions in low and middle-income countries.
Experience working with livestock, rice, soil carbon, agriculture-driven deforestation, and/or other priority sectors for reducing agricultural emissions.
Preferred Qualifications

Experience with the USAID Program Cycle and project design in the environment sector.
Experience with applying a political economy lens in the agriculture and/or forestry sector.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Facilitation skills, including process and meeting facilitation.
Effective verbal and written communication in English.
Exceptional listening and problem-solving skills.
Willingness to travel internationally for periods of one or two weeks two to four times a year.
Proficiency with MS Office suite and Google Apps.

Legally authorized to work in the United States with no restrictions.
Criminal background check required.
Eligible for USAID facility access or security clearance

The position will be remote with a strong preference for candidates based in Washington, D.C.

Proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or legally authorized exemption is required for all Environmental Incentives employees working in the United States, regardless of office location or remote work. Selected candidates will be required to provide proof of full vaccination before beginning employment with Environmental Incentives. Full vaccination is defined as 2 weeks after the final dose of the requisite vaccination.


Environmental Incentives also offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

100% employer-funded medical, dental, long-term and short-term disability, and life insurance for employees, and the option to enroll in supplemental life insurance.
Highly competitive 401k contributions that start on day one of your employment. Did we mention we offer environmentally responsible investment options?
Generous vacation, holiday, and sick time. You’ll also get paid time off opportunities each year to vote and volunteer at a charity of your choice!

On a rolling basis throughout the application period, we will review applications and contact qualified candidates for additional information.


We are committed to developing an inclusive work environment for all employees, where diversity of thought, style, culture, and skill is valued in support of individual performance and potential, as well as our business goals and mission. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or and other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Reasonable Accommodation:

Applicants with disabilities may contact Environmental Incentives coordinators via telephone, e-mail, and other means to request and arrange for accommodations. If you need assistance to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Human Resources:

Patrice Gulledge

Human Resources Director

Phone: (202) 525-2450


How to apply: