Position Description

Project Lead, New Nature Economy Report
Job category Temporary Employee
Group Platform for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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(10-month maximum duration 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 Public Goods acts as a systems leader and platform curator on environment and natural resource security, the future of food, development finance and sustainable development, including helping to organize the World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit. The centre seeks to bring innovation and frontier approaches to help the international system be more agile and equipped to respond to today’s challenges.
The Forum is curating the Nature Action Agenda, which is envisioned to be a platform for committed actors to join up efforts in the run-up to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity COP15 in Kunming, People’s Republic of China in October 2020. In support of this effort, the Forum is leading the preparation of the New Nature Economy report, to be released in advance of the meeting. The report is being produced through a collaborative process, engaging the stakeholders of the Nature Action Agenda and a broad range of experts. A critical addition to a small secretariat team, the Project Lead will interact extensively across internal and external networks to advance this work.
Reporting lines and interactions
The Project Lead position will be based in Geneva within the Centre for Global Public Goods. The Line Manager for the Project Lead will be the Head of the Nature and Biodiversity Initiative, but he/she will work closely with the Senior Adviser to the New Nature Economy Report, an external consultant. The Project Lead will be the first point of contact for subcontractors and external contributors engaged in the report. Internally, this person will work closely with colleagues from the centre as well as with colleagues from across the organization, including Regional teams, Industry and Business Engagement, Legal and other project teams at the Forum. Expected external interactions include community partners from industry (in particular from the food and agriculture, extractives, consumer goods, and financial sectors), civil society, multilateral development banks and government.
Main responsibilities
Project management: Oversees the day-to-day management of the New Nature Economy Report project and its workstreams, supervising the allocation of limited resources, and coordinating the engagement of internal and external contributors to the effort, and the timely meeting of report milestones
Analysis and synthesis: Contributes to the shaping of the report and its components, its analyses, synthesis and conclusion; manages the report writing process, including the management of drafts and supporting documents and data, and the management of reviews and stakeholder and expert input; provides quality control and supervision to the contribution of subcontracted analysts, writers and other contributors; and writes report sections, briefs and other supporting documents as needed
Outreach and engagement: in collaboration with the Nature Action Agenda team and other Forum colleagues, manages stakeholder engagement in the report information sharing, communication (internal and external), and report-related workshops and sessions in Forum and external events.
The successful candidate will be assessed on the ability to:
• Successfully shape, manage and deliver the report writing process, building and maintaining an effective engagement process with stakeholders, keeping timelines and tracking actions needed to achieve project milestones and objectives
• Achieve command of the report’s subject matter, and be able to provide input into the framing of report analyses and syntheses, quality control the analytical and writing work of contributing authors and subcontractors, and support the development of top-quality and high-impact thought leadership
• Successfully communicate with, and engage, both external and internal stakeholder into the report process
• Support internal and external communications needs by maintaining up-to-date project documents, and other externally facing content as needed.
Preferred requirements and experience
• Master’s degree in economics, business administration, finance, or one of the earth sciences, or a related field, with 5 or more years of work experience in a top-tier management consultancy, think tank, global company or international organization
• Experience of engaging with the private sector
• Strong track record of project management, with experience in preparing and overseeing project work plans, budgets, and reports, and the capability of manage competing priorities, and manage multiple projects at the same time
• Excellent analytical skills; demonstrated ability to frame, execute and supervise high-quality quantitative and qualitative analytics on a range of different topics
• Subject matter expertise with biodiversity and conservation issues, or ability and willingness to quickly develop such expertise
• Experience in managing complex projects that span multiple organizations is an asset
• Experience in preparation of external reports for publication is an asset
• Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a multicultural environment and build and manage trust-based relationships with senior level stakeholders
• Flexible, committed, mature team player and self-starter who enjoys and has a successful track record working in a fast-paced and at times ambiguous environment, and can manage multiple priorities and deadlines
• Professional demeanor and ability to liaise with business leaders and leading issue experts in academia, international organizations, governments and non-governmental organizations, as well as with representatives from grassroots organizations
• Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office and experience working across a range of digital platforms and tools
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills with fluency in spoken and written English; additional languages would be an asset
• Passionate and committed, with a demonstrated interest in environment/sustainability issues, technology and innovation
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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