Director & Head of Programs - Latin America & the Caribbean

Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) Mexico City, or for more information on the location, please see below, - None Specified -

About Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

Based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, GGGI is a treaty-based international, intergovernmental organization that supports developing country governments transition to a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive.
GGGI has a unique in-country presence and prominent role as a neutral, trusted advisor and strategic development partner embedded in Member and partner governments. These advisors are directly engaged with national governments in setting the strategic direction for national program development guided by a Country Planning Framework with the Government. The operating model maximizes the potential to translate green growth strategies and policies (especially economic policies) into green investment plans, mobilizing green finance commitments needed to bolster support for low-carbon and climate-resilient economic development and strong institutional capacity development.
GGGI's hands-on, country work is carried out by the Green Growth Planning & Implementation (GGP&I) division, with experts embedded in partner governments as trusted advisors to explore green growth opportunities that are in line with the country's development goals.
GGGI has 43 Members with operations in 37 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific – with technical support, capacity building, policy planning and implementation, and by helping to build a pipeline of bankable green investment projects.
You can find further details on their website https://gggi.org/

Role Purpose

The Director & Head of Programs Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) will contribute and shape the strategic direction of Green Growth Planning and Implementation (GGPI) division, mobilize resources, and manage the overall portfolio of programs including staff and multimillion dollar budget. S/he will monitor trends and issues affecting country portfolios and develop strategic responses to opportunities and challenges including the formulation and implementation of country planning frameworks, strategies, and activities in line with GGGI's strategic plan 2030 contextualized under the LAC Regional Strategy 2021-2025. S/he will enhance the country's participation in inter and intra-divisional processes and integration. S/he will ensure better coordination and collaboration of country teams with the HQ and support synergies across workstreams, especially related to thematic priorities and programmatic solutions. S/he will provide leadership and quality oversight over the efforts of country teams to strengthen their respective programs, build and sustain GGGI's comparative advantages in-country, oversee resource mobilization and develop strong partnerships with a wide range of global, regional, and local players, including new development partners, ministries of finance and economic planning.
The Head of Programs is a key position to align and interface between GGGI's corporate strategy and operations on the ground with following specific responsibilities:
  • Oversee operations in a portfolio of Programs, their business development efforts, project implementation, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Provide oversight and represent portfolio of countries to the Management Team in terms of Results, Financial and Human resources management.
  • Engage, as required, in proposal development and more broadly in resource mobilization activates for the assigned portfolio.
  • Lead results reporting and continuous monitoring and evaluation efforts.
  • Lead and manage the regional team and Country Representatives.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with country teams and lead the strategic program development to meet the goals set forth in GGGI's Strategic Plan 2030 as deployed under the LAC Regional Strategy 2021-2025.
  • Lead knowledge sharing across portfolio and GGGI, engage with and establish strategic partners such as with high level government and private sector counterparts, bilateral donors, Multilateral Development Banks, established Funds, philanthropists, UN Regional Agencies, strategic delivery partners etc
  • Guide and support the country teams to develop and implement the resource mobilization plans at country level and ensure the plans are aligned with the corporate strategy.
  • Strengthen development partners' confidence in GGGI's country operations and support country teams' efforts to ensure ongoing and substantive communication with current and potential donors and mobilization of resources at country and regional levels
  • Act as a resource person to ensure knowledge generated from country offices are fed into GGGI's regional and global knowledge platforms
 Department Oversight and Coordination (Policy Advice/ Program Delivery Support):
  • Develop a well-integrated program in the region and countries in line with the GGGI Strategic Plan and LAC Regional Strategy
  • Ensure that knowledge creation generated at the corporate level is promoted and is integrated into GGGI's country and regional activities.
  • Ensure the integrated development of Country Planning Frameworks (CPFs)
  • Monitor the performance of country programs both programmatically and financially to ensure efficient and timely delivery of results as per plans
  • Identify actions to address non-performance, jointly with the Country Representative and, where necessary, directly with Headquarters
  • Ensure the implementation of results-based management and quality assurance frameworks and procedures in the country Offices, including in the delivery of technical assistance
  • Ensure effective communication and team working across portfolio and with other country portfolios to share knowledge to enhance GGGI's delivery across the operational priorities and programmatic solutions
  • Contribute to development of corporate strategies
  • Ensure country strategies are in line with the corporate strategy
  • Appreciate and support, as required, thought leadership and/or technical contributions to development and implementation of GGGI's thematic engagements in the region
Financial and Human Resources Management:
  • Manage human resources of the respective department, including financials at the level of delegated authority granted by Management
  • Provide results-based planning and performance tracking
  • Provide clear direction and monitor the performance of country teams based on Work Plan & Budget (WPB) and logical frameworks
  • Provide strategic direction to, and oversight of the activities of the Department, ensuring integrity and accountability of human resources, financial resources, administration, finance, IT, procurement, and security
  • Provide leadership to staff within her/her area of responsibility
  • Develop short term as well as long term perspectives on staffing issues including succession planning where relevant, career development, and overall staff capacity development. Working closely with HR, identify training needs in the region and enable delivery of essential skill enhancement initiatives.

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • Master's degree required in relevant fields in international development, public policy, environmental studies, economics, or other relevant green growth-related field
  • 10-15 years of relevant professional experience that combines intellectual and managerial leadership, at least 5 years of which would be as the head of a major department/division of a large-scale public or private entity of an international and multicultural nature.
  • Fluent spoken and written Spanish and English and agility for various traditional and modern communication modalities
  • An inspiring, inclusive and collaborative leader with strong active listening skills, with a proven track record of effectively building, managing, and nurturing a diverse team of professionals in an international setting, and provide strategic and practical guidance to country representatives on exploring and designing the delivery-oriented green growth project and programs
  • Proven project, program, and portfolio management skills and ability to apply economics into green growth policy options and mainstream green growth into policy formulation and implementation in developing countries
  • Extensive track record of effectively engaging stakeholders and mobilizing resources from the public and/or private sector, in areas such as energy, water, agriculture, urban development, waste management, etc.
  • Strong strategic thinking skills with proven experience of developing and implementing strategies.
  • Understands and actively supports GGGI's mission, vision and values.
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement, client relationship, communication, teamwork, and consensus building.
  • Processes and shares information easily and excellent at problem solving.
  • Manages emotions and stress positively, builds rapport and resolves conflict easily.
  • Promotes creativity and innovation among staff.
  • Works effectively with other teams with a high degree of cultural and professional diversity.

Terms of Appointment

The Director and Head of Programs Latin America and the Caribbean is an X13 grade level in GGGI’s International Salary Scale. The base salary of this position commences at USD 161,952 per annum. GGGI provides 13% of base salary towards retirement plan/long term savings, 27 days of annual leave and private health insurance. In addition, subject to eligibility, Staff members may be entitled an expatriate benefits package to include an expatriate allowance of 20% of base salary, education benefits for children, relocation flights, mobilization allowance and annual home leave allowance. GGGI salary and benefits are non-taxable for Internationally Recruited Staff members assigned to a Duty Station outside of his/her Home Country.  

Role Location

Mexico, where the Regional Office is located or as agreed with GGGI, another capital city in one of GGGI’s country offices in the Latin America and Caribbean Region.
GGGI is committed to provide a working environment that is sufficiently flexible to accommodate diverse life-cycle challenges and assist staff members to achieve a better balance between work and personal/family commitment, thus ensuring high performance, long-term productivity, and well-being of staff members. This includes tele-commuting and remote working (outside of the duty station).
Diversity and social inclusion - GGGI is committed to fostering diverse, inclusive and respectful workplaces. We encourage qualified applicants from all cultures, backgrounds, sexes and we particularly welcome applications from women.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please send the most recent English version of your CV to [email protected]. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.

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