Senior Project Manager

About the Role

Opportunity to join leading international climate NGO working on an exciting project with regional governments in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru. 

The Climate Group is looking for a talented and experienced project manager to lead a multi-country capacity building project on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and long-term decarbonization planning.

Working closely with The Climate Group's Under2 team, the project partner organizations and local implementation partners and stakeholders in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru, you will play a key role in guiding and implementing the day to day activities of the project. 


About The Climate Group

Our Mission 

Accelerating climate action.

Our Goal

A world of no more than 1.5°C of global warming and greater prosperity for all, without delay. 

How we do it

  • We bring together powerful networks of businesses and governments, which shift global markets and policies, towards this goal.
  • We act as a catalyst to take innovation and solutions to scale. And we use the power of communication to build ambition and pace. 
  • We focus on the greatest global opportunities for change.

The Climate Group is an international non-profit, founded in 2004, with offices in London, New Delhi and New York.

 

About the Under2 Coalition 

The Under2 Coalition is driven by a group of ambitious state and regional governments committed to keeping global temperature rises to under 2°C. The coalition brings together more than 220 governments who represent over 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy. The Climate Group is the Secretariat to the Under2 Coalition and works with governments to accelerate climate action through three workstreams. Please see our website for more information.


About the project 

The Climate Group, partnering with The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force (GCF Taskforce), has secured funding from Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI) to carry out the project “Enhancing MRV systems and building long-term deep decarbonization pathways in Under2 jurisdictions with Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) challenges”.

Developing robust MRV capabilities and completing a pathway  are two essential building blocks of a government’s climate strategy, identifying emission sources, sinks and trends and ensuring that today’s actions are consistent with achieving long-term goals. Governments in the Under2 Coalition overwhelmingly consider pathways development and MRV improvements a priority. However, they need support in overcoming common barriers and resource constraints. With this project, even more regions will be able to identify important decisions to be taken in the near and medium-term allowing them to deliver on their long-term ambition.


Key Responsibilities 

Project Management 

  • Ensure the timely delivery of the “Enhancing MRV systems and building long-term deep decarbonization pathways in Under2 jurisdictions with Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) challenges” project.
  • Lead project review and reporting, in coordination with the Project Management Office Manager, including the communications, fundraising and finance team, and liaising with the subcontractor and implementation partners. 
  • Closely manage the subcontractors and other implementation partners’ compliance with donor requirements, quality of work and milestones achievement adhering to the agreed budget and scheduling.
  • Proactively monitor the project’s progress against outcome and outputs’ indicators, and milestones identifying potential risks and planning to solve these.
  • Liaise with target governments of the Under2 Coalition to understand their progress on developing a pathway. 

Communications and events

  • Work closely with the Under2 Communications Manager to ensure that TCG communications and events align and support the aims of the project and the Under2 Coalition’s mission.
  • Ensure effective, external communication of project aims and milestones, in line with the Under2 coalition’s aims, with the support of the global communications team and Head of Global Government Engagement.
  • Represent the organization as a senior representative to external stakeholders in conference calls and events.

Other

  • Mentoring of other Under2 team members.
  • Make use of FinancialForce for the management of the project including but not limited to assigning tasks, timecards and budget management.
  • Undertake other tasks to support across the team when required.


About You

You will be able to demonstrate proven capabilities in the following areas:

Essential

  • Experience managing multi-country projects (preferably in some of the target countries – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru) on climate-related issues.
  • Experience managing relationships and working with governments in Latin-America (preferably at the subnational level).
  • Experience implementing capacity building and technical assistance projects/ programs projects and/or programs funded by bilateral organizations (e.g. NORAD, DFID, USAID, GIZ, and others) 
  • Experience working on projects focused on reducing AFOLU emissions. 
  • Experience working on Inventory, Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (I/MRV) and/ or pathway planning 
  • Proven track record of success in project delivery, including managing subcontractors to ensure fulfilment of the project schedule and quality of work.
  • Excellent communications skills and ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders internally and externally.
  • Demonstrable experience of working autonomously for project planning, management and reporting.

Desirable

  • Experience managing and coordinating projects funded by Norway’s International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI).
  • Experience coordinating and/or developing knowledge products, webinars and workshops for sharing lessons on projects and knowledge transfer among networks.
  • Experience with scenario modelling of GHG emissions. 
  • Fluent in Spanish and/or Portuguese.
  • Knowledge of project management software (e.g. Microsoft Project, FinancialForce)

 

Location

This candidate will ideally be based in London. We will consider other relevant locations for exceptional candidates. Applicants must already have the right to work and live in London, or their preferred work location. Travel will be required.

 

Terms and Conditions

This is a fixed term full time contract for up to 24 months starting in April 2019. We offer competitive salary based on experience, plus the following benefits if based in London:

  • 25 days’ holiday pro rata, plus public holidays
  • 10% non-contributory pension scheme following three months’ service
  • Private healthcare and Cash Plan on completion of probation
  • Life Assurance
  • Subsidized gym membership
  • Season ticket loan

 

How to Apply 

Use the 'Apply' button to apply for this vacancy. Should you require further information or an informal discussion, please contact Jean-Charles Seghers, Head of Climate Transparency and Pathways at jseghers@theclimategroup.org.

Applications for the position should come in the form of a CV and cover letter.

The expected closing date for applications is 23rd March 2019.

The requisite eligibility criteria, or work visa to work in the UK or your preferred location are a requirement for this position and no relocation costs with be borne by The Climate Group.