Head of Climate Change

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Geneva, Switzerland 🇨🇭

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.
The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The Forum hosts 10 Global Challenge Initiatives, which serve as platforms for advancing public-private action on global issues. This includes the Global Challenge Initiative for Environment and Resource Security, which facilitates and stimulates substantive public-private collaboration on global environmental issues, including water, forests, circular economy and climate change.
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The Head of Climate Change will manage, shape and evolve the Forum’s well-established flagship Global Climate Change project and its wider climate agenda within the context of the Global Challenge Initiative on Environment and Resource Security. Acting as a knowledge hub and catalyst for collaboration between leaders from industry, academia, government, international organizations and civil society, as well as across the World Economic Forum itself, the Head of Climate Change will leverage the extensive networks and global platform associated with the Forum’s Climate Change project to develop, advance and implement a series of public-private climate action tracks at scale, following the adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015.
The successful candidate will also keep abreast of developments across all aspects of climate change and help shape the wider Forum agenda on the issue. He or she will manage and deliver successful public-private global initiatives on climate change, ensuring that the most innovative and important stakeholders are not only engaged but also are champions of the work. The Head of Climate Change will also be expected to help lead the Forum’s Environment and Natural Resource Security Challenge and contribute to the Forum’s wider work on advancing public-private collaboration on global issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Serve as the focal point of the Forum’s partnerships on climate change, providing leadership on both content and implementation
• Manage the core climate change project team (consisting of four permanent staff, secondees and short-term consultants)
• Manage relationships with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, international organizations and civil society
• Work with industry community managers across the Forum, along with development agencies, international organizations and foundations, to generate extra support for and involvement in these initiatives
• Liaise widely across the organization – and externally – to identify, discuss and shape the latest scientific, economic, political and public-private partnership developments on the climate change agenda
• Take charge of project budgets and responsibility for delivering outputs on time and to budget, within an often ambiguous and fast-changing context
• Create and articulate content around specific events to help promote both the initiative and the agenda, in particular the Annual Meeting, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the Summit on the Global Agenda and other regional meetings as appropriate
• Raise awareness of the Forum’s leading role in addressing the most critical environmental issues of the 21st century
Qualifications and Skills
• 10+ years of relevant work experience in the public, private or civil society sector, working across sectors in a multistakeholder, international environment
• Master’s degree in relevant fields in social and political science, environmental management and international relations
• A perfect command of written and spoken English; fluency in at least one other language is an advantage
• A deep understanding of the international climate policy environment, including technology, government, business strategy and finance
• Experience in managing large-scale climate change-related activities – especially across the business-government community – with an established international network of contacts in different economic sectors; likely sectors include energy systems, land use, cities, transport, finance and associated value chains linked to new materials, new fuels and business model innovation, as well as (multi)national initiatives on policy and regulation
• A policy entrepreneur with a strong service attitude and a commitment to the Forum’s mission of deepening public-private collaboration
• Proven success at project implementation, including resourcing, scheduling, cost management, communication and evaluation
• Adaptable and resilient; able to thrive on ambiguity and change, with curiosity, strategic problem-solving and proven out-of-the-box thinking
• Exceptional leadership abilities and high emotional intelligence: ability to manage, mentor and inspire a team and create a supportive work environment leading to professional growth
• Ability to represent the World Economic Forum on climate action-related issues, including at conferences, workshops and other arenas
If you are an energetic and positive leader and team player, with excellent organizational, interpersonal and communications skills, please apply online.