Climate - Project Manager

Position Title: Climate - Project Manager
Unit: Conservation
Directly reports to: Head of Climate
Location: Dubai
Direct reports: TBD
Type of contract: Full Time
Commencement Date: August 2022

Job Summary

Emirates Nature-WWF is initiating a new climate change and decarbonization project and looking for a project manager to oversee and implement the activities of the project. The project’s vision is to create an alliance of stakeholders to increase momentum of net-zero targets and implementation and see greater collaboration to achieve the Paris Agreement. The key elements of the project are to ramp up momentum and climate action to increase non-state actor readiness to set net-zero targets and to activate the Marrakesh Partnership at the UAE level to bring together stakeholders to enhance the enabling policy environment for an economy-wide decarbonization. The project manager will support EN-WWF’s Climate Unit and the organization overall in playing a key role locally in climate projects, lead generation and general planning in the run up to COP28 and post-COP28. 

The project manager will oversee all aspects of project coordination and ensure the successful delivery of the project’s objectives, goals, outcomes and activities. These include but are not limited to the delivery ofstrategic and technical outcomes, delivery of project activities, communications coordination, budgettracking and stakeholder management. They will also lead on coordination of events, secure partners, work collaboratively across internal departments and with external private and public sector stakeholders.

The successful candidate should have sound knowledge and working experience in climate changepolicies, greenhouse gas measurement, key mitigation and decarbonization strategies and be knowledgeable about the UAE’s domestic climate change landscape. They will have the capacity and willingness to deliver on a variety of different tasks from technical greenhouse gas inventory assessment to event management and coordination, to drafting and developing relevant decarbonization guidance documents and coordinating with global and local stakeholders. Experience in science-based targets methodology would be a plus.

Key responsibilities

Project Implementation and technical input 

  • Support stakeholders in their decarbonization journey by providing technical guidance and assistance, support in sourcing methodologies, and more
  • Research and create related content, training tools, knowledge products, reports, research and whitepapers that support the key activities of the project related to decarbonization
  • Keep informed of local, regional and international developments in the topic of decarbonizations, climate change, international cooperation, climate negotiation processes and more in order to delivery curated and supportive information to stakeholders
  • Coordinate with international stakeholders and local stakeholders to find synergies and advance the decarbonization objectives of the project
  • Lead and provide strategic oversight of the project to ensure timely and effectively delivery of results/outputs. 
  • Manage the development and monitoring of project workplans and budgets; work closely with the finance manager on finance reporting and budget tracking 
  • Develop and administer Terms of Reference and Contracts of external consultants, as well as ensure timely and high-quality submission of agreed deliverables and outputs
  • Manage project consultants and work with internal cross functional team members to ensure successful delivery of projects (as relevant)
  • Identify project risks and together with impact manager oversee risk management and monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Work closely with partners, advisors, and donors of the project to ensure timely and consistent communications on project’s progress, successes and upcoming milestones
  • Work closely with alliance members to co-create and collect feedback to co-design research papers, reports and develop surveys
  • Develop policy engagement tools and coordinate with stakeholders on technical decarbonization inputs and ideas to deliver high quality research and thought leadership
  • Plan and deliver successful high-level and policy workshops, roundtables, dialogues and events to reach desired outcome along with stakeholders and partners 
  • Identify opportunities to increase impact of members by supporting them through technical greenhouse gas inventory support, in implementing greenhouse gas reduction strategies and guiding members through decarbonization guidance documents and resources 

Business Development and Project Design 

  • Work with donors to deliver transparent reporting and communications
  • Develop climate related concept notes and proposals for donors, identify key project partnerships and identify project resource needs
  • Liaise with other units and integrate interdisciplinary input in project design

Research and Design

  • Conduct climate related policy research, to develop locally relevant briefs for ENWWF on decarbonization and mitigation strategies
  • Conduct research and concept notes for key components of the project based on international best-case practices and local stakeholder needs
  • Provide support and develop content in thought leadership pieces, blogs and ENWWF communications on decarbonization and climate topics
  • Support the organization in identifying new and managing strategic partnerships and relationships with stakeholders
  • Represent ENWWF in technical meetings and government led workshops and present project in speaking opportunities

Advise and integrate best practice and best available science in ENWWF portfolio

  • Keep abreast with international best practices and regional activities linked to decarbonization to ensure that the solutions that EN-WWF offers are always relevant with the global (including WWF relevant priority areas) and local context. 
  • Provide input and offer technical presentations to ENWWF staff, stakeholders and volunteers on project to build capacity and alignment
  • Advise on communication campaigns related to climate and decarbonization.
  • Support in communications, thought leadership and coordination for COP27 and COP28.

Required Qualifications

Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in relevant field with a strong working background in decarbonization, net-zero target setting, greenhouse gas management and climate change policy and/or climate strategy consulting.
  • Experience in all aspects of project design and management (e.g. planning, funding proposal development, monitoring and reporting)
  • Strong experience in research and writing in the topics of decarbonization and climate change policies and the ability to identify links and recommendations fit for purpose
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, & experience in climate change &/or sustainability related policy processes including engagement with government organizations. 
  • Research, analytical & problem-solving skills, incl. an ability to identify strategic issues & develop innovative responses to achieve outcomes.
  • Working knowledge of advocacy, interpersonal, presentation, verbal & written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated track record in stakeholder engagement, partnership development and reporting.

Education/skills 

  • Undergraduate degree in environmental science, climate change and energy or relevant field. Post-graduate/graduate degree considered a plus.
  • Fluency in English is essential. Knowledge of Arabic is highly desirable

Competencies

EN-WWF Focus: Acts as a member of EN-WWF, placing higher priority on EN -WWF goals than own goals and anticipating the effects of own area’s actions on others to ensure holistic EWS-WWF outcomes.

External Orientation: Looks outwards ensuring WWF stays relevant, continues to anticipate and adapt to external environmental and global trends.

Delivering Quality Outcomes: Establishes stretch goals, plans, using best judgment and takes responsibility for planning to and delivering on outcomes.

Building Working Relationships: Builds collaborative relationships through the understanding and development of other’s and own ideas.

Communicating Effectively: Uses appropriate means of communication to convey messages, seeks input from others and ensures understanding.

Leading Change: Encourages and seeks out innovative solutions and brings people on a journey constructively and empathetically.

Managing Resources: Makes the right judgments based on financial and resource availability.

Value Behaviors
Impact Driven
  • Results oriented and focused
  • We passionately seek impactful solutions to overcome the planets greatest challenges
  • Uses a science-based approach and applies facts, logic and professional knowledge to create impact, displaying a strong understanding of the issues
  • Demonstrates focus, determination, efficiency and accountability
  • Consistently delivers high-quality work
Integrity
  • Acts and communicates openly, constructively and ethically, and is sensitive to other people and cultures
  • Treats others fairly and respects others points of view, creating an environment of trust
  • Is consistent, honest and transparent in what one does and says
  • Demonstrates self-awareness, manages own emotional response, and is aware of the impact of own behavior on others
  • Demonstrates professionalism and upholds a high regard for the reputation of the organization
  • We live the principles and standards we call on others to meet, and hold each other accountable
Together We’re Stronger
  • Shows empathy, listens, asks questions and shows consideration and understanding for others
  • Is approachable, empowers others, provides trust and mutual respect
  • We remain optimistic, light-hearted and participates in celebrating success together
  • Recognizes the value that each individual brings to the collective impact of the organization
  • Embraces diversity and inclusion
  • Speaking with one voice, unified by one mission, shared values and common priorities
  • Seeks to build powerful and aligned networks with government, organizations and communities
Courage
  • Demonstrates perseverance and commitment to the Mission and Vision of the organization
  • Acts with confidence and from a position of strength
  • Takes measured risks and encourages action
  • Inspires hope and optimism
Adaptable
  • Stays informed of external developments and trends and adapts accordingly
  • Pursues avenues for continuous learning and development
  • Stays open-minded, seeks innovative and creative solutions
  • Flexible and open to change and others view-points, remains calm and confident during change
  • Embraces feedback

Skills required

  • Ability to think strategically and creatively, generating innovative ways to drive climate and energy work in the UAE.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to perform under pressure.
  • Excellent proven stakeholder management and relationship-building skills.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills and exceptional teamwork abilities.
  • Demonstrable ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multicultural teams.
  • Self-starter and able to prioritise activities accordingly.
  • Set challenging but realistic goals and solve problems effectively.
  • Produce high quality products/services with attention to detail.
  • Supportive, constructive and open to influence in dealing with others.
  • Friendly, open, and sensitive to the satisfaction of the work group.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Arabic (desirable).

Working relationships

Internal -   Works closely with Head of Climate and other Unit members such as the Conservation Director, coordinates as required with all units; including Communications, Operations, Business Development teams, advises and supports ENWWF high level engagement in climate dialogues

External -   Works closely with Stakeholders, Consultants and Suppliers, as well as WWF International always representing ENWWF and carrying forward the organizational values.

Additional information

EN -WWF is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome diversity in the workplace and offer a flexible and diverse place of employment. EN-WWF staff participate wholeheartedly in general activities and events which promotes the overall mission of EN -WWF, whether or not the particular event or activity has any bearing on the job description and assigned project objectives and activities.

How to apply

Please send your application consisting of a cover letter explaining why you are the right candidate to work with EN-WWF and your CV with the subject ‘Climate - Project Manager’ to the attention of Ms Magdalena Tayoun on [email protected] before 30th September 2022.

Emirates Nature reserves the right to appoint a candidate prior this date.