Project Lead: Environmental Resilience

World Economic Forum (WEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Why we are recruiting

The Centre for Global Public Goods acts as a systems leader and platform curator on environment and natural resource security, the future of food, development finance and sustainable development, including helping to organize the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit. The centre seeks to bring innovation and frontier approaches to help the international system be more agile and equipped to respond to today’s challenges.

The Centre for Global Public Goods is collaborating with the Government of the United Kingdom as a Co-Lead of the Resilience thematic for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit that will take place in September 2019 in New York.  Within this UK-Forum collaboration, the Environmental Resilience Project Lead will shape and manage one of the work streams (Resilient Food and Environment Systems) to ensure the delivery of high-impact outcomes for the UN Climate Summit and beyond.  A critical addition to a small team, the Project Lead will interact extensively across internal and external networks to advance this work.

This project will run from April 2019 through March 2020.  The UN Climate Summit will serve as a key milestone and review point for the work and global resilience action agenda.

Reporting lines and interactions

The position will be in New York within the Centre for Global Public Goods.  The Line Manager for the Project Lead will be the Head of Water and Environmental Resilience.  However, given the close collaboration across teams on this work, the Project Lead will also report functionally to the Head of the New Vision for Agriculture Initiative.  Both are based in New York. Internally, this person will work very closely with colleagues throughout the Centre as well as with colleagues across the organisation for example Regional teams, Industry & Business Engagement, Legal, and other project teams at the Forum.  Expected external interactions include community partners from industry (in particular from the consumer goods, insurance), civil society, multilateral development banks, and government.

Breakdown of main responsibilities

  • Contribute to shaping the Resilient Food and Environment Systems work stream, including project management of the work stream, stakeholder engagement and management, information sharing, communication (internal and external), and events.
  • Work with internal colleagues to engage Forum Partners and Constituents into the work stream, including building a group of Champions
  • Work across the team and wider Centre to support colleagues to ensure deliverables in September 2019.

The successful candidate will be assessed on the ability to:

  • Shape, manage, and deliver the project, building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders, keeping timelines and tracking actions needed to achieve project milestones and objectives.  Attention to detail and ability to synthesize large amounts of information is important.  Envisioned breakdown of time is:
  • 70%: Shape and execute the Resilient Food and Environment Systems, including building a community of champions
  • 30%: Grant management and donor relations
  • Plan, manage and deliver top quality events and logistics relevant to the work stream – both internal Forum events, as well as external workshops and Partner meetings.
  • Successfully communicate with and engage internal and external stakeholders into the work stream
  • Support internal and external communications needs by maintaining up-to-date project documents, and other externally facing content as needed.
  • Strengthen relations with UK Government including meeting all grant agreement and  reporting requirements

Preferred requirements and experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, international relations, environmental management, development finance or a related field, with 5-10 years of work experience in project management in a global company or international organization. 
  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field is an asset.
  • Experience of engaging with the private sector.
  • Track record of strong event management
  • Experience grant administration is an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment and build and manage trust-based relationships with senior level stakeholders
  • Flexible, committed, mature team player and self-starter who enjoys and has a successful track record working in a fast-paced and at times ambiguous environment, and can manage multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Professional demeanor and ability to liaise with business leaders and leading issue experts in academia, international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as with representatives from grassroots organizations
  • Capacity to apply critical thinking, consult broadly, develop strategies, work collaboratively in a team and manage both long- and short-term objectives
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office and experience working across a range of digital platforms and tools; experience working with Salesforce
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluency in spoken and written English; additional languages would be an asset
  • Passionate and committed, with a demonstrated interest in environment/sustainability issues, technology and innovation