Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Regional Centre in Bangkok
Position title: Programme Officer, Sustainable Cities (1 position for Thai national)
Salary: Depending on experience
Contract: Initially one year contract with 3 months probationary period and possible extension
Work hours/days: Full-time (7.5 hours/day), 5 days per week except for Saturdays and Sundays
Place of work: IGES Bangkok Regional Centre, Thailand
IGES Bangkok Regional Centre (BRC) is seeking qualified Thai applicants for the position of Programme Officer, Sustainable Cities for the ASEAN SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme (SDGs-FC) funded by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). The SDG-FC aims to support ASEAN cities in achieving inclusive, sustainable, resilient and dynamic development in line with ASEAN Vision 2020 by aligning city actions with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To attain the goal, the Programme will support the planning and implementation of multi-benefit model projects, as well as developing the capacity of next generation cities, and sharing the experiences and knowledge generated from the Programme among ASEAN Member States (AMS) to promote the replication of innovative ground policies/practices towards clean and green ASEAN.
The Programme Officer is expected to have extensive engagement to strengthen partnerships with the ASEAN Secretariat, the ASEAN environmental-related Working Groups, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as well as leading experts, civil society, media and private sector entities in the global development community. The position will play a critical role in shaping the expansion of IGES’ programmes related to sustainable cities within Thailand and the ASEAN region. Specifically, he/she will contribute to the research, design, fund-raising and management for new regional programmes within ASEAN. This position is also expected to contribute to elevating IGES’ profile on ASEAN issues, through contact with the media and social/cultural influencers.
Duties and responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Programme Manager, Sustainable Cities, the Programme Officer will perform the following duties:
· Conduct general tasks to ensure the smooth operation of the SDGs Frontrunner Cities Programme(SDGs-FC) and related projects, including but not limited to:
o Overall coordination of logistical and financial reporting responsibilities for programme activities (i.e. meetings, regional seminars and workshops etc.).
o Contribute to policy research work for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects in cities, especially those in Thailand. This may include translating and/or interpret between Thai and English to facilitate stakeholder meetings, events, outreach/communications and research work;
o Attend activities within Thailand for networking and fund raising.
o Provide strategic inputs for the design, publicity/communications and fund-raising initiatives of IGES new cities-related programmes.
· Carry out any other additional tasks as may be assigned by the Director of IGES Regional Centre.
Competences and Qualities
· Passionate about sustainability and the environment;
· Aspires to develop a career in project management and international diplomacy;
· Creative, pays attention to details, respects deadlines and comfortable with multi-tasking.
· Excellent at listening, writing and public speaking.
· Genuinely enjoy social activities and excellent at networking;
· Service-minded personality and able to flexibly adjust communication styles to suit different type of stakeholders;
· Knowledgeable and skillful at navigating protocols associated with supporting high-level officials and stakeholders;
· Sensitive and courteous in multi-cultural environments;
· Skilled at interacting with, and handling the challenges of dealing with high-level government officials and organizational representatives.
· Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in development, environment or related fields. At least two to three years of experience in the environment, development and sustainability sector;
· Knowledgeable about environmental and development issues
· Experienced in working with a wide range of stakeholders, especially the government sector;
· Native-level Thai and strong command of English in terms of speaking, writing and reading.
· Ability to prioritise tasks and deliver assignments on time under limited supervision
· Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access database, etc.);
· Willingness to travel regularly within ASEAN countries, especially Thailand.
The following attributes are optional and will be evaluated as ‘plus’ points:
· Previous working experience in ASEAN-related and Japanese contexts.
· Skills related to communications/outreach, such as for website development, photography, arts & design, multimedia production and social media.
The Programme Officer will report to the Programme Manager, and ultimately to the Director of IGES Regional Centre.
Term of Employment:
The term of this position is initially offered for one year with a possible extension subject to fund availability. A probationary period of three months at the beginning of the term of employment will be also considered for applicants.
Place of Work:
The IGES Regional Centre office located in downtown Bangkok (604 SG Tower, 6th Floor 161/1 Soi Mahadlek Luang 3, Rajdamri Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330).
Salary will conform to the IGES Regional Centre’s payment system. Relevant work experience and professional skills will be taken into account. Income tax withholding and other requirements will be complied with under Thai laws.
Annual paid leave and other holidays will conform to the practice in Thailand and in accordance with the relevant rules observed at IGES Regional Centre under Thai labour laws.
About IGES and IGES Regional Centre:
Established in 1998, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is an independent, non-profit environmental policy think-tank, with headquarters based in Japan that goes beyond research to provide practical ways to protect the earth’s environment and to realise greater sustainability and equity in the global community. While the outlook of IGES is global, the principal geographical scope of its activities is the Asia-Pacific region. IGES activities include strategic research, outreach, networking/multi-stakeholder dialogue, and capacity development (http://www.iges.or.jp/).
Since 2003, IGES has been operating a project office in cooperation with the Regional Resources Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) of the Asian Institute for Technology (AIT), Pathumthani, Thailand. In 2011, the project office was upgraded to the IGES Regional Centre located in downtown Bangkok (Patumwan, Bangkok) to strengthen its functions and expand activities under the missions of IGES. IGES Regional Centre is a growing operation unit to respond to the needs of the institute as well as stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region.
The main role of the IGES Regional Centre is to manage three networks that IGES provides secretariat services for, including Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN), Network for Integrated Planning and Sustainable Development Strategies in Asia-Pacific Region (SDPlanNet-AP), conduct/implement various region-wide activities including those that each network above has planned and others (ADAPT Asia-Pacific project, etc.), and to coordinate collaborative research with international, regional and national organisations and research institutes in the Asia-Pacific region. (http://www.iges.or.jp/en/bangkok/index.html)
A cover letter, recent CV (with photo), and salary history must be sent by email to the following address. The position is available now and will remain open until filled. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Reference letter(s) from your supervisor(s) in the past positions (latest preferred) may be requested for short-listed candidates. Additional materials may be also requested in time for the interview.
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