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About Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G)
A rapid, large-scale transition is needed if global economic growth is to continue while simultaneously building resilient and sustainable societies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt societies to climate change and promote a sustainable use of resources. This transition has the potential to unlock new growth engines and spur global economic growth. Since 2011 when Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) was initiated, the world has changed. Green growth has become a key concern for leading businesses, investors and key public institutions. A global framework has been established through the signing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Financing Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015 and the conclusion of the landmark Climate Agreement in Paris in 2015.
Multi sector partnership approaches have been increasingly recognized as the key vehicles for change. In response to these changes, governments of Chile, Denmark, Ethiopia, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, and Vietnam together with private business and international organizations have developed a new and ambitious international initiative “Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 – P4G” that was launched at an event in New York on 20th September 2017 to take effect on 01 January 2018. The initiative will be co-led by partners – governments, private business and international organizations. National platforms in partner countries will be anchoring national interventions and implementation while an International P4G Coordination Hub will be servicing the new initiative. The Hub will be independent but legally placed in World Resources Institute in close collaboration with New Climate Economy.
Breakthrough partnerships involving public and private sector actors constitute the heart of the P4G. P4G will facilitate and help develop public-private partnerships that contribute significantly to delivery of the 2030 Global Goals in key partner countries and with key partners by overcoming known barriers for green growth, demonstrating new solutions and facilitating the dissemination of solutions with the goal of scaling these solutions globally. P4G will also promote and influence the green growth agenda by rallying leaders from governments, cities, businesses, academia and civil society. High-level biennial Summits and cutting-edge knowledge produced by the P4G are essential means for bringing these partnerships to life and to scale.
In this two-year position (with a possible extension), you will lead the P4G effort on behalf of its partners. You will be accountable to the P4G board for overall program delivery and will hire and oversee the program staff for the initiative. You will be employed by WRI, working with a senior oversight committee, and included in our performance management review system.
As an experienced manager and strategic thinker with special expertise in diplomacy, stakeholder management and on the role of public / private partnerships in green growth, you will excel in this position. You will be well versed in the challenges and opportunities for progress on the 2030 Global Goals and have a strong background in forming diverse international coalitions and networks to promote progress. You will also have experience in engaging with high-level stakeholders at the international and country levels, developing networks and collaborations, monitoring program impact and managing a diverse team.
You will be coming in at the foundational phase of the P4G and play an important leadership and strategic role in developing this exciting new initiative and expanding its reach and impact over time. Your main areas of responsibility will include the following:
Strategy, Oversight and Program Management (60% of time required)
- Lead on P4G strategy development and execution, with guidance from the Board of Directors
- Support the Chair and board with meeting management, proposed agenda, materials, minutes and action tracking
- Oversee the work of the International Coordination Hub and all staff to ensure overall program delivery for P4G
- Proactively manage changes in objective scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans
- Identify potential gaps in personnel or expertise and develop plans to fill them, including inputting into hiring decisions and overseeing procurement of services
- Monitor and help evaluate program performance
- Manage the budget and monitoring/ auditing of the P4G Hub’s financial performance, report on performance highlighting risks and gaps and propose corrective actions
Stakeholder Engagement (15% of time required)
- Build relationships with a diverse network of relevant public and private sector actors to maintain a strong network for the program
- Ensure effective communications and outreach to keep stakeholders (e.g. partner organizations, key partner countries, board members) are informed and engaged and that their input is actively sought and considered in the work of P4G
- Develop and lead outreach/funding presentations to potential funding partners
- Develop, and manage others to develop, presentations for internal and external audiences
Partnership Support (15% of time required)
- Leverage new and maintain existing relationships with partners (governments, corporations, academia, international organizations etc.)
- Organize and oversee P4G partnership facilitation work supporting incubation and scaling of public-private partnerships
- Organize and oversee P4Gs administration of the Financial Support Mechanism for P4G partnerships
Knowledge: (10% of time required)
- Identify knowledge and programming gaps where P4G can produce changes in society consistent with its mission
- Provide expert insight in the review of key knowledge products
- Serve as a resource for information and expertise on the 2030 goals and on public / private partnerships
- Represent P4G in relevant external fora and events
- Ensure key knowledge and lessons learnt from P4G partnerships are fed into the production of the WRI-led biennial report on the State of Art on Green Growth report
- Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in Public Policy, Business, or a related field.
- Minimum 15 years of full-time work experience in relevant field, with at least 10 years’ experience in team management
- Demonstrated ability to steward relationships with high-level stakeholders from the public and private sectors
- Evidence of strong leadership skills
- Track record of effective supervision and mentorship of expert staff
- Excellent communications and diplomatic skills
- Strong track record of collaborating at the national and international levels
- Strategic and organized thinker who can juggle multiple, competing priorities
- Demonstrated ability to build strong professional relationships with wide network of relevant public and private sector actors
- Ability to travel extensively as needed
- Experience with the setup, launch and running of new international initiatives
- Proficiency in English is a must and other languages is a plus
- Experience with the setup, launch and running of new international initiatives
- Openminded, engaged and innovative
- Experience in working in multi-cultural setting
How to Apply
Qualified applicants must apply online at careers.wri.org to be considered. Applications must be submitted by 30 September 2017.
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