Lead (Mexico Program)

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

, , MX

The position of Lead is key for the successful delivery, development and growth of the Mexico program. It is a high‑level position within a small and dynamic team in charge of delivering an ambitious program, in which the chosen candidate will support the Country Representative in defining projects, developing content and ensuring results are delivered through a mix of hands‑on work and supervision. Supporting the sustainability and growth of the program will be an important function for this position, for which frequent engagement with key stakeholders and capacity for resource mobilization will be key.

The Mexico country program has three main ongoing projects, in all of which the consultant is expected to significantly contribute, with at least one of them from an area of technical expertise:

1)       Subnational Green Growth Planning: This project supports the development and implementation of Green Growth Strategies for subnational governments. It entails substantial amount of research, development of methodologies, analyses and development of recommendations. Significant engagement with government officials and partners require soft skills for effective engagements.

2)       Sustainable transport: Through this project GGGI supports the development of interventions to drive green growth through public transport interventions. There are two important workstreams within this project: a) facilitating the introduction of soot‑free and electric buses; and b) supporting the development of integrated transport systems. Delivery of these workstreams require keeping up to date with public transport trends including bus technology, economics of transport systems, information technology integration and other aspects of city planning, GHG and pollutants mitigation, social inclusion and public health relevant for sustainable transport.

3)       Knowledge exchange: Through GGGI’s MexicoRegional Hub for Knowledge Exchange, the country office supports knowledge exchange between countries of the region in support of SEMARNAT and AMEXCID. Developing effective knowledge exchange opportunities require knowledge and creativity for matching of needs and solutions.

POSITION SUMMARY

The position of Lead is key for the successful delivery, development and growth of the Mexico program. It is a high‑level position within a small and dynamic team in charge of delivering an ambitious program, in which the chosen candidate will support the Country Representative in defining projects, developing content and ensuring results are delivered through a mix of hands‑on work and supervision. Supporting the sustainability and growth of the program will be an important function for this position, for which frequent engagement with key stakeholders and capacity for resource mobilization will be key.

PURPOSE

The chosen candidate will :

  • Lead the development and implementation of multiple components and workstreams within the Mexico country program, and adapt and apply technical knowledge to deliver project and policy guidance;
  • Keep abreast on technical knowledge and expertise in a diverse range of themes to ensure continued relevance of GGGI, this includes: green growth, climate change, energy, cities, transportation, land‑use, among others;
  • Maintain close communication with the technical divisions in HQ on relevant topics to ensure their participation in program delivery for quality outputs;
  • Identify resource mobilization opportunities and write funding proposals.
  • Have in-depth knowledge of policy development frameworks, institutional landscape, public management and financing structures at the national and sub‑national levels.

ENGAGEMENT

The successful delivery of the program requires building and leveraging partnerships both internal and external to GGGI. Thus the consultant will be a proactive and independent individual that will seek to understand and leverage resources available within the organization and be able to identify sources of external expertise to complement them. The consultant will help to build rapport relevant for the delivery and growth of the program.

To support engagement functions, the chosen candidate will:

  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with counterparts to develop work programs and define a framework for collaboration on green growth across GGGI´s service offering;
  • Facilitate in‑depth and effective stakeholder dialogues internally and externally to support each ‘hybrid’ team and carry consultations on multi-disciplinary issues relevant to the work streams;
  • Developing and fostering strong relationships with key government institutions, relevant academic institutions and/or private sector as key stakeholders of the component(s)/work stream(s);
  • 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;
  • Work closely with sub-national government partners in implementing the Mexico program, recognizing the importance of government buy-in and ownership in the implementation of all activities under the collaborative and integrated country program.

DELIVERY

The Lead position is responsible for leading several components within the country program, managing a small group of staff and external consultants/firms who are supporting output delivery. S/he is a recognized lead advisor/focal point and provides day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally. Maintaining the country program requires managing several processes which requires responding promptly to emerging requirements and supporting the administrative tasks of the office. The Lead must be flexible, independent and collaborative to fit in a horizontal office culture where everyone is responsible and committed to the delivery of the country program.

The chosen candidate will:

  • Ensure coordination with operations for prompt support services for timely provision for delivery;
  • Provide clear and timely reporting on project delivery to Country Representative and GGGI HQ;
  • Independently organize component(s)/work stream(s) delivery;
  • Oversee the planning and reporting of work-stream implementation, including resources and timeframes relevant to the work-stream as per approved on an annual basis;
  • Provide effective and efficient management and ability to adapt project cycles in anticipation of multiple challenges and bottlenecks in service delivery.

REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must hold exemplary and relevant academic and professional credentials and experience. The candidate will have at least 10 years relevant experience in one or more professional disciplines with a Masters degree, or equivalent combination of relevant education. Key experience and capabilities will include:

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A master’s/doctorate degree or comparable advanced degree in engineering, economics, sustainability, public policy or a related discipline;
  • Familiarity and understanding of green growth issues, trade-offs, benefits, evaluation tools and linkages with poverty reduction and development outcomes;
  • Deep knowledge of either public transport systems, air quality management, energy systems or climate change policy and finance, as well as some literacy in all those topics;
  • Demonstrated experience in working with public sector actors in capacity building, training and policy development;
  • Project delivery experience, including managing the delivery of results on time and on budget;
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, and consensus building skills;
  • Candidate must be fully bilingual in Spanish and English.

FUNCTIONAL

  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative skills, alongside strong synthesis and reporting writing skills;
  • Team work 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;
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and communication skills;
  • Experience working with developing countries within the sustainability and/or climate change sector.

CORPORATE

  • Understand and actively supports GGGI’s mission, vision and values;
  • Promote an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership;
  • Process and share information easily and excellent at problem solving;
  • Manage emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily;
  • Promote creativity and innovation among staff.

POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED