Head of Community & Energy (APAC) – Environmental Services

About Our Client

Our Client have been a company with over 25 years of experience in carbon markets and climate policy along with structuring climate finance initiatives. They structure and invest in projects, provide advisory on environmental commodities, climate finance, innovative financial solutions, nature-based solutions, green bonds and development of climate policies.

We have been retained to place a role of Community & Energy Head for Asia Pacific who will partner with the Head of Asia Pacific to build their strategic approach in driving growth and expansion of their community and energy program.



  • Experience in leading or managing large, complex community and energy or conservation programs across the Asia-Pacific region for around 7 years or more
  • Strategic planning, business development, staff supervision, and performance management expertise
  • Demonstrated expertise in forestry and mangrove carbon projects
  • Excellent data-analysis capabilities
  • Master’s degree in energy, engineering, waste management, community development, environmental science, environmental engineering, natural resource management, conservation management or related fields
  • 10 years of professional experience with at least 7 years in leading renewable energy, community energy, improved cookstove, conservation, power, climate change or international development projects across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Experience in ‘building out’ a team of C&E professionals and managing performance across geographically isolated locations
  • Experience in business development and converting opportunities into contracted deals
  • Technical expertise in GHG quantification and GHG accounting in accordance with VCM methodologies
  • Proven team player able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail and experience with work-flow documentation
  • Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, team-work, and problem-solving capabilities
  • Knowledge of community, renewable and micro energy policy settings and trends across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Expertise in commercialization, negotiation, and sales of voluntary carbon units
  • Broad and deep professional networks across the Asia-Pacific region
  • Demonstrated ability to collect data, conduct analysis, interpret and communicate results for a broad audience including government and corporate partners, community leaders and conservation practitioners
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant climate and carbon science literature
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal guidance
  • Communicate effectively and in a timely manner
  • Results driven and takes ownership of tasks
  • Support growth and development of the team
  • Have a broad perspective and long-term view
  • Proficiency in an Asia-Pacific language outside English would be an advantage
  • Based within APAC


  • Work on growth and expansion strategies for the community and energy program
  • Build productive key relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders across levels, cultures, geographies
  • Drive end-to-end development, execution, sale and impact reporting within international carbon standards and to clients, communities and the Board
  • Work on current portfolio which includes cookstove programs in Timor Leste, Myanmar, Vanuatu; home and commercial biogas units in Laos and more projects
  • Ensure the development and compliance of these projects to the very highest standards of integrity
  • Identify strategic opportunities, build a business with value-aligned clients, and develop a team of outstanding professionals to execute and deliver
  • Setting the strategic pathway for growth of the APAC C&E program
  • Identifying and building solid working relationships with key partners across the AP region
  • Building and managing a team of technical professionals to develop end-to-end carbon projects
  • Overseeing the quality and integrity of all C&E projects developed and delivered by the company
  • Strong partnership development, identification of strategic opportunities and knowledge of the sector to capture these opportunities
  • Set and execute strategic plan for the Asia-Pacific region and create a high quality, high integrity pipeline and portfolio of C&E projects
  • Build, develop and strengthen strong, robust external partnerships to execute on the C&E Asia-Pacific strategy and support internal partnerships to grow connections and share technical expertise
  • Lead the development of new opportunities and thematic areas for the growth and expansion of the C&E program of work. This includes leading project origination, screening, feasibility and risk assessment of new opportunities
  • Build, manage and mentor a technical team of C&E professionals based across the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring a coordinated and fun work environment while building internal capacity and capability
  • Set budgets, work plans, and project metrics for the efficient execution of projects, including the monitoring of project against agreed metrics
  • Work with the Asia-Pacific head to set internal policy, templates, and frameworks
  • Remain current on Voluntary Carbon Market standards and methodologies, UNFCCC developments, and bringing advances into the development of the C&E project planning and design
  • Manage external partner relationships, including convening expert stakeholder input to accelerate project development
  • Represent the company in Asia-Pacific forums and events and professionally present the work of the company across the region
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the APAC team and the global C&E teams.


If You Wish To Apply Please send your CV to: roshni@potentiahr.com, virra@potentiahr.com

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