Officer (International Project Development)
Based in Beijing, China, the International Project Development Officer’s primary goals are to assess, identify and drive to deployment bankable green projects in GGGI Member and Program countries throughout the developing world; and support mobilization of resource mobilization for the China Country Program. This role is based in China due to the Program’s harmonization with China’s Belt and Road Initiative – the international initiative launched by China to bolster infrastructure investment and cooperation throughout the Developing World, projected to exceed $500 billion in capital outflow from China over the next few years.
It has been calculated that of these investments, nearly $300 billion will be carbon-related suggesting massive environmental impact and opportunities for greening of this Initiative. Although the portfolio will include cross-cutting with Chinese government and private sector in financial and technology fields, a larger portion will be with partner governments, stakeholders and GGGI Country Teams in Latin America, MENA and Asia.
Headed by President/Chair Ban Ki-Moon, former Secretary General of the United Nations, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Seoul, Korea and founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI supports stakeholders through complementary and integrated workstreams – Green Growth Planning & Implementation and Knowledge Solutions – that deliver comprehensive products designed to assist in developing, financing, and mainstreaming green growth in national economic development plans
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities. The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
- Drive goals of the China Team by successful deployment of bankable projects between China and other Countries, and mobilization of resources for the China Program.
- Manage project pool of approximately 35 or more potential bankable projects coordinating with government stakeholders in partner countries and China to assess bankability, deployment period, associated supportive policies, project structure and technology providers, prioritizing high-potential projects and driving them towards expedited deployment.
- Working across governments, private sector stakeholders, financiers and country teams to match project parameters to technology providers and financing organizations (including funds and banks), and develop technical structures supporting project deployment.
- Lead and support development of proposals, presentations and technical papers for bankable project financing, pitching to governments and private sector stakeholders and financiers, for Resource Mobilization efforts associated with bankable projects (financing) and program development (grants).
- Support the development and implementation of one or multiple component(s)/workstream(s) within a country program and provides 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 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 is able to provide a wide range of contributions in support of delivery of components/workstreams in the country program.
- Directly manage proposal development, processing, and submission of funding proposals for the China program from international organizations, foundations, financial institutions and funds. As GGGI China program is an international program that works with more than 10 other countries along the Belt and Road initiative, resource mobilization will target mostly international donor stakeholders.
Based in Beijing, China, the International Project Development Officer’s primary goals are to assess, identify and drive to deployment bankable green projects in GGGI Member and Program countries throughout the developing world; and support mobilization of resource mobilization for the China Country Program. This necessarily means working with a vast network of financiers, funders, technology providers, large-scale project developers and government to produce speedy, high-quality bankable project and financing structures, and grants.
- The position understands bankable project cycles and components and is able to organize his/her analytical and coordination work to ensure that deliverables are provided in a timely manner to support subsequent work and consistent with the work plan and project cycle.
- Assesses bankable project delivery issues and works with international counterparts to build common understanding and coordination on project activities, driving towards financial and project commitments by partner governments and other relevant stakeholders.
Education: An advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in international development, finance/economics, public policy, engineering, business administration and/or other related disciplines related to project development in developing countries.
Work Experience: At least 5 years of professional experience in project management and financing, including 1-2 years of international experience with a public or private sector organization. Experience from developing and/or emerging countries is required. The requirements for the position is as follows:
- Highly fluent or Native English speaking/writing, knowledge of a second Asian language, French or Spanish is an asset.
- Substantive relevant experience (minimum 5 years experience), with project management, strategic communications and interaction with Chinese government;
- Strong knowledge of the policy, regulations and rules of the Government of China, especially with regard to green development, climate change, energy, investment and/or public policy;
- Demonstrated experience in resource mobilization/grant-writing required; preferably with programs ranging from $100,000 - $1MM or more. Candidate ideally has experience acquiring and managing grants with a sustainable development context.
- Experience working with a range of stakeholder groups (e.g. corporate, academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations);
- Capacity to think creatively in addressing policy and operational issues while maintaining a strong client and results orientation;
- Documented experience of financial/business models for the deployment of capital urban/energy/water/infrastructure projects, sustainable renewable energy resources, mini-grids and off-grid electrification, sustainable cities, wastewater treatment, technical understanding of specific policies, regulations and market barriers as applicable to on-grid and off-grid renewable energy in a developing/emerging country context; and up-to-date knowledge of global technology trends in cleantech markets, especially regarding infrastructure projects in the developing world.
- Experience and expertise in data analysis, applied research, and application of economic analysis of renewable energy projects; excellent writing composition, Excel and presentation skills is required.
- Overall understanding of the concept of green growth in the context of global commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions in developing countries.
- Excellent writing and presentation skills with the ability to communicate to sector and non-sector experts; Excellent power point skills is required.
- Documented experience in managing projects and budgets across project cycles, and reporting against log frames and budgets.
- Experience of working in the context of multicultural teams.
- Must be available for international travel
- Demonstrable experience in financing bankable projects in developing countries, especially delivery of capital projects of $100 million or larger. Any experience with Chinese banks and financing organizations highly preferred.
- Demonstrable experience writing successful proposals for both/either development grants and bankable projects, grant experience should range from $100,000 - $1MM USD grant development and above.
- Experience working across remote international teams in developing countries on project management and infrastructure projects. Preferred experience on green projects, including projects on hydropower, industrial energy efficiency, LEDs, solar, wind, geothermal and similar.
- Experience assessing entire project lifecycle and accounting process, and determining required capacity for project implementation.
- Experience of working in the context of multicultural teams.
GGGI needs a person who can bring more than knowledge and passion to the role: someone who has the grit and resilience to do this work, someone who is proactive, dynamic, and able to work together with minimal supervision. The successful candidate is a skillful team member with an ability to interact within and beyond GGGI, a thoughtful communicator, a deep thinker, and a diplomatic change agent who understands the dynamics and tensions in this kind of diverse, global landscape. The individual should:
- Demonstrate a high level of expertise in the relevant area
- Be excellent in knowledge development
- Anticipate and provide necessary technical and content-based support
- Handle complex multi-stakeholder relationships
- Be keen on maintaining a high degree of professional integrity
- Be willing to travel internationally, be curious about new environments and new countries
- Effectively communicate, listen to others, and create and promote an environment for open communication
- Work effectively with other teams of a high degree of cultural/professional diversity