Regional Associate (Colombia Country Program; Antioquia)

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The position will be responsible for providing technical advice to relevant sub-national counterparts focused on the Department of Antioquia identified with Green Growth opportunities, structuring of projects and enhanced management of financial resources that can support such opportunities. This support should materialize in increased local capacity for public management and project structuring towards Green Growth objectives.  The position will offer technical assistance in Antioquia, coordinate new initiatives and partnerships with the private sector, academic institutions among others and liaison with national-level policies, investments and initiatives that have local impact.

PURPOSE 

  • Provide technical advice and understanding to local stakeholders in identifying the Green Growth opportunities and their materialization into bankable projects.
  • Support territorial entities in identifying and improving the processes that are fundamental in resolving the management bottlenecks, particularly to advance the Green Growth agendas and objectives.
  • Support territorial entities in the implementation of their development plans by identifying concrete opportunities of Green Growth and create conditions to make them feasible within reasonable time periods.
  • Support territorial entities in the design and implementation of monitoring systems for public and territorial policies, including their development plans and projects that aim at the Green Growth objectives.
  • Support territorial entities in other areas of management, establishment of working strategy with the territories to improve or strengthen their management in matters of planning and financial management that can lead to concrete Green Growth objectives.
  • Identify, develop and maintain relationships with counterparts and define a framework for collaboration in the green growth with local stakeholders. 

ENGAGEMENT 

  • Be known as a key regional technical expert for Green Growth in the Department of Antioquia and focal point responsible for the agenda defined between GGGI and the main department-level counterpart.
  • Be up-to-date and provide in-depth knowledge of the policy development framework, institutional landscape, public management and financing structures in the Department of Antioquia and political environment. 
  • Guide and support local administration officials to effectively engage with local counterparts, produce high-quality deliverables, coordinate technical efforts and deliver outputs in a timely manner.
  •  Work closely with the Department of Antioquia’s government officials in implementing the above stated while recognizing the importance of the government investment and ownership in the implementation of all activities under the collaborative and integrated country program.

DELIVERY 

  • Advise GGGI´s Regional Lead on the possible scope of work and critical route for the establishment of sub-national level partnerships that will enable fulfillment of the joint agenda.
  • Provide technical advisory for identification, development and consolidation of department-level work-streams and align policy and investment outcomes while seeking integration with national NDC and SDG targets. 
  • Support identification and engagement of government and partners with whom GGGI can collaborate in the delivery of set targets and scope of work at the subnational level.  
  • Support development and supervision of outsourcing work needed to carry out activities defined within the regional work-streams. 
  • Organize relevant workshops, consultations and focal group discussions with key department-level stakeholders to ensure alignment of GGGI´s service with client needs.  

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Higher education degree with at least 5 years of relevant experience in public administration, public management or economic development roles with a strong background in public investment, planning and implementation of development plans as well as budgets within the public sector, particularly in the Department of Antioquia.
  • Familiarity and understanding the green growth issues, trade-offs, benefits, evaluation tools, poverty reduction and development. 
  • Demonstrated experience in at least one of GGGI’s areas of expertise, such as sustainable energy, land use and REDD+, sustainable cities or water. 
  • Relevant experience in supporting government entities in the Department of Antioquia as well as development and green growth-related topics. 
  • A solid track record of policy and/or project formulation in the field of development and public management.

FUNCTIONAL 

  • Capacity to provide technical guidance towards strategic targets, work plans and high-quality deliverables. 
  • Ability to provide sound and appropriate technical advice, understanding the counterparts´ needs, limitations and capacities. 
  •  Ability to manage various types of stakeholders with strong communication skills. 
  •  Excellent ability to multi-task and prioritize under stressful circumstances.
  • Versatile, personable and flexible when facing complex projects, continuously changing new people and political support to the project. 
  • Attention to detail, quality control and superb organizational abilities. 

CORPORATE 

  • Problem solver, self-motivated and driven by results.
  • Proven track record of taking initiative independently with minimal supervision and strong delivery capacity.
  • Strong capacity, desire for teamwork and collaboration.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and diverse team is preferred.
  • An excellent command of written and spoken English is desirable.

DETAILS OF THE GGGI COLOMBIA PROGRAM

GGGI has been working with the Government of Colombia to advance green growth policies and green investments through strategic partnerships such as the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and National Planning Department. In a new phase of collaboration with Government agencies at the national and sub-national level, GGGI is initiating an expansion of its Colombia Country program mainly to support the transition towards a greener growth pathway that is socially inclusive and contributes to Colombia’s medium-term development agenda. The expected impact of this collaboration, after five years of support, is an increased capacity to mainstream green growth objectives into development planning and investments in priority sectors and regions that are critical for Colombia’s future green growth, particularly in areas that are highly susceptible to increased natural resource degradation and forest cover loss.

 To effectively achieve this impact, the program will adopt a multi-pronged approach with two main outcomes: The first one focuses on further strengthening the policy framework at the national level, promoting an enabling environment for green growth investments and instruments for transitioning towards greener growth in Colombia in the long-run, while ensuring coordinated efforts with the peace building agenda and sub-national level priorities. The second outcome focuses on increasing investments in high value projects key for promoting green growth through more efficient use of natural resources and natural capital protection, particularly in forested areas. In particular, this outcome focuses on supporting the Colombian Government in materializing national deforestation reduction targets and international mitigation commitments through the Joint Declaration of Intent (DOL) for the Cooperation on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) and promoting sustainable rural development, signed with the Governments of Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom (GNUK), with a primary financial support from Norway.

 Both outcomes will require working on subnational-level outputs that can derive in strategic interventions in support of green growth at the local level. The activities under this output will seek capacity building for sound decision-making that is conducive of the integration of green growth principles into development planning and investment formulation at the sub-national level. Support will focus on deforestation control priority areas where peace building efforts will be concentrated, at least initially, where a large influx of investments associated with the implementation of the Havana agreements in the peace building phase will be directed, which is likely to increase to their forest cover. An assessment of local capacities within key-decision making entities on green growth mainstreaming will be carried out and training needs identified.

 GGGI´s Regional Strategy of Green Growth for Colombia aims to support the three territorial entities or Departments in the “sustainable territorial public management”, focusing on three objectives: 1. Support in the Structuring Projects that can catalyze investments towards green growth objectives; 2. Support in the management of financing sources and opportunities to support such Green Growth projects, and 3. Generate local capacity in Green Growth mainstreaming into planning and investments.

 The first objective is related to support local administrations in project structuring capacities, and not only are training but also in the construction of projects that respond to the priorities and needs that each local administration identifies. The second objective is related to the identification and facilitation of access to financial sources that can invest in the identified priority projects, promote cooperation between private sector, national government, academy, international cooperation agencies, civil society, etc. The third objective, aims to generate stronger capacity for local administration officials and relevant stakeholders to ensure they can better integrate green growth objectives within their overall development plans and investments, in a way that there is a more efficient and sustainable use of natural resources, less carbon intensive and more resilient to climate change.

 The implementation of this strategy will seek the following impact at the regional level:   

  1. Access to investment resources for projects with a Green Growth emphasis: Bring together resources from national and territorial governments, private sector and international cooperation. For example, currently the project “Escalating climate resilient water management practices for the vulnerable communities of La Mojana” was approved by the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The project’s actions are aimed at benefiting more than 400,000 people, who will participate in strengthening the water management, early warning systems and fostering living conditions resilient to the climate change. The project has US $ 117 million that will be implemented by the Adaptation Fund, among other entities, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). In addition, Colombia developed an investment plan with the Clean Technology Fund´s financing of US$ 150 million in financing for a range of urban transport and energy efficiency projects as well as renewable energy. Specifically, Colombia has used the CTF financing to improve and expand public transport infrastructure and service in Bogota as well as seven other Colombian metropolitan areas to accelerate public and private sector engagement in the energy efficiency along with renewable energy sector. 
  2. Employment generation. Greater involvement of communities in productive activities, renewable energies, sustainable forestry development, ecotourism, etc.
  3. Protection of natural capital. Using sustainable standards will help care for all its ecosystems (Amazonas, Andes, Orinoquia, Chocó and Pacific).
  4. Generation of wealth. The sustainable management of new projects will create new lines of business in sectors such as agriculture, energy and ecotourism.
  5. Generation and exchange of knowledge. The promotion of green growth projects at a territorial level will promote best practices that can be shared with other entities in the region as well as other ones. This will strengthen the knowledge management and institutional capacities in the territory and better results in the management of projects with a Green Growth emphasis in the territorial entities, increase in investments and strengthening of institutional capacities in local administration.

 Green Growth´s strategy, from a territorial and multilevel approach, will review the territorial projects associated with global agendas (ODS, Cop21, OECD, International Funds); national sustainable agendas (Development Plan, Green Growth Mission, Post-conflict, Master Plans, CONPES, Policy Missions, Sectorial Agendas); and territorial sustainable agendas (Territorial Development Plans, Territorial CONPES, RAPES, Contracts Plan, Peace Contracts) with the purpose of supporting the territorial entity to define its priorities of Green Growth and identify a portfolio of Projects to contribute in their structuring and implementation.

It is important to focus on this review in the Paris Conference on Climate (COP21), held in December 2015, where 195 countries signed an agreement establishing a global action plan to put a limit on global warming through the reduction of emissions from greenhouse gases and it forms an overall objective of maintaining the increase in average temperature by no more than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Colombia ratified the Paris Agreement on the Climate Change and became committed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 20% in 2030.

The GGGI and territorial entities will work on the identification of projects around five investment areas: 1. Sustainable infrastructure (transport, energy and water), 2. Climate-smart agriculture and forestry, 3. Land use planning, 4. Efficient management of natural resources and environmental quality, 5. Sustainable territories.

The Green Growth´s regional strategy will support the Departments of Colombia in sustainable territorial public management, which will have three pilots: Antioquia, Nariño and Meta. Within this regional support the GGGI will develop a departmental agenda that includes three modules: 1. Support in Project Structuring; 2. Support in project finance management; 3. Capacity building in Green Growth.

The result of this agenda will have: 

  1. Definition of priorities in Green Growth as inputs for the Departments in the next National Development Plan within the Green Growth Strategy for 2018 – 2022.
  2. GGGI Accompaniment Portfolio. This portfolio will contain: 1. At least one project (for each department) to structure by the GGGI; 2. At least 3 projects for support in management by the GGGI; 3. At least 3 projects to support the coordination between different actors (international, national and territorial) of the public and private sector, civil society and academy.

Green Growth Knowledge Network: Based on the development of the territorial agenda, the aim is to consolidate a green growth knowledge network in each department where, under sustainable standards, the actors of the region, from the public, private, academic and other sectors can rely on the formulation of strategies, programs and projects, and have access to best practices and can have access to continuous training on the relevant topics of each territory.


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