Job position

Carbon Monitoring Officer(m/f/d)*

Nairobi, Kenya

Preferred start date: As soon as possible

Job Location: Nairobi with frequent visit to Makueni County

Application deadline: We expect your offer before 15th May 2023

We are Unique! Efficient, integrative, professional as a leading international consulting firm for sustainable management of natural resources. Our focus is on forestry, agriculture, and climate action, including digital solutions for innovative project-monitoring approaches. Unique land use GmbH is based in Freiburg, in the southwest of Germany and we are also present in Paraguay, Vietnam, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Kyrgyzstan.

About this Role

Smallholder farm families in Kenya are faced with several challenges: extreme poverty, deforestation, and climate change. Considering the climate crisis, any effort to tackle these challenges must be both pro-environment and pro-farmer by recognizing the chal-lenges smallholders face, and their vital role as stewards of the land. With the right ap-proach, incentives, and tools, mass numbers of smallholders can be mobilized to reverse the trends of poverty and land degradation.To address this acute challenge, the Makueni Agroforestry Carbon Project (MACP) is supporting smallholder farmers on 40,000 ha in Lower Eastern Kenya (Makueni County) to adopt Agroforestry and other Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) prac-ticeswhich are expected to improve their livelihoods through income-generating activities and linking them to markets. The carbon revenues from the project will be invested in extension services to support the adoption of Agroforestry and other SALM practices. The extension will be implemented by local NGOs working with registered farmer groups. Unique land use is responsible for the project implementation including carbon monitoring and supervising the implementation of quality extension services through local NGOs. The Carbon Monitoring Officer will support the implementing NGOs to setup and operate the carbon related activity monitoring system and will be in charge to report the carbon benefits and to ensure successful validation and verification of the project against the Verra VCS standard.

Job Description

  • You will establish a carbon monitoring system, based on the existing M&E system operated by local implementation partner/NGOs.
  • You will train contacted implementation partner in the use of digital tools to collect, analyze, monitor and report carbon monitoring data.
  • You will ensure quality control of carbon monitoring system operated by contracted implementation partner.
  • You will support carbon project validation and verification.
  • You will support manager to prepare the performance report for each contracted implementer based on KPIs as recorded and verified in the MRV system (e.g., SALM adoption and climate risk-adjusted yield response)


  • Bachelor’s degree in Soil science, environmental sciences, extension, and monitoring & evaluation or a related subject. A Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years of experience in agricultural M&E and ideally experience with carbon monitoring or related fields.
  • Strong expertise related to the use and user-specific modification of Apps and dash-boards.
  • Advanced GIS and database management skills.
  • Dedication to digital tools and data management.
  • Existing experience with carbon finance in the land use sector.
  • Language: Fluency in English, Swahili, and Kamba.
  • Comfortable travelling within the region up to 25% of the time.

What we offer

  • Guidance and support from colleagues during onboarding and beyond.
  • A dynamic and innovative work environment with a high degree of autonomy.
  • A flat hierarchy-based culture infused with a collaborative spirit.
  • We have a strong culture of constant learning, and we invest in developing our people as this is a purpose-driven company that fully utilizes your skills and offers opportunities to develop.
  • This being a small but dedicated start-up team with a secured revenue stream, you’ll have the opportunity to shape a growing organization and build a rewarding long-term career.


Would you like to turn our vision „Transforming land use towards an inclusive and sustainable future for all“ into reality?

Please send your CV and motivation letter to

  • CV (not more than 5 pages)
  • Motivation letter (2 pages)
  • Expected remuneration.

Application deadline: We expect your offer before 15th May 2023

Only short-listed candidates will be invited for interviews.

*(m/f/d) is a statement for equal inclusion / diversity in Germany and means “Male / Female / Diverse”. In German:(m/w/d): we believe that diversity is a strength, and we are committed to creating a workplace that is inclusive, respectful, and welcoming to all individuals. We are proud to employ people from different backgrounds, cultures, religions, and identities. We value the unique perspectives and experiences that our diverse team brings to our organization, and we believe that it makes us stronger, more innovative, and more effective in serving our customers and communities.