Senior Program Officer

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Tarawa, Kiribati
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
5-7 Years
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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The Senior Program Officer is responsible for developing substantive inputs and analyses to the development, delivery, and assessment of work programs and activities in Kiribati. The Senior Program Officer will plan and organize program activities across green growth planning, project development, capacity building and country specific knowledge development for effective result deliveries under biannual/annual program plans; maintaining effective program reporting and communication internally and externally with the Government of Kiribati, development partners, civil society and private sectors in line with GGGI corporate policies, standards and protocols.

The position carries out analytical work related to his/her technical expertise and provides a wide range of contributions in support of delivery of components/workstreams in the country program in Kiribati and to the broader GGGI work in the Pacific as needed.

  • Manages and implements specific projects within the context of the GGGI’s Strategic Outcomes and Kiribati Country Planning Framework , monitors budget, completes reporting, and seek strategic direction from the GGGI Kiribati Country Representative.
  • Responsible for the project models development and implementation of agriculture sector components of the Kiribati country program that align with national development priorities and can be promoted to the donor community
  • Provides technical inputs into the review and development of new agriculture polices, action plans and other strategic planning documents.
  • Analyze dynamic contexts and evolving green growth needs & priorities of the country and integrate them into design and implementation of Kiribati country program plans and activities.
  • Supports the review of existing legislative and institutional frameworks including identification of gaps, necessary changes or additional legislation(s) needed to implement the revised or new agriculture plans and policies 
  • Captures the essence and needs of the country/client on this theme and ensure optimal progress and delivery of component/outputs within the country program. Show immediate results and actions on the ground as well as ability to focus on longer term outcomes.
  • Provides inputs to refine and further develop the Pacific regional strategy
  • Develop and foster strong relationships with key government counterparts, relevant academic institutions and other key stakeholders to ensure effective delivery of program.
  • Facilitates in-depth and effective stakeholder dialogues both internally and externally to support both GGGI and Government of Kiribati works.
  • Deploy strategies to secure collaboration/garner buy-in and support from a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure local ownership of the various analytical outputs
  • Promote green growth and the GGGI methodology with the donor community and other stakeholders;
  • Advise Kiribati Country Representative with evidence based and data driven substantive inputs and analyses on program activity development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Collaborate with other country/Pacific teams, units, and divisions of GGGI on identified joint activity opportunities to ensure integrated delivery as “One GGGI”
  • Advise GGGI on opportunities for engagement in the national context, demonstrating effective adaptation of the GGGI approach;
  • Maintains close communication with the technical teams in HQ (e.g. Sustainable Landscapes) on relevant topics to ensure their participation in project delivery for quality outputs. 
  • Operationalize the Kiribati Agricultural Strategy by designing and implementing a workplan to develop the KAS Action Plan.
  • Identifies project delivery issues and ensures effective coordination of project activities and resources to ensure attainment of objectives against established timeframes.
  • Organize program activities including policy consultation and validation meetings & workshops, capacity building programs based on yearly/ biannual work programs and budget plans
  • Develop project execution modality and documents across project management cycle per country.
  • Perform data collection and analyses to build and maintain country specific knowledgebase
  • Develop result reporting of program activities and facilitate internal and external communications
  • Capture lessons learned in project management to support refinement/improvement of existing policies and procedures.
  • Understands the project cycle and ensures that deliverables are provided in a timely manner to support subsequent work and consistent with the workplan and project cycle
  • Oversees work of consultants engaged to support delivery of project outputs.          
  • Advanced academic degree in the field of engineering, agriculture and or a combination of economics, agriculture or engineering.
  • At least seven years relevant experience in policy, planning, techno-economic analysis and/or project implementation in the agriculture, food security or community development sectors in small island states.
  • Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies.
  • Experience in engaging with development partners, small private sector actors (micro and SMEs) and other stakeholders (NGOs, rural/island communities).
  • Experience in project management, policy and planning, research and analysis and project design.
  • Experience in organizing policy consultations, validation meetings, workshops, and capacity building events.
  • Experience applying participatory approaches, gender, environmental and social inclusion safeguards.
  • Experience working in Kiribati.
  • Experience working in other Pacific Island Countries or is an advantage.
  • Fluency in English and excellent report writing skills are essential.  Knowledge of Gilbertese is an advantage.
  • Leadership, teamwork, and creative problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent multi-cultural literacy and interest in being a part of an international team working in an evolving and entrepreneurial environment
  • Excellent communication (both written and oral) and facilitation skills.
  • Problem solver, able to find and implement solutions
  • Innovative thinker, able to see opportunities across different sectors/disciplines
  • Anticipate and provide necessary technical and content-based support
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values.
  • Promote the best use of public resources
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership.
  • Process and share information easily.
  • Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
  • Promote creativity and innovation among staff.
  • Be able to lead where needed and support the Country Representative to make sound decisions.
Country Program Overview

GGGI’s program in Kiribati started in 2017, with programming designed to help Kiribati address critical development challenges – particularly a constrained agriculture sector which in turn is closely linked to poor nutrition, health and food security – and achieve goals prioritized in the Kiribati 20-Year Vision 2016-2036 (KV20),the Joint Implementation Plan for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (KJIP), and NDC.  GGGI works with the Kiribati Ministry of Environment, Land and Agriculture (MELAD) to support agriculture sector planning and development for improved food security and public health outcomes and achieving green growth led by micro, small and medium size enterprises. GGGI has support MELAD to develop the Kiribati Agriculture Strategy (KAS) 2020-2030. The KAS was approved as an addendum to the KV20 by the Cabinet of Ministers in March 2020.

The KAS outlines strategic goals and project initiatives that aim to diversify and increase agriculture production, productivity, livelihoods, jobs, food security, and improve nutrition and health for the Kiribati people. To facilitate implementation of the KAS, GGGI is now developing and facilitating the adoption of a KAS Action Plan, which will identify key milestones, activities, timelines and responsibilities, as well as further develop prioritized projects.