The position is under the Green Growth Planning and Implementation (GGP&I) Division of GGGI. GGP&I carries out the hands-on, in-country work of GGGI. Macro-economic and sectoral analyses are carried out to identify green growth opportunities in a given country as well as establish trust with government counterparts and other partners in-country. Next, based on the analysis, GGP&I offers a comprehensive set of services from national to sectoral planning, strategy development, technical analysis and assessment to project planning, design, identification of financing and implementation. The approach is both flexible and tailored to local needs. We are able to work at national, state, and city levels to develop strategies and convert them into implementable actions that reconcile short-term development needs with long-term vision.
The position will be based in South Tarawa, Kiribati with an initial period of 1-3 months based in the GGGI Office within the Ministry of Economy, Department of Strategic Planning in Suva, Fiji. The Country Program Officer will work under the supervision of the Country Representative for Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati who is based in Fiji. GGGI requires the Country Program Officer to provide support mainly to the Kiribati GGGI operations but also to Vanuatu and Fiji where required. The role would support the preparation and monitoring of the annual program budget and work plans, manage and provide technical inputs into specific work outputs, including development of economic analysis, policy and planning papers, project proposals and sourcing project financing and support all aspects related to the delivery of GGGI services to Kiribati in accordance with the annual work plan.
The Officer applies subject specialized conceptual and practical knowledge in support of project/component delivery. The Officer, under close supervision of the Country Representative, provides day to day technical support internally as well as to relevant government counterparts in the context of the ‘hybrid team’. 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.
- Implement a specific part of a project, monitor budget, and seek strategic direction from Country representative
- Assist in development of the Country Planning Framework for Kiribati
- Compile through research case studies and other illustrative materials which give practical guidance to project development
- Support the development and implementation of multiple components and workstreams within the country program and provide technical input to deliver a portfolio of services under the guidance of a supervisor
- Acquire information/knowledge by participating in the assessment of program needs and resources to assist in programme design, development and implementation
- Engage in stakeholder mapping and analysis and support facilitation of discussion between investors, government and various stakeholders.
- Apply sufficient technical skills to acquire relevant information/knowledge from a variety of sources which are often difficult to access, in support of delivery of a good quality output.
- Understand project methodologies and able to provide a wide range of contributions in support of delivery of components/workstreams in the country program.
- The position understands the project cycle and is able to organize his/her analytical work to ensure that deliverables are provided in a timely manner to support subsequent work and consistent with the workplan and project cycle.
- Assesses delivery issues and works with national counterparts to build common understanding and coordination on project activities.
- Advanced academic degree in the field of engineering, science or economics and/or a combination of engineering, science and economics or finance.
- Experience in day-to-day engagement with Government ministries and agencies
- Experience in engaging with other stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, communities)
- Experience of requirements and procedures of international financing institutions, bilateral donors/organizations or multilateral organizations.
- Experience in project cycle management
- At least five years relevant experience in policy, planning, techno-economic analysis or engineering
- Experience applying participatory approaches, gender, environmental and social inclusion safeguards.
- Experience working in the Pacific Micronesian States. Experience in Kiribati is an advantage.
- Experience in the energy, water or community development sectors in small islands.
- Experience in design, preparation and/or implementation of small-scale income-generating activities for islands is an advantage
- Overall understanding of the concept of green growth and climate change vulnerability in the context of small island countries
- Fluency in English and excellent report writing skills are essential
- Leadership, team work and creative problem solving abilities
- Ability to work independently while following agreed work plans and instructions
- 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.