Global Green Growth Institute Job Vacancy: Program Manager - China

Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Post Date: 17 November 2015 Location: China, Beijing Assignment: Individual ... thumbnail 1 summary
Organization: Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Post Date: 17 November 2015
Location: China, Beijing
Assignment: Individual Contractor
Grade: C2
Position Number: GGGI-HR_15-153
Closing Date: 8 December 2015 (extended to 31 December 2015)
*Expected start date is January 2016, pending final budgetary approval

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a new international organization committed to strong, inclusive green growth. We assist developing and emerging countries with integrating their ambitions for strong economic performance and environmental sustainability with the goal of bringing about poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Headquartered in Seoul, GGGI was established by treaty in June 2012 at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference by an initial group of eighteen nations who share the organization's vision. To date, there are a total of 24 Member Countries who joined the organization.

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.

  • The main aim of the role is to work with the Country Representative to engage with Chinese government in relation to GGGI's programme of support and membership progress.
  • Programme Management. The postholder will manage a project across a number of ministries and institutions, including the management of external consultants. The postholder will be expected to work as part of a team but also to take the lead where necessary.
  • Planning and Analysis. The postholder will support the government of China and various institutions to analyze policy challenges in the local context; this will involve analysis such as the prioritization of green growth options utilizing methods such as multi-criteria analysis and cost benefit analysis.
  • The postholder will be responsible for supporting the partner ministries and institutions' efforts to strengthen its capacity to develop and implement green growth policy.
  • Capacity building. Working through existing Government of China resources to develop the appropriate capacity to deliver on political and policy objectives.
  • Learning and feedback. Through working alongside government officials, the postholder will develop and capture learning from experience and feeding this back into GGGI China's work.
  • Organizational development. The postholder will be expected to contribute to wider GGGI activities on green growth, to ensure that emerging thinking and best practice is captured and shared across the organization. This includes inputting into the design of research programs, sharing experience with other country offices and contributing to policy papers on related issues.
The post holder should ideally embody the following professional qualifications and person attributes:
  • Education: Master's in a relevant field such as public administration, development economics, environmental economics, environmental technology, development studies, etc, coupled with 5-6 years of experience. We will consider additional relevant experience in lieu of a postgraduate education.
  • Language: Proficient written and spoken English is a requirement; Fluent Mandarin is recommended; additional knowledge of other relevant languages is an asset
  • Skills: The successful individual will have a strong analytical background, coupled with exceptional strategic thinking skills, a track record of senior-level interaction and political awareness as well as substantial work experience in a relevant field in China and/or the region. The postholder will demonstrate a balanced mix of the following skills and experience:
Interpersonal skills
  • A track record of senior-level interaction, with an ability to communicate complex issues in a clear and simple way to a diverse audience.
  • Political awareness. Acute sensitivity to the drivers and incentives of actors and their relative power and influence on decisions and processes.
  • Cultural sensitivity. An ability to work effectively across different cultures, languages and professional backgrounds.
  • Mentoring and coaching. Adept at supporting others and developing their skills and abilities through coaching and facilitating skills.
  • Successful experience engaging multiple stakeholders in China and/or other similar countries, and building consensus around a clear course of action.
  • Public policy delivery experience
  • Public policy. Experience of developing, delivering and monitoring the delivery of public policy, national level programmes and initiatives or equivalent strategic planning.
Technical expertise
  • Economics. It is preferred that the postholder will have some experience of economic analysis used in public policy appraisal for development. This could include cost-benefit analysis, scenario building, and use and interpretation of statistical analysis for the purpose of informing public policy choices.
  • Green growth / Climate Change. The postholder will understand the different dimensions of the climate change agenda and how it applies to growth and poverty eradication. In particular, applicants should understand the opportunities associated with the green growth agenda and the risks associated with climate change. The postholder will be able to identify and prioritise 'green' actions and policies that enhance and accelerate growth, whilst protecting the future natural resource base. In particular, practical policy or strategy experience of resource efficiency models.
  • Sector experience. Experience in any of the following sectors would be an advantage: green cities, industry, water, energy, environment, and financial.
  • Please submit CV and Cover Letter in English (Merged into one PDF file)
How to apply:
Application Email: Please apply with a covering letter and up-to-date CV to: ''
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