Position Description

Project Lead, Climate Initiatives
Job category
Group Centre for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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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.
Why we are recruiting
The World Economic Forum’s Centre for Global Public Goods seeks to bring innovation and frontier approaches to help the international system be more agile and equipped to respond to today’s challenges. It does this by helping the international community leverage public-private cooperation, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and systems thinking for improved management of the global commons and building sustainable markets for the 2030 development goals. The centre’s activities include initiatives on the environment and natural resource security, the future of food, development finance and sustainable development.
The Climate Initiatives Project Lead will be responsible for engaging with the UN secretary general’s team and the wider Friends of Climate Action network to support high-impact deliverables for the UN’s Climate Summit and the Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit in September 2019, as well as in the lead up to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 and the 2020 UN climate change conference (COP26).
Reporting lines and interactions
The Climate Initiatives Project Lead will report to the Head of Climate Initiatives at the Centre for Global Public Goods. Internally, this person will work with colleagues throughout the centre as well as with colleagues across the organization, and externally with a broad range of stakeholders in the climate action agenda community.
Main responsibilities
• Establish a clear project plan for key deliverables and outcomes around strategic events in the global climate action calendar
• Maintain a global climate action calendar to support coordination and communications around key moments and outcomes over the course of 2019 and through to 2020 and 2030 deadlines across the Sustainable Development Goal agenda
• Work closely with the UN secretary-general’s team to support the Climate Summit in 2019; work with colleagues to agree key outcomes that the Forum will support for delivery in September 2019
• Manage the Friends of Climate Action community, including the organization and delivery of regular communications and meetings
• Manage and execute regular one-on-one meetings with key external partners
• Represent the Forum at events relevant to delivering the goals of the Paris climate change agreement
• Provide support to colleagues to develop projects and initiatives that will lead to high-impact outcomes for September 2019; this may include developing new partnerships to support this delivery
• Develop regular climate action briefing notes that can be used to update colleagues and partners on key developments and opportunities
• Work closely with colleagues to ensure the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders are engaged with deliverables for the Climate Summit
The successful candidate will be assessed on
• Clear understanding of the global climate action agenda and existing relationships with relevant stakeholders
• Outstanding interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and resilience
• Ability to work well within a team, autonomous, organized, flexible and able to handle a high-pressure environment
• Strong project management and time management skills
• Strong writing and communications skills
• Robust critical thinking, analytical and attention to detail
• Open to creative approaches to problem-solving and able to synthesize a large amount of information
• Team spirit, flexible, service oriented and committed to the collective output of a team project
Preferred requirements and experience
• Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in science, business administration, strategy management, or a similar field
• 10 years of relevant professional experience with strong track record in operations management, project management and process implementation, with relevant technology involvement; knowledge of Salesforce a strong plus
• Good understanding of the international climate change policy framework and climate action community
• Experience of engaging with leaders in public and private sector organisations
Fluent in English; fluency in other languages would be an asset
Why work at the Forum
We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to improve the state of the world by building awareness and cooperation, shaping mindsets and agendas and driving collective action. Join us and become a driver for positive change.
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