Position Description

Project Specialist, Sustainability Initiatives - Chemical and Materials Industries
Job category Temporary Employee
Group Centre for Global Industries
Location Geneva
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(two-year fixed-term contract, renewable)
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 Industries builds and sustains industry communities through an integrated concept of high-level meetings, research networks, task forces and digital collaboration, and drives sectoral world-leading initiatives to advance industry transformation. The Centre for Global Public Goods 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.
Together, the Centre for Global Industries and the Centre for Global Public Goods are building the Mission Possible platform to deliver Industry sector initiatives that help facilitate the transition of hard-to-abate sectors towards net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Materials Cluster is seeking a project specialist to support the efforts of the Materials Industries team (Chemicals, Mining and Metals) in the context of the build-up of the Mission Possible Platform.
Reporting Lines & Interactions
The Project Specialist will report to Fernando Gomez, Head of Chemistry and Advanced Materials Industries, with a dotted line to Roberto Bocca, Head of the Future of Energy and Materials, Member of the Executive Committee.
Internally, the successful candidate will work with colleagues from the Centre for Global Industries, in particular with Chemicals & Mining and Metals teams; the Future of Energy and Mobility platforms; the Centre for Global Public Goods; the Business Engagement team, as well as Industry Leads covering related sectors. Externally, work will involve interactions with a broad range of stakeholders in partner companies in the Chemicals, Aluminium, Steel and Cement industries.
Main responsibilities
1) Support the development of projects with industry partners from the chemical industry focusing on the implementation of the Paris agreements under the Mission Possible Platform.
  • Monitor and report on external initiatives driven by the chemical and materials industries focusing on the implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  • Support project coordination with established project management methodologies (scheduling, resource management, communication and reporting).
  • Support stakeholder engagement, manage individual and mass communications to high-level project stakeholders.
  • Support documentation through the creation and maintenance of engagement materials.
  • Support technical information exchange with project stakeholders, including senior technology and sustainability executives.
  • Manage internal processes and provide general administrative support
  • In collaboration with relevant teams, organize and facilitate the participation of engaged partners at relevant Forum and external events
2) Ensure efficient internal and external coordination
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant teams internally on Mission Possible work to maintain momentum and ensure efficient delivery of progress
  • Coordinate the development of parallel initiatives across all materials industries, specifically on chemicals, steel and aluminum.
The successful candidate will be assessed on 
  • Contribution with their knowledge and understanding of top sustainability issues for materials industries, specifically on their actions to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Contribution to the operational efficiency of the team
  • Professionalism in responding to requests and interacting with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to ensure seamless execution of workshops, events and interactions
  • Coordination with multiple teams, centres and internal and external colleagues
  • Concrete progress on the Mission Possible deliverables
Preferred requirements and experience 
  • Minimum 3-5 years of experience in coordination and support in a demanding professional environment. Direct work experience with the chemicals, mining, metals or cement industry sectors is a must.
  • Solid understanding of industry sustainability challenges related to direct and indirect GHG emissions and their impact on climate.
  • Familiarity with established Project Management methodologies
  • Broad intellectual background with at least a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject;
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills in English; other languages a plus (French, German, Spanish, Italian). Experience in communications to top executives and senior stakeholders is a plus.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, with a clear ability to prioritize and a strong work ethic;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel); familiarity with Salesforce an advantage
  • Ability to thrive in a demanding environment and handle multiple tasks and assignments simultaneously
  • Responsible, independent and self-driven
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and high attention to detail
  • Self-starting, independent thinker who thrives as a flexible team player

To apply, please include a brief cover letter explaining your motivation for the role. Applications which do not include a cover letter will not be considered.


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