Sector Lead (Water)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Seoul, , KR

INTRODUCTION

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 total of 26 Member Countries who joined the organization.

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 main focus areas) 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 Readiness Potential Assessment methodology and flagship products (such as the planned Green Growth Index);
  • Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication material;
  • Managing GGGI’s involvement in knowledge management networks such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform or other international platforms as appropriate.

The Division expects to expand capacity and an intellectual base by hiring a point person for Water to lead and advise the development of its work in water policy and water management.

The Sector Lead (Water) shall oversee the development and execution of all water engagements at the country, regional, and global levels. The individual is responsible for, among others, (a) strategic management of GGGI’s portfolio of water projects, (b) directing the development and dissemination of flagship/core knowledge products, (c) directing the development and content of knowledge sharing and capacity development engagements, and (d) expanding and strengthening the institute’s knowledge network and international presence. 

 

Purpose

The Sector Lead is responsible for overseeing the development and execution of all water engagements at the country, regional, and global levels. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Strategic management of GGGI’s engagements in the water theme by leading their effective integration with country programs at the divisional level, leading the delivery of policy advice to GGGI client countries, ensuring the relevance and continuity of the thematic portfolio, and establishing a process for the systematic uptake and sharing of salient knowledge.
  • Directing the development and dissemination of flagship/core knowledge products that significantly enhance the quality and relevance of country delivery and build GGGI’s thought leadership in the water theme.
  • Directing the development and content of knowledge sharing and capacity development engagements in line with country needs and corporate goals, and through effectively utilizing forums of GGGI membership such as the Green Growth Knowledge Platform and the Inclusive Green Growth Partnership.
  • Expanding and strengthening the institute’s international relevance through strategic engagement of external stakeholders/partners, with the aim of (among others) securing GGGI’s active participation in major inter-organizational and regional forums and promoting the organization’s work.

Engagement

Strategic Management of Thematic Programs

  • Lead Effective Integration with Country Programs
    • Oversee the planning and delivery of thematic interventions in countries through close coordination with GGPI’s Head of Programs.
    • Identify opportunities for initiating, expanding, and/or scaling thematic interventions along the value chain.
    • Direct the constructive utilization and development of special initiatives (such as the Green Growth Index).
  • Ensure the Relevance and Continuity of Thematic Portfolio
    • Guide and refine the formulation and/or revision GGGI’s thematic strategies.
    • Provide policy support and subject matter expertise to GGGI client countries via country programs
    • Align the thematic portfolio periodically and through consultation to reflect corporate objectives, country demands, and major international trends
    • Manage the various sub-thematic activities in his/her portfolio, such as the addition of novel initiatives and phasing out of outdated ones.
  • Establish a Process for the Systematic Utilization and Sharing of Thematic Knowledge
    • Strengthen the division’s role as a solutions provider by developing and operationalizing a systematic process for thematic knowledge uptake.

Directing the Development of Strategic Initiatives

  • Demonstrate GGGI’s thought leadership through overall management of flagship/core knowledge product(s) development.
  • Supervise the development, utilization and promotion of flagship initiatives by working closely with KSD and GGPI, Management, and other relevant teams.
  • Assess the efficacy of flagship/core and other knowledge products, following up with a revised strategy, action plan, or proposal (as needed). 

Expanding and Strengthening GGGI’s International Presence

  • Solidify GGGI’s thematic niche and identify GGGI comparative advantage by building a collaborative network with external partners, actively participating in joint thematic initiatives, and/or preparing a long-term engagement strategy.

Delivery

Thematic Portfolio Management

  • Identifying and refining a niche for GGGI value-add in the area of water policy and water management, centered on water pricing, water tariffs, incentives, and economic methods of water resource management
  • Build the work program by defining and refining GGGI service offerings in the Water sector
  • Providing policy advice to GGGI client countries and/or relevant counterparts on water management – particularly, water tariffs and water pricing
  • Providing technical know-how through advice to country programs on water management
  • Developing standardized methods and analyses where possible
  • Keeping Management up to date on the latest developments in the water theme
  • Advising and guiding the development of knowledge briefs/working papers, case studies/best practices and other relevant material as appropriate
  • Contributing to substantive papers such as working papers, policy notes, country case studies, and analytical briefs on a wide range of issues related to the pricing and management of water resources
  • Conducting expert review on projects and reviewing long-term strategies in the water theme
  • Providing ideas and guidance to country programs, help build tools and products with a view to replicability, policy/investment analysis, financing advisory and capacity development
  • Working with the Green Growth Planning and Implementation Division (GGP&I) and the Green Investment Services department on the development of service offerings for water, and associated “delivery” methods (i.e. “how” GGGI will engage/what GGGI will do)
  • Collaborate closely with other teams in analytical work and assist in building strong relationships with internal and external partners
  • Guide and develop South-South cooperation where appropriate and design, prepare and disseminate analytical work and knowledge dissemination activities
  • Identify critical knowledge gaps and recommend activities to address these
  • Assist country teams on projects and analytic activities, paying particular attention to the economic aspects of the work
  • Participating in internal and external events such as seminars, training sessions, and international conferences
  • Understand GGGI project cycles and oversee all projects in the thematic portfolio with respect to their design, execution, and closure.
  • Ensure the application of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures for all projects in the thematic portfolio.
  • Monitor the performance of projects both programmatically and financially to ensure efficient and timely delivery of results.
  • Identify actions to be implemented to address non-performance, together with thematic experts under supervision.
  • Establish effective means of communication and cooperation across thematic areas and with country teams to enhance GGGI’s delivery.

* This person is expected to be the go-to person for all issues related to water policy.

Financial and Human Resources Management

  • Manage financial and human resources under the thematic portfolio.
  • Provide results based planning and performance tracking.
  • Provide clear direction and monitor the performance of all thematic experts based on WPB and logical frameworks.
  • Ensure integrity and accountability of human resources, financial resources, administration, finance, IT, procurement, and security.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring to staff within his/her area of responsibility.
  • Develop short term as well as long term perspectives on staffing issues, including succession planning (where relevant), career development, and overall staff capacity development.

Communication

  • Contributing to the preparation of corporate communication material
  • Engaging in interviews with journalists and media persons as needed.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Economics with at least 15 years of relevant work experience. 
  • Recognizing the role of water as natural resource, public good and a private commodity the candidate will have a demonstrated track record of working on both infrastructure economics and natural resource economics. Specific expertise in the Economics of Water is highly desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills in data analysis, data management and econometrics.
  • Demonstrated experience with water economics policy advice.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills in English. 
  • An ability to function well in a multi-cultural environment, and work in teams. 
  • Expertise with econometric software such as STATA or other statistical packages and MS Office programs, including Excel, is essential.
  • Proven track record of intellectual leadership and ability to integrate analytical work with operational expertise to formulate policy advice;

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED