Position Description

Sustainable Development Impact Summit, Specialist
Job category Temporary Employee
Group Centre for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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(9-month maternity cover contract as of March)
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 Centre for Global Public Goods (CGPG, the Centre) acts as a system leader and platform curator for the environment and natural resource security, food security, development finance and sustainable development activities at the Forum. Additionally, the Centre is institutionally responsible for designing and delivering the Sustainable Development Impact Summit (SDIS) held annually in September in New York alongside the UN General Assembly. The SDIS was launched in 2017 and is dedicated to accelerating progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement commitments.
The summit brings together more than 700 business, government, civil society and academic leaders to participate in over 50 interactive sessions, positioning SDIS as the world’s biggest multistakeholder “accelerator” to advance collaborative action and scale up innovation. Reporting lines and interactions The Specialist/Lead will report to the Deputy Head of the Centre for Global Public Goods and will work with their counterparts in teams within the house including, but not limited to Events, Global Programming Group, Business Engagement, Marketing and Outreach, Public Engagement, the CGPG teams and other Forum centres.
Breakdown of main responsibilities
• 30% developing the content for SDIS, including shaping the programme, sourcing initiatives to be featured and ensuring the application of systems leadership and a platform approach throughout the programme portfolio
• 30% curating participation, including co-developing and administering the event’s admissions policy, issuing invitations and driving registrations (as relevant to the programme)
• 20% representing CGPG as part of the SDIS core team, including working closely with colleagues in areas such as marketing, event logistics and media/public engagement as well as with external partners such as the UN
• 20% functioning as the focal point for the CGPG, including supporting Centre colleagues in their engagement with SDIS including pre- and post-delivery, reporting etc.
• The division of responsibilities may be flexible and dependent on the candidate’s capabilities, as well as their potential and aspirations
Please note that this is a content-led position and should not be considered an event management role.
The successful candidate will be assessed on
• Formulating and implementing a work plan to strengthen the position of SDIS as an action-led platform for collaboration complementary to the Forum’s other annual meetings and events
• Project managing SDIS on behalf of the CGPG, including functioning as the Centre’s focal point for the event internally and externally, particularly as a complementary programme to the UN Climate Summit 2019 and the 2019 High-Level Political Forum
• Strong coordination with internal teams to ensure the delivery of best possible value
• Assisting in the programming of SDIS to ensure breadth of content and the advancement of the strategic objectives of featured projects
• Curating the participation at SDIS to include the most relevant and diverse voices from the public and private sectors, civil society and academia
• Working with the SDIS core team to deliver a world class event
• Capturing specific and general outcomes from the event, and packaging it into a post-event portfolio of materials (including highlights deck and summit report)
• Representing the CGPG in the house-wide event debrief
Preferred requirements and experience
• Master’s degree in a relevant subject (sustainable development, international relations, systems leadership etc.)
• At least five years’ work experience, with proven strength in account and/or project management; specific prior experience at high-level international events would be an advantage
• Demonstrated success in collaborative environments and in maintaining strong relationships
• Solid understanding of systems leadership and a platform approach
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English; familiarity with French would be an advantage
• Outstanding organization, project and time management skills
• Quick learner, self-starter, flexible and service-oriented team player
• Willing to work in a demanding environment and able to juggle multiple priorities
Why work at the Forum
We believe that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and 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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