Position Description

Project Lead, Food Systems Initiative
Job category Temporary Employee
Group Platform for Global Public Goods
Location Geneva
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PROJECT LEAD, FOOD SYSTEMS INITIATIVE
(2-year 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
As part of the World Economic Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of Global Public Goods, the Strengthening Global Food Systems project is working to galvanize individual, institutional and global leadership required to shape the future of food systems. Over the last 12 years, the initiative has established a common agenda and platform that now enables more than 700 diverse organizations to collaborate and learn together, resulting in multistakeholder partnership initiatives in 25 countries.
 
The Transformation Leaders Network was created by the Forum with the aim of building a network of cross-sector leaders and global experts to exchange experiences and develop actionable models based on evidence and good practice. The Food Systems Initiative aims to launch a refreshed “Transformation Leaders Network” starting in 2020 that would foster a systems leadership agenda to incorporate system-wide needs, such as environment and health outcomes. The Project Lead will help manage this relaunch as it relates to food systems.
 
Reporting lines and interactions
The Project Lead will report to the Head of Strategy and Global Projects at the Forum’s Centre for Global Public Goods. Internally, this person will work with colleagues throughout the centre as well as the Consumer and other Industry teams, and the Business Engagement and Regional teams. Externally, he/she will work with a broad range of stakeholders, including curating the Transformation Leaders Network comprised of Partner companies, governments, civil society, farmer leaders and others.
 
Main responsibilities
Community management and curation
• Lead on strategy and development of the next phase of the Transformation Leaders Network, a multistakeholder community of practice to drive innovation, collaboration and learnings, and related coordination with the overall food systems strategy
• Manage the membership of the Transformation Leaders Network
• Engage with selected internal constituent teams, including Tech Pioneers, Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Innovators and other experts
• Coordinate with UpLink, the Forum’s open-source digital platform, to foster participation from entrepreneurs, community groups and other interested parties or individuals to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
 
Project management on food systems
• Lead a workstream on systemic issue areas that can unlock scale, such as on finance, health and nutrition, environmental sustainability and climate-smart agriculture; to be defined as part of 2020 Transformation Leaders Network strategy
• Be responsible for scoping and development of the workstream, including project management, workshops, stakeholder outreach, research and analytical support and reporting Event management
• Be responsible for overall strategy and coordination of the Transformation Leaders Workshop (annual and semi-annual in-person meetings)
• Engage diverse teams and coordinate external partners, including a design partner to deliver 1-2 multi-day workshops a year
 
Communications and team support
• Contribute to communications and strategy materials for the Food Systems Initiative and Platform for Global Public Goods teams
• Support team on annual events, including the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Sustainable Development Impact Summit and regional events, and project-related needs
 
The successful candidate will be assessed on
• Delivery of agreed targets and other measurable efforts to deepen engagement with Transformation Leaders Network members
• Delivery of successful workshops and outcomes related to the Transformation Leaders Network, which contribute to the effective delivery of the food systems strategy
• Ability to develop and implement project-specific deliverables, including workshops, reports and institutional engagement related to selected systemic issue areas
 
Preferred requirements and experience
• Master’s degree in international relations, agriculture and food security, environmental management, health and nutrition, development finance or a related field, with 7-10 years of work experience in project management in a global company or international organization 
• Capacity to apply critical thinking, consult broadly, develop strategies, work collaboratively in a team and manage both long- and short-term objectives
• 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 demeanour and ability to liaise with senior 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; experience working with Salesforce
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills, fluency in spoken and written English; additional languages would be an asset
• Passionate and committed, with a demonstrated interest in international development/food and agriculture sectors/sustainability and nutrition issues
 
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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