Deputy Country Representative, Policy Lead, Senegal Program
Reporting to the Country Representative to Senegal, the Deputy Country Representative, Policy Lead, Senegal Program is responsible for
(i) overseeing of a portfolio of projects within the Senegal Country Program
(ii) contributing to programmatic and project design, implementation, management and oversight to ensure effective and efficient delivery of results as planned in GGGI Strategic Plan and Senegal Country Office annual work plans
(iii) developing substantive expert inputs and analyses to the design, development, delivery, and assessment of work programs and activities at country level, especially those related to environmental, energy and climate policy.
The Deputy CR plays a key role in driving dedicated ‘hybrid’ teams consisting of government officials, GGGI staff and consultants who are supporting output delivery in delivering top quality outputs which meet high technical standards in the most effective and efficient way.
S/He works closely with different Ministries and partners to develop key strategic national policy documents.
Advanced qualifications and professional experience in environmental and/or energy policy is essential, with experience in Senegal or West Africa.
Based in Seoul, The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a model of economic growth known as "green growth", which targets key aspects of economic performance such a poverty reduction, job creation, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.
GGGI works with countries around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions. The organization partners with countries, multilateral institutions, government bodies, and private sector to help build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change.
GGGI has a diverse portfolio of programs in developing countries around the world. These in-country programs, together with global products and services, focus on delivering results through an integrated approach of evidence-based green growth planning and implementation aligned to countries’ development priorities.
The organization also focuses on knowledge development and management activities which build a strong theoretical and empirical basis for green growth, while providing concrete options and guidance for policymakers; as well as building the conditions for public and private green infrastructure investments.
The Republic of Senegal became a member of the GGGI in 2014.
Since 2016, the GGGI supports the Government of Senegal in its transition to green growth through its dedicated country program.
Over the past years, the Senegal country program has expanded rapidly in areas of climate smart agriculture, secondary green cities development, climate policy and carbon finance.
In 2021, GGGI signed three grant agreements for projects entitled:
Fast-tracking investment in nature for the green recovery of Senegal: designing and operationalizing the Green PSE (2021-2022), funded by the MAVA Foundation.
Designing Policy Approaches Under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement (2021-2022), funded by the Ministry of Climate change of the Kingdom of Norway.
Empowering local non-state actors and vulnerable communities for climate action and resilience (2021) funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
These projects have in common the need for strong environmental/energy policy expertise, stakeholder engagement and dialogue and managerial skills to ensure top quality delivery within relatively short timeframes.
In parallel, GGGI Senegal office needs support to consolidate the expansion of its country program.
GGGI seeks to hire an outstanding, highly motivated Deputy Country Representative, Policy Lead, for its Senegal Program.
- Leads the development and implementation of one or multiple projects and project component(s)/workstream(s) especially related to environmental and energy policy within the country program;
- Captures the essence and needs of the country/client on this particular theme and ensures optimal progress and delivery of component/outputs within the country program.
- Shows immediate results and actions on the ground as well as an ability to focus on longer term outcomes.
- Acts as the recognized lead advisor/focal point on environmental and energy policy and provides day to day technical/strategic advice internally as well as externally to ensure impactful delivery of relevant outputs under the program.
- Delivers program activities across green growth planning, capacity building and country - specific knowledge development for effective result deliveries; maintains effective program reporting and communications internally and externally in line with GGGI corporate policies, standards and protocols;
- Contributes to monitor and evaluate program, project and team performance;
- Acts as an entry point for technical advice and escalation for problem solving within the context of output delivery;
- Adapts and applies specific technical knowledge to deliver a portfolio of services;
- Keeps abreast of technical knowledge and expertise in a specific or a diverse range of themes to ensure continued relevance of GGGI within this theme/sector;
- Maintains close communication with GGGI technical Leads and Communities of practice on relevant topics to ensure their participation in program delivery for quality outputs.
- Facilitates in-depth and effective stakeholder dialogues both internally and externally to support each ‘hybrid’ team and consultations on multi-disciplinary issues relevant to the components/work streams, resulting in consensus and empathy of perspectives and recognition mutual/complementary interests.
- Develops and fosters strong relationships with key government institutions, relevant academic institutions and/or private sector as key stakeholders of the component(s)/work stream(s)
- Represents GGGI externally as delegated by the Country Representative including but not limited to donor meetings, project areas etc.
- Assists to design, develop, write concepts or full project proposals for and carry out financial/economic analysis.
- Deploys strategies to secure collaboration/garner buy-in and support from a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure local ownership of the various analytical outputs.
- Independently organizes projects /component(s)/work stream(s) which s/he leads, and ensures delivery of quality outputs within tight deadlines;
- Oversees work and budget planning and implementation for projects under her/his management;
- Oversees related outsourcing and procurements and ensures that workstream activities managed result in quality products, strong government and private sector engagement, and well-designed projects;
- Adapts project cycles in anticipation of multiple challenges and bottlenecks in service delivery;
- Ensures coordination with operations for prompt support services and timely provision of delivery;
- Clear and timely reporting on projects delivery to Country Representative and GGGI HQ.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in development economics, environmental economics, environmental policy, energy policy, or a related field;
- A minimum of 7-10 years of progressive work responsibilities at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in multilateral or bilateral cooperation organizations, or consultancies;
- Proven technical experience in policy making and/or policy advisory specifically in environmental and energy policy;
- Proven experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors;
- Full professional proficiency in written and spoken French and English is a must; fluency in local languages is a plus;
- Experience in leading/managing mixed teams of staff/consultants is desirable;
- Experience in ERP systems and ability to apply ICT tools in project management is an asset;
- Experience in carbon markets and carbon trade is an asset;
- Professional project management certification is an asset.
- Exceptional analytical and writing skills, alongside strong synthesis and strategic thinking skills;
- In-depth knowledge of Senegal’s political economy, as well as environmental, climate policy context;
- Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication and consensus building skills;
- Proven project delivery experience, i.e. managing the delivery of results on time and on budget;
- Leadership, teamwork and creative problem-solving abilities;
- Excellent multi-cultural literacy and interest in being a part of an international team working in an evolving and entrepreneurial environment;
- Experience engaging with government officials in Senegal and/or West Africa to influence policy development and decision making;
- International experience across multiple country context with specific experience working with developing countries implementing public policy and green growth is an asset.
- Understands and actively supports GGGI's mission, vision and values;
- Promotes an organizational culture of trust, transparency, respect and partnership;
- Processes and shares information easily and is excellent at problem solving;
- Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily;
- Promotes creativity and innovation among staff;
- Is able to lead, develop and motivate staff and supports the Country Representative to make sound decisions.
WORKING CONDITIONS :
GGGI Senegal has a Host Country Agreement in place with the Government of Senegal.
The chosen candidate is expected to be based in Dakar, Senegal and will report directly to Country Representative.