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Job: Manager - agricultural methane, World Resources Institute, Washington DC, United States

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Advertiser's summary (via the World Resources Institute)

Methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas, traditionally has been overlooked. But that is changing. At COP26 in Glasgow, the United States and the European Union launched the “Global Methane Pledge” to cut methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 relative to 2020 levels. While this is a very positive development, much of the attention to date has focused on achieving methane reductions in the oil and gas sector. Considerably less attention has been given to methane reductions from the agricultural sector. Yet agricultural production (e.g., cattle, dairy, rice) accounts for ~46% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, and emissions from organic material in landfills (much of which is food waste) contributes another 18%. We seek to change that lack of attention. Supporting those countries which made a Global Methane Pledge, WRI and partners will bridge solutions and policy to scale adoption of technologies and practices that would reduce methane from the food and agricultural system.

This position will lead WRI’s research efforts on agriculture methane reduction, providing the science and policy foundations for the four pillars of our strategy:

  1. Assess the technology/practice solutions (the “what”): Per source of food and agriculture-related methane emissions, this position will lead research to identify the suite of technologies and practices that could reduce emissions. For each of these technologies and practices, we will quantify the potential scale of emission reductions, assess barriers to adoption, estimate financial paybacks/ROI, and identify which are relevant for which country. For each technology and practice, we also will determine which “need more research and development (R&D)” and which “are ready for greater deployment”. This analysis would be global in scope but with national relevance.
  2. Make the case (the “why”): This position will lead on providing the foundations for making the case to governments, companies, and farmer organizations that reducing agriculture methane emissions is critical for achieving the Paris Agreement, improving food security and productivity, and enabling long-term agriculture sector competitiveness. Importantly, we will show that solutions exist—dispelling the view that “reducing agriculture methane is difficult” and to increase government commitment to tackling methane emissions from food and agricultural systems.
  3. Identify policies/incentives that drive adoption (the “how”): This position will lead on research to identify the set of policies and incentives (e.g., financial, regulatory, market) needed to drive adoption of the solutions. For those solutions that need more R&D, we will identify the policies, funding, and incentives that could stimulate the research and development required to get each technology and practice across the threshold of mainstream viability. For those existing solutions that require scaling, we will identify the policies and incentives that could trigger greater market penetration among farmers, ranchers, companies, and other relevant actors.
  4. Drive action in selected countries (the “where”): This position will support WRI offices in selected countries to apply the results of the above in a handful of countries that have committed to the Global Methane Pledge.

Read more here. No closing date is specified; this advert will remain on the TABLE website until 25 June 2022.