Program Manager, Zero Carbon Building Accelerator

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World Resources Institute

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14 days ago

This position is a short-term hire for 6 months ending December 31, 2022 and can be based out of a WRI country office.

Program Overview:

The Zero Carbon Building Accelerator helps governments eliminate building sector CO2 emissions through four strategies: 1. Outreach: We work with national and local governments to map potential building decarbonization pathways and adopt public commitments on zero carbon buildings. 2. Dialogue: We explore how to achieve zero carbon building commitments through facilitated policy dialogues with national and local governments, utilities, the private sector and civil society. 3. Planning: We develop and initiate short- and medium-term action plans and long-term national roadmaps linked to nationally determined contributions and other national strategies to achieve zero carbon buildings by 2050. 4. Enabling Action: We develop and initiate adoption of policies to support stakeholders to accelerate market transformation towards zero carbon buildings.

Job Summary:

As Program/Project Manager of the Zero Carbon Building Accelerator, facilitate national and city deep engagements, partnership coordination, network knowledge exchange, and provide day-to day management of activities and resource allocation. The Project Manager is responsible for overall project performance and leads engagement with UNEP.

Job Responsibilities:

Project Management duties

  • Provide day to day management, coordination and supervision of the project, its human and financial resources
  • Supervise and coordinate the production of project outputs and deliverables
  • Coordinate the work of project staff, consultants and sub-contractors.
  • Coordinate and engage with UNEP Task Manager for ZCBA project
  • Liaise with UNEP, relevant government agencies, donor organizations, NGOs and all project partners, including national and city governments, for effective coordination of all project activities
  • Report progress of project to Steering Committee and ensure the fulfilment of Steering Committee directives
  • Signing off on financial status reports, and other funder reporting requirements like PIRs, Half-yearly progress and co-financing reports
  • Manage/update ZCBA project workplan and related activities on Asana Technical, Strategic, and Communications duties
  • Provide technical guidance to team as building sector expert; lead development of templates, tools and resources required by country teams for meeting project objectives
  • Oversee the exchange and sharing of experiences and lessons learned with other stakeholders and partners outside of WRI. Team management duties
  • Performance management of the team (4 FTE) which includes regular check-ins with them, reviewing their Standout reports and performance appraisals
  • Serve as key point of contact for the team’s questions about their responsibilities, goals and performance Global building sector strategy development and implementation
  • Explore and identify strategic opportunities to engage with other stakeholders and partners on buildings decarbonization outside of WRI
  • Contribute to development of UEC strategy and its global implementation
  • Participation in external meetings and discussions with key regional and international partner organizations of WRI (e.g., GABC, WGBC, WBCSD, IEA, IFC)
  • Preparation of fundraising materials including proposals and concept notes relevant for advancing WRI’s building sector work.

Job Qualifications:

Experience: 5-10 years of relevant experience in program management, building efficiency, climate and / or energy sector
Education: Bachelor's degree required.
  • Knowledge of global state of play on buildings, regional and global policy dialogues on building decarbonization, stakeholders, barriers, and opportunities
  • Experience working with national and subnational governments convening and engaging stakeholders, building partnerships and relationships with government agencies, CSOs, academia and private sector is necessary.
  • Strong research skills with a willingness to contribute to developing high quality knowledge products
  • Strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively in conversation and writing, including professional quality writing for policy and communications products
  • Ability to respond to urgent requests from stakeholders and to requests from UNEP-GEF office
  • Strong ability to brainstorm and think creatively about all elements of their work
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others; to demonstrate flexibility in fulfilling assignments
Languages: Fluency in English is a must. Proficiency in other languages is desirable
Requirements: WRI is unable to sponsor visa authorization. Work authorization is required where this position will be based.

Potential Salary:
Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

How to Apply:
You must submit a cover letter and resume directly on the WRI careers portal to be considered for this role.

WRI Overview:

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills, and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence, and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years, and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.