The Climate Group is looking for a dynamic and experienced project manager to coordinate one of our flagship capacity building projects working with state and regional governments in developing and emerging economies, including Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico, Peru and South Africa.
Working with colleagues across the Under2 Coalition Secretariat, and international and in-country partners, the post holder will ensure the successful delivery of technical assistance and training to support state and regional governments improve their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tracking and reduction efforts. The project also promotes knowledge sharing and replication of best practice internationally across the Under2 Coalition, a global community of state and regional governments committed to ambitious climate action in line with the Paris Agreement.
About Climate Group
The Climate Group drives climate action. Fast. Our goal is a world of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, with greater prosperity for all.
We focus on systems with the highest emissions and where our networks have the greatest opportunity to drive change. We do this by building large and influential networks and holding organisations accountable, turning their commitments into action.
We share what we achieve together to show more organisations what they could do. We are an international non-profit organisation, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York. We are proud to be part of the We Mean Business coalition.
About the role
The successful candidate will be based within the Under2 Coalition Secretariat, as part of the Transparency and Pathways team. The Climate Group is the Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition, which brings together 260 governments representing 1.75 billion people and 50% of the global economy. Our members commit to keeping global temperature rises to well below 2°C with efforts to reach 1.5°C. 35 states and regions in the Coalition have committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 or earlier. The Climate Group works with governments to accelerate climate action through three workstreams: Pathways, Policy Action, and Transparency.
Through our integrated Transparency and Pathways workstreams, we increase the accountability of state and regional governments by collecting and analysing their climate data to ensure effective monitoring of the Under2 Coalitions’ collective progress to net zero emissions. We also provide technical support and resources to assist state and regional governments to improve their greenhouse gas emissions tracking and reduction efforts, and develop long-term emissions reductions plans.
Reporting to the Head of Transparency and Pathways, the Project Manager will work closely with colleagues across the Under2 Coalition Secretariat and with external technical partners to coordinate the delivery of this flagship transparency and pathways project.
Key responsibilities include:
Project management and coordination:
- Working closely with the in-house team and external partners, ensure the timely and high quality delivery of this transparency/ Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) capacity building and knowledge sharing project.
- Coordinate calls for technical assistance proposals from Under2 Coalition states and regions in the project countries and assess and shortlist these against the project’s selection criteria.
- Work with data and transparency colleagues to understand the starting situation of each of the project states in order to track their progress.
- Organise and help facilitate any webinars or training sessions led by the Transparency and Pathways team.
- Provide technical review to project deliverables in coordination with the relevant country engagement manager and project partners.
- Closely manage subcontractors and implementation partners’ compliance with donor requirements, quality of work and milestones achievement adhering to the project’s budget and scheduling.
- Proactively monitor the project’s progress against outcome and output indicators and milestones, identifying potential risks and how to mitigate these.
- Lead project review and reporting, in coordination with the Project Management Office (PMO) Manager, project team and global functional teams, including the fundraising and finance team, liaising with subcontractors and implementation partners.
- Liaise with project states and regions to track their progress in the project by designing and implementing evaluation processes.
Knowledge management and communication:
- Working closely with the Knowledge and Learning Manager and Communications team, update and implement the project’s Knowledge Management and Communications strategy.
- Facilitate the development of project case studies and knowledge products and provide technical review and editing.
- Together with the project facilitation partner and translators, design and organise a series of online peer learning sessions, sharing key findings and outcomes with Under2 Coalition members.
- Draft and/ or edit project blogs, articles, and newsletter updates.
Fundraising and Other Support:
- Identify opportunities to extend the capacity building support to state and regional governments and support the development of new concept notes and proposals.
- Represent the project and organisation to external stakeholders in meetings and events.
- Participate and contribute to relevant internal working groups.
- Undertake other activities to support across the team when required.
- Proactive and work smart – this flagship project requires someone highly organised with excellent coordination skills to work with colleagues and partners in multiple countries and various assignments to deliver high impact results.
- Team work and excellent communication skills – strong team player, working collaboratively and flexibly with numerous colleagues and teams across the organisation as well as external partners, and able to manage upwards, downwards and across.
- Experience managing multi-country projects (preferably in some of the project countries – Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico, Peru and South Africa) on climate-related issues.
- Experience implementing projects/ programmes funded by bilateral donors (e.g. DFID, BMU/ IKI, GIZ, NICFI, USAID etc.).
- Experience working on capacity building and technical assistance projects aimed at government representatives (preferably in climate-related issues).
- Experience coordinating and/ or developing knowledge products, webinars and workshops for sharing lessons on projects and knowledge transfer among networks.
- Proven track record of success in project delivery, including managing subcontractors to ensure timely fulfilment of project deliverables and high quality of work.
- Demonstrable experience of working autonomously for project planning, management and reporting.
- Experience managing relationships and working with governments in Asia, Africa, and/ or Latin America (preferably at the subnational level).
- Experience working on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventory, Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and/ or long-term decarbonisation pathway projects.
- Experience of fundraising/ business development.
- Proficiency in Spanish and/ or Portuguese
- Knowledge of project management and customer relationship management software (e.g. Salesforce) and video conferencing/ webinar software (e.g. Zoom).
You will be based in our London headquarters. Since Covid-19, our London office has been working mostly from home with the ability to use our temporary office near Borough for key meetings with colleagues. From October 2021, subject to government guidelines, we envisage to return to office-based working with a flexible blended approach (e.g. 3 days in the office, 2 days working from home). We are also in the process of moving offices to a new permanent London location (Zone 1). Until then, this role can be done remotely but will require the post holder to be based in the UK. This position may require international travel.
Terms & Conditions
This is a fixed-term position until 30th June, 2022, with the possibility of renewal. The salary for this position is £32,000 per annum or more based on experience.
In addition to the salary, the role holder will benefit from:
- 25 days’ holiday pro rata, plus public holidays; additional leave following three and six years’ service
- 10% non-contributory pension scheme following three months’ service
- Private healthcare and Cash Plan on completion of probation
- Life Assurance
- Wellbeing allowance
- Season ticket loan
- Bike loan
- Volunteering day on completion of probation
How to apply
Use the ‘Apply’ button to apply for this vacancy. Should you require further information, please contact Jebi Rahman, Head of Transparency & Pathways: JRahman@theclimategroup.org.
Applications for this position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter. The expected closing date for submitting your application is Friday 17th September, 2021.
The requisite eligibility criteria, or work visa to work in the UK are a requirement for this position and no relocation and/or sponsorship costs will be borne by the Climate Group.