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Carbon Project Engineer – Carbon Tax – Sustainability – Cape Town / Johannesburg

25th Mar 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
Job Type
R780K - R810K CTC per annum
Start Date
Renewable Energy
Job Location - Postal Code
Contact Name
Robert Slater


We are looking for a Carbon Project Engineer with an undeniable passion for sustainability and climate change mitigation to join a global carbon management firm in their Cape Town or Johannesburg offices. Are you excited by the opportunity to play a leading role in the development of South Africa’s carbon market through implementing and managing local carbon offsetting projects? With non-negotiable experience in the carbon industry and knowledge of international carbon standards such as VCS, Gold Standard and CDM, this role will require you to source, screen, plan and develop emission reduction estimations and project documents of exceptional high quality. If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for, you will have an excellent working knowledge of carbon finance and renewable energy technologies, supported by 6+ years of experience working in the industry.

Your core responsibilities will include developing, designing, implementing and managing carbon offsetting projects throughout their life cycles. This includes undertaking carbon feasibility studies, drafting project design documents and determining emissions baselines. Your excellent written and verbal English skills will enable you to produce high quality MRV designs, compile report documents and report on your progress to a variety of high-level stakeholders. Part of your daily project management duties will include planning and supporting the certification processes for projects, work schedules and budgets. You will schedule and oversee technical reviews and quality checks, continuously updating project information as you go. Your intricate knowledge and interest in the carbon industry and current market affairs will prepare you for the legal requirements necessary to validate, verify and issue support within the South African Offset Registry.

With an abundant network of project developers and managers, technology providers and public and private entities, which you have established over your time working in the carbon and renewable energy industry, you will be required to assist with business development through sourcing and contracting suitable carbon projects to add to the firms portfolio. Your sense of adventure will be taken care of as you will be expected to travel to site when necessary, undertaking the responsibility of the key point of contact between the company and its internal and external stakeholders, including project owners, clients, governmental bodies and team members. As a team player, this role will require you to work closely with the firms Country Director and Senior Carbon Advisor to ensure sourcing strategies are streamlined effectively.

Act now to seize the opportunity to work in a dynamic and growing global company which focuses on making a tangible difference to global sustainability!

JOB ID: 32303 / 32304


We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and environmental jobs in South Africa and Africa at large. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency based in Cape Town which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the South African renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the African continent in both anglophone and francophone regions and are rapidly expanding globally. WIth entities in South Africa, Kenya, and Mauritius, we have a direct impact on the continental energy industry.

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Education Requirements

You should have a master’s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering, Energy Engineering, Economics or any other relevant sustainability focused disciplines

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 6+ years of experience working in carbon asset developing
You should have a proven track record writing Project Design Documents


Your core responsibilities will include developing, designing, implementing and managing carbon offsetting projects throughout their life cycles. This includes undertaking carbon feasibility studies, drafting project design documents and determining emissions baselines.


Knowledge of local South African and international carbon standards (VCS, Gold Standard and CDM) is non-negotiable
With a passion for sustainability and climate change mitigation, you should have an understanding of current carbon affairs within the carbon market related to international and local environmental policies
A strong technical understanding of RE and industrial waste is absolutely necessary to ensure you can identify carbon opportunities and methodologies for developing projects
Those with commercial business acumen will be preferred. Taking hold of opportunities when they present themselves is essential!
You should have established networks within the South African carbon and renewable energy sector
Brilliant English skills, both written and spoken
Applicants must be legal South African citizens or have a valid work permit
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