GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
The Investment and Policy Solutions Division (IPSD), based at GGGI’s Seoul headquarters works with programs in countries and on (global) projects, by:
- Providing technical and financial know-how through advice to country programs in the areas of energy, green cities, land-use, and water
- Working with the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I) on the development of service offerings (in GGGI’s four thematic areas mentioned above) and related methodologies (delivery approaches)
- Converting experience gained through country activities and engagement in international networks into elements of South-South cooperation programs, sub-regional knowledge sharing programs and national level capacity building activities
- Developing global level tools such as the Green Growth Potential Assessment methodology and flagship products (such as the planned Green Growth Performance Measurement Tool)
- Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication materials
- Managing GGGI’s involvement in knowledge management networks such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform or other international platforms as appropriate
In addition to the four thematic areas of water, green cities, energy, and land-use, GGGI’s global portfolio includes programs and projects focused on multi-sectoral issues, such as national-level green growth planning and adaptation/mitigation planning. In this regard, GGGI recognizes that the need for developing and applying state-of-art tools and methodologies, especially those that can better inform countries on “why” green growth can positively contribute to development as well as “how” green growth interventions can be systematically designed and implemented.
IPSD is looking for a program manager to head its green growth methodology team. The principal task of this team is to create and apply new methodologies to assess green growth performance as well as to apply the various existing tools in individual countries. The advertised position requires a high technical qualification as well as proven managerial skills. Some of the existing initiatives which the candidate shall be responsible for include:
- Green Growth Potential Assessment (GGPA): The GGPA is an assessment tool that examines a country’s performance in key green growth areas. The aim is to identify areas of underperformance and to transform them into opportunities for high-impact green growth interventions. Based on a critical analysis of country indicator datasets at a macro-level, the GGPA determines the appropriate entry points for green growth interventions. Using a broad range of indicators is aimed to ensure that the identification of green growth issues and agenda setting is based on a systematic, objective, and participatory approach.
- Green Growth Performance Measurement Tool (GGPM): GGGI is currently developing a methodology for effectively capturing green growth trends on a national level. The methodology is at a very early development stage. The final aim is to enhance evidence-driven approaches to measure green growth performance among policymakers and other stakeholders.
Beyond the technical qualifications, managerial experience is crucial for the position. The program manager will be heading a small team that provides the crucial task of assessing countries in order to identify priorities for a broader engagement by GGGI. Due to the cross-sectoral nature of the work, the program manager will also be required to work and co-ordinate closely with the thematic teams (water, green cities, energy, and land-use) within IPSD.
The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a new international organization committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Headquartered in Seoul, GGGI was established by treaty in June 2012 at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference by an initial group of eighteen nations who share the organization’s vision. To date, there are a total of 26 Member Countries who joined the organization.
The individual shall perform the duty of the program manager for green growth methodology team. The principal task of this team is to create and update methodologies to assess green growth performance as well as to apply the various existing tools in individual countries. The program manager is expected to lead this team with high technical qualification as well as proven managerial skills. The successful candidate shall also be expected to contribute to the expansion of GGGI’s international role and presence by presenting its outputs at international events, building relationships with other organizations, and participating in joint partnerships/initiatives. Finally, the program manager shall also participate in the development of a partnership with private sectors to ensure environmentally sustainable and inclusive practices and catalyze investment for sustainable green energy development.
The individual shall lead all relevant projects and activities on concerning methodology and tools for country assessments across GGGI country operations, subject to the guidance of IPSD’s sector leads. Among others, the program manager will engage with in-house and external experts/organizations to lead the development and expand the application of the methodological tools and to translate them into innovative service offerings and in-country initiatives.
The general roles and responsibilities of the Program Manager include:
- Lead GGGI’s green growth methodology team in developing new methodologies to assess green growth performance as well as in applying the various existing tools in individual countries
- Lead Green Growth Potential Assessments in countries to identify specific recommendations for individual sectors that will serve as entry points for a broader engagement by GGGI
- Lead and supervise the development of the Green Growth Performance Measurement Tool (GGPM) through a collaborative process
- Lead the development and dissemination of flagship/core knowledge products concerning GGGI methodologies and assessment tools, including the implementation of rigorous quality control measures such as third-party peer review, to ensure the products’ broad acceptance and utilization.
- Lead the provision of relevant on-demand analytical support to in-country activities
- Lead the team’s data gathering, background research, and analysis on methodological questions and relevant sectors as needed
- Support the synthesis, codification, and dissemination of experiences gained through country activities and engagement in international networks into elements of South-South cooperation programs, sub-regional knowledge sharing programs, and national level capacity building activities
- Facilitate effective communication and cooperation across thematic areas and with country teams to enhance GGGI’s delivery
GGGI needs a person who can bring more than knowledge and passion to the role: someone who has the grit and resilience to do this work, someone who is proactive, dynamic, and able to work together with minimal supervision. The successful candidate is a skillful team member with an ability to interact within and beyond GGGI, a thoughtful communicator, a deep thinker, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in this kind of diverse, global landscape. The individual should be:
- Able and have a proven track record of coordinating and leading a team in a dynamic work environment
- Able to effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication
- Able to handle multiple projects in parallel and prioritize between multiple tasks and projects
- An experienced program manager, including budget planning
- Have the capacity and willingness to develop a longer-term strategic vision for the team, beyond the existing project assignments
- Able to handle complex multi-stakeholder relationships
- Keen on maintaining a high degree of professional integrity
- Be willing to travel internationally and curious about new environments and new countries
- Able to work effectively with other teams with a high degree of cultural/professional diversity
- Ready to anticipate and provide necessary input to the division head as well as other teams that require support on specific methodological questions
- Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in econometrics, development economics, statistics, climate change, engineering, environmental science, international development, law and policy, or other disciplines related to sustainable, development, environmental management, or green growth. A background in econometrics is strongly preferred.
- Work Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience with an emphasis on developing and applying methodologies for quantitative analysis – especially projects involving indicators and indices – and conducting comparative country assessments
- Strong background in econometrics, data and statistical analysis, research, and application of quantitative/qualitative assessments
- Relevant experience in research projects with a strong quantitative component in sectors relevant to green growth and sustainable development, such as water, energy, and land-use, urban development and transport, as well as a strong understanding of policy and regulatory frameworks in developing and emerging countries
- Proven track record of successfully leading multi-cultural teams in an international environment is a must, especially in developing countries with close interaction with government and non-government stakeholders
- Understanding of financing mechanisms for development projects and experience in market assessments and cost/benefit analysis are a plus.
- Experience in implementing development projects by delivering agreed outputs on time and managing relationship with stakeholders is a must.
- Experience in developing countries context, preferably on policy consultation and project development, is a plus.
- Excellent analytical skills, critical thinking ability, and data mining skills
- Superb writing, editing, and proofreading skills in English are a must. Knowledge of other relevant languages is an asset.
- Proven track record of publishing peer-reviewed articles, academic journals, and reports (preferred)